Ideally, the Yuletide season is one in which the bitter stew of old grievances is replaced with a warm, sticky-sweet compote of holiday cheer. To successfully navigate this special time, you'll need more than just a festive spirit and that trusty reindeer-patterned sweater from the back of your closet. You'll also need the right armament of gifts. After all, thoughtful gifts can go a long way toward showing loved ones just how much you care.
Automobile-related gifts are especially popular in our car-loving culture. With this in mind, here are 10 car gifts for the 2013 holiday season, listed in alphabetical order.
Best for: The Motoring Fashionista
A key holder is perhaps the most ordinary of accessories. However, the Chanel brand can make even the ordinary extraordinary, and if there's a fashionista on your list, you can make sure her car keys are held in breathtaking style by giving her a Chanel key holder. Chanel is known for its quilted designs. This key holder is made with calfskin that has been quilted and embossed with the Chanel logo.
Best for: The Surfer Who Loves Cars
Not everyone can afford a Ferrari. You can give your favorite surfer the next best thing: a Ferrari Scuderia Spider surfboard. Customized with the Scuderia Spider's signature graphic design, this limited-edition surfboard has the uncanny ability to make hanging ten feel expensive and Italian.
Best for: The Tailgater
Tailgating refers to the practice of drinking alcohol or preparing food in the parking lot at a concert or sporting event. This 16-piece utensil set helps make sure the tailgaters on your list will have every cooking tool they need. A spatula, tongs, a fork, a spoon, a ladle, a cleaver, a cutting board and even a knife sharpener are included. All utensils are made of durable stainless steel and feature stay-cool Bakelite handles for an easy grip.
Price: $10,140 including shipping
Best for: The Wealthy Enthusiast
Some people have lots of money and love to go really fast down winding canyon roads. These people probably have Lamborghini Murcielago sports cars or similar models sitting pretty in their garages. With a Lamborghini Murcielago desk, these folks can take their love of expensive high-speed machines to the office. Designed to mirror the Murcielago's memorable front end, this desk is the ultimate in enthusiast décor.
Best for: The Survivalist
If you've got someone on your list who believes in being prepared for the worst, you'll want to make sure the Relief Pod Deluxe Road Safety Kit is nestled in that person's (ample) holiday stocking. This four-section kit is designed to foster safety in a roadside emergency and includes such must-haves as first-aid supplies, a reflective safety vest, glow sticks, jumper cables and work gloves.
Best for: The Very Young Driver
Enthusiasts come in all ages. Geared toward kids between the ages of 2 and 4, the Sit On Simulated Driver is guaranteed to tickle that young car lover on your list. It features an adjustable bouncy seat, a three-speed gearshift, a moving dashboard screen and 11 car sounds.
Best for: The Person Too Busy To Pump Air at Gas Stations
Keeping tires properly inflated can go a long way toward fostering safe travels, but for some people, a hectic schedule makes filling tires with air at a gas station a bit of a chore. For folks like this, a compressor is a must-have. With this model from Slime, drivers can quickly and easily inflate tires in their own driveways or garages — no gas station required.
Price: Starts at $94.95
Best for: The Dog Lover
Dog lovers want nothing but the best for their precious pooches and this car seat certainly fits the bill. With its simulated lamb's wool interior, this pet perch features elegant, luxury-minded design and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. A connection strap that allows the harness to be secured to the seatbelt is included. A small version of the seat is shown, but medium and large versions are available at the Snoozer Pet Products Web site.
Price: Starts at $71,070
Best for: The Well-Heeled Environmentalist
Believe it or not, there was a time when rich people who wanted an electric car had to make do with a Nissan Leaf. Thankfully, things have changed, and now there's the opulent Tesla Model S. With its sleek, good looks, impressive luxury and outstanding battery range (base models can travel up to 139 miles before needing a charge), this handsome Tesla makes a great gift for the green-minded.
Best for: The Bond Aficionado
Bond films are famous for showcasing some of the finest automobiles imaginable. Hosted by Top Gear's Richard Hammond, Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars pays tribute to all the wondrous and sometimes wacky cars that have shared the screen with 007. The DVD spotlights Bond cars from the Aston Martin DB5 to the Lotus Espirit, and there are even cameos from such Bonds as Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore.