Finding the perfect gift for a classic car-loving spouse can be difficult, especially if you aren’t a gearhead yourself. With so many gadgets and gizmos to choose from, it’s hard to know what your partner will like — and actually use.
Thanks to this list, however, your search for the perfect present is finally over. Below, you’ll find nearly a dozen items and experiences that any car enthusiast would love.
1. Driving Gloves
If your car-loving spouse happens to own a vintage automobile, they could probably use a pair of driving gloves. These mitts will protect wood and leather steering wheels from the sweat and oil on their hands. Plus, they’ll reduce wheel vibrations that can easily tire the hands-on long drives. Choose an understated pair and keep the styling vintage to complement their classic car.
2. Car Vacuum
Of course, if your favorite driver cares enough about their steering wheel to wear gloves, they’ll want to keep the rest of the interior impeccably clean, too. Give them a helping hand and make cleanup easy by gifting them a vacuum. Choose a cordless variety with interchangeable heads to reach the deepest nooks and crannies.
3. Waterproof Drive Bin
A driving bin can also help keep their vintage car clean. The best car trash cans are waterproof and strap around your center console or head rest to minimize clutter and prevent spills. Bins with lids will also keep odors out and hide rubbish from view. Choose a washable version for easy cleanup or a collapsible model so your spouse can easily store it in the glove box or seat back.
4. Inverted Umbrella
A true car lover hates getting their vehicle interior wet, especially if it’s leather. Help your auto enthusiast keep their seats dry by gifting them an inverted umbrella. This nifty device can fold the top, wet layer into the dry layer underneath so that water doesn’t drip everywhere. A double-layer canopy and fiberglass construction also make these umbrellas extra durable so they won’t go inside-out in a rainstorm.
5. Laser Radar Detector
Whether your spouse has a vintage Lola T70 or a Ford GT40, they’ll probably want to top out the speedometer a few times. If they want to evade cops and avoid speeding tickets, they’re going to need a laser radar detector. This device will help them detect law enforcement so they can slow down before a police officer catches their radar reading. The only states and districts that don’t allow such detectors are Virginia and Washington, D.C.
6. Travel Chairs
Is your spouse a huge Corvette fan? Do they also enjoy a good view? Consider gifting them a C5 travel chair. This foldable seat proudly shows off the C5 logo and allows for easy storage. This way, they can keep it in their trunk and whip it out whenever they stop at a pull-off on a scenic byway — or attend a little league game.
7. Quality Sunglasses
Avid gearheads need a great pair of sunglasses to minimize glare and keep their eyes on the road. Luckily, there are hundreds of high-quality glasses to choose from, regardless of style or budget. Go with aviators for a classic Top Gun look or round-frame acetate sunglasses to complement a square face shape. Meanwhile, guys with oblong faces will appreciate glasses with a rectangular frame.
8. Exotic Car Racing Experience
If you have cash to blow, gift your classic car-loving spouse an exotic racing experience in Las Vegas. This Cloud 9 Living experience is an extremely memorable present for autophiles and is sure to give them the thrill of a lifetime. Choose between five supercars and drive five whole laps around Las Vegas Speedway’s road course. By the end of that last lap, your driver is sure to be grinning from ear to ear.
9. Smart Dash Cam
A smart dash cam is a must for anyone driving an expensive classic car because it can help prove who was at fault in the event of an accident. Without one, you could be stuck paying for repairs, even if the crash wasn’t your fault. The best dash cams allow you to edit and share footage, track location and speed and contact an emergency contact or the driver’s insurance company if necessary.
10. Wireless Car Charger
Wires and cords can make a car’s interior look messy, which is why a wireless car charger is a perfect gift for car lovers. This handy gadget uses electromagnetic induction to juice up your phone quickly and efficiently. Most double as a smartphone mount with available landscape and portrait mode so your driver can facetime a friend, time-lapse their drive or use GPS to reach their destination safely.
Choosing the Best Gift
If you only have the budget for one or two gifts, consider your spouse’s driving habits and car-related passions. What might make their weekend joyrides more enjoyable? Their needs and interests will likely clue you into the best gift. However, it never hurts to flat out ask. That way you know they’ll love the gift and put it to good use.