Best Automotive Christmas Gifts for Kids
The Christmas season represents a problem and opportunity. On the one hand, your kids are bombarded with advertisements all year for ridiculously expensive toys. If you are a half-decent parent, you withhold from buying the gift, using it as leverage to get the little brat to behave. But now its December, and they have been asking Santa for the same semi-automatic Nerf gun with laser sights all year. You could succumb, but wouldn't you rather find a clever way to turn your kid into a future car nut? These kids are at an impressionable age. I can remember getting a Duke hat for Christmas when I was 12. By younger brother got a UNC hat the same year. Apparently my parents did not follow college basketball. The point is, if you want your child to share your love of cars, these gifts are a great way to plant the enthusiast seeds. Check out our list of the best automotive gifts for kids: Traxxas:
There are R/C cars and there are R/C Cars. This happens to be the latter, in a big way. Traxxas R/C cars are absolutely bonkers, and unlike some crap you get form the big box stores, these things are built to last. You can also upgrade the powertrains of the Traxxas cars to stronger electric motors, even small gas motors! Owning a badass toy like this comes with a price, and that price is about $275, before the upgrades. Ouch!
More than just toy cars, Automoblox are an educational tool that encourages open-ended play, which grows a child's imagination and critical thinking skills. This is because the cars can be disassembled and reassembled, as well as mixed and matched with other Automoblox models. Seriously, you will want to play with these.
My glory, is there anything more awesome as a kid than to drive a power wheel?! You're driving a freaking car! You're driving a Hummer– Mom and Dad can't even afford one of those!
Die Cast Scale Models:
This might be for the older child who has already developed their interest in cars, and might actually not destroy these things, considering that they cost upwards of $75-$100. This is certainly one of those "Marge's Bowling Ball" type of gifts, as you can give your kid any scale model car, but how many are 1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans racers, complete with wear-and-tear from the race! On second thought, you may want to move along to the next option here…
DIY Model Kits:
Does anything say "father-son bonding" like a freaking model kit?! Planes, cars, trains, it doesn't matter! There is no way you get one of these cars right on the first try, let alone the fifth. As a parent you'll learn a lot about you're kid's patience and attention to detail. As a kid, you'll learn just how much your parent loves you, because if pop bought you this and isn't going to help, then he's just doing it to occupy your ADD-riddled ass.
This is pretty simple. Your demon-spawn of a kid probably sits in front of a gaming console all damn day. What a better way to turn him into a gear head while he takes part in his favorite activity
Sure, you could opt for the highly expensive and very breakable R/C cars, but just like the DIY models, there is something wholesome and relationship-building about creating a slot car track and racing. Something of a Techmo Bowl for cars, slot car racing also teaches the youngsters an incredibly valuable lesson: some into the corner too hard, and you're going to lose control. You can't put a price on that kind of lesson.
There's nothing quite like a formidable collection of 1/__scale cars. The collections of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars as so vast that they really can satisfy any automotive tase. If your kid likes sci/fi they have fantasy and futuristic cars. They also have modern cars and classics. Since they are small and durable, you may find yourself combining your childhood collection with your child's as the number of cars continues to grow!
This is essentially the litmus test to see if your child will go on to engineering school. Technic is the next-level for Lego users, ready to take their building skills up a notch. We warn you, these are certainly difficult assemblies, and many of these parts don't mix and match too well with other lego playsets, so think twice before you give up and toss it into the bin with all the other Legos!
Pretty much the easiest way to get a kid thinking about cars all the time is to have him sleep in one. If there is one automotive Christmas gift that guarantees you'll have a future gearhead on hands, its this bad boy. Fair warning: don't give his as a gift too late in your child's life, and know when to swap it out for a normal bed, or you'll have some serious mommy/daddy issues with this kid! Like, worse than breastfeeding too long!