Is there a better gift for motoring enthusiasts than a brand new car? Probably not. Are you so rich that you can afford to give out brand new cars during the holidays? Probably not. Fortunately, there are tons of more reasonably-priced presents you can give the automotive aficionados in your holiday list to get their motors revving. Here are some ideas.
While a can of sealant won’t be able to fix every flat tire that happens, this should be able to patch up any puncture up to a quarter of an inch in diameter. That means, it should handle the most common types of tire punctures that happen on the road. To use, just screw the integrated hose onto the tire valve and press the lever, which prompts it to dispense the combination air and sealant directly into the tire, patching up any holes in the process. It’s incredibly fast, allowing you to get back on the road at a fraction of the time it would take to replace the flat with your spare in the trunk. This 20oz can is enough to fix the flat on one large SUV tire.
This clever water-powered brush connects to any standard garden hose, allowing it to combine a rotating brush head and a pressurized stream of water for cleaning the wheels on your car. It doesn’t use power, by the way, instead relying on the water pressure to get the brush head turning. Even better, it does that without ruining the finish of the wheels. It comes with two swappable brush heads: a soft one for sensitive surfaces and a tough one for going all-out on heavy muck. And yes, you can use it for far beyond dirty wheels, as the same slow and steady spin of the brush can be used to clean all sorts of items encrusted in grime and filth.
For the recipient who’s fond of using Alexa (whether via a Terminator or not), let them stay in touch with their favorite intelligent assistant while driving using this accessory, which connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth and to the car speakers via an auxiliary input. Eight onboard microphones with far-field technology ensure Alexa can hear your commands and queries over loud music, AC, and busy road traffic, so you don’t have to scream all by yourself while driving alone. While it can’t integrate with your car’s infotainment system, it does let you use your phone as a driver-friendly display.
Probably one of the best value driving gloves out there, these are handmade from real cowhide leather with a premium feel on the skin (they’re unlined), making them very comfortable to wear, especially during colder days out. It’s touchscreen-friendly, too, so you can operate any touchscreen panel inside newer vehicles, while the reverse-stitching ensures there’s nothing inside that can potentially nick your skin during longer drives.
This portable jump starter is equipped with a rechargeable battery that will allow you to jump start a ride 20 times between charges, all while keeping its charge on standby for up to a year. The outfit calls the 1,000-amp unit a “mistake-proof” jump starter system, making it perfectly safe and easy for drivers of any level, with the ability to boost the battery on any vehicle with gas engines up to 6.0 liters and diesel engines up to 3.0 liters. Aside from jump starting dead car batteries, it pulls extra duty as a USB power bank and a 100-lumen LED flashlight.
People should really keep their cars clean. Having a vacuum in the trunk is a great way to ensure they’re ready to do that each time the need comes up. And while there’s a healthy selection of 12V vacuums custom-built for automobiles out there, they just don’t have the suction power to handle most demanding cleaning tasks. This battery-powered model does. We love the design, with its flat base allowing you to set it down on the floor of the car and flexible four-foot hose giving you easy access to every area of your ride. It comes with a few attachments, too, including a pet hair brush and a long crevice tool.
If your recipient drives a J1772 EV (pretty much most non-Tesla EVs), consider gifting them this handy adapter, which allows their cars to charge in any Tesla Level 1 or Level 2 charging station, giving you access to thousands of the outfit’s erstwhile proprietary installations. It supports 48 amps and 250V, allowing you to charge you car faster than other adapters, all while being small enough to fit in the glove compartment for easy access when it’s needed.
For motoring mavens who also have a soft spot for toys, LEGO Technic sets have long been a can’t-miss gift, no matter the occasion. One of the hottest Technic sets this year is this McLaren F1 model, which recreates the team’s Formula 1 entry from the 2021 season. Not only does it reproduce the blue-and-orange exterior in intricate detail, the long model also comes with a working suspension, a steering mechanism that can be controlled from the cockpit, a functional differential, and a replica V6 engine with pistons that move as the car propels forward. At 25.5 inches long, it’s massive, too, making for a toy your recipient can work on when they do take a break from working on their cars.
Thrustmaster T248 Racing Wheel and Magnetic Pedals
People who love cars play video games, too. And when they do, there’s a good chance they play racing video games. While you can enjoy most any racing title using a standard gamepad, nothing recreates the feel of real-world driving than doing it with a steering wheel and pedals. This set offers arguably the best combination of price and function, with an impressively accurate force feedback system, a hybrid gear and belt design that feels great, and an interactive race dashboard right on the wheel. Sure, it’s not the sleekest-looking or the quietest rig out there, but it definitely gets the job done.
Whether for camping or tailgating, a car awning instantly turns your vehicle into a comfy hang-out spot, putting a a roof over your head to keep any rain or sun away. Nothing in the market provides that like this awning from Kammok, whose unique design allows it to be unfolded and pitched in just three seconds. That’s right, a roof awning that sets up on its own, with no need to set up poles or run lines. It works with every crossbar and roof rack system from Yakima, Thule, Rhino, and Prinsu, too, all while folding up on the side full-time, so there’s no need to take up any space in the boot.