Christmas Gifts for the Car Guy
Automotive fans can be tricky to shop for if you’re not into cars, or if you aren’t an actual gearhead yourself. Not to worry! After hours of research, we picked a list of the coolest and most useful gifts for car lovers that are guaranteed to impress enthusiasts of all ages.
The products that we vouch for range from tools that will take their car and driving experience to another level — through various tech gadgets created in partnership with iconic car brands — all the way to fun apparel and everyday accessories for them to show off their BMW, Ferrari, Ford, or Corvette pride. Believe it or not, there are even a few memorable options here for less than $20!
It's time to pick out the perfect present with these gifts for car lovers.
1. A LEGO MUSTANG
Lego Creator Expert Ford Mustang Building Kit
The Ford Mustang car building kit by Lego Creator is one of the coolest gifts for car lovers. The product of a collaboration between Lego and Ford, the kit has a whopping 1,471 parts and elaborate detailing throughout. They include a supercharger and a ducktail spoiler, among others.
In case you find the Mustang a tad too big (and pricey), consider this more affordable Lego Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo instead.
2. FOR NEXT-LEVEL CLEANING
TWC-01 Car Vacuum
A true car lover will want to keep their interior impeccably clean. Gift them this compact, yet powerful car vacuum. It has a 16-foot cord, meaning it'll reach all the nooks and crannies to make sure that there's no dirt or debris in their beloved ride. We love it so much that it was featured in our 2021 Best of the Best list.
3. A COMFY T-SHIRT
One More Car Part Tees
Funny Car Guy T-shirt
This incredibly fun T-shirt is guaranteed to make a lasting impression on a guy who’s obsessed with cars. Made from a soft blend of cotton and polyester, the product has a large “car guy” print, as well as a smile-inducing definition of the term. There are several colors of the tee to pick from.
4. ALEXA FOR THEIR CAR
Amazon Echo Auto
The Amazon Echo Auto is a great gift for car lovers who use Alexa regularly. The nifty gadget will allow users to integrate the virtual assistant into their car and use its vast powers to both entertain and help them get from point A to point B.
Compact, easy to install, and affordably priced, the Echo Auto has eight built-in microphones for seamless control with voice commands.
5. SMILE-INDUCING SOCKS
Do Not Disturb I'm Watching Racing Socks
Car enthusiasts who are also into racing will be impressed by this pair of socks if you gift it to them. In addition to having cool-looking prints of fast cars, parts for them, and checkered patterns, the fashion accessories’ bottom with a smile-inducing message will remind those around them about their passion for speed.
The inexpensive socks are made from a blend of cotton, polyamide, and spandex. The materials make them soft, comfy, and breathable.
6. CAR-INSPIRED JEWELRY
Manual Transmission Gear Shift Cufflinks
A manual transmission is rarely available in new cars, making these cufflinks a great gift option for enthusiasts. Each cufflink has a domed shape and polished silver finish with a traditional manual transmission layout with six gears. The reasonably priced set comes in a gift-ready box that makes it look more expensive.
7. FOR RAINY DAYS
Reverse Travel Umbrella
This compact umbrella is a great gift not just for car buffs but also for anyone who’s driving or riding along. The must-have accessory folds upside, ensuring that the user and their car’s interior remain dry even when it's pouring outside. And impressively, the umbrella is easy to operate with one hand — its sole button is for opening and closing it.
You can order the windproof umbrella in a multitude of colors. The reasonably priced product is backed by a lifetime warranty.
8. FOR OLDER AUDIO SYSTEMS
Car and Driver
Bluetooth 5.0 FM Transmitter
Designed by automotive experts from Car and Driver, this do-everything car charger is a fantastic gift for owners of older and vintage cars that lack modern infotainment systems. The accessory is not only a versatile charger with a trio of USB ports but a Bluetooth 5.0 and FM transmitter, as well as a reliable tool for managing phone calls. Its multifunction button makes the last-mentioned process and accessing a virtual assistant distraction-free.
Additionally, the gadget can play audio files from a flash drive or a microSD card. Its customizable ring light will allow it to blend nicely into the interior of just about any car.
