Skip the turkey this Thanksgiving and get shopping for the gearhead in your life.
It’s that time of year – no, not for stuffing your face with turkey or spending time with family; we mean shopping. Black Friday is just a few weeks away, and to make the traditional kickoff to holiday shopping easier for you this year, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest automotive-themed gifts for gearheads in your life. Everything from video games and scale models, to books and LEGO sets are included. Take a look at some of the best deals you’ll be able to pick up this season.
There are plenty of car books out there, but this one takes the successful formula and gives it a twist. "Insta Grammar: Cars" takes all of the images you “Like” on Instagram and puts them into a beautiful hardcover book for you to browse through. These shots are no longer relegated to your feed, they can have a home on your coffee table, too. The Insta Grammar book series also includes iterations like “On The Road,” “Love,” and, um, "Unicorns."
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CandyLab built the "world's first wooden diecast" – and its range of products is pretty adorable. There are options like the aptly named "Woodie," essentially a recreation of a Woodie station wagon, and others like "Taxi Turvy" and "Lil' Patrol," each paying homage to boxy classics. The cars aren't for sale yet, but you can support the company on Kickstarter for as little as $6. That $6 donation includes a mystery bag of one of its cars – but for just $9, you can pick whichever one you like.
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£4.99 (approximately $6.45)
Duke Video, a member of the Motorsport family, has a selection of some of the best racing videos anywhere. From the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Formula One, and even the "Crash Mania" title pictured here. The DVDs start at as little as £4.99 (approximately $6.45).
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Who doesn’t love socks? These ones by Heel Tread are designed especially for the auto enthusiast(s) in your life. Heel Tread’s selection of socks includes liveries from famous race cars like the Gulf Ford GT40, Audi Quattro, and Lancia Stratos. But also available of signature design elements from cars like the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Mustang Bullitt, and Pagani Zonda. The socks star as low as $12.
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Potty training is no fun – but it could be with this Training Wheels Racer Potty. Kids will undoubtedly love to hop on this race-car shaped toilet instead of the regular thing. It’s available on Amazon right now for just $19.99.
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£15.00 (Approx. $20.00)
Everyone loves chocolate – and chocolates are even more delicious when they’re molded and painted to match your favorites driver’s look. A company called Racing Chocs out of the U.K. creates these adorable chocolate racing helmets. Each one comes with a custom livery representative of some iconic racer or team and is available in four different flavors: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and ruby chocolate. A box of six starts at just £15 (approximately $20) and a 12-piece box is available for £27 (approximately $35).
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While most modern cars offer factory options for reading tire pressure, some classic car owners might be interested in having a tire pressure gauge on hand. This one by Craftsmen offers a state-of-the-art digital display, a programmable target for tire pressure, and a sensor that beeps once the read is completed.
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$20 (And Up)
Planning on gifting one of Apple's new iPhones or an Android smartphone to someone this year? They're going to need a mount for their car, and thanks to the world's best product reviewers at Wirecutter, we can tell you which one's are the best to buy. Motor1.com has partnered with Wirecutter to bring you buying guides for the best automotive accessories to buy, and our first one is all about the best car phone mounts to buy. We have recommendations for the best mounts in every category, whether you need a mount that sits on the dash, attaches to a vent, or slides into a CD tray.
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Blipshift, together with The Smoking Tire, created this California highway-inspired t-shirt dubbed California Dreamin’. The yellow and blue tee shows an outline of the state of California with various roads listed within the shape, including some iconic twisties like Mulholland Highway, Malibu Canyon, and Pacific Highway, among others. The shirt costs $24, and all profits will go towards the California Fire Foundation to support victims of the recent wildfires.
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Can't get enough of Elon? Now you can affix his face to your rearview mirror so that he's always watching. This three-pack of Elon Musk air fresheners allows you to keep the eccentric billionaire in view at all times, with the smell of "body odor, leather, and rocket fuel" in your cockpit, says the company that makes them. They start at $25.
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Vintage clothing is back in style. And in an effort to cash in on the craze, one company introduced a line of vintage motorsport apparel including jackets draped in classics Honda logos and t-shirts donning a few iconic Japanese racers. The Vintage Culture has t-shirts listed for as little as $24.99 to start.
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Lose your car keys often? You need a Tile Pro. It’s a Bluetooth tracker that easily clips to your keychain and can be tracked using your smartphone. Unlike the more affordable alternatives, the Tile Pro offers a full year of battery life and emits a sound that can be heard up to 300 feet away. It’s available for $34.95 on Amazon.
