The Best Gifts for Car Lovers 2021
Deck the halls, give those Merry Gentlemen a rest and start rocking around the Christmas tree – the festive season is upon us and that means present-buying for the special people in your life.
The good news is that if those special people are car petrol heads, we’ve got just what you need – a selection of amazing gifts for car lovers.
Whether they’re enthusiast gifts like a car valeting set or a personalised car gift based around your loved one’s favourite motor, we’ve got something for everyone here.
Price: From £29.78
These high-quality billfold and card-holder style wallets don’t look too automotive to the unobservant, but look closer and you’ll notice that they’re actually clad in seat fabric from some really iconic motors. Whether it’s the tartan trim from a Volkswagen Golf GTI or the bright blue Alcantara of a Subaru STI, there’s something here to satisfy most people.
The remainder of the wallet is made of full-grain leather and there’s space for plenty of cards and cash.
Autoglym Perfect Bodywork, Wheels and Interior Gift Collection
Loved one just bought themselves a shiny new motor, or maybe a beloved classic car? Help them keep it looking showroom fresh with this full valeting set from Autoglym. It contains shampoo, polish and gloss protection for the bodywork, wheel cleaner, tyre dressing and a protector for the wheels, and interior shampoo, glass cleaner and vinyl and rubber care for all your interior surfaces.
Top that off with a sponge, finishing cloth and drying towel and there’s absolutely everything you could want for a really deep car detailing session.
Ferrari 458 Driving Experience
What could be more appealing to a real car enthusiast than the chance to get behind the wheel of a bona fide Ferrari? This voucher gets you three miles driving the amazing and exotic 458 Italia, at your choice of 16 venues across the UK.
The vouchers are valid for ten months so there’s plenty of notice to enjoy it, and if you fancy an extra you can add on a passenger ride with a professional driver to see how it’s really done.
Men’s Grand Prix Jacket
Want to channel the spirit of a dashing 1960s racing driver? You can do just that in this grand prix-style jacket. It’s made from prewashed canvas and features original colours and logos – including Gulf and Heuer.
It’s padded and quilted inside to keep you toasty, and features a high collar and press stud. Available in sizes Small to XXL.
Lego Technic Ford F-150 Raptor
Everyone loves a Lego set, and these days there’s a huge array of car-themed ones to choose from. We’re big fans of this Ford F-150 Raptor. As a Technic kit it’s incredibly complex and well-designed, with 1,379 pieces making up not just the bodywork but fully functioning suspension, working steering and a V6 engine with moving pistons.
As it’s the Raptor, it’s also a monster truck in miniature, with huge chunky tyres giving it true off-road ability. Great fun to build and looks amazing on display.
Nintendo Switch Mario Mega Pack
The Nintendo Switch is the ultimate travelling companion – a fully-fledged games console you can take with you wherever you go. And Mario Kart 8 is one of the best racing games out there thanks to its fast and frantic game play, amazing graphics and peerless soundtrack.
This bundle combines the two, giving you the Switch, two games (Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World) plus a carry case and two steering wheel accessories to make racing even more fun.
Candylab Toy Cars
Price: From £10
Toy cars can be little more than plasticky choking hazards, but that’s not the case with these creations from American firm Candylab. Beautifully made from wood with metal fittings, they’re designed in a uniquely kitschy style that’s both hard wearing and child-safe but will also look amazing as part of a display.
You can get all different kinds, too, from emergency vehicles to hot rods to camper vans, so there’s sure to be something to suit everybody here.
Heel Tread Socks
It’s not Christmas without socks, is it? Heel Tread offers dozens of amazing designs all themed around an iconic car, brand or racing livery.
We really like the brighter designs but some more subtle ones are available too. You can also get gift packs with themed sets in. They make a great stocking filler.
Car-themed Face Masks
Price: From £7.46
Why not express yourself with a more interesting design than those boring blue disposable ones? Custom shop Redbubble offers tons of great car-themed designs, whether you want to display your love for Alfa Romeo or simply turn your mouth into the grille of a MINI.
Flat, two-layer masks or more comfortable fitted three-layer masks are available.
Amazon Echo Auto
Many new cars come with voice control built right in, but what if you want to add it to an older model? Amazon has the answer with the tiny Echo Auto, which discreetly sits on top of your dash and allows you to control the Alexa app on your phone through natural voice commands.
It’s compatible with a wide array of models and can be really useful to keep your eyes on the road and off your radio.
Leather Driving Gloves
Driving gloves might seem like a hangover from a bygone era but they actually make quite a lot of sense for some drivers – they’ll keep your hands warm in an open-topped car and can provide essential grip on a wooden steering wheel.
These Italian leather offerings come in black, tan or navy and are made in a really classic style.
Diptyque Car Diffuser
It doesn’t get more bougie than an £80 car scent diffuser but if you know someone for whom the classic Little Tree air freshener simply won’t do, this might be what they need.
Once you have the diffuser refill packs are more reasonably priced, and they come in an array of sophisticated scents that’ll have any Renault smelling a lot more like a Rolls-Royce.
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