The winter holiday season is quickly approaching and if you have a jump-start on making a shopping list, there’s likely an empty space next to the name of your favorite car enthusiast (because, let’s face it, Collectors can be hard to shop for). Have no fear, we’re here to help! American Collector Insurance’s Staff has assembled some great ideas for the perfect gift that your loved ones are sure to love. Without further ado, let’s get cruising!
The necessities like parts, tools, gear, and accessories are always in high demand! Of course, every Collector Car owner needs a battery tender to keep their car maintained and ready to crank when the time comes to back it out of the garage. Keep in mind that some tenders are made for passenger car/truck batteries, and others for smaller batteries such as motorcycles, ATVs, and lawn tractors. Note the tender(s) needed and begin your search!
And, while we’re talking about garage accessories, how about storing their precious Classic Car in a CarCapsule? Talk about the ultimate classic car protection from critters, bugs, dust, humidity, etc. The best part? CarCapsule has storage options available for all types and sizes of vehicles including those on a lift and motorcycles!
For many Collector Car owners, car show and exhibition season is only a few months out of the year. So, what do car guys and gals do in the depths of winter when they can’t drive their magnificent machines? Well, if you’re like us, you tinker in the garage looking for things to maintain, fix or clean. Speaking of cleaning, how about some new detailing products? Griots Garage, Mother’s Polishes, and Meguiar’s are all fantastic options. From washes and waxes, to applicators, towels, brushes, and buckets, these items will keep your enthusiast occupied during the winter months!
And, while your car lover is in the garage, what better background noise than to have their favorite TV show streaming all day?! Let’s face it, everything is streaming these days and the folks over at PowerNation and MotorTrend TV have some of the best shows and technical information available for viewing online. Subscriptions are inexpensive (E.g. $4.99 a month) and your gearhead will be able take their favorite shows with them wherever they go. If online streaming isn’t your thing, there’s always the tried and true magazine subscription gift idea. Who doesn’t love getting something fun in their mailbox each month? It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Gearheads love to hold onto these editions (as you’ve likely noticed the endless stacks of them laying around the house/basement/attic). Classic car magazines like Hemmings, Vintage Motorsport, Classic Motorsport, and Grassroots Motorsports have great deals on subscriptions.
No matter how full the garage, we’ll bet there’s always some extra real estate left on the wall for a cool collector car inspired painting or poster. And, let’s be honest, car people love to be surrounded by imagery of cool cars! For all of the vintage car enthusiasts in your life, check out Tony Singer’s art at Vintage Auto Posters. And, if your walls are in need of some next level artwork, how about commissioning a “one of one” painting of your prized possession? There are numerous automotive artists that commission work but Nicholas Hunzinger will absolutely make your art come to life.
If you have a racer in mind, you may have heard whispers of lap times and personal bests. Racers are always trying to beat a faster car or driver. (At the very least, they always try to beat the clock and push their personal best lap time on whatever track they are racing!) Some of the best advice that can be received regarding improvements in lap times was from the legend, Mark Donohue via Walt Hane. Simply put, “the best bang for the buck is to improve the driver.” Driver coaching is how the fast get faster, and how the really fast make it look easy. Schedule some track time and instruction from Stevens Miller Racing and/or Ed Zabinski The Racing Coach.
Lastly, don’t have time for shopping or need an “easy fix” for the car enthusiast in your life? We must admit, gift cards are one of our favorite options (frankly, because we like to shop for our own collector car inspired necessities)! The folks over at Summit Racing, Speedway Motors, and Jeg’s make it quick and simple. Gift cards are available in many different amounts and they’re ALWAYS in season.
BONUS GIFT IDEA: Know someone that needs a garage makeover? Our “go to” for new cabinets, workbenches, storage, and organization can all be found at Garage Organization.
Hopefully this list of ideas will help make the holiday shopping season for your collector car enthusiast a little less stressful and quite possibly more meaningful to that gearhead on your shopping list.
|Gift Idea #1||Parts & Accessories|
|Gift Idea #2||Storage & Protection|
|Gift Idea #3||Detailing & Cleaning Supplies|
|Gift Idea #4||Hobby-Based Subscriptions|
|Gift Idea #5||Artwork|
|Gift Idea #6||Racing Lessons|
|Gift Idea #7||Passion-Based Gift Cards|
|Gift Idea #8 (BONUS!)||Garage Organization|