Auto Expert: Five Great Automotive Holiday Gifts for Him

Five Great Automotive Holiday Gifts for Him

The holidays will quickly be upon us, so we’ve collected an assortment of gadgets and gizmos meant specifically for that Car Guy you love so much: It doesn’t matter if he’s your Dad or Husband, Brother or Uncle, Son or special friend, if he loves cars, we know you’ll find something here that’s perfect for him.

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? For the outside of his car, this kit from Meguiar’s is the perfect gift to help him keep car looking great this holiday season. Inside, you’ll find every product to get the job done right, including: Meguiar’s NXT Generation Tech Wax, Deep Crystal Car Wash, Quik Interior Detailer, Quik Glass Cleaner and Hot Shine Tire Foam. The Meguiar’s Show Car Shine Kit is available at Target stores nationwide for $20. For detailing the inside, give him Cyber Clean Automotive to help clean those tiny cracks and crevices: just press the blue synthetic elastic membrane into difficult-to-clean areas, then pull it off removing dirt and dust with it, Cyber Clean will leave all the surfaces clean and fresh smelling! From $5.99 to $7.99: watch a demo at

Help make him a more alert driver with the next generation of radar detector. No longer just a method to escape speeding tickets, the new Passport 9500ix from Escort 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. This “artificial intelligence” creates the world’s first fully automatic radar and laser detector to help your man drive more safely, and avoid careless speeding tickets. $499.99 at

Even if he subscribes to roadside service providers like Auto Club, it’s still a good idea to carry an automotive safety kit with heavy-duty jumper cables, screwdrivers, flares and first aid items. Safety Kits Plus offers this AAA-endorsed 70-piece kit for $43.95, containing heavy-duty 8-gauge 10-foot jumper cables, as well as AAA Emergency Car Care Guide, flat head and Phillips head screw drivers, 45 first aid supplies, hand-charged LED flashlight, gloves, duct tape, utility knife, bungee cords and much more. This kit features a fully padded bag with a separate pocket in the back for the jumper cables and pockets in the front compartment for easy storage.

It doesn’t matter what car he drives, you can give him branded accessories, apparel, and other merchandise from practically any premium automaker. Whether he prefers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Porsche, you can find the perfect lifestyle accessories from elegant timepieces, fabulous die-cast model cars, or indulgent Puma driving shoes. Take your pick!

I personally LOVE 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 including apparel, a cool neon clock for $29.95, and even a handy $9.95 magnetic finger tool. My absolute favorite items in their line are their unique herbal skin care products help ease skin exposed to gasoline, oil, and solvents, and excellent for healing abrasions and cuts! Try the Mechanic’s lip balm/hand salve, and Mechanic’s Muscle Easing Salve. Each 1.75-ounce tin is just $6.95, so you can get Dad one of each and a magnetic finger too!

Jody DeVere
President and CEO