Get a jump on the holidays this year by treating the classic car collector in your life to something that honours their appreciation for all things classic. Or treat yourself to a little something you know you’ll love if you’re not sure your loved ones are going to pull through with a truly excellent gift this year. Our gift ideas for car lovers include something that practically every automobile afficionado on your list will appreciate–you just have to venture a little off the beaten path to find them.
LEGO Aston Martin DB5
Our featured car of the month for September was the iconic Aston Martin DB5 of Goldfinger fame–and now it’s back, in the form of a 1,200+ piece LEGO set that’ll delight LEGO fans and classic car collectors alike. The sleek silver design is intricate enough to keep you busy for awhile, and it boasts a slew of super spy gadgets: a functioning ejector seat, revolving registration plates, a pull-back gear stick that reveals hidden machine guns in the rear taillights, and extendable tire scythes mounted on the rear tires. The entire finished piece measures about 33cm — well worth displaying on a shelf of noteworthy memorabilia.
Classic Car Advent Calendars
These advent calendars might just be the ultimate gift for classic car gifts. Each of these German-engineered advent calendar sets allows you to build your own scale model of a classic car–one step at a time, over the 24 days of Advent. As you remove a box, you’ll flip it around and replace it, gradually assembling an image of your model care even as you create the model itself. Easy-to-follow instructions, a small screwdriver, and screws are included–everything you need to put together your own scale model. Choose from the 1954 Mercedes 300 SLR, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, the 1963 Porsche 911 and the 1963 Volkswagen ‘Bulli’ T1.
Bellroy Key Cover
A classy key cover that eliminates annoying coin jangle, the Bellroy key cover adds a touch of fine engineering via the same high-quality leather they use in their wallets. The cover’s unique bifold design, effortless magnetic closure, and secure snap-on key fobs are designed to secure a handful of keys, allowing them to swing out one at a time like the blades of a pocketknife. This is one classy stocking stuffer or standalone gift that pretty much everyone who owns a key will appreciate.
For those unfamiliar, fordite is a manmade “gem,” consisting of the layers of automotive paint chipped off the enamelling machines at manufacturing plants. The result? A chunk of enamel that looks much like agate. When hand-filed and shaped and combined with a bit of craftsmanship, it creates one-of-a-kind cuff links, pendants, money clips, and even wine stoppers. Plus, your chances of winning the most-unique-Christmas-gift-award of 2020 will skyrocket.
Customized Fuel Gauge Glass Tumbler
This heavy-bottomed glass fuel gauge tumbler is diamond-etched with fuel gauge indicators on one side and your own message on the opposite. The best part? You can opt to point the dial on the gauge to any significant number, making it perfect for significant anniversaries or birthdays. Each glass tumbler is packaged in a robust, classy blue box lined with satin–because all classic car lovers know that presentation is key.
Heel Tread Socks
Thought socks were a non-option for grown-up Christmas gifts? You might have been wrong. These Heel Tread Socks feature iconic graphics from carmakers around the world–from the Gulf livery to the classic colours of BMW’s m-division. Even aircraft are memorialized on some of Heel Tread’s socks, so this might be that one-of-a-kind gift for the Spitfire, Japanese Zero, or BF-109 fans in your life.
Of course, these are just a few of the hundreds of well-designed collector car gifts out there. The gift hunt is part of the process, so start early, enjoy the search, and don’t forget to treat yourself while you’re finding the perfect gifts for the car lovers in your life.