If you find yourself frequently competing with a hunk of steel for your significant other’s attention, don’t worry—you’re not alone. There are a lot of us who know exactly what you’re going through, especially this time of year when you’re trying to figure out what, if anything, to get your gearhead for Valentine’s Day. Once you’ve decided that your car-loving other half is indeed worthy of your hard earned cash, whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your 50th, these great gift ideas are sure to please. On the other hand, if you’re the gearhead, you might want to “accidentally” leave this page up on the computer screen sometime between now and February 14th.
An Exotic Car Rental
If you’re going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, tell your significant other you’ll pick him or her up. Instead of showing up on time in your regular car, arrive fashionably late in their favorite exotic. Enterprise Rent-A-Car actually offers an Exotic Car Collection perfect for this occasion in a number of major cities, including a selection of Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and more. While this is going to require a little extra research and planning on your part—believe us, it’ll be worth it. The only downside to this plan, however, is that once you give up the keys to your date, you might never make it to dinner.
Performance Driving School
If your gearhead is an avid racing or Formula Drift fan, schedule a day for the two of you at a performance driving school. A lot of automakers have their own schools as does NASCAR, and there are also a number of other privately owned schools at tracks across the country as well. Speaking from experience, this will definitely be a day for the memory books, so don’t forget your camera. Just be sure that when you’re making the reservation, the driving school you pick is performance-oriented and not for high school kids trying to pass their drivers’ tests.
Auto Show Tickets
Most of this year’s major auto shows are behind us, but no matter what time of year it is—there’s always an auto show going on somewhere. Tickets for most of them are pretty cheap and some are even free, so going to an auto show is a relatively inexpensive way to spend a day. Plus, there’s always more to do at these things than just look at cars, so if you decide to tag along and you’re not a gearhead yourself — don’t worry, you won’t be bored out of your mind.
Click here for a list of auto shows by region: Auto Shows Calendar
Gift certificates to an auto detailer or eBay Motors are always appreciated, especially when your significant other is the type of gearhead who spends the majority of the weekend in the garage working on or washing and waxing their beloved machine. However, if your car lover is reluctant to let other people near their ride—think twice about the detailing gift certificate. Instead, think about getting him or her a couple of automotive themed movies. The acting’s not always great, but you can’t go wrong with a film whose biggest stars are of the four-wheeled kind.
You can find a pretty decent list of car flicks here: The Top Car Movies Ever Made.
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Article contributed on behalf of Penske-Wynn Maserati.