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Most auto enthusiasts are very particular about the things they use on and in their vehicles, so shopping for them can be a little daunting, especially if you are not into cars yourself. The good news is, we very much are into cars and can help you find the best car gift in no time! Ranging from cheap and practical to luxurious and exciting, this buying guide contains some of the coolest and most useful things that any car enthusiast would appreciate.
The Best Gifts for Car Lovers
Cool looking and practical? Yep, these magnetic mounts (2 pack) by WizGear not only help keep the driver’s smartphone securely glued to one place, but actually look great no matter the vehicle thanks to their complementary design.
With a sturdy base and powerful magnetic head, this car mount holder is incredibly convenient and easy to use. You can rotate your phone however you like and swivel the display as you please – the holder won’t budge.
2 pack of magnetic car mount holders
Sturdy base, powerful magnet
Holds smartphones and mini tablets
- Modelmagnetic mount
- Weight3.84 ounces
All car lovers pride themselves on keeping their vehicles looking like new. That’s why this car care kit by Armor All is the perfect gift. Containing 4 essential products for keeping a car clean, fresh and protected, this is one of the most practical and useful gifts around.
The kit contains the Original Protectant for cleaning which also helps fight fading and cracking while providing UV protection. Then there is the Ultra Shine Wash & Wax which gently removes debris, leaving an incredible shine. The Tire Foam Protectant cleans the tires and restores their ultra-black appearance, while the Glass Wipes remove road grime and fingertips in no time, making cleaning glass easy and even satisfactory!
Check out our review and buying of the Best Tire Shine available on the market.
Car care kit, 4 different products
Cleans, protects and restores
- BrandArmor All
- Weight4.1 pounds
If your friend is a hardcore car enthusiast, a detailing kit for ultimate buffing and polishing such as this one from Chemical Guys is the way to go. Packed with everything for a full polishing job, this detailing package is a fantastic gift for any car lover.
There are 13 items packed in here, including the TORQX machine polisher, a buffing pad, polishing pad cleaner and a conditioner, three plush microfiber towels and other tools and accessories for a perfectly clean, shiny and polished car.
You may also like our review of the Best Car Waxes in 2018!
Car detailing kit, 13 products
Cleans, buffs and polishes
Great cost-value balance
- BrandChemical Guys
- Weight9.61 pounds
We all have that friend who constantly loses her change, keys, makeup and other small things in the crack of her car seat. Not only is this inconvenient, but can be distracting and as a result dangerous too. For such folks, a car seat gap filler is the perfect gift.
Offering 100% gap coverage, these seat gap fillers by Drop Stop will block anything and everything from falling down the gap between the car seat and console. They’re installed by attaching the built-in slot to the seat belt so they fit snugly and securely, with no need of readjusting or reinstalling ever again.
Car seat gap fillers with 100% coverage
Set of 2
One size fits all cars
- BrandDrop Stop
- Weight10.4 ounces
If your friend could use some help in keeping his car clean and neatly organized, a drive bin such as this one from Drive Auto Products could be perfect. Versatile, convenient and actually stylish, this drive bin acts as a handy storage for all things in the way, from kid toys to car accessories.
This product may be called a car garbage bin but make no mistake, it’s much more than that. With a large but compact and water-resistant design, this bag can hold mountains of clutter with no issues of any sort. The bag can also be converted into a thermal container for drinks and food and, as a bonus, comes with 20 disposable liners for various messes.
Durable, water-proof bin
Holds various things and messes
- BrandDrive Auto Products
- Weight11 ounces
Another highly convenient car storage organizer by Drive Auto Products, but this one specifically a car trunk organizer, is an ideal gift for drivers who like to keep their things organized.
This automotive carrier bag is sturdy, spacious and highly versatile as it comes with various pockets, insert panels and side straps. It’s ideal for grocery shopping, road trips, business trips and generally for drivers who like to keep their car spaces clean and neat. Although the bag is collapsible and can be placed on the front or back seat with no problem, it is best suited for trunks as it can become quite bulky depending on how many things you stuff inside.
Sturdy, collapsible car organizer bag
Neatly holds various things and accessories
- BrandDrive Auto Products
- Weight3 pounds
If you’re looking for a premium top coat polish and sealer, look no further than the Hydrbid Wax spray by CarGuys. This thing will produce a polished, slick car surface that lasts for months – no matter the weather!