9. FOR OLD-SCHOOL TIMEKEEPING
Waterbury Classic Chronograph Watch
A good chronograph watch is always a foolproof gift for car lovers, and this Timex Waterbury Classic will make a lasting impression without breaking the bank. Powered by a quality quartz movement, the timepiece has a classic chronograph layout with a trio of sub-dials, a date display, and a tachymeter — an old-school complication for measuring the speed of a vehicle over a set distance and time.
The timepiece has a 40-millimeter stainless steel case with a comfy leather strap. It also features the brand’s signature Indiglo backlight.
10. A ROCK-SOLID MOUNT
Easy One Touch 5 Cup Holder Car Mount
This accessory by iOttie — a known maker of stellar phone accessories — is an excellent gift because it will transform a car's cup holder into a superb phone mount. Its base will lock into the car's standard cup holder, ensuring that the user's phone is easy to charge and in place. A magnetic cord organizer will keep their cables in order, too.
The accessory is compatible with any smartphone, regardless of size — from compact to big-screen. It is compatible with landscape and portrait viewing modes and has a one-touch setup for quick mounting and release.
11. FOR NEXT-LEVEL GAMEPLAY
Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel
The Logitech G920 racing wheel is a great gift for car lovers who love racing games. It has a beautiful design, excellent craftsmanship, elaborate controls, and exceptional in-game force feedback. It comes bundled with high-quality pedals, too.
The product is compatible with Xbox One and PC racing games. This Logitech wheel is the one to get if you shop for a PlayStation gamer. An optional gear shifter for both products is also available.
12. FOR THE BMW-OBSESSED
BMW RS-Z Men's Sneakers
With BMW M Motorsport branding and color accents, these comfy Puma sneakers are a great gift for car lovers. Fans of the legendary German car manufacturer, in particular, will be especially thrilled to receive them.
Crafted from premium leather, suede, and fabric, among other quality materials, the shoes are an equally great option for long drives or walks. You can order the product in black with blue, red, and white accents or attention-grabbing orange with black and silver bits.
13. FOR MERCEDES AFICIONADOS
Master & Dynamic
Mercedes AMG MW75 Wireless Headphones
Master & Dynamic — a New York City-based maker of high-end audio products — teamed up with AMG — the high-performance car division of Mercedes — to create one of the best gifts for car enthusiasts. The timelessly beautiful MW75 wireless noise-canceling headphones are crafted using luxe materials like anodized aluminum, kevlar, and leather.
Best of all, the headphones’ sound, noise cancellation, and battery life are just amazing and worth the splurge. Master & Dynamic offers just-as-elegant AMG-branded wireless earbuds, too.
14. FOR HOBBYISTS
1:24 Special Edition 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands
Ford’s reborn Bronco is one of today’s hottest SUVs, with a waiting time of up to a year. This 1:24 scale model by Maisto is an excellent gift for a Bronco owner or someone dreaming about one. It will look great on a desk or bookshelf, thanks to a die-cast metal body with functioning doors, among other details.
You can order a bigger 1:18 scale model of the SUV. On the other hand, this Hot Wheels iteration is a great option if you want a smaller gift that will still make a lasting impression.
15. MAKE THEM MORE RESPONSIBLE
RAD 480i Laser Radar Detector
The RAD 480i laser radar detector by Cobra is a great gift that will hopefully also make the recipient a more responsible driver. The gadget can accurately detect laser and radar well in advance in front of and behind the user’s vehicle.
It has built-in tech to reduce distracting false alerts, and there’s a companion mobile app that can deliver real-time updates from a large community of drivers.
16. FOR IPHONE USERS
Magnetic Wireless Car Charger
This magnetic wireless car charger by Satechi — one of the premier makers of Apple accessories — is an amazing gift for users of MagSafe-toting iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models. Designed to attach to an air vent, the wireless charger doubles as an iPhone mount with available landscape and portrait mode.
Like many Satechi products, the charger has a sleek aluminum housing with a space gray finish. It comes bundled with a USB-C cable.
