Holiday Gifts for the Car Lover on Your List

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Looking for a gift for the car lover in your life, but don’t want to have to wrap, or fund, a new vehicle? Here’s a gift guide with plenty of items that shouldn’t bust your holiday budget too badly.

Luggage to Match Your Car

Porsche Panamera luggageI’m having trouble finding luggage for my 2008 Mazda5, but apparently it wouldn’t be a problem if I owned a Porsche Panamera or Aston Martin Rapide.

So, what makes this luggage just right for a Porsche Panamera? This grouping of luggage items efficiently utilizes the space available in the trunk of the Porsche Panamera Excursion. It can be yours for $1,695. Prices vary depending on the number of pieces and apparently the size of your car’s trunk.

So, what’s the prognosis if your car isn’t on the website? It’s good. They claim they can customize a set to fit in any vehicle.

AeroVironment TurboCordturbocord

TurboCord is the smallest, lightest, and most flexible plug-in electric vehicle charger on the market, according to its makers, AeroVironment. TurboCord lets consumers get more out of their EV charging experience by minimizing charge time to 4 to 6 hours, instead of the up to 18 hours taken by typical chargers.

The beauty of the TurboCord is it’s small enough to take with you. It works with both 120- and 240-volt outlets. You’re also going to charge 3 times faster than if you just hooked up to a regular 120-volt system.

It uses state-of-the-art safety features, including temperature monitoring and auto shut-off if there is an issue. Prices start at $499. Order yours at the product website. And here’s a tip: Right now the site is offering free shipping to residential addresses. So don’t have it sent to work.

Newer Tech USB Auto Charger

NewerTech USB Auto-ChargerOkay, now not all presents for the car lover on your list have to cost thousands or even hundreds of dollars. Case in point would be the Newer Tech USB auto charger. I’ve been using a similar device in my car for about a month now and love it. I’ve already lost one, which is why I went for a bigger size that lights up to say, “Hey stupid, don’t forget me.”

The USB auto charger fits any vehicle’s 12-volt power accessory outlet. It also has a charging indicator LED. Did I mention the price? It’s only $9.79 and works on any device that has USB charging. More info is available at the Newer Tech website.

Tire BowlTire bowl

The Tire Bowl from catches my fancy. For any off-roaders in your life, it will make a great centerpiece to the table, resembling a 4×4 rock-climbing tire with deep, realistic-looking tread. The “chrome hubcap” lid snaps on with a twist. The entire bowl is made from sturdy plastic and is 6 inches across by 2.5 deep. Wrenchware says it’s ideal for a single serving of soup or cereal.

It costs only $18.95. Buy a set of 2 in case that car-loving friend has a significant other and maybe more if they have children.

Stoner Car Care Reach Tool

glass reach toolOkay, here’s another inexpensive gift idea that makes a lot of sense. It’s the Stoner Car Care Reach Tool. My aforementioned Mazda5 is difficult to clean when it comes to its sloping windshield and dashboard layout. I’m going to put this item on my list.

Plus, it’s not expensive. It comes packaged with Stoner Car Care’s Invisible Glass, which has no soap, dye, or fragrance. That means it supposedly never leaves behind any streaks or grime-attracting residues, so you clean better and clean less often. Not sure how any item without soap can clean, but brighter minds than mine can handle that issue.

The set costs $12.98, and you can buy it at Walmart.

Happy Holidays!

-Keith Griffin

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