As Christmas approaches, we’ll all be starting to panic about what to buy our loved ones. To avoid the Christmas Eve panic, we’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts for car lovers so you can be sure you’ll get a smile on Christmas morning.
Whatever your price range, we’re sure we’ve got a gift for the petrolhead in your life!
Practical Car Gifts
Show them you care with some practical gifts to keep their cars safe, clean, and ready for anything.
Power Maxed Car Valeting Pack
Keeping your car clean isn’t just necessary – car lovers take pride in keeping their cars sparkling clean. With the Power Maxed Car Valeting Gift Set, you get all the essential bits for keeping your car as clean as you had taken it to a professional.
The kit includes wheel cleaner, traffic film remover, shampoo & wax, finishing polish, glass cleaner, and 3 microfibre cloths for use with each product. It is tested on race cars, so you know you’re getting professional-level quality, and it has 74% five-star reviews on Amazon – the perfect gift for any car lover who takes pride in their vehicle.
Get it here on Amazon.
Car Plan WCE002 Winter Car Essentials in Gift Pack
The best gifts are practical ones, and you can truly show you care about the car lover in your life with the Car Plan Winter Car Essentials Gift Pack. It is incredibly important you keep your car stocked with the correct equipment as the harsh winters roll in, and this gift pack is the perfect place to start.
Equipped with de-icer, all seasons screenwash, Easi-Grip Ice Scraper, and a Triplewax De-Mister pad, this kit has got everything you need to get those chilly, frosty mornings off to the smoothest start possible.
Nextbase 422GW Front & Rear Dash Cam Bundle
There are countless hazards on UK roads, from other drivers to wild animals, and should something go wrong that wasn’t your fault, things can get expensive. A dash cam is the perfect silent witness for all accidents and could end up saving you money and unnecessary legal battles.
This one from Nextbase is sure to keep you covered. With a 140˚ viewing angle, 1440p HD Resolution camera and Intelligent Parking Mode, you can be sure that this dashcam will catch anything you might need to use.
Akamino 11-In-1 Car Emergency Tool Kit
Another gift that shows you care is this 11-in-1 kit from Akamino. It includes everything you could need in the case of a roadside emergency, including jump leads, a warning triangle, emergency fuses, and a torch.
It comes in a handy reflective kit bag so it is perfect to pop in the boot and take up little room until you might have to use it. We hope your loved one never has to use it, but it is a practical and essential gift for any car owner.
Buy it here on Amazon.
Novelty Car Gifts
Theres nothing quite like a novelty gift on Christmas morning – these novelty pressies will prove you’ve truly thought about your car lover.
Personalised Vintage Garage Sign
If you’ve got a friend or family member that spends all their free time tinkering with and fixing their car, this beautiful retro garage sign is the perfect gift. You can personalise it with their name or title, making it great for anyone.
Available in A4 or A5, this is a thoughtful, inexpensive gift for any wannabe or professional mechanic, and will look fantastic on the garage door or wall. Plus, it’s from an independent British business that has several variations of the sign – so you can get that personalised touch.
Get it from SantuneDesign on Etsy.
Haynes Manual Retro Upcycled Notebooks
Haynes is famous for its iconic car manuals, founded in the 1960s. Any car enthusiast will recognise the timeless design of their retro vehicle manuals, so this notebook is the perfect gift.
Made from upcycled real vintage manuals, choose from eight different car models and write upon 100gsm paper. Perfect for the office, home, or the garage, this little piece of automobile history makes a wonderful gift.
Buy it from FrostedPaper on Etsy.
Eat Sleep Fix Cars Repeat T-Shirt
This novelty slogan tee is a stylish addition to any mechanic’s wardrobe. 100% cotton and available in sizes small to XXXL it is sure to bring a smile to the face of the recipient.
It is also available in several variations of design.
Get it on Amazon.
Castrol Oil 10z Mug
Any mechanic will tell you one of the key tools you need before you start working on a car is a good cuppa. This mug looks like a classic can of Castrol motor oil – the same motor oil used religiously by the car with the world record mileage – so won’t look out of place in any garage.
