Black Friday officially started the holiday shopping season. People rushed to the stores to get those first big bargains. Some waited as long as 30 hours just to get through the doors.
This start of holiday shopping got me thinking, what exactly do people shop for when they are looking for gifts for the NASCAR fan in their life?
With such a diverse fan base that NASCAR has, the ideas for the perfect gift are quite different. Does he or she want to always wear their gift, or maybe display it for all to see? Do they want to use it everyday, or break it out for that weekend trip?
Not to worry, there are plenty of gifts that can satisfy the NASCAR fan in your life. Here's a few ideas that are sure to please.
Without a doubt, the most popular item for the fans are the die-cast cars. Motorsports Authentics has done an incredible job of getting every detail accurate in their collectibles. They continue to be the leading manufacturer in collectibles, and continue to come up with new finishes.
Starting price of the 1:24-scale cars is about $60. Local dealers will have a lot of the "standard" paint schemes in stock, but for many of the specialty paint schemes, it is best to order on-line. However, the die-cast market has become a high-end collectible with the addition of specialty finishes.
QVC, based in West Chester, PA, has many exclusive deals with Motorsports Authentics to produce die-casts with gold, polished, gun metal or the most popular finish, color chrome. The Color chrome cars usually start at $96, while the others can go up to $200.
For the collector in your life, a die-cast is a sure-fire bet to put a smile on his/her face.
But, there are some people that would rather show their driver pride on a more regular basis. For that fan, something to wear on the back or head is the best way to go.
One of the most popular pieces of apparel every year is the twill uniform jackets. Selling for $101 on NASCAR.com, these jackets are made to look like your favorite driver's firesuit.
But, they also are extremely comfortable and will keep you warm during these upcoming winter months.
For those that don't want to spent that amount of money, the ever reliable driver t-shirt is a good substitute. But, even that can be a tough decision.
There are the "total print" shirts, big number tees, long sleeves, customized shirts, and so many other options. The shirt area both on-line and in stores is so vast, there could be many that could make great gifts.
To complement that new shirt, a hat would be a good choice. It's one of the easiest ways to show other people which driver is the one they cheer for.
Many different designs are available for each driver, including the new championship gear that has come out for Jimmie Johnson. Whatever the choice is, the clothing options for Christmas are quite diverse.
Possibly clothing isn't exactly what you're looking for, maybe something a bit different or unique. One of the biggest things to hit the market in recent years have been the "Fatheads," the huge vinyl wall decals that won't leave residue.
These decals can practically take up an entire wall, drawing in the attention of everyone once they come into the room. Although they can be a bit expensive, ranging from $40 to $100. But, the price does reflect the quality.
The final item on my list of items to get this year is photos, but not just any driver photos. If you want to really wow that special fan, get them a very cool framed photo.
The company Mounted Memories works close with NASCAR to bring some very unique collectibles. Not only do they include photos, sometimes they include part of the track, car or even the flag.
Ranging from as little as $20 to as much as $300, and available for many of the sport's most popular drivers, they are truly a mounted memory.
Whatever your idea is for a gift to a NASCAR fan, the most important part is that it is given with love. No matter the price tag or the item, that is what matters.
There is less than a month until Christmas, so time to get out and buy that special fan in your life that perfect gift.