Best Automotive Gifts for the Gearhead in your Family
Earlier this week, we brought you some great options as automotive-related gifts for the little ones, but those little punks are easy. Throw something shiny that came on during an commerical break from iCarly, and you have them taken care of. We all know that shopping for your significant other, or other more mature family members is a bit more difficult. See, they developed something called a 'personality' and as such, they may not go for the Tickle-Me-Elmo/Beanie-Baby of the year. In fact, buying for the car nut in your family is even more difficult, given that any entheusiast worth their salt either already has, or is wayy over most of the easy options that you can find in "Hot Rod" magazine gift pages. Don't dissapoint your significant other with a checked flag tie. That's weak sauce. Instead, consider these automotive gifts for the discerning enthusiast: Taxxas XO-1:
Yeah, we suggested Traxxas for the little ones the other day, but the cars we were referring to were kids' stuff– literally. The Traxxas XO-1 is an absolute batshit-insane R/C car, capable of 0-100 in less than five seconds. It is recommended that you have a few years under your belt in order to operate this. It's also recommended that you be old enough to afford a lawyer for when you hit the neighbor's Dachshund doing 100mph and turn it into keilbasa links.
Enthusiast or not, this is every man's dream; learn how to drive like the pros. And for the enthusiast crowd (man and woman), this is also a lifelong goal to attend one of these. At many of these schools, you can earn your SCCA competition license, so its the gift that keeps on giving! The big-name schools like Skip Barber will set you back several thousand, but do your homework and you can find one that is far more reasonable.
Once he's completed that driving school he'll have skills that will make Mario Andretti soil himself, but the proper kicks are a must! Many will tell you that you need the full-on flame-retardant shoes, but that is only if you are entering in a race that requires it. For everyone else, there are plenty of driving "style" shoes. They have a thin sole, narrow toe, and curved heel. The idea is that you have a very close connection to the pedal, and the heel helps with the articulation of the pedals. Plus, they look pretty boss!
The ultimate sign of an automotive connoisseur is the presence of an engine block table in either the living room or the man-cave. Sure, the non-enthusiast in the house may not get it or like it, but who cares! Now the expensive route is to have one built for you, but that is BIG bucks. Or you could go to the
So for many couples and families, the engine block might be a little much. Not only may the misses hate the sight of it, but how long will it take for one of the little ones to knock the glass section off or hurt themselves on a cast iron engine block! So excellent automotive posters, mounted and framed, are great ways to celebrate car culture with style and grace!
Advanced Video Game Setup:
So for the kids, just owning Forza is enough, but to justify making that purchase for the older crowd, you're going to have to step your game up. So this year, ask for an epic gaming setup that comes with a steering wheel and pedals. To be serious about it, you should get two, so as not to give the impression you're some 24-hour gaming slob. You might be, but two sets suggest that you have friends.
One-of-a-kind car art:
Automotive posters are easy, and the engine block table is so played out! You want to impress your gear head significant other? Get them something that no one else has; a piece of one of their former cars, mounted on the wall! This works better if said significant other owned a fun car, as the front clip looks better on the wall than then, well, ANY clip from a Chevy Celebrity!
Copy of Le Mans:
When it comes to the best automotive gifts, you can't leave this out! It is arguably the best car movie of all time. Whether you have seen it or not, you better know every minute detail from the Steve McQueen racing film Le Mans. And you really should anyways. It is the epitome of cool, and frankly, you'll be in love with European sportscar racing after watching it.
Gulf Racing Jacket:
One of the main characters of McQueen's Le Mans is his Porsche 917K, complete in Gulf Racing livery. It would be too much of a hardo move to pick up a full Gulf Racing racing suit. Instead opt for one of these great Gulf Racing jackets, the recipient of this jacket will be the toast of any car show or ride night, plus it looks vintage-badass!
It doesn't take the racing school or the shoes to drive fast, just a lead foot. Save your family member hundreds of dollars a year and potentially keep them out of the ire of the law with a radar detector. The Valentine One has long been the gold standard, though many new models are coming to market. If you're a cheapskate, you can just instruct them to download Trapster, though a crowd sourced app where people record when they see the fuzz is not the same as a tried-and-true radar detector. Engine Block Table: