AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Last-Minute Car Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for Anybody!
In this last installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car. Whether you're shopping for him, her, a teen driver, or are just looking for a practical stocking stuffer, we've got lots of great choices here.
How about something practical, like a Valvoline Instant Oil Change gift card? Any person who drives a car must also perform basic maintenance like oil changes. With more than 850 stores nationwide, it should be easy to find a Valvoline Instant Oil Change shop near you. Their full-service oil change includes five quarts of quality oil, a new, top-quality Valvoline oil filter, and lubrication of chassis components according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specs. While they're changing your oil, VIOC technicians will also check your transmission fluid, wiper blades, power steering fluid, headlights and taillights, windshield washer fluid, battery test at participating locations, antifreeze/coolant, differential fluids (if requested), tire pressure, transfer case fluid (if requested), air filter, and serpentine belt. Find out more at www.VIOC.com.
Another, even more practical gift, is a set of new CS5 tires from Cooper Tires. When is the last time you checked the tread on your tires? Those round rubber shoes at each corner of your car help to keep your car safely on the road. If your tires are getting close to the wear indicators or if you can see Lincoln's head when you do the penny test, you will want to make sure you have good traction on your wheels during the winter rain and snow season. (Don't know how to check your tread depth? Learn how to do the penny test here at AskPatty.com) If you don't want to deal with the penny test, then consider a new set of tires from Cooper's CS5 Touring tire line, which features an innovative new Wear Square™ that allows consumers to approximate tread wear on their tires with just a visual inspection. As the tire wears, this visual tread wear indicator transitions between five stages, beginning with a full square on new tires and ending with an exclamation mark when the tread reaches 2/32s of an inch, which corresponds to the standard 2/32nds of an inch tread wear indicators located on the tire signifying the tire is worn out and should be replaced. A gift of new tires for Christmas shows you care about your loved one's safety, especially during the winter rain and snow season.
Even though Breast Cancer Awareness month is October, AutoTexPink reminds everybody that breast cancer happens every day, so why not install a new set of AutoTexPink wiper blades -- available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants -- on your car for Christmas? AutoTexPink is committed to partnering with our customers to raise breast cancer awareness and increase breast cancer support for important research and education efforts. The goal of these wipers is to "Wipe Out Breast Cancer," and 10 percent From every purchase goes to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation (in USA) and to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (in Canada). Autotex PINK carries a full line of traditional metal frame wipers as well as the new frameless style wipers found on many newer model (2003+) vehicles. Autotex PINK's line of wipers will fit over 98% of vehicles on the road today. Check out AutoTex Pink at AutoTexPink.com
Transform your car's interior from bland to extraordinary with the SYLVANIA ZEVO™ Interior Strip kit ($40). Using true RGB mixing technology, ZEVO™ gives you 16 colors and 5 modes, and is available in 6 foot and 12 foot extension lengths to customize the lighting of any location in your car. Creating the perfect ambient light has never been easier - its just a touch away with a wireless remote, easy to attach high-bond LED strips, and a 12V car adaptor. The base kit gives you everything you need to get started. Want more? Sylvania offers two extension kits to get more light in more places.
Impeltronics offers a cool stocking stuffer that makes a great holiday gift for anyone in the family. This Telescoping Extendable Flashlight ($21) has magnetic ends that can help illuminate hard to reach areas. In its collapsed, out-of-the-package form, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer. The magnet on the bottom can lift approximately 8 pounds and a magnet on the light head is very convenient for retrieving metal objects in hard-to-reach places. The practical three-in-one LED flashlight extends to nearly two feet long offering extension, magnetism, and light. Constructed from aluminum, the flashlight also has a stainless steel clip, and comes with button-cell batteries installed so it can be used immediately. Perfect for keeping in a tool kit or in the glovebox of a car or truck, it's offered in black, silver, red, pink or blue. This original Impeltronics Telescoping flashlight can only be found on its website (www.impeltronics.com) and current distributors.
Another great emergency preparedness stocking stuffer is this handy ResQMe tool to keep on your keychain. This handy device will help you shatter window glass if someone is trapped in the car, and its sharp, but protected, razor blade can also be used to cut seatbelts. The ResQMe ($10 to $15) device is available at ACE Hardware or Do It Best and online at amazon.com, saveyourlife.us, and autogeek.net.
So, your teenager is in the back seat watching videos on his ipad, but the USB/power port is up in the front and his cord is too short to reach. How can he plug in to stream music to the car's audio system or boost his power when his battery gets low? Consider this cool dockXtender cable ($26) from CableJive, which extends the Lightning adapter cord by an additional 2 feet. DockXtender not only charges the device, but passes all audio, video, and data. Plus, its black color helps disguise the cable against your car's interior for a more discrete installation. DockXtender for Lightning is compatible with iOS 8. MSRP starts at $25.95. Holiday shoppers can purchase a variety of CableJive products www.CableJive.com.
Even better, you can now share your car's DC accessory powerpoint with up to four USB devices with the Quad Power Hub Travel Charger from SkyMall ($30 to $35) Simply plug the Quad Power Hub Travel Charger into the DC outlet of your vehicle to charge up to four electronic devices all at once. With this travel charger, everyone you're with will be able to keep their mobile devices charged. The Quad Power Hub Travel Charger is powerful enough to rapidly charge all your devices at their fastest speeds. The 6.8 amp travel charger can handle up to 2 tablets and 2 smartphones at the same time; the 9.6 amp charger can power up to 4 tablets. Each Quad Power Hub Travel Charger includes DC car adapter cable plus mounting hardware and tape.
If you're concerned about using harsh cleaning chemicals in the confined space of a car's interior, consider organic cleaning products from M. Boutique to clean the interior of your car gently and safely. Inspired by his mother’s cancer diagnosis, which he felt was caused by years of being exposed to harsh cleaning products, Chris Foster sought to create organic products that would whip away dirt and grime and provide aromatherapy. Thus, M. Boutique, a new online boutique that provides luxury home, bath and pet products, was born. M. Boutique products are organic, effective, and entirely safe for humans, pets, and the environment. All M. Boutique products are made from the world’s purest essential oils and natural extracts. While the company makes a variety of cleaning products that are ideal for hard surfaces, I think their Linen Mist ($10) would be a great stocking stuffer to freshen up the interior of any car. Fragranced with pure essential oils in five lovely scents, this organic spray can freshen clean linens, bedding, and upholstery in your home or office, and even your car.