* Great gift ideas for drivers of all ages
* Thoughtful ways to keep their car in tuned — and in shape
* Things they didn’t know they needed
Not sure what to get the car lover on your list? Don’t settle for generic car fresheners or (gasp!) a tacky bumper sticker this year. We’ve got five better ideas that will keep their car looking — and feeling — good.
Whether you’re getting a stocking stuffer for someone who just got their license, or looking to upgrade the car enthusiast in your life, these fool-proof suggestions put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to giving good gifts.
1. MBA Inc Forever BLACK Tire Gel
Here’s a great stocking stuffer idea: Forever BLACK is a gel that’s specially formulated to clean and protect your tires. Water-based and environmentally safe, use the gel with the included applicator, which features a concave design to easily reach around the curves and grooves. The gel promises to restore your tires to a like-new black luster, while protecting against UV damage.
2. Smittybilt Tire Repair Kit
Everyone claims to know how to fix a flat, but that knowledge won’t do you any good without the proper tools. This tire repair kit includes everything you need to mend a punctured tire, with plugs, patches, wires and pliers. It comes in a compact package for easy stowing in a glove box or under a car seat. This is an essential kit that every driver needs in his or her car.
3. WeatherTech DigitalFit Floor Liners
Don’t settle for the generic floor mats that come with your car. Everyone could use an upgrade and we suggest these super durable floor liners from WeatherTech. The brand’s signature “DigitalHigh-Density Tri-Extruded” (HDTE) material allows for a rigid core for strength — no worries about your mat slipping out of place here. An advanced surfacing system creates ridges and “channels” that carry water and debris to a lower reservoir of the mat. Enter your vehicle dimensions on the site to ensure that you find a mat that most accurately fits your car flooring.
4. Trail Master Underseat Lock Box
Protect your valuables while traveling with this Trail Master Underseat Lock Box. Constructed from a heavy-duty steel with a universal mounting sleeve, it can be placed anywhere within the cab of your car (SPY tip: it’s better suited for SUVs, which have seats that are raised to allow for more room underneath for this box). The slim profile and black finish keeps the box discreet, so as to not attract unwanted attention. The lock box measures 8.25 inches x 9.25 inches x 3 inches.
5. WeatherTech PetSTEP Folding Pet Ramp
Don’t make Fido leap into the car and risk damaging his (or her) legs. Dog lovers need this portable PetSTEP Pet Ramp, which folds out to reveal a sturdy, polypropylene and glass fiber ramp that lets your pets get in and out of the car easily. The ramp features a ribbed, non-slip surface, and an engineered design for balance and stability. Clean by rinsing with soap and water.