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Nascar Heat 3 is the newest racing game – and it doesn’t disappoint. Building on the success of the first two iterations, the third installment in the franchise includes the option to play in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and even Camping World Truck Series. As part of the launch, 704 Games also rolled out the Nascar Heat Champions eSports series, where one lucky racer can win a trip to Miami and up to $500,000.
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One thing missing from Nintendo's wholly awesome Switch is a strong selection of racing games. Thankfully, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 makes its debut on the system in just a few weeks (ahead of Christmas, thankfully). The Switch-exclusive game touts cars like the Porsche 911 GT2RS, Dodge Viper, Lotus 3-Eleven, and McLaren 720s, and a vast expanse of drivable roads. You can snag it for just $49.99.
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Forza Horizon’s fourth installment is arguably its most inclusive. With more than 450 cars and nearly 30 tracks to choose from at launch, there is no shortage of options for owners of the latest game to choose from. The standard edition starts at $59.99 as a digital download, or $99 for the ultimate edition which includes a Forza Horizon 4 car pass, VIP membership, day one car pack, and two game expansions when they become available.
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Ugly sweaters are a tradition as classic as Christmas trees and eggnog. But Hagerty added a unique twist to the formula by including some of our favorite ugly cars; who knew that the AMC Pacer and Pontiac Aztek could be so desirable? You can pick up one of these ugly sweaters for $65, with funds from the purchase benefitting Baby2Baby, a nonprofit that provides low-income children with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities.
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For the tiniest auto enthusiast in your life, this adorable McLaren 570S Push Cart will make your child the envy of the neighborhood. With an interactive steering wheel, realistic McLaren engine sounds, and even a pair of cupholders, this awesome accessory would make an amazing gift for any child between 18 months and four years old.
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Giorgio Piola is known for its stunningly hand-crafted timepieces – but did you know that the company also offers a number of art prints, available through his online shop? For as little as $100, you could gift the ones you love with an art print commemorating Formula One cars from Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, and others.
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It's the much-loved video game Rocket League, but now playable on your living room floor. Hot Wheels offers this awesome Rocket League set for $179.99, complete with a full stadium, a ball, and two rechargeable R/C mini cars controllable via smartphone.
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Instead of shelling out $190,000 for a brand new Jaguar XE SV Project 8, gift your loved ones with an experience in the world’s fastest sedan for as little as 199 euros (about $225). The ferocious four-door – which comes powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 – now offers shotgun ride-alongs on the Green Hell for just 199 Euros.
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Believe it or not, Bentley builds more than just cars. The British brand also creates furniture and pop-up restaurants. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t know Bentley made: Pens. Naturally, it’s not just any pen. The look of the Bentley Series 1 pen was, well, penned by Chris Cooke, Head of Product Design at Bentley Motors. The limited-edition pen is available either with either ballpoint, fountain, or rollerball tips, and costs anywhere from $270 (ballpoint) to $378 (fountain).
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£240 (Approx. $305)
Britain's quirkiest automaker, Morgan Motor Company, has a line of awesome auto-themed accessories perfect for any enthusiast. These glasses – available in a variety of colors and options – start at £240 (approximately $305).
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The Bugatti Chiron joined the Porsche 911 GT3 RS this year as part of the Lego Technic series. And now you can take it home. For $349.95, the 1:8-scale Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron comes with features like an active rear wing, an eight-speed gearbox with paddle gear shift, a functional W16 engine, a steering wheel, a functional suspension, and spoked rims matching the production model.
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Browse through the Amalgam shop, and you’ll find no shortage of stunning scale models. Everything from a 1:18 Ferrari F40, to a 1:8 scale McLaren Senna, to an identical 1:4 scale replica of the Bugatti Chiron’s engine and gearbox. The Bugatti engine and gearbox model costs $9,505, but some smaller models can be had for less than $700.
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Performance Driving School
It’s not one of the most affordable gift options on this list, but it will be the most fun option for the most important person in your life. A handful of automakers offer performance driving schools at tracks around the country; McLaren, Fiat-Abarth, and BMW, among others, let you push their most potent cars on the track all while becoming a better driver at the same time.
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New Hampshire-based Team O’Neil Rally School is offering a unique deal for Black Friday. For just $1,100 per day (a 20-percent discount), you could learn to drift like a pro. Simply purchase the one-day drift course voucher between November 23 through 26, 2018, and you’ll get the $1,100 special price and a $50 merchandise credit for each day booked.
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Instead of settling for cheap gas station air fresheners, B-Mola offers a more elegant solution. This sleekly designed, transferable air purifier uses the same air purifying technology from larger machines found in hospitals and hotels but transfers it to a more streamlined package. It’s perfect for the car and does away with all of those terrible odors. Unfortunately, it's still in the development phase – so you'll have to wait for an official debut.
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