Made with advanced science for hardcore detailers, the spray sealant is infused with carnauba wax for that ultimate shine and incredible gloss. It works on all surfaces and provides excellent UV protection too. Basically, it’s a fully synthetic polymer sealant that works as a wax, polish and sealant in one, meaning it’s a perfect gift for folks who don’t like to bother with multiple tools, sprays and accessories for car detailing.
Spray sealant infused with carnauba wax
Protects and polishes, producing brilliant shine
1 microfiber towel included
- Weight11.2 ounces
Elegant, convenient and with strong suction power, this small car vacuum cleaner is an ideal gift for all auto enthusiasts who like to keep their car interiors clean and fresh.
Powered by Hotor motor, this handy little device picks up debris, pet hair and other dirt particles with ease. It’s easy to use it too as it’s lightweight and comes with several cleaning accessories, including a hard brush for embedded dirt and a crevice tube for deep cleaning. Since it comes with a 14.6 ft long cord, the vacuum can be used for cleaning every part of the car.
Corded car hand vacuum
14.6 ft long cord
Comes with a few cleaning extensions
- Weight2.5 pounds
Always useful to have around, new jumper cables are a welcome addition to any car enthusiast’s toolkit, especially if they come with a few extra accessories, such as these ones by Rugged Geek.
These jump starters use Intelliboost technology to take away the risk of jump starting by ensuring power only flows when it’s 100% safe to do so. Furthermore, the starter can be used as power supply for pretty much all portable devices, including phones, laptops, cameras, drones, etc. And that’s not even all – the RG600 model also triples as an ultra-bright LED flashlight. Talk about versatility!
Vehicle jump starter + power supply + LED flashlight
Can be used on cars, trucks, boats, motorbikes and other vehicles
Compact and portable
- BrandRugged Geek
- Weight15.5 ounces
A good car alarm system equals a safe car and a happy owner. That’s why CarLock is one of the best practical car gifts you could ever buy – this real-time tracking system monitors the vehicle and alerts of suspicious activities via an app.
Unlike a regular car alarm which not only frequently gives false alarms but can only alert the owner if they’re close by, the CarLock system alerts the owner of any suspicious activity no matter where they are – whether a car is being moved, the engine starts or any unusual vibration is happening, the system will detect it in real time and alert the owner via their phone.The device also monitors the health of the vehicle and can alert – in advance – when the battery is running low or is experiencing a drain.
Check out our review and buying guide of the Best Car GPS Trackers for more similar products!
Real-time car tracker +GPS
Alerts via phone app (Android and iPhone)
Warns of any suspicious activity and poor car health
- Weight1.76 ounces
One of the best car gifts money can buy, the Pioneer AVH-X390BS is an in-dash receiver that is Bluetooth, digital media player, audio and smartphone integration in one. Basically, this unit is packed with cool features that make for an excellent addition to any vehicle.
The display screen size is 6.2” while the resolution is 800×480. Of course, we’re talking about a touchscreen, LED backlight device that is fully customizable and easy to adjust to fit the user’s preferences. Besides the usual (media player, Bluetooth, audio), the AVH-X390BS model also offers voice, Pandora and Spotify control, AppRadio One, Android Music Support, Siri Eyes Free and many, many other useful features.
For more products, check out our review and buying guide of the Best Car DVD Players.
In-dash car stereo receiver + Bluetooth
Power output peak 50W
- Weight5 pounds
A trusty mechanic friend in the form of a simple electronic device, FIXD monitors a vehicle’s car health, detects problems and translates them into simple terms that anyone can understand. Plus, it can be controlled via an app – a fantastic practical car gift! If you are looking for more gadgets and other great gift ideas, the team at Gear Hungry have gone to great lengths to provide a wide range of products like this that cater for not just car lovers! Be sure to check out their page.
FIXD Sensor plugs into a gas-powered vehicle (needs to be 1996 model year or newer though) and then transmits the data to the FIXD app via Bluetooth. It continuously monitors the car and gives access to various features, including maintenance reminders and maintenance price estimator. The user can also check engine light diagnosis and turn it off via their phone, and even connect multiple devices for easy health tracking of different vehicles.
Check out our review of the Best OBD2 Bluetooth Scanners available on the market.
Car health monitor device
Multiple useful features
Delivers information via phone app
- Weight1.92 ounces
The Resqme keychain escape tool is a seatbelt cutter and car window breaker in one. Although one of the cheapest car devices on our list, it’s one of the safest car gifts you could ever give.
Made from ABS plastic and stainless steel, this safety and survival tool allows the user to cut a jammed seatbelt and break a side window in a case of an emergency. It’s a powerful little device that was originally made for first responders, but because it’s so lightweight and compact, it’s an ideal keychain that anyone can use.
