The 21 Best Gifts for Car Lovers That'll Get Their Hearts Racing

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Automotive fans can be tricky to shop for if you're not into cars or an actual gearhead yourself. Not to worry! We've picked 21 of the coolest and most useful gifts any car enthusiast would love.

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Steering Wheel Cover



Keep your hands warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer with this steering wheel cover that provides extra grip. Made with eco-friendly rubber, you won't get the toxic smells that come with some other rubber products.

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Car Seat Protector (2-Pack)



Cruise with your dog as long as you want without worrying about their paws scratching up the backseat. With these two protective seat covers, your leather or cloth upholstery is protected against scratches and stains. They're heat-resistant with color-safe technology as well.

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Porsche 911: 50 Years



There are a lot of great automotive coffee table books out there, but for the Porsche fanatics, it doesn't get much more interesting than this. The story takes an in-depth look at Porsche 911 models and discusses what led to the creation of one of the most iconic brands in automotive history.

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Anker Roav Dash Cam



A good-quality dashcam is for so much more than recording potential accidents and making your fellow motorists internet-famous. Your special car lover can use it to record his hot laps at the next autocross meet or track day, or even create snippets of themselves ranting from behind the wheel to share on social media.

The Roav by Anker captures impressive high-definition 1080p video in all lighting conditions, thanks to its Sony Exmor sensor. It has a wide-angle lens with a 145-degree viewing angle that can see four lanes of traffic.

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Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit



Though not the flashiest gift on our list, this complete detailing kit from Meguiar's is the perfect gift for that special someone who's obsessed with keeping their car clean. Trust us, they'll appreciate it.

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The Man and Le Mans Documentary

$3.99 to rent


This documentary of Steve McQueen's wild life in the world of film and motorsport is the kind of thing that every self-purported auto enthusiast needs to watch. The film gives you an interesting look behind the scenes and a greater understanding of the man's passion for the world of racing.

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Streamlight Night Com UV LED Flashlight



For the mechanic in the family, this Streamlight flashlight comes with a handy bonus. Not only is it a powerful LED flashlight, but it also has a UV LED built in, which helps with diagnosing oil and other fluid leaks.

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Kobalt 200-Piece Mechanics Tool Set



Know an auto enthusiast who constantly talks about wanting to work on their car, but just doesn't have the necessary tools? A set like this will have them up and running in no time, so there are no more excuses to be had.

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Revell Visible V8 Engine Model Kit



Aside from making a great conversation piece for your desk or other area of the house, the real fun part about this engine model kit is that it'll teach your fellow car lover an extra thing or two about how an engine goes together as they assemble it piece by piece.

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ThisWorx Car Vacuum

You’ll be able to clean your car like a pro with this tool. No crumb will be left behind, thanks to the strong suction of this hand-held vacuum. The set comes with an elastic hose and a nozzle set, plus a carrying case, so you can conveniently store it away. 

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Chevy Seatbelt Belt



One more for the gimmicky-but-fun pile, the idea of a belt for your pants being made from a seatbelt isn't exactly new, but we'd still recommend it as a good dad-gift if the old man is still a bit of a gearhead.

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Escort Max 360 Radar Detector



Need a gift for a driver with a lead foot? The Max 360 by Escort continues to be one of the best radar detectors in the business. It features Bluetooth and GPS, as well as a preloaded database for speed and red-light cameras. The device also offers 360-degree laser protection, and it has arrows that display where detection signals come from. Max 360 will also connect to your iPhone or Android phone and show you data reported by other users in your area. If you're looking to splurge, this is the radar detector to get.

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Ingersoll Rand Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench

from $122.80


This pick is for the gearhead who works all day fixing cars in a professional facility. These top-line guns from Snap-On are built like tanks, and they're a godsend when dealing with rusted fasteners.

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Speedometer Cufflinks



These will make getting dressed-up in a suit a little easier. Any guy who's into cars knows it's all about the tiny details, and these speedometer cufflinks are just that.

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Drive Auto Products
The Drive Bin

This Drive Bin will keep your car looking clean on the inside, so all your trash (fast food containers, anyone?) has a place to go that's not the floor. The waterproof bin comes with disposable plastic bags that make it easy to dispose of the garbage once you're home. It’s easily adjustable, too, with a quick-clip strap that stores it on a headrest.

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Leather Embossed Keychain



Classy and personable, this leather embossed keychain will look great with any car keys. It comes in five different shades of leather: saddle, brown, chocolate, black, and burgundy.

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Ferrari Red Ceramic Coffee Mug

It can be tough to find anything in the Ferrari catalog that isn't clad in a bright red finish, so when we spotted this under-the-radar mug, we thought it was the perfect addition for our list. Looking past the prancing stallion logo, the mug is etched with a variety of engine components to satisfy the most geeky of auto enthusiasts out there.

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Ultimate Exotic Car Racing in Las Vegas

from $1,195.00


OK, so this one is a little steep, but if you've got plans to be anywhere near Las Vegas, this experience will be a thrill. With the base package, drivers will get the choice of five supercars that they'll be able to drive for five full laps around the Las Vegas Speedway's road course.

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Midcentury Americana Wooden Car

from $24.99


If you're thinking of sharing your automotive passion with the younger members of your family, these rad wooden cars are a great jumping-off point.

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Engine Block Coffee Table



By no means a cheap gift — though not quite outrageous enough for our over-the-top gift guide — this funky coffee table is perfect for the car lover in your life who's currently updating his garage or mancave.

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LaFerrari 1:24 Scale Model Car



As cool as the Lego kits are, scale models are a great alternative that looks closer to the real deal, and they avoid the work of having to build it yourself.

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