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Valentine’s Day gift ideas for auto enthusiasts

By Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason Philippine Daily Inquirer February 12,2020

There are different kinds of posts that can go viral or popular on the internet. There is the dance craze, Outfit or Shoe of the Day (#ootd or #sotd), cute dogs or kids, over the top proposal, tutorials and unboxing of gifts and products.

Nowadays, people don’t consider it official unless it was posted on their social media pages. Saying thank you in person is also no longer enough to show gratitude: it has to be documented, photographed, and assigned a hashtag. Even the type of hashtag also amounts to the level of appreciation: #blessed means good gift; #bestgiftever means better present, and the ultimate #besthusbandever or #bestwifeever for super appreciated or more expensive gifts.

So how do we make sure you get the best hashtag on Valentines’ Day? Here are some of my suggested items you need to wrap in red, hearted design paper, along with flowers and candlelight dinner.

HIGH TECH GADGET

Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum for Men

With no cords attached, lightweight, and has an over-the-top powerful suction, what more can a man ask for? This gift idea helps a lot in cleaning his much-beloved car.

Dyson Air wrap for Women

Airwrap, which comes with attachments that help you style your hair with less heat and a fraction of time. This gift will help lessen the waiting time of men for their partners’ preparation process. Instead of being ready in 30 minutes (which is actually an hour), they can be prepared in 20 minutes ( hence 30-45 mins).

ITEMS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD

Watches

Besides taking photos while on the steering wheel of their cars in traffic, you would often see a picture of their wrist accessories going with a totally unrelated post. Cars and watches always come together—both are complicated machines that boost the male stock. There are your usual Rolex Daytonas or Omega Speedmaster, which are staples in an enthusiast collection, but here are some possible alternatives available in Lucerne.

Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919

As part of its collaboration with Porsche Motorsport as official timing partner, Chopard presents the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition dedicated to the new Porsche 919 Hybrid. This sophisticated COSC chronometer-certified flyback chronograph, picking up the design codes of the racing car, is issued in a 919-piece limited edition.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold

Its 45mm case and its bezel are cut in the most scratch-resistant 18-carat gold, which can only be altered by a diamond. The watch displays the new contours of the Big Bang Unico model redrawn last year by the Ferrari x Hublot team: a tachymeter-style minute counter and a date aperture in gear selection mode.

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG

The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” (reference IW380902) is a 250-piece limited edition flyback chronograph in titanium with a bright white dial.

CO-BRANDED FASHION ITEMS OR OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE

Who wouldn’t want a Todd’s Driving Shoes? What more if it’s a Ferrari X Todds Driving Shoes? How about a racing-inspired jacket, even if you have never been to the race track before. Co-branded or official merchandise is always something people look forward to as gifts because it automatically associates the wearer as an owner.

Todd’s Ferrari Driving Shoes

Available in Todds

BMW M Jacket

Available in BMW Dealerships

A WEEKENDER OR MESSENGER BAG

Imagine a car parked with its boot open, with a majestic view as backdrop. “Thanks for thinking of everything, honey! From the Givenchy weekend bag to a beautiful time in paradise! #bestgiftever!

Givenchy Pandora Messenger

Available at Givenchy Greenbelt 2

A NICE PAIR OF SHADES

Eyeglasses are a staple in everyday lives. It automatically gives us a cool vibe even if we are hiding eyebags as big as Jlo’s bu…, what I mean is baggage. Polarized eyewear is best for driving because it gives you a clearer, brighter vision with less glare. Some of the best ones are from Oakley, which uses infusion molding to make their HD polarized lens.

Coldfuse matte black-violet iridium polarized.

Oakley Deadbolt Prizm Rose Gold Polarized

SOMETHING THAT GIVES YOU MORE TIME TO BE TOGETHER

Vespa Primavera S

Go all out and give your loved a metallic red, one cylinder, four-stroke 125cc/150cc IGet engines, air-cooled Vespa. This cute motorbike allows you to be stylish while breezing along traffic-ridden roads without the worry of being hailed as a motorcycle taxi. Designed to give a smooth and comfortable ride and even has a barometric sensor which makes efficient combustion and gives reliability even with Manila’s stop-and-go traffic.

Happy Valentines everyone! Hope you get your desired posts and appreciation this 2020!

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