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Posted: November 12, 2020

Well, it's nearly Christmas already! What a year 2020 has been - our hope is that you, your family and your friends have kept safe and well during this challenging year.  

Now the nights have drawn in if you are one of the many shoppers getting organised and on the hunt for gift ideas for the car lover in your life - we have you covered! Whether your special someone is a motor enthusiast, petrolhead, sports car owner or motorsport fan, here is some gift inspiration from the CATDT team. Below is our list of 39 of the best car gift ideas we have come across - many of which we have now added to our own wish list! Looking for something fun, something serious, or you just don't know where to start? Here's a great selection to give you some inspiration.

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Christmas gift ideas for car lovers: £50 and under

Car Magazine Subscription Starting from £3!

car magazine subscription

You've got car mail! A budget-friendly gift that keeps on giving. Choose from a wide range of magazines that will fulfil your car lover's need for speed.


Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge £6.99

Digital Tyre Gauge

All petrolheads understand how important tyres are to vehicle handling, not to forget fuel economy. This is why the Highway Code suggests you check your tyre pressures weekly. This handy digital tyre pressure gauge provides instant and clearly lit readings - a practical stocking filler. Partner this with a digital air compressor pump.


Scooby Socks £9

Scooby Car Socks Heal Tread

Get your feet race ready with these Scooby socks from Heel Tread. Based on Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza 555 livery, these socks use seamless toe knitting to create a sock without any stitches. Not a Scooby fan? These guys have virtually every marque covered in their full collection.


Racing Model Cars

Racing car scale model

For collectors, kids and big kids alike. Pick an iconic diecast model for a bit of racing nostalgia, like this AC Shelby Cobra Coupe Sears - Thompson Le Mans 1965. There are lots to choose from.


Car Bluetooth receiver £11.99

Mpow bluuetooth receiver

With older cars, listening to your favourite Spotify playlist whilst on the road was previously not an option. Now streaming over Bluetooth is no longer a luxury only afforded by more modern car owners. Give the gift of music with this car Bluetooth receiver.


Jaguar Bottle Opener £11.90

Jaguar Bottle Opener

A sleek leaping jaguar bottle opener that also doubles as a keyring.


Roadcraft: The Police Driver's Handbook from £10.19 (Kindle edition)

roadcraft book

A definitive guide for all drivers wishing to develop their skills and safety to an advanced level. The IAM, ROSPA and the DVSA all base their advanced training around the guidance in this book. Recommended by CAT as essential reading for the motoring enthusiast.


Autoglym The Collection - Perfect Bodywork £13


This premium bodywork collection is an ideal gift for anyone who likes to keep their pride and joy looking its best.


Steve McQueen Le Mans inspired movie poster from £13

le mans movie poster

You're no true petrolhead if you're not a Steve McQueen fan! This retro print was designed to honour one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) racing films of all time. A perfect addition to any garage or home office. Available in a range of sizes.


Tamiya Scale Model Kit from £13.99

Racing car scale model

For when you can't afford the real thing! The Tamiya scale car model kits are highly regarded for their ease of construction and quality. A great way to while away the hours over Christmas. There is a large range to choose from, whether it's a Mercedes Benz 300SL or an F1 McLaren Honda MP4-30 that takes your fancy, there is something for every car and motorsport fan.


Gear Stick Bottle Stopper £15

Gear Stick Wine Stopper

Perfect for anyone who enjoys cars and wine, albeit not at the same time.


How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Formula 1 Designer £15.81

How to Build a Car Book

A unique insight into the secretive, technical world of F1 car design, written by F1's infamous Adrian Newey OBE. If you travel a lot, there is also an Audiobook version which can be listened to in car.


Chater's Motoring Booksellers: 50 Greatest Bond Cars £15.99

50 Greatest Bond Cars Book

Take your pick from an impressive collection of automotive and motorsport books. We couldn't resist the 50 Greatest Bond Cars by Ben Robinson. Who doesn't love 007?!


