May it be a weekend cruise in a convertible top roadster, a mud-slinging session in an unstoppable 4×4 vehicle, or a camper van adventure with a canine companion, getting behind the wheel of an automobile brings with it unlimited potential.
But as with any outdoor adventure, having good automotive gear is just as important as possessing the ideal auto.
Here at AvalonKing, we’ve come up with some really fun holiday gift ideas for car lovers over the years, and this year we’re kicking things up a notch, with some pretty rad shopping options.
In the spirit of keeping things automotive-oriented and useful, we have concocted a holiday shopping list that includes ten of the most practical and grin-inducing gifts money can buy. So skip the silly gift card cop-out and let’s get shopping!
1. Foam Guns and Foam Cannons
We start our automotive holiday gift list with a product that’s been engineered with the Nerf gun collector, pressure washing enthusiast, and leaf blower aficionado in mind. Foam guns and their highly pressurized foam cannon companions are a fun and efficient method of car cleaning, and right now companies like Amazon and Lowes are running some really good deals on the best products in the car shampoo spraying biz.
So go ahead punk, make my spray… or clean my car… or something like that. You get the picture.
2. AvalonKing Shampoo Set
While a foam cannon or foam gun is a ton of fun, and incredibly effective at shooting suds, you’ll only be spraying water without the addition of foaming car shampoo. Both AvalonKing’s Ceramic Prep Shampoo and Maintenance Shampoo are certified foam cannon and foam gun-friendly and create an insane amount of suds once put into action.
Both shampoos benefit from being nano-ceramic coating compliant as well, all thanks to balanced pH levels and carefully calculated deep-cleaning detergents. Be sure to check out the AvalonKing Holiday Sale that’s going on right now, for exclusive bundle offers on the industry’s best car shampoos.
3. Off-Road Recovery Kit
Wheelin’ in the woods sure is a ton of fun, at least, all the way up until you find your rig wedged between a couple of boulders, or stuck in a swampy bog.
If you’ve got a fledgling 4×4 fanatic in your life, their rig not only needs a quality winch, but an off-road recovery kit as well. We suggest starting with a basic winch accessory kit from Anvil Off Road, as it contains many of the basic recovery tools needed to get a stuck off-road vehicle back on the trail, and comes packed with the quality that only Holley Performance Products can provide.
4. LED Lighting Kits
Say goodbye to ho-hum halogens and HID bulbs, because LED lighting has officially made it into the aftermarket mainstream, and these bulbs are actually worth a damn now.
While the big guys like Panasonic and Sylvania continue to rule the roost concerning customer reach, some of the more unique LED lighting options are being offered by smaller companies like St. Louis, Missouri-based lighting specialist Diode Dynamics.
While the company’s lineup of halo LED lights, side markers, and plug-in solutions are major sellers, it’s the easily interchangeable off-road pods and all-new SAE 50-state street legal drop-in fog lights that many drivers find the most appealing.
5. AvalonKing Armor Shield Lite and IPA Prep Sprays
Recently launched, and selling faster than freshly flipped hotcakes, AvalonKing’s line of Instant Ceramic and IPA Prep Sprays have taken the DIY detailing market by storm.
While the isopropyl alcohol (IPA) Prep Spray from AvalonKing offers meticulously calculated levels of balance for unrivaled surface prep decontamination, its slick solution and ultra attractive cherry aroma make prepping a surface for ceramic a pleasure.
Armor Shield Lite on the other end is engineered as a stand alone instant ceramic spray, which provides 3-6 months of insane gloss and ultra hydrophobics. It will also rejuvinate an existing layer of Armor Shield IX nano-ceramic coating when used as a maintenance topper, providing a level of shine that puts Vin Diesel’s gleaming melon to shame, all thanks to a simple spray-and-wipe solution which cures instantly on both wet and dry surfaces. Armor Shield Lite is the perfect entry product to the AvalonKing protection range.
6. AvalonKing Microfiber Range
High-end alcohol prep sprays and ceramic boost sprays are nothing if you don’t have a properly engineered microfiber product for application and buffing purposes. The same can be said for owning a quality car shampoo, and not having a microfiber chenille wash mitt “on hand’ during wash day.
Give a car enthusiast the entire line of AvalonKing multi-purpose microfiber cloths, plush buffing towels, and massive wash mitts, and watch those fluffy folds change their detailing routine forever. Available in 6-pack and 3-pack bundles, the ultra-absorbent cloth side of AvalonKing’s microfiber line make excellent stocking stuffers for DIY detailing zealots and OCD clean freaks.
As for AvalonKing’s monolithic microfiber chenille wash mitt, let’s just say that it offers more value than any other mitt on the market, and one touch will tell you precisely why.
7. Racing School
Do you have someone in your life who has a badass sports car, but doesn’t know how to hoon it properly? Or maybe they’ve got a 6-speed hot hatch, but still haven’t mastered the art of downshifting and rev-matching?
Racecar driving schools are available at a plethora of race tracks around the globe, and more times than not, you’ll discover that it’s retired race car drivers that are the driving instructors. This thoughtful gift will not only teach that fledgling speed demon how to haul ass properly, but when to favor the brake pedal, time the apex, and heel-toe into the next corner, all in a safe and controlled environment.
8. Dream Car Weekend Rental
Not everyone is interested in hitting the track or perfecting their canyon-carving skills. Some people just want to drive their dream car, and making this lifelong wish come true is going to earn you unfathomable amounts of praise.
While smaller cities are typically not very accommodating for this sort of experience, exotic and luxury car rental companies in larger cities offer competitively priced weekend package deals for those looking to get behind the wheel of their dream machine.
9. Tile Key Locator
Regardless as to whether they are sitting in a coat pocket somewhere, hiding underneath the sofa, or are still stuffed in your front door lock, a misplaced set of car keys sucks. An attachable locator from tech company Tile makes tracking-down missing sets of keys a cinch, as all you have to do is access an app, and follow the prompts to your missing keys.
Tile’s package plans offer a wide array of location options, and tracker bundle kits are available for those forgetful family members who are forever misplacing items. We hear that it’s genetic…
10. Motion-Sensing Wireless Phone Chargers
Forget fumbling with charging cables, and struggling with spring-loaded smartphone car mounts that snap shut unexpectedly. The future of smartphone charging is here, with rapid 15W wireless charging and effortless attachment and removal leading the way.
Available in both touch and motion-sensing trim, modern wireless smartphone mounts are a great gift for people who use their device for navigation while driving. No more fighting to get that phone to fit in its cradle, or cursing because they left their charging cable at home. All they have to do is attach the phone mount, plug it in, and tap the cradle when they need it to open.
As you can see, getting the perfect gift for a gearhead goes well beyond buying a set of jumper cables or the latest Mario Kart game. And while there is nothing wrong with giving basic LEGO Speed Champions Kits, or an advanced LEGO Technic 4×4 vehicle, a truly thoughtful gift goes beyond building block toys and gets people interacting with automobiles.
Hopefully, today’s gift idea cheat sheet has helped give you a few unique present options, and reinforces the fact that supporting the petrol-fueled passions of the automotive enthusiast in your life is indeed worthwhile. Just look at the joy on your uncle’s face when he does burnouts in his driveway in his El Camino and you’ll see what we mean. Happy holidays everyone!