While the holidays are for giving, nobody wants their gifts to go unused. In fact, giving the right gift can put an even bigger smile on the giver’s face than the receiver. Obviously each person has his or her own likes and dislikes, but there is one thing that every car person loves – their car. So as you peruse the aisles and filter through online stores to find the perfect gift for the car person in your family, be sure to avoid some of these treacherous trinkets that might look cool at first, but are easily out-shined.
Bumper Stickers: Yuck. Maybe for a joke, but these once quirky stocking stuffers should be avoided like the plague. Despite popular belief, nobody (not even Grandpa) wants a bumper sticker on their car that says “my other ride is a lawn mower.” Besides, the adhesive from stickers isn’t the best thing for paint – trust me. You may reel in a few laughs, but save yourself the embarrassment and get them a new wax instead.
Convenience Store Air Freshener: Now don’t get me wrong, I think a car air freshener is a great gift, especially if the gift’s intended recipient has a funk problem with their car. That said, spring for a long lasting, gently soothing air freshener that wasn’t stamped and shipped from half way across the globe. Get then a scent they can’t wait to try… and I do not mean that little green tree. Try something like Fresh Laundry (I know, right? Who wouldn’t want their car smelling like clean clothes?).
Key Caps: These “cute” little additions to your shopping list are very similar to those funky 90s eraser tops that almost everyone was buying their kids. Creative, funny… but for kids. While conceptually the idea makes sense for people with a lot of keys, I think both parties would be happier with a cool keychain.
Decals: Unless the recipient is a track junkie and has a distinguished racing car, hands off the decals. It has recently become increasingly popular to pledge allegiance to different establishments using one’s car – I’m here to stop that. Yes, some decals look just fine (Exhibit A, Exhibit B), but heed my advice when I say they can really ruin the look of car.
With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to think about completing that list. Hopefully with a little help you’ve been steered in the right direction when it comes to gifting for car people. Then again, it is the thought that counts… but just to be safe, avoid the above! You’ll thank me.