It’s that time – Christmas time is here. There are ways to make the automotive enthusiast on your Christmas list happy, short of buying her a car. Here are some stocking stuffers that the car lover on your list will surely love.
Branded merchandise, fit to please
Countless consumer products have been released that bear the logo of a famous automotive brand. For $620, a Scuderia Ferrari Carbon Chronograph watch from the Ferrari Store can get the pistons pumping. On the slightly more whimsical side, a duffel bag in the shape of the Chevrolet bowtie is available for around $30 at the Chevy Mall.
For gifts like these, a simple Web search with the automotive brand name and a word like “gifts” or the phrase “stocking stuffers” will produce a lineup of gifts for any car lover.
Give them a photo finish
Scenes of automotive action are great for the den, boudoir or man cave. Websites like DeniseMcCluggage.com are great sources through which to purchase prints of vintage race cars and the people who race them and make them.
One example at the above site is a signed print of a 1958 Ferrari Formula 1 car transporter. Other areas of the Denise McCluggage site present firsthand stories from pit row, the kind that invests an authenticity into the photographs that no amount of window dressing can replace.
At the Henry Ford ArteHouse, a signed print of racing great Dan Gurney’s legendary 1967 Ford GT Mk IV that won Le Mans that year is available for $599. Keep in mind that delivery time on this one is six to eight weeks, so it’s too late for Christmas delivery. But if your car lover doesn’t mind Christmas in February, there’s no need to wave the checkered flag.
Ornament their holiday with Chrysler
Over at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, fans of the Chrysler brand with a flair for Christmas decorating may enjoy limited-edition, hand-painted ornaments depicting classic vehicles like a 1973 Jeep CJ-5 or a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country.
Cafe Press offers car lovers the time of their lives, courtesy of themed wall clocks. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a wall clock that reads “Mopar or no car,” a tribute to the Chrysler performance-parts division.
Smaller stocking stuffers
If automotive art prints that cost nearly half a grand aren’t your idea of stocking stuffers, try something like a Dodge 426 Hemi night light. For kids, a racing board game may work well. Or a Top Gear V8 pencil sharpener. Or even a 1:18 die-cast metal replica of a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.
Merry Christmas, ladies and dogs
For the lady in your life, a purse made from a recycled tractor and track tire inner tubes will definitely attract attention at $285. For the beloved pooch who loves to go for a ride, the Pet Rider seat cover is sure to be a hit at $14.99.