AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Great Automotive Gifts for Guys
In this installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car-loving guy in your life. Father, son, brother, husband, boyfriend, or buddy: no matter whether he wants to drive them or wrench on them -- if your guy loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for him.
Not all guys like to wear jewelry, but if he's mechanically inclined he's sure to love this innovative ring from Kinekt Designs. Their patented Gear Ring ($165) is made from high-quality matte stainless steel and features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun. It can be purchased at www.kinektdesign.com. And if you're as fascinated by its movement as I am, you can tell him you want their heart-shaped gear necklace ($185). Made from surgical steel, these pieces are highly durable and resistant to tarnishing, fading, scratching, and rusting. They will not bend or break, are hypoallergenic for those with metal allergies, and feature a lifetime warranty. Shipping via USPS Express mail is included in the price.
Looking for an awesome last-minute gift you can download in just a few minutes? Give your guy an exotic driving experience with high-speed track time in the exotic or muscle car of his dream. Prices vary depending on the vehicle and number of laps he wants to drive, and can start as low as $99 for Corvette ridealong experiences, to more than a thousand dollars for 20 laps in a Lamborghini or Ferrari. Exotics Racing experiences are available in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. They offer five- or 10-lap packages and you can add separate laps if he wants more drive time. They also have package deals where he can drive two or even three separate cars for five laps apiece, as well as a ride-along experience around the track with a highly experienced and champion drifting driver for two laps in a Corvette Z06. You can add an optional DVD of his racing experience with a two-camera point of view, one facing towards the driver and one facing the track. It also shows his best track time and his fastest speed on the track. Book a gift certificate at www.exoticsracing.com and print immediately after completing your order. You can also add a personal message to it before printing! Or you can book over the phone by calling Exotics Racing at (702) 405-RACE (7223).
If your lead-footed lover already thinks he's a race car driver, help him be more alert while he's speeding around with the next generation of radar detector ($350). No longer just a method to escape speeding tickets, the newest Passport from escortradar.com features a red light, safety camera, and speed trap database to deliver the ultimate ability to drive more attentively, and utilizes patented GPS technology to identify and eliminate false alerts automatically. Escort's LIVE radar detector app communicates all radar/laser encounters automatically with other drivers, providing the most up-to-date and accurate protection on the road. Imagine millions of other drivers helping you drive smarter! This "artificial intelligence" creates the world's first fully automatic radar and laser detector to help your man drive more safely, and avoid careless (and expensive) speeding tickets.
For guys who love to work on their cars, consider giving him gifts for his garage or mancave. Busted Knuckle Garage offers a variety of fun and practical items for any car lover, but my personal favorite is the company's signature herbal skincare products. Busted Knuckle offers a variety of items, including Mechanic's Hand Salve, Mechanic's Muscle Easing Salve, Mechanic's Skin Moisturizer, Mechanic's Hand Salve/Lip Balm, Mechanic's Hand Cleaner, and Mechanic's Sun Block "Lube in a Tube" - all affordably priced from just a few bucks for littlest containers of lip balm/salve to $21.95 for a jug of skin moisturizer. One of our all-time favorites is the large 1.75-oz tin of Mechanic’s Hand-Salve/Lip Balm. Offering relief for dry hands that crack and split, the Mechanic's Hand Salve helps relieve symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to gasoline, oil, and solvents. And of course, it's great for abrasions and cuts. (And ladies, it also feels great on rough patches around your elbows, knees, and heels -- I should know, I keep my own tin of this salve in my car!)
It's an undeniable fact: He cares more about keeping his car clean than he cares about keeping HIMSELF clean! So why not give him some items to help make it easier so he'll have a little more time to spend with you? You could spend a couple hundred dollars to get his car professionally detailed inside and out, or you could save a lot of money by buying the items and doing it yourself.
Clean the inside with Turtle Wax ICE® All-In-One Interior Cleaner & Protectant ($9 for 20 ounces). This all-in-one interior product cleans, shines, protects, and deodorizes all of those interior vinyl, plastic, and composite hard surfaces. It protects from UV rays and won’t leave behind an artificial shine or greasy feel.
