Christmas 2019: The ultimate car-lovers gift guide

Presents for petrolheads

Christmas is coming, and shoppers will soon begin the last-minute dash for gifts. If a Lynx shower set won’t cut it for your loved one this year, we’ve got a few motoring-themed ideas that could make for a pleasant surprise.

Click the links to check out each potential gift. 

Silverstone Classic tickets

Presents for petrolheads

Watching cars racing door-to-door on a circuit is always special . The Silverstone Classic delivers this, plus a sprinkling of live music on top, over the course of a summer weekend. Tickets are available from the event website.

Goodwood tickets

Presents for petrolheads

Goodwood hosts the Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival. If you love cars, you have to try all three. Tickets to any Goodwood event will be a surefire hit with any car fan.

Jaguar clothing

Presents for petrolheads

Once you’ve got the tickets sorted, what are you going to wear? There is plenty of Jaguar gear you can kit out the petrolhead in your life with: jackets, glasses, T-shirts and more.

Maybach merchandise

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Is your partner’s Louis Vuitton bag looking a little tired? Have no fear: Maybach, Mercedes-Benz’s luxury division, is here to help with a selection of bags and apparel. It’s lovely stuff, although perhaps not ideal for lugging around a car show.

Outlierman accessories

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If motoring-branded apparel isn’t quite the ticket, but the premium look is appreciated, check out The Outlierman. These ‘accessories for the gentleman driver’ include driving gloves, scarves and weekend bags. Swanky stuff.

Fully Charged apparel

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Want to wear your eco credentials on your sleeve? The Fully Charged website could have something to suit, with hats, T-shirts, hoodies, mugs and more in stock.

Frank Stephenson sketch prints

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Now for some car-themed art. We start our selection with a couple of pieces from Frank Stephenson, the genius responsible for designs from the new Mini to McLaren P1. Limited-edition prints detailing the design and inspiration for both cars are now available.

Motiveculture art

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For something a bit more affordable, Motiveculture is almost unbeatable. The pictures are minimalist but stylish, with high-quality flat colours and sharp definition. Classic cars and modern art go together like bread and butter: get one on your wall.

Automobilist custom art

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If you love the above, but can’t find a particular car you like, Automobilist can probably help. It’s the company that created the awesome poster for the launch of the new De Tomaso.

Omologato watches

Presents for petrolheads

If you reckon your friend isn’t punctual enough at Christmas, car-themed chronographs don’t come much cooler than these. Bonus points: the company’s founder is a genuine petrolhead

Nurburgring Monopoly

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Nurburgring-themed Monopoly should keep the whole family entertained this festive season. Counters include racing trophies, helmets, a Formula 1 car and more.

Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

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After tensions in Nurburgring Monopoly reach their peak, sit everyone down with a good film. Well, in the case of Hobbs & Shaw, perhaps just a film. Either way, if you love cars, it’s hard to turn down watching Jason Statham skid a McLaren 720S around London.

Lego Land Rover Defender

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Lego and cars are connected like never before. There are so many models to pick from, but the new Land Rover Defender is one of our favourites. It’s available on Amazon. And so cool!

The Crew 2

Presents for petrolheads

You can only venture so far on a car-themed Christmas list before getting into games. With that, we have a mini list within a list, picking our favourite titles, plus the best kit to play them with. The Crew 2 is the most underrated open-world racer of the last 10 years. Pick your vehicle to explore America, including supercars, muscle cars, and rally cars, not to mention planes, helicopters and boats.

Forza Horizon 4

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Forza Horizon 4 does what The Crew does, but in the UK, with more cars and better graphics, albeit a much smaller map. It’s a good laugh for an hour of dry stone wall-smashing fun.

Project Cars 2

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If The Crew and Horizon are a bit arcade-like and your loved one has ideas of being an amateur racing driver, Project Cars 2 is the one. Get them out on Classic Le Mans in a Ford MkIV, pretending they’re Dan Gurney. We won’t judge – we do it all the time.

Gran Turismo Sport

Presents for petrolheads

For a Playstation racing game fix, there is only one, isn’t there? Gran Turismo Sport is a welcome return to form for the GT franchise. It’s the best mix of realism and fun since 2004’s Gran Turismo 4.

Logitec racing wheel

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All of the above are much more enjoyable if you use a proper racing wheel, rather than a controller. Logitec’s G920 (Xbox) and G29 (PS4) help get more from these games on a reasonable budget.

Tesla Cybertruck reservation

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Like buying a star, a reservation for a Cybertruck is both reasonably affordable and a bit of a laugh. You can even get a refund once the joke has passed. Or, if it actually happens, go through with your order…

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