Now that the holiday season has come and gone, you can’t help but feel a tremendous sense of relief. As much as you love the goodwill and festiveness synonymous with this time of year, there’s no denying that Christmas can be immensely stressful. Buying countless gifts, attending holiday parties and arranging gatherings of your own can leave even the most energetic individual feeling completely drained. Unfortunately, in your holiday haste, you forgot to buy a gift for the automotive enthusiast in your life. In light of all the help he’s given you with auto issues, it seems only fitting that you offer him a token of appreciation. Although the holidays may be over, there are still a number of fantastic gifts that your favorite car loverwill be delighted to receive. When shopping around for post-holiday presents for gear-heads, you can’t go wrong with the following options.
Trip to a Salvage Yard
Despite being largely ignored by people who are unfamiliar with the inner workings of vehicles, salvage yards are viewed as veritable treasure-troves by automotive aficionados – and for good reason. Salvage yards feature extensive selections of heavily-discounted auto parts for a seemingly endless array of vehicles. Whereas you can typically expect to pay a minimum of several hundred dollars for any given manufacturer-direct part, the pre-owned parts sold at salvage yards rarely exceed $40. So if you want to see your special car lover’s face light up like a kid’s on Christmas morning, take him to your local salvage yard and treat him to a couple of parts.
Car Show Tickets
If the automotive enthusiast in your life has a soft spot for the vehicles of yesteryear, consider buying him tickets to an upcoming car show. These events frequently showcase a fascinating assortment of meticulously-maintained classic cars and give attendees the opportunity to view these vehicles up-close. In some cases, attendees are even given the chance to explore the interiors of certain vehicles. In addition to showcasing classic vehicles, some shows feature cutting-edge modern-day cars and motorcycles.
If your car-savvy acquaintance has been meaning to upgrade some of his automotive tools, don’t hesitate to step in and help out. For example, a decent set of automotive fasteners and wrenches can be found at virtually any hardware store. Alternatively, heavy-duty tools like transfer pumps, hoisters, hydraulic jacks and air compressors will need to be purchased from an automotive specialty shop. If you think your friend could stand to exercise more caution when working on cars, a durable pair of safety goggles or resilient work gloves should be right up his alley.
With increasing pressure to buy gifts for a growing number of recipients, a few people are bound to slip through the cracks at Christmastime. However, the person who’s given you free automotive advice for years shouldn’t be among the forgotten. If the automotive enthusiast in your life was left feeling snubbed this Christmas, any of the previously discussed gifts should more than make up for your accidental absentmindedness.