Don’t know what to get your loved one this year? Nothing says, “I love you,” like going out of your way to fix up their car.
While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, they’re also notorious for being the most stressful. The last thing that someone in your life wants to deal with is getting their ride ready for winter. Surprise them and make their holidays a little less hectic by clearing off their maintenance to-do list, or treat them (and yourself!) to some automotive goodies.
Need to get your orders by December 25th? Make sure you place them in time! Here are CarParts.com’s holiday shipping deadlines:
|CarParts.com Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 12/25 Delivery*|
|Shipping Type||Place Order By|
|2nd Day||12/20 (1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST)|
|Overnight||12/23 (1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST)|
|* Shipping estimates may change without prior notice.|
And here are 12 gift ideas that special someone will love more than another tie or mug (or a pear tree along with a flock of birds and random people coming at them over a two-week period):
1. Windshield Wipers and Blades
Does your loved one have a streaky windshield? Get them a fresh set of wiper blades for safer, improved visibility. If your loved one lives in or likes to venture into extreme climates, consider getting them winter duty wipers, which have a beefier build with a rubber boot to prevent clocking and protect against snow and ice build-up.
Make sure your loved one’s brake system (including brake discs, brake pads, brake calipers, and/or brake drums) is top-notch to help them stop for whatever the season brings, like animals crossing the road, traffic accidents, and bad weather. Don’t know what kind to get or what components go best together? Full-package solutions like brake disc and pad kits and brake disc and caliper kits take out the guesswork!
4. Heater Core
A leaking or previously bypassed heater core can leave your loved one out in the cold all winter long. Don’t let this happen! Take care of it for them.
5. Floor Mats
A set of quality all-weather floor mats will keep your loved one’s interior clean as can be from the snow, mud, and salt of winter.
6. Seat Covers
Have your loved one’s seats taken a beating from messy kids, shedding pets, or outdoor gear? Seat covers can offer premium defense against life’s messes and help restore the look of their interior.
7. Tonneau Cover
As the weather outside gets frightful, make sure your loved one secures and protects anything in the bed of their truck with a new tonneau cover. In many states, if you have a truck bed full of snow after a storm and it flies out of the bed, you can get a ticket. If you’ve been thinking about getting a tonneau cover for your own truck, it could quickly pay for itself!
8. Auto Body Parts
9. Side Mirrors
Is your loved one’s side mirror broken or hanging off? Not only is that an eyesore, but it’s a driving hazard—and magnet for ticket-writing officers—as well. Your loved one’s bound to appreciate a replacement.
10. Suspension Parts
If your loved one needs to replace a suspension part (e.g., control arm, ball joint, shocks or struts, tie rod end, sway bar link, etc.), help them out and take care of it right away. Suspension parts are essential for minimizing tire wear and maintaining vehicle control in dangerous conditions.
11. Off-Road Must-Haves
12. Nerf Bars/Running Boards
Whether they’re riding the trails or reporting for carpool duty, a set of rugged nerf bars or sleek running boards can help prevent slippage and lend a nice finishing touch to the look of your loved one’s rig. If you’re unsure about which one to pick, read our comparison guide to learn more about the difference between nerf bars and running boards.
Happy shopping, and happy holidays!