The holidays are right around the corner, whether we're ready or not, and you've probably got relatives or friends who are difficult to buy for. Maybe a simple piece of jewelry? A special food item? Maybe just a nice card? If nothing seems quite right, think outside the box and shop for your friends and family at Advance Auto Parts.
Sure, you're thinking, what in the world can I buy from Advance that would actually make a good gift (other than gift cards of course)? Well, we're not going to sing you the whole list for each day until the holiday, but here are some great gift ideas that just happen to be useful, too.
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Perhaps the most essential is a good set of hand tools. Whether you're buying for someone just starting out or a seasoned DIYer dealing with broken and missing sockets, the TEQ Correct Professional 118-piece set is a solid bet. Ratchets, sockets, and extensions in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 in. drives are a necessity in any toolbox. Metric and SAE six-point sockets with TEQ DriveTM off-corner loading technology reduces the likelihood of rounding off bolts, and thin profiles mean those tight spots won't be a problem anymore. The best thing about this set is it can be used for other projects around the house, too.
Automotive repair and maintenance is not glamorous. Hot parts, sharp edges, and various fluids can wreak havoc on hands. For a simple oil change or fluid flush, nitrile gloves will do. But for other jobs, give the gift of durable, washable Mechanix Wear gloves. They're breathable to keep hands cool and form fitting for a confident grip even on small parts.
OK, we know this is a broad category. That just means there are more options. One of the coolest electronics, and most useful, is a camera. Advance sells a variety of dash and backup cameras, as well as inspection cameras for under the hood.
Other awesome electronics gifts include car audio and video devices, cell phone accessories, and radar detectors. If you're thinking of gifting a radar detector, be sure to check your state's laws on usage.
The list of available vehicle accessories is massive and will contain something for everyone on your list. Help personalize with these:
And then consider the gift of cleanliness:
- or microfiber towels and sponges for easy stocking stuffers
This is definitely an out-of-the-box gift, mainly because it's in a bottle (dad joke ... sorry). Jokes aside, oil can make a great gift for the automotive DIYer in your life. Why would you pay someone to change your oil when you can do it yourself, right? In addition to the oil, check out the oil-change essentials Advance offers, like shop towels, funnels, drain pans, and more.
One of the most common replacement items on any vehicle is wiper blades. Depending on where you live, the weather can take a particular toll on wipers. Advance offers some great wiper options for all climates and weather conditions. Buy a couple of pairs of blades for your family and friends as a great, and certainly practical, gift. And don't forget that rear blade.
Some car parts and accessories, like oil or wipers, are specific to vehicle makes and models. Advance makes it easy to add a vehicle online and shop for vehicle-specific products. You can also visit your local Advance Auto Parts, and a team member can help you. If all else fails and you're not sure what to buy, an Advance Auto Parts gift card is the perfect stocking or card stuffer.
Have more suggestions for auto parts and accessories that make great gifts? Leave them in the comments.