Want more suggestions? Visit 2014 Gifts for Cars, 2015 Gifts For Cars, and 2016 Gifts For Cars.
Our 2017 Gifts for Cars guide is here. This year the focus is on handy, well-reviewed, inexpensive products that make driving easier, safer and more fun.
One great phone charger
The Aukey phone charger has 2 ports, fits flush into the cigarette lighter slot and will charge two phones at full speed simultaneously.
Subscriptions services for music, live sports play-by-plays, podcasts, news and audiobooks
Music lovers will love listening to custom playlists with a subscription to Spotify Premium. ($10/mo.)
If you prefer to listen to news, audiobooks and podcasts or want to hear the play-by-play of your favorite sports teams consider TuneIn. ($10/mo.)
Finding the right smart phone mount that fits your car is a challenge. We discourage using mounts that attach to air vents and CD players as we’ve found the extra weight can break the vents.
Brad’s favorite cell phone mount is the Magnetic Cellphone Holder Kit by Wuteku.
The Amazon basics hammock seat cover for pets keeps your best friend safely in the back seat while protecting your car from hair, mud, dirt and other doggie delights.
Keep It Clean
In the clean up department, here’s a new product from WD40, WD40 Specialist Industrial Strength Degreaser. This is the product you need for the gear head who leaves grease marks on your garage floor and driveway.
For the car lover who wants a beautiful, hand-wax finish for their car. This complete set from Mother’s includes polish, micro-glaze to fill in imperfections and add luster to the paint finish, and carnauba wax for shine and protection.
Improve Your View
The Sonilove Baby Car Mirror lets you keep an eye on your baby/child/pet without having to turn your head off the road.
Ampper Blind Spot mirrors, are small, adjustable mirrors that attach to your side view mirrors to greatly expand your view in the blind spot.
ROAV Dash Cam C-1 is an affordable dash cam with good ratings. It has a night time mode, wide 4-lane view and an emergency feature that activates the cam if your car is bumped or moved, even when you aren’t in it.
Need more ideas? Here are our 2014 Gifts For Cars, 2015 Gifts For Cars and 2017 Gifts For Cars guides.
Welcome to the Pellman’s 2016 gifts for cars guide. We’ve found some wonderful, new useful items at a variety of price points. Let’s get shopping!
Night time driving glasses cut glare from oncoming headlights, improve visibility and ease eye strain. They are also good for driving on gray, snowy days.
Duduma Night Vision Polarized Sunglasses $19.99
Ever struggled at the gas station to fill your tires using a small, hard-to-read tire gauge? The P. I. Auto Store Premium Inflator lets you fill your tires at home. It’s programmable so all you have to do is enter the tire pressure you want, attach the nozzle to your tire and press the on button. Providing up to 150 PSI of pressure use it for RVs, motorcycles, trucks, ATMs, as well as bikes and sports equipment.
P.I. Auto Store Premium Inflator $49.97
Frustrated by the blind spots caused by today’s smaller car windows? The Allview Rearview Mirror offers an almost seamless full view of traffic behind you, to the left, right and center without turning your head.
Allview Rearview Mirror $39.95
Facebook friend and longtime customer, Deborah, recommends the Frost Guard for keeping snow and ice off your windshield. Easy to put on, the frost guard comes in a variety of patterns, solid colors and also has a special NFL line. An excellent gift idea for anyone you know who has to park outside for extended lengths of time.
Frost Guard (Snowflake and Broncos patterns) $19.99-$29.99
For that special person who has everything, the Ember Temperature Control Mug, is a chargeable, app controlled, mug that holds the temperature of your hot beverage steady at your preferred temperature.
The Ember Temperature Control Mug, $149.95 (also sold at Starbucks)
Ever had your phone drop down that narrow gap between your car seat and the center console? The Drop Stop is here to save the day. An inexpensive solution to an irritating problem.
The Drop Stop, $9.98 at WalMart
Trouble with leg pain, sciatica, or numbness while driving? The WonderGel Seat Cushion relieves hot spots and makes driving more comfortable.
WonderGel seat cushion relieves pressure points. $49.99
Keep your car registration, insurance records, maps, documents, rewards cards, pressure gauge and more in this efficient glove box organizer. Great stocking stuffer.
Premier Glove Box Organizer $9.99
Keep your small dog (under 30 pounds) safe in the car while letting it see out the window!
