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10 Unique Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts: from DIY Apparel to Auto Accessories

By on December 9, 2014’s holiday gift guide highlights affordable, unusual and useful gifts for the auto DIYer and car-obsessed; shoppers gain loyalty points, service members get discounts

Carson, CA – December 09, 2014 – There are about 1.95 vehicles per household in the US [1] meaning that probably every household has someone who would appreciate an auto-related gift this holiday. And, as reported in a recent study, nearly half of automotive DIYers are doing more of their own auto repair work this year than last year with the majority citing enjoyment as a key reason for doing their own auto work.[2] But one does not have to be an auto enthusiast to appreciate the affordable and unique gift list put together by the experts at

This list includes useful accessories for the vehicle, for the garage and even DIY apparel. Suitable for those who celebrate their auto lifestyles as well as those who just want a little extra something for their vehicle, this gift list is great for garage tinkerers and happy drivers. Plus, consumers who purchase these gifts online at can also take advantage of its loyalty program.* And, active and non-active service members are eligible for discounts through’s Heroes Automobile Gallery.**

APW Holiday Gift Guide 2014’s Holiday List

Auto Accessories:

#1 Bug Shields (From $50 to $250)

Available in a variety of finishes from camo to chrome, bug shields protect vehicles from bugs and road debris, as well as from stones that fly at the windshield, causing body/windshield damage or worse. Custom molded for a direct fit, they mount away from the hood for easy cleaning and maintenance and they are easy to install, no drill required. For more information: Click here

#2 Car Covers: ($35 to $500 +)

A great way to keep vehicles protected from the elements (tree sap, bird droppings, salt water damage, etc.) — especially for those DIYers who have filled their garage with tools rather than cars. They also help resist rot and mildew, offer great heat insulation, and are treated for extra UV protection. Covers are available for most vehicle brands and makes. For example, the Covercraft Block-it car cover costs under $200 and is made of 3 layer polypropylene fabric and is naturally moisture resistant which will help protect the vehicle’s finish. Soft to the touch, it will not scratch clean paint or clear-coats and is easy to use and less bulky for compact storage. For more information: Click here

#3 Sun Shield ($30-$50)

An affordable gift, essential for those who live in ‘sunshine states’, interior window covers are designed to reduce interior temperatures by reflecting the sun’s damaging UV rays. No installation or hardware required, just roll the shield into place. Most fold for easy storage.
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Stocking Stuffers:

#4 Upper Dash Trays ($25)

For those who need a little extra upper dashboard storage space for their spare change, mobile devices, sunglasses and adapters. Simple to install (no drilling necessary), these trays are designed to integrate seamlessly with any vehicle. For more information: Click here

#5 Speed Grip Steering Wheel Cover ($20)

The car enthusiast in all of us will enjoy the snug fit of a speed grip steering wheel cover which also protects the hands from extreme hot and cold weather. For more information: Click here

Garage Friendly:

#6 Storage Shelves ($50-$250)

For those who need more storage space in the garage for tools, boxes, and trophies, no-drill installation storage shelves will keep the tinkerer in the family organized with more room to get under the hood! For more information: Click here

#7 Hand Wipes: ($5 to $10)

Heavy duty hand wipes cut through dirt, grease, oil, dirt and paint for easy clean up. And with no harsh chemicals, they are safe for the whole family and are also ultra-moisturizing with Vitamin E and Aloe and a fresh citrus scent. For more information: Click here

#8 Portable Radio ($30-$100)

Battery operated and waterproofed, a portable radio is not only good company when DIYing in the garage, it’s also handy for receiving emergency notifications such as important weather announcements, Amber Alerts, civil emergency messages, fire warnings, and landslide warnings. The portable radio includes a telescopic antenna for crystal clear reception and comes with seven preset weather channels. For more information: Click here

Auto Apparel:

#9 Shop Apron ($25)

Every cook needs an apron and for those who create in the garage, a shop apron saves clothing from certain ruin. With roomy pockets the shop apron has hook and loop flaps that holds tools securely in place with neck and waist straps that offer maximum adjustability and comfort, along with a handy pen pocket front and center. For more information: Click here

# 10 Heavy Duty Gloves: ($5 to $50)

Non-slip heavy-duty gloves will last through many weekend projects in the garage offering protection from cuts, bruises, heat and grease. Gloves are an ideal stocking stuffer and a great addition to any tinkerer’s wardrobe toolbox. For more information: Click here

All products are available in a range of prices and custom fits at

*Loyalty Program: As part of the loyalty program, consumers can earn points for every dollar spent online, for tweeting APW products and for connecting to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. For more information, go to:

** The Heroes Automobile Gallery program provides service members with a 20% discount* on auto parts and an opportunity to share pictures of their vehicle, and what it means to them, as well as a little about their military history. For more information, go to:

*Maximum discount $100. Participation is subject to the Terms and Conditions outlined here:


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