Our Guide to Last-Minute Holiday Shopping for Car Lovers

Dec 19, 2014 04:00 PM EST | Jeff Jablansky


Shopping for the holidays is an annual tradition. If you're like us, the holidays feel sooner every year, aggrandizing the crunch to buy gifts for loved ones.

Fear not, procrastinators: We've taken the guesswork out of surprising and impressing the car lover on your shopping list. (No coal, rolled or otherwise, we promise.) Here are some of our gotta-have-it picks sure to delight the car lovers and enthusiasts in your life:

The instant driving measure: Automatic

This year, make a resolution to drive better, and make it happen with Automatic: a Bluetooth-enabled OBDII diagnostic tool that connects to your smartphone. The app itself won't make you a better drive, although it will make you aware of your driving (stay tuned for a full product review). Think of the $79.99 plug-in device not as an expensive app, but a way to make efficiencies in the way you drive. -Jeff Jablansky

Price: $79.99 (automatic.com)

A time-saver for the EV driver: Blink HQ 30-Amp Home Electric Vehicle Charger

Thought that last-minute shopping caused anxiety? How about running out of juice in your electric vehicle on the snowy route to Grandma's? Mitigate range anxiety with Blink's 30-Amp Home Electric Vehicle Charger, and charge your EV before setting off. To sweeten the deal, Blink is offering $100 in holiday charging credit at its network of stations around the country. -JJ

Price: $499.95, including $100 in Blink charging credit (Blink)

The winter warrior's savior: Heated Ice Scraper

This one is a win-win for winter drivers: The Heated Ice Scraper heats and clears ice away from your windshield quickly, making driving in the winter time much safer. Simply plug this bad boy into your car's 12-Volt outlet and in minutes you're ready to cut some ice. -Matt Mercuro

Price: $39.99 (Sharper Image)

Because car art is timeless: Print of Jaguar XK-SS driven by Steve McQueen

Looking for something unique, iconic and of course, cool, for that hard-to-please car fan on your Christmas list? This print from Jaguar that shows actor Steve McQueen of "Bullitt" fame driving an XK-SS on Sunset Boulevard will never go out of style. -Jordan Ecarma

Price: £200 (Jaguar)

The hotshoe's delight: Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy

For the enthusiast who could use some track time—and less time on the highway as if it were a track—a day or two at Mercedes-Benz's AMG Academy is the perfect outlet for the cash burning a hole in your pocket. Although other car companies have similar setups, this day of driving is the ultimate present for the enthusiast in your life, offering time behind the wheel in Mercedes-AMG's hottest and most powerful cars and driver instruction. -JJ

Price: $1795 for the basic, one-day program (Mercedes-AMG)

Make flat tires less of a hassle: 1-Minute Tire Inflator

The 1-Minute Tire Inflator is the perfect gift for those you know who worry about getting stranded with a flat tire. All you have to do is connect the device to your vehicle's battery with the attached alligator clips and turn the device on. It inflates small car tires in 60 seconds and truck tires in six minutes. -MM

Price: $79.99 (Sharper Image)

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