The best gift ideas for the car lover in your life.
It's the holiday season and the struggle to find a perfect gift for car enthusiasts remains ever-present. That's why we put together a list of some great automotive-themed gift ideas for any price range. Whether you need a stocking stuffer or something with more of a wow factor, we've got you covered with gifts ranging from under $20 to over $300,000.
The pandemic has caused many changes in our day-to-day life, chief among which is mask-wearing. Since we have to wear masks in public for the foreseeable future, why not make it an automotive-themed one? Bologna-based The Outlierman produces hand-crafted masks made from 100% Italian silk. While not medical grade, these silk masks can jazz up a wardrobe for a fancy occasion and double up as a pocket square when it's safe to remove.
The masks come in three styles, including Posh, World Beater, and Vintage racer. A set of three costs 85 Euros (just over $100), but remember, these are real silk. And if you like the masks, The Outlierman also offers a range of other automotive-themed accessories, including ties, pocket squares, t-shirts, travel bags, wallets, and more.
If a brand-new Bentley is too much, the UK automaker has plenty of smaller gifts available in its collection. Bentley's catalog is vast, offering gift options for men such as sunglasses and wallets, gifts for women like purses and fragrances, gifts for children, and even home and lifestyle options. We sorted through the whole Bentley Collection and picked out some of our favorites ranging from under $20 to over $2,000.
For the kids, we recommend a 1:64 scale Bentley Continental GT, which comes in at just £13.00 (around $17). We also love the 2021 Bentley Calendar that comes in wall and desk sizes for around $25 to $38. Finally, for a more extravagant gift, Bentley offers home speakers and headphones from Naim, the brand used in its vehicles. The headphones and speakers are pricey at $1,300 and $2,199, respectively, but if they sound half as good as the speakers in the cars, they will make for a great gift.
Land Rover has some excellent options this year for car enthusiasts who love off-roading. For enthusiasts that are too young to drive, the 2,573-piece Lego Technic Land Rover Defender is an excellent gift. Both parents and kids will enjoy setting up the pieces on the dining room table and spending hours building the realistic creation, including a working four-wheel-drive system with three differentials, fully independent suspension, and a winch. The Lego Technic Defender costs $199.99.
For an older gift recipient, we recommend the Land Rover Experience. The UK automaker offers three locations in Carmel, California, Ashville, North Carolina, and Manchester, Vermont, where you can learn to drive a brand-new Land Rover (or a Vintage Defender) off-road with expert coaching. Pricing starts at $275 for a one-hour session with three people. More advanced packages are available to build up those off-roading skills.
Whether you like cars or not, a high-quality coffee table book is always a great thing to have in your home. Since this year marked the introduction of the highly important C8 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, we recommend the Complete Book of Corvette by Mike Mueller. It contains every production model and every year of the legendary Corvette, including the new C8. The 320-page book offers 425 images from the author and General Motors with hours of reading pleasure for less than $40 in hardcover form.
If Corvettes just aren't your thing, the publisher has several other options this year. Some of the standouts include Volkswagen Beetles & Buses; Jeep: Eight Decades from Willys To Wrangler; Nissan Z: 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance; and 365 Sports Cars You Must Drive.
Kids love the idea of having their own car to race, but since go-karts are rather expensive, we recommend Boomer Racers from Moose Toys. These rip cord-powered race cars "explode" out of their rocket launcher cases, then split into pieces in an exciting crash when they hit a wall or other object. Moose Toys also offers playsets, so the Boom Races can explode in mid-air. The cars are sold in a single pack for $5.99, a two pack for $9.99, or a starter pack for $14.99. There are 24 unique ones to collect, including limited edition models. The Fireworks Factory Play Set costs an additional $29.99, making this an affordable gift idea.
Practical gifts are always popular, and for the cleaning-obsessed car lover, the WORX 20V Power Share Portable Vacuum and Hydroshot Cleaning Kits is a great idea. These lightweight, cordless tools will help clean up any mess made in the home, or help wash a dirty car. WORX even offers a designated Hydroshot Automotive & Boat Cleaning Kit, which includes a spinning brush and a soap dispenser. The portable vacuum costs $99.99 while the cleaning kits start at $49.99. These gifts are available online or at Home Depot.
All automotive enthusiasts have a tool bench to work on their cars, so why not get them a piece to add to their set? A company called Tactica is now offering a cool, portable Multi Tool and Screwdriver Kit. These tools are extremely light, weighing in at just 1.6 ounces, meaning they offer extreme convenience when traveling. They also fit very easily into a pocket or backpack. Both are available on Amazon at $39.95 for the Multi Tool and $49.95 for the Screwdriver Kit.
What is an air mattress doing on a list of automotive-themed gifts? Just hear us out because it makes sense. The Luno Air Mattress 2.0 is designed for Overlanding, a new trend in automotive culture. Overlanding combines the best elements of off-roading and camping, traveling to remote locations in a vehicle and sleeping there. See where this is going?
The Air Mattress 2.0 fits over 1,800 vehicles, including off-road favorites like the the Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback and the Jeep Wrangler. It sleeps two people up to 6'2" tall and works well for pets. The mattress costs $224.99, and includes a topper, air pump, carrying case, repair patch, and one-year warranty.
People that love off-road vehicles tend to also enjoy mountain biking, which is presumably why QuietKat partnered with Jeep to create the Jeep E-Bike. This unique bicycle comes with an impressive 750w Motor producing 118 lb-ft of torque. Riders can peddle like a normal bike, coast on the electric power, or combine both to get up steep obstacles.
The base battery pack allows for 30 miles of electric-powered riding, while the larger battery doubles the range to 60 miles. These batteries can also be swapped out on the fly for longer rides. Prices for this limited edition bike start at $5,899 and can go up to $6,327, making it one of the big-ticket items on this year's guide.
We mentioned that these gifts would mostly be great alternatives to shelling out for a full-size vehicle, but we always like to include at least one dream option on the guide. From Allinsports, these Monza eRacer simulators are the perfect dream gift for an automotive enthusiast. The company offers five different models in its collection, all of which include a simulator chassis, seat, and carbon-fiber bodywork, 4K display, adjustable driving positions, custom physics model, selection of tracks, and optional real-time telemetry.
These simulators are serious business and are used by current and former Formula 1 legends such as Kimi Raikkonen, Charles LeClerc, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Rubens Barrichello. Prices range from $24,000 up to over $333,000. Allinsports will even customize the rig, ranging from a simple seat or go-kart up to an entire car shell.