5 Christmas Gift Ideas 2015 For Drivers

The new SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA Headlights and four other worthy Christmas gift ideas for the motorist in your life this 2015 holiday season. 

Goodbye sunny weather, hello rain, slush and snow. The holiday season (read: winter) is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about picking up — or asking for — those essential cold weather driving accessories this holiday season. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of our five favourite Christmas gift ideas 2015 and we’re going to share them with you here.

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SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA Headlights ($59.99)

christmas gift ideas 2015How does having a headlight beam providing increased down-road and peripheral visibility sound? That’s what the SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA lineup of premium headlight products is all about. They glow with a comfortable colour temperature of 4100K, which is about the same as daylight at noon, and are rated at an OEM-friendly 55 watts meaning they will operate safely without burning out the stock wiring.

The “plug and play” design installs the same way as the original units that come with your vehicle. Each package includes a pair of bulbs.

Key Features:

  • The brightest downroad headlight in their product line
  • More clarity – down road, side road and contrast of objects
  • Increased side road visibility
  • Increased peripheral visibility
  • Whiter light for greater contrast of objects and improved visibility of reflective objects
  • For ULTRA Night Vision

Subzero ArcticGuard snow and ice windshield cover ($9.99)

christmas gift ideas 2015How annoying is it when you’re in a hurry in the morning, only to find your car’s windshield covered in frost? The Subzero ArticGuard comes to the rescue, a durable and reusable cover designed to keep snow and ice from sticking to the glass. After parking, simply lay the cover overtop of the windshield and then thread the attached cords through the front passenger windows, and connect the hooks on the ends to keep the cover from flying away. To remove, perform the steps in reverse.

Measuring 1,778 millimetres inches (width) by 737 mm (height), ArticGuard fits most applications, and folds into a compact shape for storage.

Pilot Automotive four port outlet ($19.99)

christmas gift ideas 2015We love our electronic toys nowadays, whether it’s a portable navigation system or an in-car dash camera. All these gadgets require a power source, often of the 12-volt variety, and many vehicles still only come with a single port. The Pilot four-port outlet solves this issue by turning into many.

A great feature is having an individual on/off toggle switch for each port, so you don’t have to plug and unplug each of your devices every time you use them. Individual LED indicator shows which ports are active, and 3M adhesive is included for easy mounting to almost any smooth surface in the cabin.

Mastercraft 3/8-in Drive Torque Wrench

christmas gift ideas 2015A lot of weekend tinkerers might have a large torque wrench for securing wheel lug nuts to factory specifications, but what about a finer instrument for more delicate winter projects, like swapping out the suspension or replacing a valve cover seal? The Mastercraft torque wrench is the perfect tool for such a job, rated for a range between 30 to 250 in-lbs.

The black plastic grip handle is comfortable to hold, and the collar locks with a simple twist after choosing one of the values etched into the steel shaft. Once the desired torque setting is reached, the wrench emits an audible clicking sound.

Trac Grabber car traction aid ($39.99)

christmas gift ideas 2015It doesn’t matter whether you have a front, rear or all-wheel drive automobile, there’s always a chance in inclement weather of getting stuck in a snowy or muddy environment. In the event that happens, strap on a set of Trac Grabbers to the wheels and re-engage the throttle. The wheels should spin and quickly regain traction where the aid meets the terrain, lifting the vehicle out under its own power.

There are two in a set, and installation takes less than a minute. Each Trac unit measures 229 mm (length) by 89 mm (width) by 38 mm (height).

Benjamin Yong is a freelance writer and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. You can find his stories on this site and in other publications including RPM Canada, Westworld BC, CAA Magazine and Darpan Magazine.