Gift Guide: 23 Hand-Picked Car Gifts & Gadgets for Mom, as Chosen by our Editors
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This article was updated in April 2023 with new info and fresh gift ideas.
Auto enthusiasts have moms too—and, in fact, many moms of car lovers are also car lovers! If you're looking for the perfect gift for a mother who loves her car, no matter the occasion, have we got some great ideas for you.
From easy and affordable tchotchke that stuffs a stocking to sensible, practical automobile gear that will make her life easier, safer, and more comfortable, this list has everything a car-loving mom could possibly want. Whether it's Mother's Day, the holiday season, a birthday, or just to say "I love you, Mom!" check out our favorite gifts for car moms.
Ring Car Cam
Mom might not be a techie, but she's bound to love the sleek design and easy plug-and-play operation of the new Ring Car Cam. It provides all the functions of a regular dash cam, but in a sexier package. Better still, it syncs with all her Ring Smart Home products. The Ring Protect Go app provides Live View and Two-Way Talk, plus built-in GPS, real-time notifications, and more. Plus, next time there's a fender-bender, there'll be evidence.
Cauldryn Coffee Pro
With its rechargeable battery that offers up to 10 hours of temperature control, this smart travel mug keeps Mom's coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for hours—it even heats to boiling. The 16-ounce capacity makes this mug ideal for commuting, road trips, and weekend campers. Sync it with the app to further dial in your ideal hot drink settings.
Sojos Classic Square Polarized Sunnies
Moms love their shades, and these polarized retro classics from Sojos are ideal for driving. They come in 11 distinct frame and lens styles to suit any taste or style, and they won't break the bank so they're ideal for gifting.
Snailax Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat Massage
There's not a mom on the planet who spends any significant time in the car, either as a driver or passenger, who wouldn't love this. Four spiral balls simulate a shiatsu massage on the back, and the seat vibrates at three adjustable levels. The back also provides soothing heat. Best of all, it's removable and portable, so it's great at home, at the office, and in the car with the included cig-lighter adapter.
Dahey Mini Macrame Succulent Mirror Charm
If you've got the right kind of mom, consider the gift of mini macrame vintage plant hangers to adorn her rearview. They're real woven cotton, with a real clay pot inside. The included succulent is fake but can easily be replaced with almost anything that makes your mom happy. Each hanger is 10.5 inches tall.
Rohent Baby Backseat Car Camera
New moms—or any mom with young kids in child car seats—will love this gift. It takes the old-fashioned baby mirror to the next level with 1080p HD video and even night vision, so mom can keep her eyes on that precious cargo in the backseat while she's driving. Installation is a breeze—it takes five minutes—and operation is so simple even those old-school moms will master it in no time.
Beats Studio Buds
Let Mom enjoy the solitude of the drive even with noisy kids in the back seat and honking traffic. They offer eight hours of listening time (24 with the charging case) and Auto Noise Canceling, plus they come in five cool colors. Before all you Apple heads cry foul, rest assured these earbuds will sync seamlessly with either iOS or Android devices. They even activate by saying "Hey Siri."
Disney Pixar "Incredible Mom" T-Shirt
Available in five cool colors and in a variety of sizes and styles (including one for dads), this official Disney graphic tee isn't really car-related—but Mom will love it.
Senose Car Handbag Holder
This organizer satchel suspends between the seats for easy access to necessities from almost anywhere in the car—even while driving, if she's clever. It's great for purses, laptops, water bottles, and more. Plus, it comes in a stylish quilted leatherette fabric with adjustable straps and includes two headrest hooks for jackets, straps, etc.
"I Love Mom" Keychain
The perfect stocking stuffer for your mom, but get her a real present too, OK?
Chemical Guys Inner Clean Interior Wipes
Now here's another fantastic stocking stuffer for any car lover—but especially for moms who love things neat and tidy. This five-pack of super-handy quick-detailing wipes are great for all over the interior of the car, letting Mom easily clean up her car's cabin from the grime that kids so readily leave behind. Fast, portable, easy—that's practical.