Complete with an oil-stained design, this mug looks like the real deal… just make sure your mechanic doesn’t get it mixed up!
Get it on Amazon.
If you’re struggling for some smaller stocking fillers, here are some of our favourite from across the web.
Yankee Candle® Air Fresheners
No car is complete without a luxury scent. Everyone’s favourite candle company has an entire range designed specifically for your car. From hanging Car Jars® to air vent sticks, Yankee Candle offers some of their most famous scents in air freshener form, including Black Coconut, Fluffy Towels™, and Pink Sands™.
You can buy refills for the vent sticks so you can save the environment with the gift of a fabulous smelling car. Please remember that hanging air fresheners can obstruct your vision and even lead to MOT failure – so remind your recipient to hang them from the back window handles instead!
Personalised Number Plate Keyring
This cute, personalised keychain makes for the perfect stocking filler. Add any name up to 7 characters – remember to swap some letters for numbers so it looks like the real deal – and choose the colours.
Since its fully customisable, you can even put in actual number plates, perfect for households with multiple sets of keys. Never pick up the wrong ones again!
Order it now from Customplatesuk on Etsy.
Rechargeable Flashlight Gloves
These flashlight gloves are the gift they didn’t know they needed. With tiny torches on the index finger and thumb glove holes, it makes fiddling with small car parts easy. Ideal for working under the car or deep in the bonnet, they’ll never ask you to hold the torch again!
They’re a made from comfortable, stretchy fabric, and are rechargeable via USB, not to mention the LED lights are super bright.
Get them on Amazon.
TICARVE Cleaning Gel for Car Detailing
No car cleaning kit is complete without this cleaning gel. The malleable putty is perfect for picking up dust, hair and crumbs from those hard-to-reach areas.
Use it for your air vents, cup holders, steering wheel, and dashboard. You could even bring it inside and use it on your keyboard.
Get it from Amazon.
LEGO® Speed Champions Toys
No Christmas gift guide is complete without Lego®. Not just for children, the legendary toy brand offers an exciting Speed Champions range, where you can create some of the worlds most celebrated car models of all time.
Choose from 007’s Aston Martin DB5, a bright yellow Toyota GR Supra, the timeless Lamborghini Countach, and many others. All sets come with moving wheels, so the fun isn’t over once they’ve been built.
Browse the selection on Lego®’s website.
Car Gifts For Drivers That Have Everything
What do you buy someone who’s got everything? An experience they’ll never forget.
Virgin Driving Experience Days
The options are endless with Virgin Experience Days, you can be sure there is something for everyone. From supercars to classic cars, racetracks and quad bikes, give your loved one a day out they’ll never forget.
Each experience day offers several locations to choose from, as well as a completely customisable ‘build your own experience day’ option, where you can pick how many cars they’ll drive, how many miles they’ll drive in them, and if you want to throw in a souvenir photo.
They even offer passenger seat experiences for all the little petrolheads in your life!
Browse the options on the Virgin Experience Days website.
Silverstone Experience Day
If you’ve got an F1 lover in your life, what could be better than visiting the UK’s only Formula One track… driving on it, right?
Drive real life supercars and Formula One cars, with fully trained instructors and zero speed limits. It’s the real deal, and if you don’t want to go ahead and book the day, you can buy gift vouchers so they can choose the rest.
Trip To The British Motor Museum
Not so much of a thrill seeker? Treat them to a slightly slower paced motor day out to the British Motor Museum. Located in Warwickshire, you can see the world’s largest collection of British cars, including the FAB1 from Thunderbirds, the Tomb Raider Defender, and a car used in a real James Bond film.
Learn about the history of the British motor industry, production lines, visit John Carter’s garage where you can see original 1930s pieces of equipment, step into the 1930s Motoring Cinema showing archived footage… the displays and fun is endless. Perfect for anyone who loves cars or history!
Plan your visit on the British Motor Museum’s website.
Will you be buying any of these gifts for the car lover in your life? Let us know in the comments!