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Driven Radio Show #187: Holiday Gift Guide

Even if you're not shopping for a race car driver, a pair of driving gloves will be appreciated by any car enthusiast. During the fall and winter, they keep hands from freezing on a cold steering wheel, adding a bit of stylish feel. Available at Amazon, $61.97

They say a clean car always drives better, so any auto lover will appreciate The Chemical Guys 16-Piece Car Wash Kit. It includes wash soap, detail spray, glass cleaner, wheel cleaner, cream wax, tire shine, and professional-grade accessories like a wheel cleaning brush, scratch-free microfiber cloths, and a wash mitt. Available at Amazon and Chemical Guys, from $99.99

One of the hardest areas to clean on a car is the wheels — especially if they're a tightly woven pattern. The Brush Hero harnesses water pressure from a garden hose to knock away dirt and grime without ruining the finish of the wheels. Any car enthusiast will appreciate the amount of time this clever device can save them. Available at Amazon for just $10.08.

It has been said, “If you can park your car and walk away without looking back, you bought the wrong car.” With a Respoke Collection Custom Car Print, you can get a glimpse of your car even when you're not in the driveway, garage, or parking lot. Simply upload a picture of your personal car or favorite car, and have it turned into high-quality wall art. From the Respoke Collection for $49.

Most car enthusiasts are all about customization and that even includes minor details like keychains. These custom leather keychains can be personalized just for them. For $47.25, you can get one side of each keychain stamped with words or letters of your choice. For $57, you can have both sides done. Available from Etsy.

Every car person needs their own set of tools. Instead of rummaging through the random assortment of tools you’ve accumulated over time, the Craftsman 450-piece tool kit is well organized and includes everything you need to tackle mechanical work. $199.99 at Sears.

If you're shopping for the auto enthusiast who already has everything you could possibly think of this big-bore, V8-style engine block coffee table will blow them away. Plus, you probably won't have to buy another gift for the next few years. Available at Houzz, $1,898.00

Handcrafted in Portugal from smooth burnished leather, the Avenue driving shoe from Piloti offers the perfect balance of dressy and casual style. Featuring an anti-microbial lining, this luxurious sneaker includes a cork or compressed recycled foam and EVA insole for added comfort and breathability. A soft forefoot gives enhanced pedal feel and feedback, and rounded sole edges avoid catching while transitioning between pedals. Available from Piloti for $195.

Blipshift makes high-quality, limited-edition, auto-enthusiast-focused shirts. Each tee is available for only a few days before it's towed off to the crusher, never to be printed again. So, a gift of a Blipshift shirt truly is a one-of-a-kind present for any car lover. Designs are created by a global network of contributing automotive and shirt designers. If you're an artist, feel free to submit a design you want the Blipshift team to consider. Available from Blipshift for $17.00

A jack-of-all-trades power source, this Cobra 200W Power Station is perfect for camping, tailgating, boating, and more. With multiple outlet types including two AC outlets, two fast-charge USB-A ports and one fast-charge USB-C port, you’re able to quickly power multiple electronics simultaneously. An integrated 200W Pure Sine Wave Inverter lets you power smaller devices such as smartphones and tablets without fear of damage. An LED flashlight and area light ensure that you’re never left in the dark during outdoor adventures or emergencies. And you can recharge with ease from a wall outlet or any compatible solar panel setup. Available from Amazon for $266.00

This pocket-sized Garmin dash camera goes virtually unnoticed on your windshield. It automatically records and saves video of incidents with GPS location, plus date and time. A wide 140-degree lens records 1440p HD video with Garmin Clarity HDR optics for crisp detail. Voice control is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Swedish, letting you use spoken commands to save video, start/stop audio recording, take still pictures, and more. Available from Wal Mart for $170.00

Real car nuts swear by these "car skates," which allow you to move disabled and show-ready vehicles around garages, showroom floors, and almost anywhere else without starting and driving, or pushing, the car. Designed to fit tires up to 12 inches wide, this set of two dollies from Stark USA is perfect for collectors, dealerships, and anyone who keeps multiple vehicles in a limited space. Available from Amazon for $240.00

The old adage "fun for all ages" is rarely more apt than when RC cars are involved. This Bugatti Divo is sexy and speedy and comes equipped with a rechargeable 7.4V 900mAh battery, which has 40 minutes of run time at maximum power and full charge. Available from Amazon for just $50.00

This 104-piece Roadside Emergency Kit has everything your favorite car enthusiast would ever need if plans go awry. From jumper cables to a first aid kit, hazard triangles to black tape, it's all contained in a nylon bag for stashing in the trunk or cargo hold. Available from Amazon for $60.00

The Sun Joe SPX3000 is ideal for washing automobiles, RVs, and boats. The 14.5 amp/1800 watt motor generates up to a claimed 2030 PSI and 1.76 GPM, and it comes with two onboard detergent tanks and five distinct angle tips, plus a 20-foot hose, 35-foot power cord, garden hose adapter, and a two-year warranty. Available from Amazon for $169.00

This compressor is a great addition to any garage, giving the ability to quickly fill up tires or run air tools. It features a six-gallon holding tank and up to 150 PSI of rated pressure. $99.00 at Lowe’s.

Stocking Stuffers

This portable pack of 50 single-use wipes is great to quickly wipe off any dust and dirt from your car’s interior surfaces. It's safe for plastic, leather, wood, and glass. Just $12.00 from Amazon.

Consistent tire pressure is an important but often overlooked part of auto maintenance. This digital gauge gives you a clear pressure readout without any guesswork. It has a backlit screen and nozzle, making it easy to use on dark winter mornings. Available from Amazon for $12.00

With all the hot and sharp objects in an engine bay, auto repair can wreak havoc on your hands. These protective Mechanix gloves prevent burns and cuts without interfering with articulation. They’re also conductive enough to use touch-screen controls while wearing. $16.00 at Amazon.

This portable lamp can be used as a regular flashlight, but it also has three arrays of flip-out LEDs for up to 600 lumens of extra brightness. Built-in USB charging is versatile on the go, and a strong magnet in the light’s base makes it easy to stick to the underside of your car’s hood while working. $29.00 at Amazon.



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