What do you buy for the girl who drives?
A new car, right? Imagine how happy she’ll be when she sees that new car in the driveway with a big red bow on top. If a new car isn’t in your budget, don’t fret. There are still plenty of gifts that will put a smile on her face.
Whether there’s a mom on your list who spends hours in carpool lines, a dedicated road-tripper who loves hitting the open road, or a daredevil who loves off-roading and life in the fast lane, here are 8 gift ideas for the car loving woman (or women) in your life.
1. Dyson Animal Cordless Vacuum
Yes, giving a girl a cleaning appliance might send the wrong message, but this strong, cordless vacuum ($349.99) with a great set of tools for getting into tight spots will leave her smiling and feeling in control, no matter what the kids, dogs and even the husband can do to that plush camel floor carpet.
2. A Box of Zen
Stock her car with an assortment of goodies, such as meditation tapes for those times she’s waiting in the carpool line and can use a little peace before chaos ensues. If she’s on the road alone for hours at a time, audio books will keep her company. And with winter upon us, dry skin is always an issue. Several luxury travel-size hand creams easily fit in the console or glove box and will keep her skin soft on the go.
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3. Road Side Emergency Kit
Being prepared is the key to being safe. Get the girl in your life a roadside emergency kit (AAA’s kits start at $33) so she’ll be ready for those mishaps no one wants to manage. Besides the standard items like flares, jumper cables and gloves, consider an emergency kit with a hammer that includes a seat belt cutting tool. You’ll find several brands here (starting at just $8). Note: This tool should be kept inside the vehicle within reach of the driver.
4. AAA Auto Club Membership
Know someone who does a lot of driving on her own? Chances are you won’t always be available if her car breaks down. Consider the gift of a AAA Auto Club membership ($58). For one annual fee, you’ll provide peace of mind to a lady in your life by making sure help is just a phone call away.
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5. The Intex Queen Dura-Beam Comfort-Plush airbed
Have a friend that combines road-tripping with camping? Get her up off the ground with the Intex Queen Dura-Beam Comfort-Plush airbed. Enhanced with Fiber-Tech interior construction that contours to your body shape and provides firmness and support. This bed includes a built-in pump for fast inflation and deflation. I can attest, this baby is COMFORTABLE—and comes in handy for me when the grandkids visit me in my one-bedroom New York City apartment!
6. Gift Cards for Pit Stops
Not sure what she needs most? There are plenty of gift card options out there that work for car centric women. If she’s on the road often, consider a gas card. Or is there a favorite place she likes to eat while traveling? Maybe a Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-a, Subway or other restaurant gift card is the ticket to her heart. For me, a Starbucks gift card would work–this girl has to have her tea! And as busy as most of us are, washing the car is something best left to the professionals. A gift card to the local car wash will be a welcome gift for any car owner.
7. Land Rover Driving Experience
Know a girl who likes to go off road? Give her the Land Rover Driving Experience and she’ll love you forever! Land Rover Experience Driving Schools provide a unique opportunity to take advantage of the unparalleled capabilities Land Rover vehicles have to offer. Accompanied by a professional Land Rover Experience Driving Instructor, she’ll learn to properly navigate steep ascents and descents, pick the right line on side tilts, and maintain vehicle control in challenging off-road settings. Whether she’s an avid enthusiast, seasoned adventurer or curious novice, each lesson will be customized to her individual skill level, so she’ll be assured of facing exciting yet appropriate terrain. ($275 for 1 hour, $425 for 2 hours, $650 for half-day, or $1200 for a full day)
Read More: Think a Lady Can’t go off-road, think again!
8. NASCAR Race Car Experience
Finally, for the girl who has the need for speed, a NASCAR race car experience (from $99.99-$2,000, depending on the experience) is sure to get her blood pumping. For the dare devils, check out the driving experience complete with a driver’s meeting followed by the chance to drive a real NASCAR in back-to-back racing sessions with a pit stop in between. And if she doesn’t want to drive, consider the NASCAR Ride Along where she’s riding shot gun at top speeds with a professional racing instructor behind the wheel.
And, if you’re wondering what I’d like for Christmas, that Land Rover Driving Experience will do just fine…the full day session, please.