The top 10 best automotive gifts for every driver on your holiday shopping list

Donna Boyd Corcoran recommends a remote car starter for everyone on your list. And they're conveniently available locally at Abt.

Donna Boyd Corcoran and Christie Sweatman recommend remote car starters for everyone on your list. And they’re conveniently available locally at Abt.

Trying to figure out what to buy someone this holiday season? We are a little biased, but we think automotive related gifts can be the best mix of practical and enjoyable.

We asked for help from our clients and the Auto Lab team in compiling a top 10 list of automotive related gifts. So without further adieu, here is the top 10 countdown of ideas for that “hard-to-buy-for” person on your list:

10. Dog seat belt (In a test simulating a 60 mph crash, only two brands performed well. Click here for the details.)


Kathy Walnum-Meilner says an ice scraper with a glove makes a great holiday gift. And for the Star Wars fans on your shopping list, it doesn’t get any better than this Wampa arm mit from

9. A gift certificate for a car detailing service

8. Headrest DVD player

7. Satellite radio

6. Roadside emergency kit

5. Ice scraper with glove attached

4. New tires (the next best thing to an actual car)

3. A car (We know this is a bit extravagant, but it was mentioned a couple of times in our informal survey.)

2. Repair & maintenance gift certificates (We are totally biased on this one. As far as we’re concerned, Auto Lab gift cards are the gift that keeps on giving.)

And the most popular auto related gift according to our very informal and unscientific survey is…

Christie Sweatman thinks new tires make a great holiday gift.

Christie Sweatman thinks new tires make a great holiday gift.

1. A remote car starter

For those of you who were hoping that someone other than us was reading your Facebook comments, you can forward them this newsletter for “educational purposes.”

Happy Holidays!

Your Auto Lab Team

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