Safety and survival tool
Lightweight and compact
- Weight0.64 ounces
If you’re looking for a truly practical car gift that will help keep your car-loving friend safe and sound no matter where they go, this excursion road kit by Lifeline is a fantastic choice.
The bag packs 76 essential components, including basic auto toolkit items, air compressor, jumper cables, LED aluminum flashlight and batteries, some essential tools such a screwdrivers, pliers, bungee cord, etc. There are also safety accessories included, such as utility knife, whistle, and emergency poncho. Finally, there are various first aid items packed too, including bandages and other essentials.
Check out our list of the Best Car Emergency Kits in 2018!
Road emergency kit, 76 components
Meets AAA standards
Includes auto toolkit items, tools, safety accessories and first aid kit
- Weight3 pounds
Looking for the ultimate microfiber towel for that spotless finish? Check out Meguiar’s Water Magnet towel. Absorbing up to 2x the water of regular terry towles, this is one of the best microfiber towels on the market.
Thanks to its plush and large waffle-like texture, it greatly reduces drying time, leaving no streaks of any kind behind. The result is a perfectly clean, polished car, boat or a bike in no time. Plus, it’s machine washable and 100% reusable.
Microfiber drying towel
Cleans and polishes vehicles
- Weight4 ounces
Another highly convenient and equally good-looking magnetic car phone mount holder, but this one from Scosche compliments any car interior as it comes in various colors and shapes.
With powerful magnets and its cradle-free design, this dash mount can securely hold a smartphone or a tablet while the driver safely keeps his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel. The holder is also temperature resistant so it works just as well on hot days as it does on super-cold days.
Magnetic car mount holder
Holds smartphones and tablets
- Weight12.8 ounces
One of the best general purpose tools sets you could buy at this price, the Crescent Mechanics is a great car gift for a car enthusiast. Containing a set of super-useful hand tools for mechanical, industrial and consumer applications, including wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers and other tools, this kit makes for a perfect mechanic tool set.
There are 170 tools packed in a sturdy, folding plastic case which is not only easy to store but also carry around thanks to a convenient little handle on top. All tools are made from vanadium steel alloy, meaning resistant to abrasion and corrosion.
Mechanics tool set, 170 pieces
Durable and foldable plastic case
Tools made from vanadium steel alloy
- Weight0.16 ounces
If you have a gearhead friend who likes to keep his working space neat and organized, a tool chest such as this one from Craftsman would be an ideal gift. This top part fits onto any Craftsman bottom chest, allowing customization and maximization of any available space.
Heavy-duty steel construction makes this top tool chest sturdy and durable, guaranteed to last a lifetime. There are 6 convenient drawers which all come with a key locking system, allowing the user to securely lock their tools (or whatever else they keep in the drawers!) inside the chest.
Top tool chest
6 lockable drawers
- Weight45.2 pounds
Car cleaning products may not be exciting but are absolutely necessary for keeping a car clean. This cleaning duo, on the other hand, is not only highly practical but is actually fun to use thanks to the amount of foam it produces.
One of the highest quality car wash foam cannons on the market, this product is durable and made of corrosion-resistant materials. As for the foam cleaners itself, it produces the thickest foam that removes dirt and road grime in no time.
Foam canon + foam cleanser
Sturdy and durable canon construction
Cleanser produces incredibly thick foam
- BrandChemical Guys
- Weight11.2 pounds
What car lover doesn’t like a quality car speaker? The GTO609C model by JBL is an ideal car gift as it’s affordable but produces clear, strong sound from an amplifier or a head-unit no matter the music.
Capable of delivering up to 270 watts of power, with a dual-level tweeter volume adjustment, this component speaker will satisfy even the pickiest of audiophiles. The frames are carbon-composite, non-magnetic, and will maintain their precision over time, no matter how frequently they’re used.
Component speaker system, set of 2
25 – 270 W amplifier power range
Produces clear, deep sound
- Weight6.17 pounds
Compact and practical, this enclosed car subwoofer is a fantastic gift for all drivers with limited vehicle space. Since it’s self-powered, it takes up pretty much zero space but still manages to produce deep, clear sound.
With 150 Watts and no external amplifier, this little subwoofer is not only easy to install but can be added under a car seat, trunk or anywhere else the driver finds it convenient. It comes with a remote bass control, so it’s super-easy to use too.
Enclosed, powered subwoofer
Compact, low profile device
- Weight6.17 pounds