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Christmas for Car Lovers

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On: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:53PM | By: Karen Cook


Christmas for Car Lovers

It’s almost Christmas and, by this time, most of your shopping should be done. Mine’s not. For those of you in the same boat (car?) here are some suggestions for the car lovers in your life.

Small budget items are still available and can be used all year. They will be certainly be appreciated when they are needed. A tool kit is always a good idea, even if it isn’t unique, along with car care kits and portable jump starters. I recently had trouble with my battery and, believe me, I wish I had more than jumper cables in my car.

There are things you can personalize too such as floor mats and seat covers. If you live in a cold climate, you can find heated seat covers which can keep your loved one’s tushy warm on the long drive over the river and through the woods.

If you have a deeper wallet, you could do something really special and have a remote start system installed or have the windows tinted. This requires access to the vehicle in question but that’s part of the fun. Be creative. My son had my windows tinted for me as a surprise. He asked to borrow my car, and when he brought it back a couple of hours later it was done. It was very thoughtful and I didn’t suspect a thing. Just make sure you have a plausible excuse.

For gadget lovers, how about a replica Formula One engine coffee dispenser? It comes in two strengths—V8 and V12—and you can also get racing piston or air intake trumpet cups for a little more. It’s made by Espresso Veloce and is available online. This one is pricey and comes out of England, but if you’ve got the cash it would be a present someone would never forget.

If you’ve decided to give the ultimate car gift (an actual car) here are a few tips:

1. Make sure you pick a car the receiver will like. You can take them with you to the lot if you want, but if you want the car to be a surprise, do your research before you shop.

2. Shop early. Don’t wait until the last minute and make a rush decision. Tell the salesperson the car is a Christmas present and they may be more likely to negotiate a price. They need money for Christmas too, and they get it by selling more cars.

3. Arrange to store the car at a friends or relative’s until Christmas Eve. You may have to get creative in order to get it to the proper driveway before Christmas morning. The extra effort is worth it.

4. Don’t forget the bow. Or a full wrap job, if you have the time and privacy. Have your camera ready for this priceless surprise!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!




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