Have a loved one who’s super into cars?
Forget chocolates and roses.
This Valentine’s Day, rev up your romance with gifts that celebrate your love and their passion for the four-wheeled mechanical marvel in their garage.
Here are some suggestions to shift your Valentine’s into high gear and create memories that’ll last longer than a tank of gas.
1. Scenic Weekend Road Trip
Dust off your map, pick a picturesque destination, and enjoy the trip together, maybe with a picnic basket filled with yummy treats. Find a secluded spot with a stunning view and watch the sunset with music and cozy blankets. Sleep beneath the night sky, the sprinkle of stars and cozy fire your only source of light.
Nothing quite spells romance like a shared, sentimental experience.
Just don’t forget to bring bug repellent and hope for great weather.
2. Couples’ Detailing Day
Cleaning the car can be rather a chore, even for the most avid car enthusiast.
So why not treat your person to a day together, pampering their car with a thorough wash, wax, and interior cleaning?
Make it fun with music, snacks, and a little friendly competition. If you’re not a car enthusiast yourself, you could even learn a few things about autos through this and discover more about your special person’s passion.
3. Private Drive-in Movie Session
A private movie session sounds like a romantic cliché, right?
Well, we love a cliché when it comes to Valentine’s, but let’s spruce it up with some creativity.
Ditch the theaters and rent a projector instead. Set up a cozy outdoor space to watch a romantic flick or classic car movie from the comfort of your vehicle — drinks on the dashboard and popcorn snuggled next to the gear shift.
4. Framed Vintage Car Photo
A picture speaks a thousand words.
This is a fairly straightforward yet delightful project, resulting in a memorable item that captures a piece of your history together.
For this gift, all you need is a pretty frame and a photograph. Find one of both of you enjoying a special moment in your car, and turn it into a beautiful keepsake for display on the wall or mantelpiece.
5. DIY Car-Themed Scrapbook
Here’s another idea that you can make yourself. Collect pictures, souvenirs, and mementos of shared car adventures and create a scrapbook.
Each page can unfold chapters of noteworthy moments from road trips to unexpected detours. These can contain items like ticket stubs of a play you attended together, maps of a place you visited, or the petals of a flower you found in a hidden cove.
It’s often surprising what memories a single small item can hold, and it can be fun flipping through to recall all the escapades you’ve shared.
6. Car-Themed Jewelry
If your person is someone who appreciates jewelry, then car-themed bling might be just the thing for them. It’s a sentimental gift that can be infused with their favorite thing.
Look for accessories like cufflinks, necklaces, or bracelets featuring miniature car parts or car-themed designs. Maybe a watch with a design inspired by racing — this can be a stylish and functional gift for a car enthusiast.
7. Car Kit Box With a Valentine’s Twist
Any car lover would appreciate receiving items that help them keep their ride clean and in top condition.
Put together a high-quality car care kit with items like wax, polish, microfiber towels, and cleaning supplies. For a Valentine’s touch, look for themed boxes with romantic elements. Add in gourmet snacks and fun gadgets for an additional surprise. Then, go the extra mile and offer to help them detail their vehicle (as we mentioned in idea #2).
8. High-Quality Travel Gear With Car Designs
Travel gear won’t go amiss if your special someone is on the road a lot.
Car-themed mugs or thermoses are perfect for enjoying warm drinks on their coffee stops or during road trips. A soft blanket with a romantic message or car-themed pattern would be convenient for additional comfort on chilly drives. You could also find a stylish pair of sunglasses for both of you, perfect for coordinating on sunny outings.
9. Bluetooth Car Kit
Here’s another practical gift idea for a car lover: Upgrade their driving experience with a Bluetooth car kit that allows them to make hands-free calls and stream music while driving. It may be less romantic as a Valentine’s present, perhaps, but undoubtedly one that adds a level of convenience and safety.