Sure, you’d love to give everyone a like-new CarShop car for the holidays. But when your list includes every niece and nephew, and you’re trying to keep every gift under $50 (or even $10 or $20), what the next best thing? Below are a baker’s dozen of the best car-related holiday gifts, good for drivers from Philadelphia PA to Scottsdale AZ (or those driving Philadelphia to Scottsdale) culled from a curated BuzzFeed list. For more details on where you can buy all the products listed here, it’s all in the BuzzFeed article listed at the end of the blog.
For neatniks (like our detailers)
Cleaning slime for air vents
There are lots of weird, hard-to-clean places in cars. Ticarve Cleaning Gel can be pressed into tight spaces like putty, and when you pull it out, the dust and dirt comes out, too. Under $10.
Waterproof seat cover for pets
Got a best friend who really sheds? Waterproof seat covers hang between the back seat and the front seat rests, so all surfaces are protected from clinging fur or mud, or if you live around Scottsdale, desert sands. Just under $20.
A great glass cleaner
It can be hard to get into the angled corners of car windshields and side windows. How about a pie-shaped window-cleaner for under $15?
For the mildly disorganized (like the rest of us)
Seat gap filler
How often have you dropped your cell phone through the seat? Drop Stop seat gap fillers fill those spaces — and are way more affordable than the manicure you may need after jamming your fingers into tight spaces to pry the phone out. Get two for about $20.
Sticky dash mat
Where do you put things like your phone or your car keys? How about a small washable mat that sticks to your dash, and all those other things can stick to? Under $10.
Glove box travel utensils
GoBites is a set of utensils — knife, fork and spoon — that fits into a folding travel case. Great if you want a salad or something besides finger food on the road. Under $15.
Engaging conversation topics
Want to get the kids away from their electronics on a road trip? Road Trip TableTopics are a set of cards with questions that get everyone talking about subjects beyond the inevitable “are we there yet? “ Under $10.
If you drive around our Scottsdale store, you know all about dry air. So how about a little humidifier that fits into the cup holder of your car, and plugs into the cellphone charger. If you want, you can incorporate essential oils, which makes it even better against unwanted odors. About $20 – essential oils additional.
OK, we’re breaking our $50 limit here, but if you’re going on a long road trip, this might be worth it. It’s a small plug-in cooler, only it not only cools things 32 degrees below room temperature, it can warm them to 140 degrees. Nice for hotels, too. About $90.
For the teenager
LED lights for mood lighting
Want to jazz up any car? LED lights can be hidden in seat wells… and can be set to actually change with the music you’re playing. Under $15.
You can buy all kinds of spangly accessories for your car (like steering wheel covers), but sparkly Mickey Mouse vent clips that have both bling and air fresheners inside might be the home run you’re looking for. Two for just over $20.
Teen’s car as messy as his or her room? For bits of leaves that cling to their shoes around Pittsburgh to the sand they collect around Scottsdale, what could be better than a cordless vac? Black and Decker makes a nice one in the $50 range; the telescoping end gets into crevices where your kids have dropped the Goldfish snacks. THISWORX Car Vacuum has all sorts of car-specific tools and costs a few bucks less.
Stupid car tray
We would call it something more polite, but it’s actually called Stupid Car Tray. Very versatile, very utilitarian, very good for kids or anyone who uses their passenger seat a dining table when on the go. About $35.
We’ve given you our short list, but there are dozens more ideas. Here are three good sources with more than you — or they — could ask for.
BuzzFeed Gifts for Anyone Who Absolutely Loves Their Car
Best Gifts for Car Lovers
Road Show Gifts for Car Lovers under $100
Everyone needs to maintain their car, so paying for a scheduled service is always a thoughtful idea… and you can’t go wrong with CarShop ASE-certified technicians. Wherever your closest store – from South Brunswick to Scottsdale -- CarShop works with every make and model.