How to Choose Christmas Gifts for a Mechanic

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Having a skilled, trustworthy mechanic can save you money and countless headaches when your car needs work. If you're impressed with your mechanic's professionalism, honesty, quality of work or quick turnaround time, a gift at Christmas can elevate his impression of you, too. Choosing a Christmas gift for your mechanic involves a combination of some investigation and imagination.

Do Some Digging

  • A gift that caters to your mechanic's personal interests stands out among the generic gifts he might receive from other customers. When visiting the garage, discreetly look at items he might have on display that reveal his interests. For example, a poster of a particular football player or team indicates his interest in that sport. Even something as simple as stickers on his toolbox, such as those related to sports or NASCAR, can provide valuable hints.

Tools of the Trade

  • It's redundant to buy your mechanic tools that relate to his professional, as he likely he has everything he needs and the expertise to make future purchases. Instead of buying him a wrench set, for example, consider a gift card to an automotive or hardware store in the area. If you really want to get a gift rather than a gift card, listen for verbal queues that might indicate what he needs. For example, if he complains about dirt in the garage's waiting room, an automotive-themed mat is appropriate.

Add Pizzazz to the Garage

  • If you wish to buy your mechanic something practical for his garage or shop, opt for useful or decorative items over tools. A retro-styled Corvette wall clock, for example, is suitable if you know he's passionate about the Chevrolet brand. In the same manner, a car- or sports team-themed radio with an MP3 player jack is ideal if you know he enjoys listening to music while working. If you enjoy shopping for antiques, an antique gas station sign or automotive tool adds visual appeal to the garage.

Gift Cards

  • Gift cards are a generic Christmas gift idea but are ideal if you don't know your mechanic well or have knowledge of his interests. Practical gift card ideas include cards for a nearby gas station or supermarket. If you know your mechanic is a car-enthusiast, a gift card to an aftermarket car-parts store is applicable. If he's married or has a partner, a gift card to a restaurant or movie theater can provide a simple date night; a family restaurant gift card is more appropriate if he has kids.

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