Once the interior's done, it's time to take care of the outside, starting with the tires. TurtleWax ICE® Premium Car All Wheel & Tire Cleaner (about $6 for 22 ounces) is formulated with a 3-in-1 type formula. It not only cleans the wheels and tires, but also contains dirt repellent polymers that help reduce build-up of brake dust and dirt on your wheels, making it easier to clean the next time you wash your car.
Once the dirty work is out of the way, move on to the car body. Prolong Waterless Wash & Shine will effectively and quickly wash his car or truck anywhere, anytime, and create a shiny, protected surface that is more resistant to contaminants and sun damage. Simply spray on and wipe off, with no buckets, hoses, rinsing or drying, and no mess to clean up. (In fact, with current drought conditions in many parts of the U.S., water may not be available at all for car washing.) Prolong's Waterless Wash & Shine is available in a 17-ounce bottle for $7.99. Prolong products can be found at many retail locations or purchased online at www.prolong.com/eStore.
Want to know more about how to give him the perfect car detailing kit? Then check out our article on Driveway Detailing here at AskPatty.
Is your guy a griller on the go? Does he like to tailgate or go car camping? Then consider these great gifts that are perfect for car-side cuisine.
Guy Fieri, Food Network star and #1 New York Times bestselling author, has released a fun cookbook, Guy on Fire, packed with 130 recipes for cooking outside. That means grilling, tailgating, camping, and more. In this rollicking cookbook, Guy Fieri shares his favorite tips, techniques, and recipes for outdoor cooking all through the year, whether your guy is hosting a backyard barbeque, relaxing around the campfire, or tailgating on game day. Stuffed with original recipes, dozens of color photos, and loads of great tips, Guy On Fire is guaranteed to get your guy’s grill going with palate-pleasing appetizers, phenomenal main courses for meat, fish, poultry and vegetables, cool salads, and fabulous desserts. Loaded with tips on equipment, make-ahead plans, packing advice, and tons of sidebars, Guy On Fire provides all the tools you need for an outdoor feast. (Available at amazon.com in hardcover for less than $20 or downloadable to Kindle for $15.)
Want to give him something to make his tailgate tidbits taste even better? Give him some sweet and spicy sauces from Henry's Humdingers. Made from natural honey and flavored with spicy seasonings, these yummy sauces ($6 for 6 ounces, $9 for 13 ounce jars), play on the juxtaposition of sweet and savory. Featuring unique flavors such as "Grumpy Grandpa" which is a favorite blend of cayenne and garlic; "Naughty Nana" which takes the spice of ginger and mixes it with pepper; "Diabolical Dad," featuring a kick of habanero and lime; and the milder "Phoebe’s Fireball," a mouth-watering combination of cinnamon and chipotle, there is a honey flavor for every palate.
Henry’s Humdingers make the perfect gift for this holiday season because not only is it a truly unique gift that tastes great, but in the spirit of the holiday season it is a gift that also gives back. With a portion of the proceeds from each sale being donated to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, any buyer can feel good knowing they're helping to make a difference with each purchase of Henry’s Humdingers. I've tried all these flavors, and trust me, they're awesome. Plus, their website has a downloadable cookbook full of tasty recipes that can be made with the sauces.
He might man the barbecue, but we know who does the cleanup afterwards, right? Whether he's grilling at home, or on a portable grille while camping or tailgating, you can make cooking and cleanup super easy by giving him a COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet ($15) The COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet is an innovative solution offers a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy grilling & cooking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, your handsome chef can utilize this product by placing the reusable grilling sheet over the grill to cook food without having to use oil or needing to clean the grill afterwards. Watch the video: he can even use it to cook pancakes on the grille! With the COOKINA Barbecue Protector home cooks can simply wipe off the sheets after they're done cooking: It’s that simple, no mess, no stress, and no hassle. Available at Home Depot stores nationwide.