17. WHOLE NEW GROOMING EXPERIENCE
Heated Razor Bugatti Limited Edition
This limited edition of the Gillette heated razor has been created in collaboration with Bugatti, so it’s a great gift for a car enthusiast. It rocks the iconic car maker’s branding, as well as one of its signature colors — Agile Blue.
The high-tech razor heats up in a matter of seconds to deliver a warm towel-like shaving experience. Its magnetic charging stand has matching blue accents.
18. AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Cloud 9 Living
Ultimate Exotic Car Racing Experience in Las Vegas
OK, so this one is a little steep, but if they have plans to be anywhere near Las Vegas, this Cloud 9 Living experience is an extremely memorable gift for car lovers, and it will be the thrill of a lifetime for them.
With the base package, drivers will get the choice of five supercars that they'll be able to lap around the Las Vegas Speedway's road course. Packages with more laps are also available.
19. ABSTRACT WALL ART
Canvas Wall Art
This canvas wall art showcases the smoke silhouette of the Pagani Huayra, one of the most iconic modern supercars the world has seen to date. This art piece was created by wrapping a canvas print around a wooden frame. It looks both beautiful and understated when mounted on the wall.
The canvas measures 16x24 inches. In case Pagani is a tad too futuristic for you, consider this alternative that showcases the timeless Porsche 911 instead.
20. AN AFFORDABLE LIFE SAVER
RESQME Keychain Car Escape Tool
Every driver should carry an emergency escape tool on the same chain as their car keys or key fob, making this Resqme offering a great gift option. Crafted in the United States, the reasonably priced tool has an integrated glass breaker and seat belt cutter. It’s incredibly lightweight and you can order it in a multitude of colors.
21. FOR FERRARI ENTHUSIASTS
Ray Ban Wayfarer RB4195M Scuderia Ferrari Collection Sunglasses
An avid gearhead needs a great pair of driving sunglasses, thus making the Scuderia Ferrari-branded Ray-Ban a perfect gift for car lovers. These sunglasses have the brand's timelessly cool Wayfarer shape and subtle Ferrari branding. They are also lightweight and exceptionally comfortable.
This particular pair has Ray-Ban's iconic green lenses, which are perfect for long drives, though different styles are also available.
22. GREAT FOR UNWINDING
Classic Cars Coloring Book
A coloring book with classic cars is a great, insanely affordable gift that will help gearheads unwind by customizing some of history’s most iconic cars. There are over 100 models to pick from, ranging from 1950s classics, through vintage muscle cars, all the way to 21st-century hypercars.
The book is ideal for car enthusiasts of all ages. To make the gift complete, consider adding on a set of coloring pencils for less than $10.
23. FOR TIDIER ROAD TRIPS
Drive Auto Products
The Drive Bin
This Drive Bin will keep their car looking clean on the inside, so all their trash has a place to go that's not the floor.
The waterproof bin comes with disposable plastic bags that make it easy to dispose of the garbage once they're home. It’s easily adjustable, too, with a quick-clip strap that stores it on a headrest.
24. TOP-TIER WIRELESS BUDS
Klipsch T5 II ANC True Wireless Earbuds McLaren Edition
The McLaren Edition Klipsch T5 II ANC true wireless earbuds — the latest collaboration between the legendary audio brand and the iconic car maker — are a thoughtful gift for anyone who's even remotely interested in cars. The buds combine amazing sound and top-tier noise cancellation with McLaren’s design expertise and meticulous attention to detail.
Believe it or not, the product will allow gift recipients to control audio playback and take calls with head nods.
25. VINTAGE-INSPIRED GLOVES
Riparo Motorsports Driving Gloves
The driving gloves by Riparo Motorsports are a great gift for car lovers, thanks to their effortlessly cool looks and ergonomics to match. Crafted from a combination of high-quality perforated and soft leather, the gloves will develop a beautiful patina as they age.
The gloves are equipped with a wrist-snap button for a secure fit. There are also multiple sizes and colors to choose from.
