8 Awesome Last-Minute Car Accessory Gift Ideas
“Hurry!” is probably what you’re thinking now. Somehow the month of December flew by and now you’re left without gifts for the loved ones in your life. “Ahhhh,” you scream. Well, fret not, because there are still a few days left to complete your holiday shopping…and it’s really the thought that counts anyway. With that in mind, take a peek below at some of these thoughtful gift ideas for all the drivers in your life. And breathe…you’ve got this. Keeper Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag
The car-top carrier has always been a summertime staple of U.S. highway-goers, packing all that extra “stuff” on the roof for the long haul. Thanks to products like the Keeper cargo bag, it’s now more convenient than ever. The bag’s sides can flex to fit loads that wouldn’t fit in a conventional box, and it folds down flat for easy storage when not in use. Brilliant!
Automatic App and Adapter
Uh oh, there’s something wrong with your car, but you can’t tell what. If your car has an OBD-II port (standard on all U.S. cars since 1996), just plug in the Automatic adapter, download the app, and voila! Now you’ll know. The app transmits your car’s data to your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to troubleshoot problems, monitor fuel efficiency, and even automatically notify emergency services if you’re in an accident. Not too shabby for $80.
Drop Stop “Gap Filler”
How many times have you lost your phone or wallet in the gap between your car seat and center console? Answer: if you buy a Drop Stop, never again. As seen on Shark Tank, the simple neoprene block slides between the gap and…well, stops the drop.
RoadPro 12-Volt Portable “Stove”
Driving with some baked goods this holidays season? Keep them toasty with the RoadPro portable stove. We say “stove” because while you shouldn’t try to cook anything in it, it can warm up to 300 degrees and in turn keep your previously-cooked food nice and warm. A perfect gift idea for the chef on-the-move in your life.
Garmin nuvi 2589LMT
There are certainly cheaper GPS systems out there, and better equipped systems too. But Garmin’s nuvi 2589LMT offers a great mix of features for the price, which includes free lifetime map updates, voice-activated directions, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and integration with Foursquare. Need it to have a dash cam too? Check out the nuviCAM LMTHD.
Black & Decker Jump Starter
It’s that time of year again. Cold weather leads to cold (and sometimes, dead) batteries. Instead of seeking out a friend and some jumper cables, pick up a pair of your own with this all-in-one jump starter kit. It can store easily in the trunk, provide 1,000 amps of cranking power, and that's quite the great gift idea if you've ever awoken to find a dead battery.
Top Gear Emergency Roadside Kit
“Ambitious but rubbish” is the famed Top Gear saying, however there’s certainly nothing rubbish about this Top Gear roadside assistance kit. The pack comes with a warning triangle, multi-tool, first aid kit, bungee cord, jumper cables, emergency blanket, reflective vest, and much more. Nobody plans to have an accident, just be prepared incase one happens.
A Good Set of Winter Tires
While all-wheel drive makes winter driving easier, a good set of winter tires will make all the difference in winter weather traction. Thankfully, buying a set of “winters” is easier than ever, and you don’t even have to leave the sofa to do it!
Happy Holidays! We hope these gift ideas help finish up that shopping list!