Motorsport Cufflinks from £16.99

Motorsport car cufflinks

With such a wide range of Motoring cufflinks, these subtle accessories make a great stocking filler.


Porsche 991 Ice Cube Tray £17.99

porsche 991 ice cube tray

Enjoy your favourite tipple chilled with official Porsche ice! A stocking filler your Porsche obsessed loved one is guaranteed not to have.


Oily Racing Car Mug & Coasters £20

Oily Car Mug & Coasters

Perfect for the motorsport enthusiast who can't get through a track day without a cuppa!


The Silverstone Experience from £20

Silverstone Experience

You'll be onto a winner with some tickets to the hottest new attraction for motorsport fans. The new Silverstone Experience includes an impressive display of iconic racing cars and bikes, as well as an interactive tech lab the kids will love!


Merlin Motorsport Gift Vouchers from £20

merlin motorsport voucher

Well known in the motorsport community, the friendly Merlin Motorsport team are THE go-to experts for performance parts and racewear. From exhausts to clutch parts to HANS devices they have any track day or racing driver covered.


Gtechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer £22.50

C4 GTECHNIQ car trim restorer

Over time the elements can take their toll on your car trim causing it to become cracked or faded. The Gtechniq trim restorer is a highly regarded solution that restores the exterior trim back to tip-top condition and protects it for up to 2 years. Just the job for someone who takes pride in looking after their car.


Grand Prix Racewear Vouchers from £25

grand prix racewear

Based at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, Grand Prix Racewear has been supplying the best race and kartwear for over 30 years. If you have a budding racer to buy for, a voucher will help them get kitted out either instore or online.


Pop Bang Colour Car Print from £25


For the aficionado who appreciates the beauty of the marvellous motor car. Artist and fellow car lover Ian Cook combined his two loves to create beautiful works of art painted with cars, yes cars! Not a paintbrush in sight, Ian uses a combination of remote-controlled cars and car tyres to create his tributes to great racing cars like this 1994 BTCC Alfa Romeo 155 TS.


Ring Automotive RTC1000 Battery Powered Tyre Inflator - £37.80

RTC 1000 air compressor

Whether you class yourself as a car lover or not, tyre pressure is critical to the safety of your car on the road. In addition, for any track day goer, tyre pressure is also an important factor in getting the maximum enjoyment out of the day. For easy pressure setting, this rapid digital air compressor makes selecting the required pressure easy.


Stunning Car Photography Prints £45

Car Photography Print Gifts

For the petrolhead who spends hours scrolling through car pictures on Instagram, treat them to a print they can admire in their own home. Professional Automotive Photographer Rich Pearce has a range of stunning prints to choose from and also offers automotive photo shoots - why not turn your car into a piece of art?



Christmas gift ideas for car lovers: £50 - £100

Custom Car A4 Print £69.99

Custom Car Print

Every car has it's own nuances and quirks. Capture its unique character for the petrolhead in your life by commissioning a custom digital illustration, hand-drawn by Kelly at Poppins & Co. Created from a series of photographs, incorporating the vehicle's individual heritage, the artwork is giclée printed on archival quality fine art papers. These unique and completely bespoke vehicle portraits are a great present idea for any classic car, performance car or bike owner.


Motorola MDC300GW HD Dash Cam £69.99

Dash Cam Car Gift Idea

For someone that spends a lot of time on the road, a dash camera is fast becoming a must-have car gadget. This budget-friendly option includes GPS, parking mode and night vision.


CarLock Real-Time Tracker £75

Real Time Car Tracker

When was the last time you paid serious attention to a car alarm going off? That's exactly why car tracking devices are becoming increasingly popular amongst drivers who want to keep a close eye on their pride and joy. The CarLock real-time car tracker syncs to an app in the driver's phone alerting them when the vehicle is moved, the engine starts or if the device is removed. For those car owners generous enough to lend their car to their children, the device also detects signs of harsh driving (spies on your kids).


