Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for any of the adults on your list, especially the guys? If so, look no further than your local auto parts store. Based on over 30 years of experience at Napa Auto Parts in far Northern California, my local parts person offers the following last minute Christmas gift suggestions:
Emergency kit – Every vehicle should have an emergency kit with flares, a survival blanket, flashlight, gloves, knife, etc. Your auto parts store likely carries these kits housed in a convenient carrying case. Or you can buy the components you want and make up your own kit.
Oil change – Apparently, many folks fail to change their oil as often as they should. For the DIYer, you can buy the oil and a new filter for an oil change. Don’t know what type of oil or how much? No problem! Just let the counter person know what vehicle your gift recipient drives and you’ll get the right stuff in the right quantity. And if you’re handy but your gift recipient isn’t, you can change the oil for them yourself. (And if neither of you are handy with car maintenance, how about a gift certificate for an oil change from a local garage?)
Car cleaning kit – For anyone with a vehicle, a car cleaning kit is the perfect gift. You can select the products you like, put them all in a plastic bucket and add a festive bow. Kind of like a gift basket but better!
Compact tool kit to carry in the car – Everyone should have basic tools in their car or truck. Your auto parts store has many sets available and the counter person can help you select the one that is most appropriate for you gift recipient.
So, for great last minute Christmas gifts, go to your local auto parts store and browse around. Or ask for help – just tell the clerk upfront for whom you are buying and how much you have to spend so as not to waste time for either of you during the busy holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.