Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Couples on the Road

Valentines gift ideas for couples behind the wheel

Listen I uh, I don’t know how to say this but, I feel something between us. A special connection, you know? But this is crazy, I don’t even know you. Plus, if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts, then your heart probably already belongs to another anyway. It hurts, but you know what they say, it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

Whew, I’m glad we got through this.

So now that things between us are strictly platonic, I want to help you! You made a bold choice in landing on an automotive website looking for V-day gifts, but I have always loved admired that about you! So let’s lean into that decision and do this right. Here are all the best vehicle-related Valentine’s day gifts for those special couples who keep the Fast and Furious series in their movie night rotation.

For the Road Tripper/Camp-aholic:

Spring is coming up quick, and with spring comes the best road trip and weather. Spring is perfect because it’s before the mad rush of swarming tourists, but after the worst of the cold. So what better gift than to kick off the planning of a fun trip? Just need to find the right bit of gear to start that planning.

Daystar Hands Free Phone Grip:
Daystar Hands Free Phone MountDid you know that a lot of states have now banned windshield phone/GPS mounts? Weird, right? I was surprised to hear that myself, but luckily there are plenty of other options out there on the market, like this cup holder mount from Daystar. Over the past 15 years cars have been coming equipped with more and more cup holders almost to the point of being ridiculous. Luckily you can put your extra ones to good use!

Napier Backroadz Truck Tent:
Backroadz Truck TentI’ve mentioned before about how cool it is that all this Overland stuff is blowing up right now, but as with any trend, so much of it really does get insanely expensive! Rooftop tents are cool and all, but not everything has to be so complicated and overwrought with #utility over just focusing on the essentials. Well Napier isn’t new to this game. They’ve been doing this for 30 years now, and they do it damn well. Now, you can break camp—without breaking the bank—wherever and whenever the outdoors calls.

Bonus: Add a truck bed mattress to the equation and you’ll be the most comfortable you’ve ever been while camping! That plus a good heated travel blanket? Game changer.

TJM Awnings
TJM AwningSpeaking of game changers, an awning like this can really save a campsite that doesn’t have much in the way of natural shade, or is lacking it from angle. These awnings stay low profile, and pull out and setup in just a minute or so, giving your on demand shade where ever you go. Plus they’re available in two different sizes depending on what you’re going to be mounting them to.

For the Pet Lover:

On top of not paying rent or pitching in for gas, even pretty well trained dogs tend to leave things just a little worse for ware after a while. We love the crap out of them anyway, but there’s no denying that their nails aren’t the kindest to the upholstery, plastic trim, and (especially as things warm up more) tend to shed more than seems possible.

So here are some gift ideas for the ones with a furbaby or two in their lives:

Kurgo Loft Dog Hammock Seat Cover:
kurgo loft dog hammockThey’ve already taken over the back seat anyway, why not keep things protected, more comfortable, and a little safer for them as well. Completely reversible and convertible from a regular seat cover to a hammock, the Kurgo dog hammock is perfect for longer trips and quick jaunts to the park as well. Just attach the front hooks to the your headrests to convert it into a hammock, and now not only will your pup be caught from falling between the seats, but they’ll be blocked from climbing between the front seats as well. Plus the fabric protects your seats from slobber and holds in those unfortunate accidents as well.

Kurgo Go Shower Portable Pet Hose:
Kurgo Go Shower After a nice hike, a trip to the dog park, or especially after some fun at the dog beach, your dog isn’t exactly at their cleanest, are they? That’s a lot of dirt (and interesting smells) to track into your newly washed car, which is why Kurgo came out with this little dog shower. Holding 6 liters of water, you can hang it from a tree branch or on your car’s door frame, and give Fido’s paws a little rinse off before venturing back home.

This is also handy for your and your kids feet after walking around on the beach as well, and can be used to rinse off toys and boogie boards as well.

Covercraft Cargo Area and/or Front Seat Pet Pad: 
Covercraft cargo area pet padHere’s another one that’s useful even when your pet isn’t with you. This cargo area mat makes a great pad for your dog to lie down on, even featuring side bolsters for your dog to lean against around turns. The fabric is a heavy-duty polyester with a waterproof PVC coating to prevent whatever creatures or objects back there from leaking onto your carpet, and can just be hosed down when needed. Plus it’s also good for holding loose or messy cargo, such as gardening supplies.

For the Road Warrior:

Does the apple of your eye have a long commute? Have to travel for work? Just spend a lot of time in there car? Well just like ponying up a little extra for a good mattress is always recommended, spending a little bit to make your car a nicer place to be is well worth if it you’re going to be spending hours and hours in there. Give the gift of comfort and convenience!

OK, I know what you’re thinking, a set of seat covers isn’t exactly the most romantic thing in the world, but hear me out. Like I mentioned before, this is where they spend hours upon hours of their time, you’d be making that just a little nicer of an experience every time they head out to work or the store. That’s a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving for years to come!

Coverking Neosupreme Seat Covers:
Coverking Neosupreme Seat Covers Red/BlackThese are our most popular seat covers for very good reason. They fit great, offer solid protection, and can be had in almost any color you’d want. One of the most underrated things about Neosupreme (and even more so actual neosupreme) is how well they handle extreme weather in either direction — especially when coming from leather seats. In how weather they won’t burn your legs and remain relatively cool, and in the dead of winter they won’t give your rear end frostbite like factory leather can. Plus they’re nicely padded and extremely comfortable.

The neosupreme is very nice, and gives you 80% of the benefit of real neoprene, but if you can justify the real thing, genuine neoprene covers are definitely worth the money for the waterproof protection, and they just feel fantastic.

Husky X-Act Contour All Weather Floor Mats:
Husky Liners X-act Contour Floor LinersThis one is less about comfort (though they do feel nice under the foot) and more about protecting your carpet and saving your significant other some headaches — especially with kids! With high side walls to keep spills, dirt, and grime contained, you won’t have to worry about your poor carpet feeling nature’s wrath. And unlike some other all weather mats on the market, these won’t feel like your putting your feet down on hard plastic, but a pliable rubber that settles and forms to your carpet over time, giving you the best fit possible over time for a seamless look.

This is one of those things where you don’t understand how handy and worth it they are until you have a car without them. I am an all weather convert, and it’s hard to go back.

TonnoPro Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover:
Tonnopro Hardfold tonneau coverThe tough-as-nails TonnoFold Tri-Fold keeps your stuff hidden away from prying eyes and bad weather. First of all, versatility is the name of the game. The entire cover can be folded down to contain the contents of your truck bed, or you can fold it back into a compact unit to make room for larger items. The hinged tri-fold design lets you open and set the cover however you need – you can even remove the entire cover in just a few minutes. With a powder-coated aluminum frame and panels with a tear-resistant, double-sided vinyl top, the cover can handle heavy winds, light rain and snow, and, yes, lots of bird poop.

This is our most affordable hard tonneau cover, giving you access to tough security at a price where you usually can only find soft-panel covers. Don’t worry, though, you have a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 10 year warranty on the vinyl, so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart on you.

Hopefully you came away from some good ideas here. Ladies, thank you for reading this far, I just need to talk to the fellas out here for a second…

OK, just us guys here now? Dude, you better pair something on this list with some flowers or some chocolates or both! I’m just looking out for you, man. I don’t want you having to use that truck bed tent because she kicked out out or anything! Do it right.

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Garrett Davis
Garrett has something of a sickness when it comes to cars, working on everything from Jeeps, to sports cars, to over-engineered German nightmares. Currently he is embroiled in an Audi Allroad offroad project, and is slowly losing his grasp on sanity.


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