Sterling Silver Race Car Bracelet £80

Silver Race Car Bracelet

The perfect present for someone who appreciates the beauty of racing cars. 


Scalextric C1368 Le Mans Sports Cars Set £90.99

scalextric le mans set

Become a Le Mans racing legend with this exclusive Scalextric set. Great for both kids and big kids wanting to compete in an epic endurance race within the comfort of their own home.


Hilka Pro-Craft 1.5 Tonne Racing Jack £99.99


An essential piece of cake for any track enthusiast.


Christmas gift ideas for car lovers: £100 - £300

Nicholas Watts - Bentley Returns £140

Nicholas Watts - Bentley Returns

A limited-edition print by automotive artist Nicholas Watts. Capturing Bentley's 2001 return to the 24hr Le Mans. Signed by the artist and racing drivers: Eric van de Poele, Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger.


Endurance Driving Inspired Trainers £148.75

Black Race Trainer Shoe

Performance-driven design in a trainer! The iconic motorsport shoe brand, Piloti, has adapted their racing shoe technology for everyday driving and wear. Check out their full range of designs for men and women.


Motorsport Memorabilia £250

Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello Original Ferrari Autographs Framed with Fiorano Sign

Make their year with a piece of racing history. Take your pick from an impressive collection of Motorsport Memorabilia such as these original Ferrari Autographs by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.


Christmas gift ideas for car lovers: £300+

VBOX Sport Performance Meter £310.80

VBOX Sport Performance Meter

With knowledge comes speed! The VBOX Sport meter allows drivers to instantly analyse and improve their performance on track. 


Phil Price Rally School - 1 Day Intense Course £349

An action-packed day ripping a Subaru Impreza around actual forest stages, which includes the 'ride of a lifetime'. The perfect gift for any Carlos Sainz or Colin McRae fan. 


Go Pro Hero 9 Bundle £329

Go Pro Hero 9 bundle

Essential kit for any Track day lover or Racing driver to capture the action on circuit. 


PerformanceBox GPS performance meter £390

GPS Performance Meter Car Gift

For the love of track days. This GPS based performance meter by Racelogic is the perfect track day partner for drivers looking to improve their performance understanding.


Christopher Ward C3 Grand Tourer Watch £395

Christopher Ward Grand Tourer Watch

Inspired by the vintage dashboards found in the classic sports cars of the 50s and 60s, this retro timepiece is reminiscent of the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype! Perfect for a lover of classic racing cars.


Car Club Performance Driver 'Track' Day £465

car club track day driving gift
The perfect introduction to CAT's unique training style. A place with 5 other enthusiasts provides a full days experience. Our car clubs have been enjoyed by hundreds of individuals from numerous car clubs and forums. Modelled on attendance at track days, the itinerary is an advanced driving course giving an introduction into performance driving for road or track. Attendees benefit from 1 hour 40 minutes driving time across the day with their dedicated instructor.

Read more about the Car Club day here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with Jo or Lynne to organise your Car Club Gift Pack. 


The ultimate driving course starting from £895

On Circuit for the driving gift experience
Of course, we couldn't create a gift for car lovers without including the best one of all! Make this Christmas extra special. All drivers with a passion for the road, track or race will benefit from our unrivalled driver training at our unique venue - UTAC's Millbrook Proving Ground. The best driving gift your money can buy. Choose between a Driving Gift Voucher that can be used towards the course of the recipient's choosing or a bespoke Driving Gift Course pack. Find out more here or get in touch with Jo or Lynne and discuss what options best suit the car lover in your life in a format that suits your budget.


We trust this gift guide has provided some inspiration. Please get in touch to recommend any car gift ideas you think we should include. Happy shopping!

Please note that the prices listed were correct at the time this article was updated in Nov 2020.

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