8 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for the Car Fan
Chances are you know at least one person on your holiday shopping list with a love of wrenching, driving, racing or a general propensity to go sideways on four wheels. That person might even be you. So what do you get them (or yourself) for the holidays without breaking the bank?Well, we’ve scoured the corners of the Internet and have returned with eight fantastic gift ideas for the auto aficionado in your family. Take a look below, and follow the links to buy! LaFerrari 1/14 Scale MJX RC Car
Unless you’re quite well off this holiday season, a brand new Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar probably won’t be sitting in your driveway. But, there could be one waiting for you in your stocking.
Get it: Licensed 1/14 Scale Ferrari LaFerrari Ready To Run Die Cast Radio Control Car
For around $30, you can hot lap the entire house with this radio controlled LaFerrari. Admittedly, its batteries are quite a lot less powerful than a real LaFerrari, but then again you don’t have to spend over a million dollars to enjoy one.
DashCommand OBD-II iPhone App
Got a "Check Engine" light on but don’t want to take a trip to the mechanic? There’s an app for that. And an app for measuring torque in real-time. And an app for monitoring your fuel consumption as you drive. Actually, it’s one app – DashCommand.
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Simply download it on iTunes, hook up your phone to your car’s OBD-II port (through compatible hardware), and let it work its magic. For only $9.99, you might never need help diagnosing a problem ever again.
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
Admit it. You’ve wanted to film your own version of Top Gear but the only thing holding you back was a lack of sweeping aerial shots. Well, not anymore.
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This is the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. It isn’t new (in fact, you can now buy the Parrot Bebop drone for $499) but for around $300, you can put a camera in the sky and capture the car photos and video you so desperately desire. Just make sure you’re legally allowed to fly it in your area.
LEGO Mini Cooper
Good news! LEGO recently announced an all-new lineup of racing-themed sets. Bad news! We won’t get them until the spring. But don’t let that deter you from building this holiday season. Grab this new Mini Cooper LEGO set.
The trunk, hood, and doors all open. There’s patterned seats, a tiny little engine up front and – somewhat baffling – a picnic basket in the boot. Time to stage a remake of the Italian Job on the dining room table.
Mercedes AMG Formula 1 Shoes
You celebrated fervently when Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton took the world championship for Mercedes AMG Petronas. Now, it’s time to dress like the true fan. And a pair of Puma evospeed f1 sneakers ought to get the ball rolling.
No, these aren’t what Lewis wears when he drives his Mercedes W05 F1 car, but they are probably a bit more school or work-appropriate than F1 racing boots … and cheaper. Though perhaps not as cool.
Nissan GT-R Vinyl Wall Decal
The Nissan GT-R might as well be the official measuring stick of all car performance. The most recent iteration of ‘Godzilla’ came on the scene in 2007 and it has been eating up high-powered sports cars ever since. So why not honor it with some wall space in your living room, family room, man cave, or woman den?
If boosted imports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other domestic and exotic models to choose from: Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo, Shelby GT500 … you get the picture. And for less than $40 too.
Five-Speed Cuff Links
For the dapper gentleman with a need for speed, may we suggest these five-speed cufflinks. These slick-shifting accessories can add some flair to your dining out wardrobe and make a nice conversation starter to boot. Who knows, these bad boys might even get you a promotion at work some day … or at least a second date. Add them to your collection for less than $30.
Viair Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
If you’ve filled up the tires on your car with air, you’ll know how finicky and inaccurate those pen-shaped pressure gauges can be. Being that we live in the digital age, there’s something better.
See More: Viair 90052 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
This Viair system features a backlit digital readout, illuminated valve stem, and accurately measures pressures from 5 PSI all the way up to 100. It’s also less than $10, and unlike those pen gauges, you aren’t apt to lose this one as easy.