It’s a story we’re doomed to repeat every year: One day it’s too early to start your Christmas shopping, then before you know it you’re at a large shopping centre on Christmas Eve panic-buying whatever you can lay your hands one.
If there are any car enthusiasts in your life, you’ll know how awkward they can be to buy for. So we thought we’d make your life a little easier by compiling a list of Christmas gift ideas for car lovers of all ages. From video games and books to models and stocking fillers, there’s something for everyone.
Let’s see what Father Christmas has in his sack…
Bond Cars: The Definitive History
Where we saw it: Amazon
With No Time To Die making a big impact at the cinema, and a bunch of Bond films likely to be repeated on TV over the festive period, now is the ideal time to delve into the history of the infamous and iconic Bond cars.
Bond Cars: The Definitive History is a lavish celebration of the cars which also became the stars alongside the world’s most famous fictional spy. Featuring exclusive and priceless assets such as the original call sheets, technical drawings and story-boards, accompanied by previously unpublished photography and exclusive interviews, it puts you behind the wheel of every car driven by 007 on film.
Once you’ve finished browsing the book, you’ll be able to see whether you agree or disagree with our choices for six of the most iconic Bond cars.
Haynes V8 Model Engine
Where we saw it: Smyths
While the deep rumbling of a V8 engine is soon to be a thing consigned to the past, few things make the hair on your neck stand up quite like it.
Perhaps that’s what makes this Haynes V8 Model Engine one of the best Christmas gift ideas for car lovers: not only are you preserving a piece of automotive history, but building it is sure to be a great little father-son bonding activity for over the festive period.
The model engine contains nearly 300 pieces and all the tools you need to assemble it, as well as an official Haynes-style manual to help you along the way. The greatest part though? It has sound recorded from a real V8 and illuminating spark plugs!
Lego Technic Land Rover Defender 90
Where we saw it: Land Rover Shop
Suitable for age 11+, this challenging build includes over 2,500 pieces and allows you to experience the intricacies of vehicle design first hand.
Measuring 22cm tall, 42cm long and 20cm wide when completed, the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender features a removable roof rack and storage box, and under the bonnet you can see the a cool replica of the Defender’s in-line 6-cylinder engine with moving pistons.
Functions include working steering, All Wheel Drive with three differentials, independent suspension on both axles, and a working winch, while a four-speed sequential gearbox and gear selector with two levers demonstrate high or low gear to provide a neat touch.
Once you’ve built the Lego Technic version, maybe you’ll feel inclined to try the real thing.
Forza Horizon 5
Where we saw it: Argos
While we were suitably excited when Forza Horizon 5 was released in November, if you missed the release day hype then the Christmas break is the ideal time to get up to speed.
Set in an open world environment based in a fictional representation of Mexico, the game has the largest map in the entire Forza Horizon series with players able to explore the open world freely, compete in multiplayer races and complete the campaign mode.
With over 500 cars to choose from, including everything from classics and off-roaders to sports cars and hypercars, it’s the Christmas gift that has the potential to keep on giving.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 12V Ride On Car
Where we saw it: EpicStuff.co.uk
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is one of the most sought-after and capable 4x4s around, and this 12V ride on version ensures your child will get just as much kudos as any other Wrangler rider.
Yes, this officially licensed Jeep Wrangler Rubicon can not only be driven by the normal in-car gearstick and pedal thanks to its 12V battery, but it also boasts four-wheel drive to give that extra oomph when the back garden is a bit boggy.
What really sends this ride-on car over the top is the fact it’s better spec’d than most actual cars: it comes with front and rear LED lights, MP3 player input, Bluetooth remote controls, working suspension and a top speed of 4mph.
VW Golf GTI socks
What’s Christmas without a new pair of socks? Taking inspiration from Gunhild Liljequist’s GTI interior design, these socks won’t make your car a hot hatch but they’ll keep your feet warm.
Ice scraper with weatherproof mitt
This practical present features a durable scraper attached to a mitt made from polyester fleece and a water resistant cloth. This ensures your hand is kept warm and dry when deicing on the cold winter mornings.
Celsius Faraday signal blocking pouch
Keyless car theft has been on the rise in recent years, and one way to protect your vehicle is by putting your key in a Faraday pouch.
The Celsius Faraday pouch blocks a variety of signals ensuring your car keys and contactless bank cards can’t be accessed without your knowledge.
These cufflinks not only add an air of class but subtly let people know you’re a car enthusiast at whatever Christmas get together you go to.
Designed to replicate a five-speed gear selector, these cufflinks are subtly glitzy and one of the perfect Christmas gift ideas for car lovers.