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author photo by Lindsay Martell November 2018

Forking over cash for the car nut in your life shouldn't mean endlessly perusing online lists or hitting up a ton of different stores for hours on end. Picking out the best gifts for your favorite gear heads should be a happy diversion. Heck, maybe you'll even find a few gems for yourself.

Bremont Jaguar Watch,Image courtesy of Bremont Watches USA

When You Have A Ton Of Cash To Spend

What do you give the trust fund baby/tech company Veep/or bachelor buddy who has everything? A Bremont Jaguar Watch, of course. These stunning timepieces boast some serious, golden era of 1960's-esque styling thanks to the dials carrying the Jaguar heritage logo right above the six o'clock position and indications of the hour marked in the same styles of the numerals found on E-Type instruments. The three styles -- MKI, MKII and MKIII -- are devoted to the beloved Jaguar E-Type which was hailed, at its 1961 launch, as the speediest production car on the planet. And, according to racing legend Enzo Ferrari, it was also the most beautiful. Priced from $4,795 to $11,395, the Bremont Jaguar Watches are truly the creme de la creme for your need-for-speed friend.

Armor All Complete Car Care Gift Pack Bucket
Image courtesy of Armor All

If You Blew All Your Cash Shopping On Black Friday

Noting says "I love ya, good buddy" more than a bunch of car gear stuffed into a bucket. The Armor All Complete Car Care Gift Pack Bucket is chock-full of the products every car-riding human needs -- things like Ultra Shine Wash & Wax, Original Protectant, Cleaning Wipes, Extreme Wheel and Tire Cleaner, a car wash sponge and a microfiber towel. This 10-piece kit might not illicit wrap-around hugs, but quietly, your buddy is stoked. Seriously. The Armor All Complete Car Care Gift Pack Bucket retails for $19.


Image courtesy of Drop Stop, LLC

For The Friend Who Loves To Snack

You know the type -- the constant nibbler. That grazer pal who munches handfuls of almonds, crunchy pita chips and sips on smoothies every time they hit the road. Give that buddy a helping hand in the clean-up department with the Drop Stop, a nifty invention we first learned about on "Shark Tank." It's a black, stretchy wedge that fills the gap between car seats, keeping stuff from disappearing into the dreaded Bermuda Triangle of your car. It fits around seat belts and matches a car's interior. Plus, it reduces driver distraction by keeping us from fumbling around for that wayward pistachio during rush hour. Snag a pair of Drop Stops for $19.95.

HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner
Image courtesy of HOTOR

... And Could Use Some Help Keeping His/Her Car Clean

That same snacking friend is also gonna need a way to suck up all of those crumbs. If you don't drive a Chrysler Pacifica with its oh-so-convenient Stow 'n Vac built-in vacuum, snagging a separate car vacuum will make any crumb-hating friend rejoice. The handheld HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner can clean up wet and dry spills, and is equipped with an LED light for those late-night clean-ups. Simply plug it into your car's 12-volt socket and tackle those spills like a champ. It also comes with a brush for loosening trash, a skinny crevice tube for cleaning those insanely hard-to-reach areas and a long, soft tube for reaching even more out-of-the-way spots. This handy little gadget costs about $26.

BluClikImage courtesy of iSimple

Best Gift For Your Techy Friend

Simplicity is a very good thing, especially when it comes to car gadgets. We all know how it important it is to slash distracted driving, so BluClik is a must-have gizmo for your tech-loving pal: it's a tiny Bluetooth adapter that fits on one's steering wheel or dash (it comes with an adhesive sticker). It's teeny size makes it a breeze for easy, quick control of your smartphone's audio and volume. Not only does it play your favorite tunes, it also connects with digital assistants such as Siri, in case you need help with a phone call or to hear the latest weather forecast. Click it with one finger, and keep your peepers on the road. Another plus? Its battery will run two months on a single charge. It costs about $55.

Enovoe Seat Back Kick MatsImage courtesy of Enovoe

For That Type A Friend

Let's face it. Sponging off your seat backs, especially after a particularly raucous soccer game or a muddy hike, is a real drag. Keeping that area smudge and foot-print free is no easy feat, but the Enovoe Seat Back Kick Mats will help. These 18-in x 24-in mats cover the entire back seat, and are designed to fit snugly for most sedans, SUVs, minivans, and trucks. Dual-layered and waterproof, they are a breeze to clean -- simply wipe them with a damp cloth and you're good to go. A set retails for about $15. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that don't break the bank.


Image courtesy of Slime

For Your Friend That Likes Gadgets

This is one of those tools you don’t know you need until you get one. If you know someone who prides themselves on the size and power of their full-size air-compressor, this isn’t the gift for them. However, for most homeowners and even mild gearheads, a large, clunky air-compressor is kind of overkill. Slime’s cordless inflator is compact (about the size of a cordless drill), easy to use and is good for both automotive and non-automotive applications. Since it has something the company calls “Inflate-Right Technology,” it’s hard mess things up. Basically, you set the correct pressure, and when it reaches that PSI, it stops.  This compact inflator handles everything from bike tires to car tires and lawn and garden applications. There’s even a USB charger that runs off the rechargeable battery. It’s available in retail stores or on Amazon for about $60-$70.

Skip the silly gag gifts and give the car nut(s) on your list something to be merry about this year.

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