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The ultimate automotive Christmas gift ideas for the car lover in your life 2023

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Post date: December 13, 2023
The holiday season is upon us and for the devoted petrolhead, receiving a carefully chosen car-related gift can be just as thrilling as hitting the open road or tearing around a race track.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the best automotive Christmas gift ideas for 2023, with options to suit every budget. From Sunday drivers and supercar dreamers to the track day addict and motorsport fanatic, you’re sure to find something special here that puts a smile on their face.

There’s also a bonus social media giveaway hidden amongst this article that you really won’t want to miss, so keep reading for more details!

Full disclosure: WSG receives no rewards, whether financial or otherwise, for recommending these products. All prices shown are correct at the time of publishing.

A car book

There’s nothing like cosying up and getting stuck into a good book – but with thousands of great automotive titles to choose from, finding the perfect one for your recipient might be a little overwhelming. These are our top 3 favourites that are guaranteed to keep them turning the pages.

1. Aston Martin: Made in Britain

A story of spies, speed and hard-driving genius: this is a driver’s love letter to one of the world’s most iconic vehicle brands.

Written by bestselling author, professional racing driver and stunt driver to the stars, Ben Collins – better known as the former Stig from BBC’s Top Gear – Aston Martin: Made in Britain takes the reader on an epic journey across Aston Martin’s illustrious history and celebrates a century of innovators who have kept the fire burning brightly.

Ben explores the car with the double-o prefix with a unique perspective behind the wheel. From carving through country lanes in his father’s V8 Vantage to driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and even competing against them in the Legendary Le Mans 24 hour race, this is the glorious success story of the brand that never says die.

Ben is also WSG’s Brand Ambassador.

Price: £6.99 (paperback) or £18.23 (hardback), both Amazon

2. Top Gear Ultimate Supercars

From the team that brought us the iconic TV series comes this spectacular visual masterpiece that would look superb on any coffee table or bookshelf.

Bursting with stunning photography from the Top Gear library and fresh insights from their fanatical team of writers, Ultimate Supercars is your guide to the fastest and most notorious supercars on the planet.

Supercars are the purest and most extreme expression of automotive performance there is – and no one knows the territory better than the Top Gear team. With ever-increasing power outputs, radical new designs and eye-popping price tags, this book is a celebration of the supercar in all its fabulous glory.

Price: £19.09 (hardback) on Amazon

Top Gear Supercars
Le Mans 100: A Century at the World’s Greatest Endurance Race

3. Le Mans 100: A Century at the World’s Greatest Endurance Race

Marvel at 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the official illustrated history packed with  photography, narrative and race results. Compiled by a meticulous author with a passion for motorsport, Le Mans 100 is the ultimate chronicle of a marquee race.

Held on the Circuit de la Sarthe comprising closed public roads and dedicated racecourse, Le Mans features cars and two-driver teams that can cover more than 3,000 miles during the race.

Le Mans 100 is a thorough year-by-year history showcasing all aspects of the gruelling contest, including:

  • A slew of legendary marques and models
  • A who’s-who of motorsport legends
  • All the classes that ran in each year’s event
  • And a list of each year’s top three overall finishers

Price: £46 on Amazon

Automotive wall art

Whether it’s a poster of their favourite car or an artistic depiction of an iconic motor racing scene, a piece of wall art can make a fantastic automotive gift.

For something a little different, we love Displate’s range of collectible metal posters. With over 50,000 car-themed designs to pick from and a choice of sizes, finishes and frames, you’re sure to find the perfect present.

Prices start from £39 on Displate

Automotive wall art
Racing simulator
Racing simulator

Transform their living room into a virtual racetrack with a racing simulator setup. Complete with a realistic steering wheel and pedals, this gift brings the thrill of the race to their doorstep.

Prices start from around £180 from various retailers

The Silverstone Experience

You’ll be onto a winner with 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!

Price: £25 from Silverstone Museum

The Silverstone Experience
The Silverstone Experience
Halfords Gift Card

Designed for motorists that are hard to buy for, the Halfords Gift Card can be redeemed online, in Halfords retail stores or in Halfords Autocentres.

Price: From £10 on Halfords

Piston clock

Created from a genuine sports car piston, this clock is a celebration of mechanical artistry that will take pride of place on any petrolhead’s coffee table. Choose from a Ferrari V12, Rolls Royce or even a Bentley Continental W12 (subject to availability).

Price: From £124.99 on Engine Table

Piston clock
Sparco Racing Spirit trainers
Sparco Racing Spirit trainers

Sparco is a brand synonymous with racing. Their Racing Spirit trainers collection retains their iconic motorsport look, but are designed for everyday wear and driving. With a range of colours to choose from, they’re an ideal gift for anyone with a racing spirit.

Price: £49 from Sparco

Magazine subscription

From general motoring titles such as What Car? And Auto Express to more supercar-centric publications including Evo, Octane and Top Gear, a subscription to their favourite magazine is bound to go down a storm.

Prices start from £5 from various retailers

Car Magazine subscription
VIP tickets to a motorsport event
VIP tickets to a motorsport event

Grant them exclusive access to the heart-pounding action of their favourite motorsport event with VIP tickets. It’s a front-row seat to the excitement and an experience any true petrolhead will cherish.

With events ranging from the British Touring Car Championships and World Rally Championships to Goodwood Festival of Speed and Formula 1, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Prices vary. https://www.motorsportuk.org/events/ 

Motorola MDC300GW HD Dash Cam

Dash cams are fast becoming a must-have motoring accessory. This budget-friendly option includes GPS, parking mode and night vision.

Price: £29 on Amazon

Motorola MDC300GW HD Dash Cam
Tickets to a car show
Tickets to a car show

From the retro Practical Classics: Classic Car Show and Goodwood Revival to the British Motor Show and even luxury car event Salon Privé, you’re bound to find the perfect car show for your recipient.

Prices typically start from £14.95 from various retailers

911 wireless speaker

Very few things beat the sound of a Porsche 911, but the sound of their favourite tunes blasting through an original GT-3 exhaust pipe has got to come a very close second!

Price: £330 from Porsche

Porsche 911 wireless speaker
Collectible Diecast model
Collectible Diecast model

For collectors, kids and big kids alike, a diecast model of their favourite car is sure to be a winner. There are hundreds of designs to choose from, including limited edition and signed models.

Prices start from £14.99 on Mini Model Shop

Autoglym Deluxe Exterior Collection

If their car is their pride and joy, they’ll love this Autoglym Deluxe Exterior Collection which includes 7 products and 3 accessories that leave a luxurious finish and provide brilliant protection.

This comprehensive kit features some of Autoglym’s best loved products such as Super Resin Polish, Magma, UHD Shampoo and Rapid Ceramic Spray. When used together, these products leave a stunning finish that the owner can be proud of.

Price: £84.99 on Halfords

Autoglym Deluxe Exterior Collection
Driving experience day

The ultimate gift for any fanatic, why not treat them to the exhilaration of a driving experience. From drifting and off-roading to supercars and even tank driving, there’s something for everyone.

We’ve teamed up with The Motor Ombudsman for your chance to win a spectacular supercar track day at the Top Gear circuit in Surrey!  In this incredible full-day event, one lucky winner will be channelling their inner Stig by putting some of the world’s greatest supercars through their paces around the famous track. Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Track Experience

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