Lifeline AAA Premium Emergency Car Kit
A roadside emergency kit will help keep Mom safe and prepared—and provide peace of mind for those who love her. It includes 24 first aid supplies, 15 emergency supplies including booster cables and a flashlight, and even comes with a rain poncho, duct tape, and some simple tools.
Tidify Car Front Seat Organizer
An ideal storage solution for on-the-go moms, this front-seat organizer keeps all her valuables and possessions right where she can get to them. It's got plenty of dedicated pockets and is big enough for a laptop.
RoyAroma Car Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffusers
With two Tree of Life diffusers, Mom can keep her car smelling fresh. It comes with 12 felt pads; Mom simply puts a few drops of her favorite essential oil on a pad, drops it into the diffuser, and clips it onto her air conditioner vent.
Artisure Leather Driving Moccasins
Imagine her sliding behind the wheel after a long day's work, slipping off the heels, and pulling on these comfy driving moccasins for the long commute home. Made of handmade genuine leather, they come in 10 colors and feature a durable, nonslip rubber sole.
Black+Decker Dustbuster Cordless Vacuum
We know: It's not cute, funny, or sweet—but boy, is it practical, with uses far beyond the interior of Mom's car. The trusty Dustbuster was our Best Overall Car Vacuum in a recent head-to-head test because of its effective suction and ease of use.
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HeyTrip Bamboo Steering Wheel Tray
Another great gift for moms who are always on the go, this lightweight, double-sided steering wheel tray lets Mom have a quick, mess-free lunch, send a few emails from her laptop, and even jot down notes right from the driver's seat.
Amazon Echo Auto
This handy device lets Mom bring Alexa right into her car so she can take and make hands-free calls, make lists, set reminders, get directions, or even just play 20 Questions while she drives. It's ideal for older vehicles that lack Bluetooth, CarPlay, etc.
Vanexiss Dimmable LED Visor Vanity Mirror
With three color lighting modes and step-less dimming, this glam visor mirror blows the doors off OEM vanity mirrors. Sixty LEDs provide superior illumination in either Cool White or Warm Yellow, and the battery can last up to eight hours on one charge.
Smart Kup Car Cupholder Expander
It's a conundrum. Many modern water bottles such as Hydro Flasks simply won't slide down into our car cupholders—they're too wide. This clever device slips right into any standard cupholder, expanding it so it's large enough to support most 32-ounce bottles (or larger) up to 3.8 inches in diameter.
Oasser E3 Cargo Trunk Storage Organizer
Constructed of eco-friendly density board, this customizable cargo organizer fits in the back of any SUV or in the trunk of any car. Waterproof and durable, it can hold up to 110 pounds of stuff and has aluminum handles for extra strength. Plenty of pockets too—just what a mom needs!
Anker Dual USB Car Charger
What can we say? When it comes to car gifts, we lean toward the practical. This dual USB adapter from reliable brand Anker slides right into your car's 12V cig-lighter plug; it's perfect for keeping the kids charged up (and quiet!) in the back seat. You can't deny it's the ideal stocking stuffer.
Lusso Gear Car Trash Can
A waterproof Oxford trash can with a leakproof, removable liner and lid is the perfect gift for anyone who drives a lot. It comes in two sizes and five colors for a customizable look, and hangs over the seat or sits on the floorboard, out of the way.
Absorbent Car Cupholder Coasters
Cute, easy, affordable—this 2-pack of car coasters makes a great stocking stuffer. Made of soft neoprene, they measure 2.75 inches in diameter to fit most cupholders. And Mom can trim them to fit, if necessary. Dozens of colors and designs are available.
WeatherTech Custom Fit FloorLiners
Okay, they ain't sexy or fun— but WeatherTech FloorLiners make the perfect gift, especially for moms who live and drive in wet, snowy climates. There's a custom-made set for nearly every kind of vehicle; get the right one for your mom here.