Automotive aficionados are some of the most difficult people to shop for during the holiday season. And if you don’t know anything about the cars they love so much, it can be even harder. But never fear, we’ve got you covered with a few Jeep gift ideas for the gearhead in your life.
The starting line
If your budget is balder than race car tires, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves. Consider giving the gift of a clean garage. It will cost you little more than time and a few inexpensive materials, but it’s a gift that will keep on giving. Your deep cleaning should start with clearing everything from the space you intend to rearrange. Look for creative ways to organize and declutter to make for the ultimate workspace. Make sure to have plenty of pegboards on hand. And if you can spend the money, a custom tool cabinet will top their list of favorite gifts ever.
On the opposite end of the budget spectrum is buying the car-crazed a fixer-upper vehicle they can transform into their very own automotive masterpiece. If you can’t find something locally, check online for great deals. Having their own car to restore can fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
Now that we’ve got the cheapest and most expensive ideas out of the way, let’s take a look at a few middle-of-the-road gift ideas won’t disappoint. Keep in mind that car guys – and gals – typically have one specific make or model they love. ShopJeepParts.com is a great source for people that like their vehicles rugged and off-road. Whether you are looking for rolls bars or bumpers, this online store has it, and even offers free shipping on orders over $75.
Hot Wheels make a fun gift for car lovers of any age. Collecting these diecast models is a popular pastime and has been a hobby for many since the original Sweet 16hit the shelves in 1968. Hot Wheels Collectors explains there are many ways to collect the iconic toys, including Treasure Hunt packages and Premium designs. The best part is these cars start at about $1 each. Larger model cars that require assembly are a good choice for collectors who like a challenge. These can be picked up at virtually any craft store.
Automotive accessories are also a welcome addition under the tree with Jeep full covers, detailing kits, and automotive technology books being perhaps the most useful. Custom floor mats, decals, and window tinting are also good ideas that won’t set you back thousands of dollars. If your gift recipient also enjoys taking photographs of their vehicle, consider investing in a good camera so they can document every upgrade they make to their precious vehicle. Digital Photography School offers tips on how to take better photographs of cars; it’s a great resource if they’re just starting out with photography.
The big finish
Finally, for the car lover who has everything, plan out a road trip, complete with accommodations, along some of the nation’s best highways and byways. Route 66 is an obvious first choice and features many historical – and quirky – roadside attractions. Other scenic road trip choices include Alabama’s Highway 78, Pike’s Peak in Colorado, and Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge. Before they adventure off, it’s a good idea to provide an oil change, tire rotation, and vehicle safety check to ensure they can enjoy the ride.
Giving is half the fun of the holiday season. Don’t succumb to the temptation to pop a gift card in an envelope. With a little foresight, you can give gifts that will be cherished this and every Christmas.