AskPatty’s Winter Wish List -- Gift Ideas That HE Would Love
Regardless of whether he wants to drive them or work on them -- it doesn't matter if he's your dad, husband, brother, uncle, son or special friend -- if he loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for your favorite car guy.
He can have the best tires out there, but if the tire pressure isn't right, his car can lose fuel economy, and become less stable and difficult to handle. Driving with the wrong tire pressure can be dangerous, and the gauges at most gas stations can be unreliable. An Accu-Gage dial gauge gives him a better way to prep his tires for a safer drive with an easy-to-read solid brass precision movement that holds its pressure reading until released to give him an accurate reading every time. Choose one with a flexible hose for easier reads with hard-to-reach tire valves, and suggest he keep it in his glovebox so he can check his tire pressure monthly.
Consider getting him a wallet or backpack from MariClaRo.com, where they upcycle automotive materials -- like old dashboard woods and seat leathers -- into beautiful and functional accessories. Creativity, attention to detail, and layers of automotive history are present in each custom-sewn MariClaRo creation. If he has a taste for a specific vehicle make, you can request his wallet be made from the original car seat material of classic cars like Mercedes, BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac and Volvo. If the car brand doesn’t matter, the wallet will come from original car seat material of various classic cars.
Branded gear and accessories from his favorite automaker
No matter what his specific interests are, if he loves to drive a Volkswagen, you’ll find something fun for him at Volkswagen’s “Driver Gear” product site. It could be as simple as a VW Bus coffee mug, er, kaffeetassen, or as awesomely subtle as a GTI “my fast” teeshirt; as simply practical as a Beetle watch, or as practically simple as a cap or jacket. You could shop for everybody you know at this site, as they have hundreds of Volkswagen-themed gear and accessories.
I t’s not too late to order Cooper-themed car care products and MINI-motoring gear from ShopMINIUSA.com. From tee-shirts, ties and toys, to caps, keyrings, tumblers, duffels, and toiletry bags branded with iconic Bulldog, Cooper, and Union Jack images, MINI is offering free two-day shipping on items that weigh less than 20 pounds until December 31st.
If he’s more into horsepower and performance -- and you’ve got wads of money to spend -- consider gifts from the Porsche Driver’s Selection, where their exclusive car care kit comes in a high-grade ATA-style aluminum attaché case. Can’t afford to buy him a Porsche for Christmas? Then how about a die-cast 1:43 scale model of his favorite performance car that he can keep on his desk? A personal favorite is the annual 'Art in Motion' calendar, which also comes with an exclusive limited-edition collector’s coin. Porsche is offering free shipping on all online orders until December 31, 2013, but if you don’t want to wait, you can also find many items at your Porsche dealer’s parts department.
If you’re not on a budget and are looking for something more elegant and sophisticated, check out the luxury gifts available for him at the official Mercedes-Benz accessory site, which offers tasteful timepieces, 1:18 and 1:43 scale die-cast models, and a gorgeous calendar featuring stunning photography of classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. If he’s the grilling kind of guy, take a look at their five-piece barbecue set, which includes grill tongs, apron, and towel, and a vintage Mercedes-Benz star logo steak brand, all wrapped up in a polyester rollup bag with a wipe-clean lining.
I have long been a fan of the products at the Busted Knuckle Garage: Their gear is perfectly suited (as they say) "for the guy with the hands of a lobster and a workbench that looks like an environmental disaster." They've got a great assortment of value-priced holiday gift items and novelties including caps, apparel, garage gear, enamel signs, and even a handy $10.95 magnetic finger tool. My absolute favorite item in their line is their unique herbal Mechanic's lip balm/hand salve, perfect for healing skin exposed to gasoline, oil, and solvents. Each 1.75-ounce tin is just $9.95, making it a perfect stocking stuffer for all your mechanical men -- and ladies, this stuff is also awesome for softening your elbows and heels.
From a scale model to the real car, there are many ways to give the man you love America’s iconic sports car this holiday season. These Corvette-themed items should make it easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite Corvette enthusiast.
Topping the list is the all-new Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible. Production will be limited to 550 top-of-the-line 3LT models, all in Lime Rock Green exterior and Brownstone suede interior. The vehicle also includes suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The Premiere Edition includes a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage, which is also available separately from the Corvette Accessories catalog. These collectible cars will have a unique VIN sequence and unique dash plaques commemorating their limited-edition status. The Premiere Edition Convertible will cost $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and will arrive in dealerships in early 2014.
If getting him a full-size Stingray is out of your budget, then a 1:18 2014 Corvette Stingray model is an awesome alternative for just $38.50. Sleek and sculpted, this desk-sized rendition of the seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray with beautifully detailed engine and opening hood, doors, and hatchback will make a great addition to any die-cast collection.
If he’s the more bookish type, then “Corvette Stingray: The Seventh Generation of America's Sports Car, by Larry Edsall” is a must-own reader for any Corvette fan. Still rolling off the presses, this coffee-table book will be published in January and includes the complete inside story of the all-new Stingray, including more than 300 historical and behind-the-scenes photographs.
Happy shopping! Keep your eyes open for additional holiday guides at AskPatty, with great gift ideas for car-loving ladies, auto-oriented kids and teens, and pampered pets!