Buying a gift for a car guy doesn’t have to be as daunting as getting caught in a conversation about the differences between horsepower and torque or why slow cars are more fun to drive. When it comes down to it, they’re some of the easiest to shop for. Keep it simple and classy but purposeful and you’ll see their faces light up like the headlights of an E46 M3. To help get you off to the right start, we curated some of the best gift ideas for car guys.
Forza Horizon 4
The latest installment to the Forza Horizon series might be the most ambitious yet. You get free reign over the open countryside of Britain with over 450 cars at your disposal. And, for the first time in a racing game, you’ll have to deal with changing seasons and the weather that comes with it.
Dyson V7 Car+Boat Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
The Dyson V7 is compact and cordless, but most importantly it has the power to keep any-sized car dust, dirt and crumb free.
Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit
If keeping the interior clean is high up on the car guy’s priority list then making sure the exterior shines and glistens is even higher. Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit is a 12-piece cleaning arsenal complete with everything needed to make sure every inch of the exterior shines. It also comes with a few sprays and wipes to put some final touches on the interior as well.
Oak & Oscar The Jackson Chronograph
The Oak & Oscar The Jackson Chronograph gets its name from America’s first road race, called the Chicago Times-Herald, which ran from Jackson Park to Evanston in 1895. Cars only averaged a blistering 7 mph over 54 miles, but it still needed to be timed. The Jackson is a 40mm manually wound chronograph with a 60 hour power reserve, date function and a stacked register.
LEGO Creator James Bond Aston Martin DB5
There are Lego recreations of Hollywood cars, and then there’s the LEGO Creator James Bond Aston Martin DB5. When all is said and done, 1,290 pieces come together to make the most iconic Bond cars of all time, complete with hidden machine guns, tire scyths and revolving number plates.
Porsche Design Lacie 2TB Hard Drive
Porsche Design isn’t a random wing of the German brand that pumps out key chains just for the sake of it. If ‘Porsche’ is branded on it it you know it’ll be designed to the highest standard and come with an equal amount of perfromance. Case and point: this two-terabyte Lacie external hard drive.
Peugeot Nostalgie Walnut Coffee Mill
Before it made cars, Peugot was in the business of coffee mills and bicycles. So if your car guy loves coffee, this manual coffee bean grinder is an easy win.
Schott Asset Leather Jacket
Schott is one of the most iconic leather jacket companies in the world; their most notable collection is the Perfecto series, whiched warmed the shoulders of Marlin Brando in the The Wild One. It’s safe to say the rest of its line is just as iconic, too. The Asset café racer-styled motorcycle jacket, with its four zippered front pockets, black metal trim & 100 percent wool herringbone lining, is an obvious choice.
Range Rover Classic County
This Range Rover was meticulously maintained by an American dealership with only Land Rover OEM parts; it has since been garage kept. As it sits now it can make an ideal daily-driver or a the perfect chariot for weekend get-aways off the beaten path.
Craighill Nocturn Catch Valet Tray
Valet trays might one of the more underrated home accessories to the general population, but leave it to the car guy to place his keys on a pedestal. A sturdy walnut Craighill Nocturn Catch Valet Tray won’t go unappreciated by a true car and definitely won’t go unnoticed by his friends.
The Harman Spark is an incredibly easy way to bring older cars up to date (1996 or newer). The Spark fits right in the OBD II outlet and immediately gives your car features like emergency services, 4G LTE hotspot WiFi, theft alert and location tracking.
L.L.Bean Signature Leather Duffel
A good leather duffel bag is essential up to the countryside for the weekend. The 44-liter L.L.Bean Signature Leather Duffel is made of oiled cowhide leather with a cotton canvas lining. In other words it’s made to last and look good its entire life.
Deakin & Francis Steering Wheel Sterling Silver Enamelled Cufflinks
Car guys are all about the details – that includes how they dress. Steering Wheel Sterling Cufflinks by Deakin & Francis are a subtle sterling silver and enamel way to show off a love of cars.
If You’d Just Let Me Finish by Jeremy Clarkson
If you think a book by Jeremy Clarkson is just a long, one-sided conversation about cars, you’re sadly mistaken. Give this man enough time and space to get his thoughts down and you’ll hear rants about “How Blackpool might be improved by drilling a hole through it, the problem with meditation, a perfect location for rebuilding Palmyra and why Tom Cruise can worship lizards if he wants to.”
Gear Patrol Magazine
Perfect for whoever is manning the back seat. Inside its 200-plus pages, we explore what it takes to turn an office chair into a thing of beauty, an accidental invention into a culinary essential and a 1970s French automobile into one of the most evocative cars of the last century. Plus much more.
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