Love is in the air – can’t you smell those gasoline fumes?
OK, Valentine’s Day is usually about the special bonds and affection formed between two people. But what’s wrong with showing a little love for your car? Let’s face it – Americans have had a long-running love affair with automobiles ever since the first Model T was introduced over 100 years ago.
From the shiny chrome behemoths of the 40s and 50s to the muscle car mania days of the 70s and 80s, right up to today’s technology-packed cars…whatever the era, automobiles have earned a special place in the minds – and certainly hearts – of everyone who has ever earned a driver’s license.
Valentine’s Day Gifts with a Twist
You don’t have to be a Car and Driver subscriber or full-time mechanic to realize how that four-wheeled buddy can pull at the heartstrings. Heck, there are probably some folks out there who would marry their favorite car, if they could.
Actually, a guy in Tennessee a while back tried to marry his car. Thankfully, local authorities slammed the garage door shut on that situation before it got out of hand.
It’s good to know that guy is the exception to the rule. Most people who love their cars show a healthy, normal attachment to their prized possession.
With Valentine’s Day approaching faster than that 4-way stop right up the road, we thought why not combine the best of both worlds? Love, cars and Valentine’s Day, a match made in heaven! If you have a car lover on your gift list, or if your significant other admires his or her automobile more than most, we put together a gift list that should get their emotions all revved up.
And let’s be real: how many times can you buy assorted chocolates and cheesy teddy bears before it gets old? Try these gifts instead. They’re what would happen if Cupid used an oil filter wrench or pliers instead of those tiny little arrows.
The Dukes of Hazzard: Complete TV Series – remember how cool the Duke boys were in the General Lee? For many people who came of age in the 1980s, the Dukes of Hazzard wasn’t just another TV show – it was a rite of passage into the world of automobiles. Everybody wanted to be chased by bumbling cops on the back roads of Hazzard County. This is a great gift idea for fans of the Dukes, or for someone discovering the series for the first time – a must-own for any car lover!
Top Gear: Season One – one of the best car shows going (and still going), Top Gear is a car lover’s dream. Fast rides, funny lines, memorable locations and more. You can’t go wrong with this DVD set. Start with the first season for laugh out loud fun.
Auto Timing Chain and Gears Wall Clock – do time pieces get any cooler than this? Any gearhead will love this unique clock, complete with authentic salvaged gears and precise timekeeping for good measure. If the wall clock’s too big, check out the smaller desk clock version of this cool car lover’s gift.
Hockey Stick Snow Brush – this will get you double bonus points if the gift recipient loves cars AND hockey. Real-life details and an extra-long handle give this snow brush and scraper true rink appeal.
Auto Emergency Tool Set – even the most careful car lovers can stumble upon the occasional emergency. And this do-it-all tool set has everything they could ask for, and more! A digital tire gauge is the featured function, but this cool tool also has two different screwdrivers, scissors, pliers, seat belt cutter, white and red flashlights and more. Plus, you can personalize this auto emergency tool set for a custom touch!
A turbocharger – there aren’t many things more powerful than love. And there aren’t many things more powerful than a turbocharger. If you’re looking to put a smile on someone’s face, nothing screams love like extra horsepower. As it happens, BuyAutoParts.com offers the best replacement turbos for low prices. Lucky you. And lucky them.
BuyAutoParts.com is a smart gift idea HQ for any car lover, including you! With hundreds of quality parts at cheap prices, we’ve got something for everybody. We’ll even help you make the most of your purchase, thanks to our Buyer’s Guides, online knowledge library and more. If you have any questions about our products, call one of our auto parts specialists at (888) 907-7225.
Written By Juan Cuellar