Thoughtful Gifts for New Drivers or Car Owners

[ 0 ] December 8, 2010 |

How convenient for you that someone on your holiday list just bought a new car – holiday shopping for them is a cinch! Depending on what your budget is and what they already have, you may be swaying in a few directions. If you need ideas for new driver gifts, we’re here to help!

Decorative Accessories

One thing a new car owner appreciates is an accessory that adds some personality to their new car while helping keep things neat:

Floor Mat Set – An ideal gift for a new car driver is a floor mat set to keep carpeting clean. For luxury cars, choose a design that looks neat and matches the interior (e.g. black, grey or beige). Other drivers might like fun characters like Betty Boop or Tweety!

Seat or Steering-wheel Covers – These will help keep the interior in good shape as they protect from wear and tear. Check out the sassyWild Cherry Seat Cover Set by Auto Expressions for the fashionista you know.

Coupons to use: Advance Auto Parts.

Car Kits for Upkeep & Safety

If only that new-car smell could last forever! Unfortunately it doesn’t, but the brand-new car look can with a care kit:

Armor All Products – These products keep interiors like leather moisturized to avoid from drying out or fading. You can also find protectant wipes for the dash and console to dust and seal in moisture all in one!  Try purchasing a few Armor All products and create a basket for them.

Emergency Kit - As a new driver they need certain necessities should they ever be stranded somewhere. The Universal AAA – Roadside Emergency Kit is great kit with: heavy-duty booster cable, air compressor with gauge to fill tire, hand-charged flashlight, fleece set to keep warm, gloves and scarf, screwdrivers, first-aid supplies, etc.

Coupons to use: Armor All Products; Auto Parts Warehouse.

Gifts to Keep Them On Route

Do they struggle a bit with directions? Keep them on route with maps ‘n apps!

Map Book – For the new car owner who’s pretty good with directions, but might use this when visiting out of town. Fits perfectly in the glove compartment.

New Phone w/ GPS App – This gift kills two birds with one stone: they’ll have a way of contact in case they need help, and they can access directions or points of interest. Just make sure they don’t already have one.

GPS System – This is the easiest way for them to access directions while driving. Check out the Garmin – nuvi 255W GPS with all the essentials to mount on their dash plus preloaded maps, 4.3-inch color screen, turn-by-turn voice directions, etc.

Coupons to use: Best Buy.

Organization & Convenience

Do they live in an area that’s scorching hot or always raining? When there are compartments to easily store essentials, staying organized is effortless! Here are some gifts that rock:

Organizers – If they belt out tunes the whole route, an overhead storage shelf for CDs is ideal. For the executive, a mobile desk is perfect for them to stop and work on the go! Other organizer ideas include trunk organizers, gear boxes for tools, and behind-seat storage cases.

Collapsible Umbrella – A compact umbrella that they can tuck under their seat will keep them dry on the sprint into the office. They’ll swear by this nifty little device.

Sun Guard – A sun guard is a quick way for them to shield the sun from turning their car into an oven. It won’t only keep the car degrees cooler; it’ll also prevent their dash from fading over time.

Coupons to use: Auto Anything.

Stocking Stuffers or Add-ons

Here are some stocking stuffer, add-on and last-minute gift ideas for the new car owner:

Designer Sunglasses – A new pair of shades to look chic in their new ride is a fun gift. Find out whether they like a certain designer (e.g. D&G, Ray Ban) and choose a pair to suit their style.

Leather Gloves – Great for looking sleek and gripping the wheel. Check out these Italian leather cloves for men by DNA with intricate stitching and snap closure.

Keychain – You’ve got so many options – whether they have a favorite cartoon character, band, saying, you can pretty much find a keychain to suit anyone.

Coupons to use: Sunglass Hut, Forzieri, Personal Creations.

Go down as the thoughtful gifter this year. Get them something they need for their new car!

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