Gift ideas for the consummate "Car Guy" -

Gift ideas for the consummate "Car Guy"

Whether it's a birthday, an anniversary, Father's Day or Christmas, finding the perfect gift for some men can be a real challenge. Our auto expert, Steve Strope can help with a few great ideas for all those "hard-to-shop-for" guys out there.

"My first suggestion, a clean car!" says Steve. "Now you could put together a car wash kit. And it could be as simple as a bucket, sponge, car wash soap and a chamois. Or go crazy and fill it with as many car-care products as you like. Now maybe he's not the DIY-type. Then I suggest purchasing a book of coupons from your local car wash."

It may not be the most exciting gift, but an emergency kit is a great way to show him that you care about his safety. Steve suggests an emergency kit that's already pre-assembled. But if you're going put one together yourself, make sure it includes a good pair of jumper cables with thick-gauge wire.

A subscription to a magazine like Road & Track, MotorTrend or Hot Rod is a great gift that keeps on giving all year long.

"Books are another great gift idea," says Steve. "Make sure you check the automotive section of your local book store or even online. From automotive history to beautiful coffee table pictorials, there's a lot of cool stuff out there."

Now what car guy doesn't love seeing cars on TV? There are plenty of great DVDs out there, like American Graffiti, Cars and Fast & Furious.

Automotive apparel is another great gift option. There are many hats, T-shirts and jackets available that could represent his dream car.

"If your guy works on cars, this is a great idea: A pair of mechanic's gloves," says Steve. "They help protect from burns, cuts and also will help keep his hands clean!"

Or how about a trip to some place like the Petersen Automotive Museum? You might even consider an annual membership.

"Now remember, plenty of girls are car guys, too," adds Steve. "So keep these gift ideas in mind for her as well - keeping you in the driver's seat."

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