What will you be giving Dad for Father’s Day this year? Last year we assembled a practical car and bike care kit for Phil. Every item in it was practical and has been used several times over the past year. Nothing was left sitting unused. To me this marks a successful gift.
The Car and Bike Care Kit was easy and quick to pull together. A must when you don’t often have access to the city shops or transportation of your own! Father’s Day was creeping up fast and I wasn’t sure what to give Phil from the kids. Then it came to me…he’d been getting up at 5:00am each morning to get in an hour’s biking before heading off to work for the day so their gift should have something to do with biking.
I’d been listening carefully and had heard Phil mention a couple of things that he was planning to get. Usually he’ll mention something and then later that week he has it-which can be very frustrating near birthdays and Christmas! This time I was in luck, Father’s Day was just a couple of days away and we were in Belfast so I told Phil to stay in the car while I quickly popped into one of the £1 stores on my own.
I was in luck! They had everything I’d need to put together a personalised gift basket/bucket for Father’s Day.
What went into the car and bike care kit?
- A plastic cover to keep the bike protected from the rain
- Biking gloves
- A padded seat cover for extra comfort
- A bike tire repair kit
- A plastic bucket to hold car-washing water (this item also met the need for me not to wander around the garden looking for the mop bucket after the car had been washed and I needed to do the floors).
- Big car-washing sponges
- Dashboard wipes
- Chamois cloth
- Mints to keep the breath fresh
Other items that could be useful in a car and bike car kit
- Biking shorts or a new shirt
- A new bike light
- A bike helmet
- A bike or car first aid kit
- Change for the parking meter
- A pen and doodle pad for when hubby is waiting in the car while we buy them gifts
- A map
- Car wax
- A steering wheel hand warmer
- An iTunes gift card for some new driving/biking music
To give the gift a little humour I printed up some signs to tape on the bucket. It appears I no longer have them on file, but I used simple clip art form MS Word.
The kids helped wrap up the bucket with newsprint and they kept it a secret for the next two days…almost! When Dad opened his gift he went straight to work sorting everything out and putting them to use. No need to scrap a car over a little dirt!
What items would you put in a car or bike care kit, what have I missed?
For more ideas now and in the future, be sure to see our Father’s Day ideas page!