Columnist Ken Gross compiled his 10 top picks for book ideas this holiday season. Similarly, the Old Cars Weekly staff compiled a list of books that will keep you reading into 2009, and perhaps inspire you to work on a few projects gathering dust in your garage.
While books make excellent gifts, there are many other hobby-related items that would bring a smile on Christmas morning. For gift-givers who are not active in the hobby, buying presents for car collectors can be difficult. However, clubs are great places to find gift ideas, and after perusing some of those that come in to the OCW office, I picked a few favorites:
SPAAMFAA license plate topper: Looking for the perfect way to top off a collectible fire-fighting vehicle? Look no further than the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America. This club’s topper celebrates 50 years of the club and is the perfect way to finish off a restoration. If fire vehicles aren’t your receiver’s choice of vehicle, search antique stores and online businesses for toppers relevant to the recipient of your gift, such as make-specific or local toppers.
Vintage Chevrolet Club of America fender cover: Protect a car’s finish, and do it with class. Many clubs offer these handy, protective covers that make perfect gifts any time of the year.
Hudson Essex Terraplane Club Calendar: The H-E-T Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as Hudson’s 100th anniversary, and the club came up with a spectacular calendar filled with vintage images. Contact the club to see if additional copies are for sale, or contact the club representing your gift recipient’s make of choice and see if the club offers a similar calendar.
The American Bugatti Club offers many items available through the club in each issue of Pur Sang. If you can’t find a Bugatti-related item here, you’ll never find it.
Your own club: If you’re not a member of the clubs mentioned above, I’ll guarantee you’ll find great gift ideas. Flip the back and take a look at the ads. Many clubs even have special section for regional projects, or even gift sections.
Not only do club items make great gifts, they also help support a club. And when you do that, everyone has a better holiday season!