We’ve gathered the best gifts for the car lover from driving classes to apparel to tools
Land Rover Experience Driving School Starting at $25 per person, landrover.com
Almost every luxury brand has some sort of driving school, most of which whip you around a famous racetrack. That’s all fine and dandy, but for those who like to get off the beaten path, Land Rover’s year-round programs teach you the skills to conquer any terrain and environment. Courses range from quick ride-alongs to full-day adventures, and are available at various locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Rolls-Royce Wallet $273.42, rolls-roycemotorcars.com
Perhaps we don’t have the means to purchase a Wraith anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean the cash we do have can’t ride in style. The Rolls-Royce Collection’s handsome, Alcantara-lined, leather goods echo the craftsmanship of the car that inspired them.
Samsung Techwin Smartcam HD Outdoor $189.99, bhphotovideo.com
Babies need constant supervision, even when they’re made of plastic, fiberglass and steel. With a quick and simple install of Samsung’s latest WiFi IP camera, he can keep watch over his pride and joy from a smartphone. Motion alerts also tell when a thief is getting a little too close.
Powerbuilt 4,000 lb. Triple Lift Floor Jack
A true jack-of-all-trades (or at least vehicles), Powerbuilt’s Triple Lift unit quickly and safely raises cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Its patented design features both a removable lift saddle and padded lift rails, and also locks securely in place, in many cases eliminating the need for jack stands. The unit meets or exceeds all ANSI standards and comes complete with a one-year warranty.
Porsche Design Sunglasses
Porsche’s independent design arm crafts some stunning non-automotive gear, all of which still has decisive, automotive panache. Among our favorites is this modern take on the classic aviator, perfect for driving—even if not in a Porsche.
Fast Toys Club $4,167/month for Platinum Membership, fasttoysclub.com
The costs associated with exotic ownership only begin at the dealership. There are also the matters of insurance, maintenance, storage, anxiety and more. Fast Toys Club takes away all that stress, allowing drivers to just enjoy the car. Monthly or annual memberships grant members access to a fleet of a dozen luxury, exotic and race cars, not to mention amenities like car delivery, chauffeur service, and spousal club access. It’s living the dream without any of the associated nightmares.
Lexol Leather Cleaner $6.99 and up, lexol.com
There are a million quality choices for exterior car care. The place you really can’t mess around is inside the cabin. With over 80 years in the “skin” care business, we trust our hides to Lexol, which offers a number of interior essentials—including easy-to-use leather care pads that’ll also help keep your shoes, belts and other goods clean and supple to boot.
MB Driving Academy starting at $1,795, amgacademy.com
Ok, so that thing we said about most driving academies being limited to the confines of a racetrack? Well they’re still exciting—and Mercedes Benz’s AMG Driving Academy offers some of the wildest spins out there. With locations worldwide, the Academy bids adieu to the brand’s electro-nannnies, allowing students to pilot all-out performance models like the SLS, and offers programs for novice enthusiasts to all-out pros.
SLAMSTOP Soft-Close Car Door Device $800; $1,000 including installation (4 doors), slamstop.com
For both the rough and careless, SLAMSTOP delivers the luxury and utility of soft-close to just about any car on the market. Like many high-end offerings, a gentle push is all that’s needed to secure your door, even with the ignition off. Professional installation is required, but worth the calm, cool vibe it delivers you and your passengers.
Porsche Bike RX $6,699.00, porsche.com
So the dealer threw in a roof rack to seal the deal; why not put it to use? As the perfect crown atop to his Macan or Cayenne, the RX by Porsche features a lightweight carbon frame, air suspension fork, 20-speed gearshift, and hydraulic disc brakes. Like everything bearing the Stuttgart shield, it’s built for performance—so make sure he takes it down and actually rides it once in a while.
Pep Boys T-Shirts $9.90 and up, pepboys.com
Garage wear shouldn’t be pricey—but it doesn’t have to look crappy. Ol’ Manny, Moe, and Jack over at Pep Boys recognize this and offer a full line of inexpensive, quality garb—many of which sport a heavy dose of vintage throwback style. Goods include tees, hoodies, jackets, and more—branded with many makes and models popular with the DIY-tuner.
Lamborghini Cargo-style Trousers $183, lamorghinistore.com
Ladies, we realize you despise our love affair with cargo pants, but we’re just not breaking it off. So how about a little compromise? Available in black, navy, or khaki, these practical trousers sport a trim, European cut that will keep all our big tools properly secured. And they say “Lamborghini” on them. Who can hate on Lamborghini anything?
Airstream Interstate Grand Tour starting at $151,736, airstream.com
Not since the debonair Matt Foley has anyone made living in a van seem this appealing. The 2015 Interstate Grand Tour is the lovechild of Mercedes-Benz and Airstream. An unassuming Sprinter van from the outside, the Grand Tour’s cargo space has been converted to a luxury—albeit cozy—mobile condominium. While not cheap by any stretch, it still might be more affordable than comparable real estate in your city.
Pista GP Full Carbon Helmet by AGV $1,399.95, agv.com
Designed, developed, and tested with Moto-GP living Legend Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi, the Pista GP is one of the most technologically advanced—and strikingly beautiful—DOT approved helmets on the market. Crafted for the track, the Pista delivers the utmost levels of ventilation, aerodynamics, and of course, protection for riders on corsa and strada alike.
Dyson DC34 Handheld $199.99, dyson.com
Save him the frustrating, almost pointless trips to the self-wash. Their vacuums—if they work—hardly ever accommodate the intricate build of today’s interiors. With a digital motor that’s claimed to spin “five times faster than a racing car engine” this little sucker (pun unavoidable) from Dyson cleans like a champ, and comes with attachments that reach into the tightest of automotive dirt-traps. On full charge, it delivers 15 minutes of powerful, sucking action, or 6 minutes on MAX mode—for those really intense jobs.
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph starting at $4,500, tagheuer.com
Named after the famed Carrera Panamericana road race, Tag Heuer’s popular line of automotive-inspired designs have captivated us for more than a minute. Marking the sub-brand’s 50th anniversary is a new collection that pays tribute to its five decades of winning design and technology. Whether in the pits or out on the town, he’ll look and feel like a champ at all times.
Omega Toolbox Seat/Creeper Combination Unit $129.99, autozone.com
For the DIY mechanic, this solid, well-padded toolbox/creeper combo from Omega delivers a comfortable, mobile seat for wrenching, with a handy spot for the wrenches too. All that’s missing is a cup-holder. Look at it not as another contraption for the garage, but as a polite way to tell him “Get it yourself!”
Accutire Digital Pressure Gauge starting at $14.99, accutiregauge.com
Quit trying to read the worn away lines on that little plastic pop-out thingy. Accutire’s Digital Pressure Gauge delivers quick, accurate, unmistakable readings, and stows away easily in any glove box or door panel. It’s a must-have for any car owner, and—at its more than affordable price point—the perfect stocking stuffer for drivers of all ages.