For dogs under 30 lbs, a car booster seat and seat belt. $69.99 at Petco
The latest in collision avoidance technology is the Mobileye. Particularly useful for older cars without all the bells and whistles of cars with current technology, Mobileye acts as a third eye, alerting drivers to cyclists, pedestrians, potential forward collisions, and warning drivers who are drifting into other lanes.
MobilEye Collision Avoidance Artificial Vision $849.00
Our annual guide to great gifts for cars. Enjoy! (Find more ideas in our 2014 Gifts For Cars, 2016 Gifts For Cars and 2017 Gifts For Cars guides.)
In our 2014 Gifts For Cars list we told you about a new alternative to chains, the Auto-Sock. We’re including it in our 2015 guide because the State of Colorado made several changes to the chain law and approved the Auto-Sock as a replacement for chains. The Auto-Sock costs less, weighs less and is much easier to install. A super useful gift for those heading to the high country in winter.
The Antigravity Battery XP-10 is a powerful battery charger/jump starter. The rechargeable power pack also features USB ports, a flashlight, includes jumper cables, and a universal cable for charging various electronic devices. This is a convenient tool to have, particularly if you can’t find someone to give you a jump. (Learn more about car batteries here.)
The average car is 10 years old so this nifty, affordable, Jabra DRIVE Bluetooth Car Speaker Phone might be just the ticket. Inexpensive and easy to set up, it makes for hands free conversations while driving.
This simple phone charger plugs into the battery outlet in your car. At $6.99, a perfect stocking stuffer.
Another stocking stuffer idea, de-icer windshield spray, $6.16 at Amazon.
Leaves, snow, ice, mud. It’s the time of year when anything that sticks to your shoes collects on the floor of your car. Weather Tech makes custom floor mats with channels to draw water, road salt, mud, sand and all other sorts of nasties away from your feet and off the carpet. Quick to install, remove and clean.
We are big fans of snow brooms. For SUVs and trucks try the Subzero 51″ retractable broom/scraper. For regular size cars we like the Snow Joe Telescoping Snow Broom.
This year we replaced the stereo receivers in two of our older cars to Bluetooth capable stereos and are very happy with the results.We recommend going to a stereo specialty shop as they can give you the best advice on what stereos will fit in your car. We like Car Toys. If you time it right, you might even get your stereo installed free with purchase.
Lisa’s brother, Gary, discovered a nonslip cell phone mount he uses in his car. It includes two pieces, a bean bag and a cell phone cradle adaptor to hold your phone upright. A smart option for people who struggle with their phone flying around the dashboard.
Need more ideas? Here’s the 2015 Gifts For Cars, 2016 Gifts For Cars and 2017 Gifts For Cars guides.
It’s time for our annual gift guide featuring useful great gifts for cars and the people who drive them.
UPDATE December 2015: The Auto-Sock is now approved for winter driving as an alternative to chains in Colorado. In our November 2014, newsletter, Helpful Tips for Surviving Cold and Snow, we shared information about an intriguing new (to the U.S. market) product, The Auto Sock. The Auto Sock is an alternative to snow chains that is an approved snow chain alternative in several European countries. The Auto Sock would make a great gift for the skiers and winter mountain drivers in your family.
If you ever have to hitch a trailer to your car or truck consider the Swift Hitch Portable Backup Camera, an affordable, portable backup camera that saves you loads of time. For safety reasons, we love backup cameras of all sorts. If you’d like to add any sort of backup camera to your vehicle check out Amazon’s helpful guide.
One of the nicer features of newer model cars are their seat heaters. For those with older cars, this simple seat heater has great reviews. AND it’s only $19.99!
Another gift in the useful category is the PowerStation PSX-3 Jumpstarter with Air Compressor and DC Outlet and USB Port. With this nifty gadget you can jumpstart your battery, fill up your tires, use it as a worklight and charge a phone. Listed at $101.99 on Amazon, we found it at our local Costco for $74.99.
If you know someone who is constantly losing their keys or sunglasses you’ll love The Tile. It works like “Find My Phone” apps for the cell phone.
The Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs offers a wide variety of classes for driving in various conditions. Fun for one or the whole family.
An annual Pellman’s Automotive tradition is a trip down to Unser Karting at U.S. 36 & I-25, for a day of racing. We highly recommend it.