26. SMART AND DISCREET DASHCAM
Cobra SC100 Smart Dash Cam
A high-quality dash cam is a great gift for any motorist who doesn't own one yet. The reasonably priced Cobra SC100 is a great option with minimalist design, easy installation and intuitive controls, as well as the ability to capture Full HD video in all lighting conditions. The SC100 can also inform an emergency contact and the driver's insurance company if necessary.
27. A SUPER TOUGH FLASHLIGHT
NEBO Slyde Rechargeable Flashlight with Work Light
The NEBO Slyde is a sleek and powerful flashlight that’s a fantastic gift for car lovers. As its name suggests, the product also has a handy slide-out work light with various modes. It also has a magnetic base, so the recipient can mount it while taking a peek underneath the hood of most cars.
The Slyde is impact-resistant and IP67 waterproof. It has a rechargeable battery with a convenient USB-C connector.
28. FOR REDUCING ANXIETY
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
The latest Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker is a great gift for car lovers because it’ll ensure that they never lose track of their keys. The nifty item will help locate their lost item — just as long as it's within 400 feet away. It's waterproof, too.
When out of range, the user can count on a vast community of Tile owners to help them track down a lost item. The Tile Pro has an easy setup and a replaceable battery, to boot.
29. FOR BETTER ROAD TRIPS
The Peak Design travel duffel is a great gift for car enthusiasts because they'll need the right gear to successfully pack for a road trip. The product is elegant and versatile, plus it has ample capacity for clothes and other essentials.
Peak Design has equipped the duffel with convenient handles and shoulder straps. The accessory has a weatherproof exterior (in black or sage) and a lifetime warranty.
30. A TIMELESSLY GREAT MOVIE
20th Century Fox
‘Ford v Ferrari’ Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Ford v Ferrari is rightfully among the greatest motorsport movies of all time. This collector's edition that includes 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray discs, as well as a digital copy is a great gift that's a must-watch for automotive enthusiasts.
Based on a true story, the film offers a thrilling look at the epic duel between Ford and Ferrari in the 1960s at Le Mans — the most grueling car race.
31. POWER UP THEIR ROADTRIPS
Car and Driver
Car and Driver 48W Dual Car Charger
This fast and reliable car charger from the team behind Car and Driver magazine is a fantastic gift for drivers (and passengers) who own multiple tech gadgets. The gadget has a fast USB-C port, as well as a speedy full USB connector, so it's as versatile as it gets.
This nifty gadget is designed to plug into a car's 12-volt socket. Despite its reasonable price, it comes in gift-worthy packaging.
32. HIGH-TECH CARD STORAGE
Dango Products D01 R-Spec Wallet
The D01 R-Spec wallet by Dango Products has design and craftsmanship inspired by today's best high-performance cars, so it's a perfect gift for car lovers. The elegant accessory is made using aerospace-grade aluminum, carbon fiber, and high-quality leather, so its tactility is as awesome as its design. It has enough space for up to 12 cards, RFID-blocking tech to prevent identity theft, and a built-in bottle opener.
33. ATTENTION-COMMANDING CLOCK
Neonetics Corvette C5 Neon Wall Clock
Know someone who loves Chevy Corvettes? If so, you need to buy them this wall clock with the Corvette C5 branding. The timepiece has built-in neon, so it's guaranteed to impress with its retro aesthetic.
The clock measures 15 inches in diameter, so it will have plenty of presence on the wall. It is powered by one easily replaceable AA battery (that's not included).
34. GREAT FOR TINKERERS
Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench
This top-shelf impact wrench from Ingersoll is built like a tank, so it can effortlessly deal with rusted fasteners.
The two-piece design of the Ingersoll Rand 231C makes it easy to operate and maintain. We like that you can adjust the device's torque output to your exact liking.
35. COMPATIBLE WITH ANY SMARTPHONE
Kenu Airbase Pro Car Phone Mount
Keep their eyes on the road with the Kenu Airbase Pro. It'll stay front and center on their vehicle's dashboard, so they won't have to look down to glance at the navigation.
The accessory's arm grips expand to hold even the largest of smartphones. It rotates, too, so you can use your phone in landscape or portrait mode.