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10 Car-Wash-Related Christmas Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift or holiday gift idea for the car cover in your life? Not to worry. Today I’m going to break down a few of my favorite products ideal for washing and detailing vehicles.

Over the years, I’ve encountered a handful of car cleaning products that stand out, so decided to compile a short list if you’re currently shopping. Most of these make washing vehicles more efficient, and easier; they are also reasonably priced :)

Let me know in the comments if you have any other gift ideas to consider!

1. Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

What I like

  • Lightweight, ideal for washing cars
  • Under $200
  • Includes accessories you need like a detergent tank 

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Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

If you’re looking for the perfect car cleaning gift idea for anyone who washes SUVs, campers, boats, and larger vehicles I highly recommend an electric pressure washer like this highly-rated unit by Sunjoy.

This pressure washer is less than $200, and includes everything you need to wash your vehicle more efficiently. Unlike similar models, this one has a detergent tank, ideal for routine washing.

Keep in mind, that many foam cannons require a GPM (gallons per minute) rating of about 1.75, and a PSI rating of around 2,000. For daily washing and kicking off mud and dirt, you can’t go wrong.

2. Chemical Guys Rolling Car Wash Stool

What I like

  • Contains room for a car wash bucket
  • Well-built and highly reviewed
  • Includes bottle holders and room underneath

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chemical guys rolling car wash cart

If you know the person you are gifting to spends a ton of time washing, waxing, and cleaning wheels…this is the ultimate backsaver. 

These car wash detailing carts are perfect because they include seats, a spot for spray bottles, and even a bucket.

Chemical Guys released this model not too long ago, and is the best rolling cart (with a seat) for washing and detailing in my opinion. Knee pads are one thing, sitting down is another! 

3. Giantex Non-slip Detailing Platform

What I like

  • Safety features (non-slip surface and safety locks)
  • Ultra-portable
  • Made of lightweight and high-quality aluminum

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giantex car detailing non slip step platform

A good non-slip platform makes a great gift idea for anyone who washes large vehicles; truth be told: it’s really annoying to wash the roof of a car by hand.

I don’t like using extendable brushes (due to scratching) which is why I highly recommend a simple collapsable and lightweight platform like this one.

Giantex makes great products in this category, and I especially like the non-slip surface for washing vehicles. Many other ladders or stepstools don’t give you much room to work whereas this unit is a bit wider (great for setting a bucket full of suds).

4. C.R. Spotless Water Deionizer

What I like

  • Purpose-built for washing cars
  • Replacement filters are widely available
  • easily prevents water spots

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cr spotless hard water spot remover unit

If you’ve had any experience washing cars whatsoever, you know how important good quality water is. Unfortunately in many areas of the United States hard water spots are pretty common…leaving vehicles spotty looking whenever water dries. 

For this reason, you may want to consider a portable water deionizer this holiday season. No matter where you live, this little device ensures water is filtered before it touches a vehicle.

Hard water spots can be difficult to remove from any vehicle, so any serious car lover who deals with this common problem will appreciate the gesture.

5. Hanging Shop Lights for Auto Detailing

What I like

  • Can be linked together
  • Very affordable and bright
  • Easy to hang

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hanging shop lights for detailing

Many outdoor man-caves, shops, and garages simply aren’t bright enough. Most people don’t spend that much time in a garage (for example), but for any car lover, bright lights matter a lot. 

I like these LED shop lights because they are super-bright, don’t require hard-wiring, and are ideal for waxing, detailing, or simply cleaning out a vehicle inside.

You can actually find a ton of different lights designed for auto detailing (some super portable).

Check out my post here where I cover 5 different lighting setups for auto detailing.

6. Adam’s Portable Detailing Cart

What I like

  • Collapsable
  • Purpose-built for detailing with bottle holders and compartments
  • Lightweight and high-quality casters for maneuverability 

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adams detailing cart

In addition to a rolling cart (which can certainly help you wax and wash more comfortably), a rolling cart is an excellent choice for storage.

All the sprays, soaps, microfiber towels, and accessories someone needs to wash their vehicle can be conveniently wheeled outside.

This cart by Adam’s is ideal because it’s collapsable and doesn’t take up much space, but they do make larger carts as well that can hold a 5-gallon bucket.

Check out these 7 awesome carts for auto detailing if you’re considering this gift and need more ideas!

7. Flexilla Garden Hose

What I like

  • One of the highest-rated hoses for at-home detailing
  • Made with aircraft aluminum ends
  • Won’t kink under pressure

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flexilla water hose

This model by Flexilla is not your grandparent’s water hose! Hoses have come a long way, and many detailers love this model by Flexilla. It’s made of a hybrid polymer that’s safe for drinking water.

Best of all, this hose won’t kink and will hold up if left outside. Anyone can use a high-quality water hose, which is why I think this is one of the most practical gifts you can give to a car lover.

8. SPTA Portable Car Polisher

What I like

  • A complete kit
  • Inexpensive, ideal for beginners
  • 6 speeds

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If you’re gifting to someone just getting into washing/detailing, I highly recommend a polisher set like this one. Dual action polishers are quite expensive, but for less than $100 you can definitely learn some basic techniques with this thing

This kit comes with everything someone needs to get started polishing a vehicle, like:

  • A polisher
  • Wool pads and foam polishing pads
  • A carrying case
  • A bottle of compound and polish
  • Towels and a cleaning tool

Commercial-grade polishers cost several hundred dollars, but a kit like this is hard to find in stores considering all the extras.

9. Chemical Guys 14-piece Car Wash Kit

What I like

  • All-in-one package from an established brand
  • Contains products + a bucket and accessories
  • Includes a foam gun ($30-$50 value)

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Chemical Guys 14-piece detailing set.

As someone who has received several of these ‘car cleaning’ gifts for Christmas over the years, I will say this 14-piece set by Chemical Guys is the one I wish I would have received!

All the products are high quality, and this kit comes with everything from a bucket (and grit guard) to a tire brush, to waxes, shampoos, and even a foam gun.

I have one of these foam guns at home, and this thing is my go-to device for spreading a layer of suds on my vehicle. 

10. Chemical Guys Car Wash Bucket Dolly

What I like

  • Lock and stay casters
  • Well made, can support 300 lbs!
  • Can fit multiple bucket sizes

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No one likes lugging a bucket of suds around their vehicle. For driveway detailing, this bucket dolly is the perfect accessory to go alongside a 5-gallon bucket filled with detailing products.

I hope this list helps you find the perfect gift this holiday season! You can also give the gift of our Washing and Detailing for Beginners video course. Gift certificates are available here and can be redeemed for instant course access.

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Baxter Overman is the founder of Carwash Country and has been been cleaning up dirty vehicles for nearly 20 years. Since 2017, he's helped thousands of beginners see better results by learning the fundamentals of washing and detailing. He's on a mission to make the car wash process more fun...and way easier.

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