You’ll find the perfect gift here, in this complete guide of 19 best gifts and ideas for car lovers and auto enthusiasts. Ranging from practical driving gifts to unique automobile ideas and experiences, this gift guide will make your car buff happier than ever. These gifts for men who love cars range from the practical (car chargers and driving gloves) to the luxurious (Oakley driving sunglasses for men) to exciting in-person experiences with real race cars.
At the top of the list is the Car Dash Cam with Night Vision has a G-sensor for real time video sharing, motion detection, traffic accident disputes, and a parking monitor loop recording.Described as “intelligent and magical”, this dashboard camera recorder (car dash cam) is one of the best gifts for guys who love cars. It has a wireless wifi connection, mobile app control, and remote Magickey. This allows drivers to capture, edit, and share videos on his smartphone and instantly post on Facebook or other social media sites. If your automobile enthusiast has his own blog or website, he’ll love this gift even more. He’ll be able to instantly and easily share his car-related experiences with the world. And if he drives a lot for work or enjoys road trips, he can share live videos of road conditions and beautiful views with you, his loved ones, and his friends.
In addition to the 15 gifts for guys who love to drive I also included several automobile-related “quotes for car lovers” in this list. The car quotes will help you get into the driving mindset and choose the perfect gift. And, you might find the the perfect car quote to include in your car enthusiast’s gift card! Here’s your chance to make your car buff happier than ever…
“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti.
19 Gifts for Car Enthusiasts and Men Who Love to Drive
This gift guide is divided into 4 categories and includes a wide variety of ideas:
- Luxurious gifts for car buffs (men’s leather driving gloves and trendy aviator sunglasses)
- Exciting experiences for car lovers who can’t get enough of racing (drive a real NASCAR on an actual race track, rent a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a day)
- Fun automotive-related gift ideas for boys who don’t drive yet but love cars (a V8 engine model building kit, car-branded T-shirts)
- Practical gifts for men who are on the road a lot (automotive emergency tools, radar detectors)
In my research for the best gifts for car lovers, I found almost nothing for guys who don’t drive yet – or for men who can’t drive anymore but still love their automobiles. So, I added a few gifts for young boys (and girls, of course!) who aren’t old enough to drive but who love cars and elderly gentlemen who are boys at heart.
1. Luxurious gifts for car buffs
“Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” ~Unknown.
The Openwheeler Advanced Racing Seat Driving Simulator Gaming Chair with Gear Shifter Mount is an exciting race car simulator cockpit that gives drivers the experience of racing without the danger of actually crashing.
This racing simulator is a “game” that takes drivers a step further into the reality of driving on a racetrack. The seat is stable and comfortable; its simple design and high quality materials make it a unique and solid experience. The chassis together with the supreme racing seat provide all the stability a simulator race car driver needs for total game control. Read through the guys’ reviews on Amazon to get a full picture of what it actually feels like to drive this video game.
Belfast motorcycle jacket – a classic gift for men who love the road
A Men’s Beltsaff Roadmaster Motorcycle Jacket is a luxurious gift for car lovers who are also into motorcycles – or anything vehicle-related. This isn’t just a throwback British-style waxed-cotton jacket; it’s actually one of the most famous motorcycle jackets of all time.
This stylish men’s jacket is made from cambric cotton with a waxed finish that is comfortable, breathable, and water resistant. it features a two-way zip fastening with popper placket, buckle belt at the waist; four external pockets, a stand collar with tab fastening, adjustable poppers to cuffs, classy British check lining, and a fabric logo patch to left sleeve. It’s definitely one of the most indulgent and luxurious gifts for men who love to drive cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.
A remote keyless car starter
The Viper 5305V 2 Way LCD Vehicle Car Alarm Keyless Entry Remorte Start System is one of those “gifts for car enthusiasts” that passengers will enjoy every time they have to get into a freezing cold car covered in snow and ice! And in the summer, he can cool down the car with the air conditioner on hot summer days. This makes a remote keyless car starter both a practical and a luxurious gift for men who love their cars.
This keyless car starter also includes a security system, which is super important for guys who love and want to keep their cars. It allows drivers to start their engines from up to a quarter mile away with an entry level 2-way Viper remote starter. The security system comes with a 4-button LCD remote and several features, such as keyless entry and SmartStart compatibility. The driver just pushes a button on the remote, and his car will be warmed or cooled just to his liking when he’s ready to drive. The remote also arms and disarms the alarm, unlocks the doors, and pops open the trunk.
Trendy driving gloves and Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses
A pair of Riparo Genuine Leather Full-Finger Driving Gloves is an affordable yet luxurious gift for any car lover. These gloves are unlined with handmade knuckle holes, and they increase the driver’s grip on the steering wheel.
Pair these driving gloves with Ray-Ban Large Metal Men’s Driving Sunglasses and voila! You can stop shopping for gifts for car enthusiasts and start shopping for yourself 🙂 But seriously, the Ray-Ban sunglasses are non-polarized with crystal lens and a metal frame. They’re a perfect gift addition to the mens’ driving gloves – especially for car enthusiasts who notice Hollywood movie actors who are wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses (e.g., Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Tom Cruise). Ray-Ban sunglasses actually debuted on the silver screen 1961, and have appeared in hundreds of films because they consistently blend high-tech design, lenses, and materials.
2. Speedy driving experiences for car enthusiasts who want to race
“Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it.” – Richard Childress.
The car gift experience of a lifetime: a race track experience
The Kentucky Speedway Drive NASCAR Racing Experience is perfect for car enthusiasts who crave the experience of actually driving a race car on a real racetrack. This might be the best gift for men who love to drive fast!
NASCAR has several different “Race Car Driving Experience” packages – but they are expensive. They put car buffs in the drivers seat of a real NASCAR race car, which was delivered straight from the NASCAR teams. Your car enthusiast can drive a real race car by himself, or he can ride shot gun with a real race car driver (this is a great gift for car lovers who aren’t old enough to drive yet!). Visit the NASCAR Driving Experience website to learn more – it may be the most authentic driving experience or racing school your car enthusiast will ever attend.
“You’re safer in the race car than you are in cars going to and from the track.” – Mario Andretti.
Rent a luxury car (Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari) for a day
If driving a race car 200 miles an hour around a racetrack isn’t your car buff’s style, you might give him a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a day. I hesitated to put this on my list of car-related gift ideas for guys who love to drive because it isn’t the most creative idea. If you’ve shopped for car lovers before, you’ve probably already seen this gift idea on a dozen lists and in a hundred gift guides for men who love to drive. But it was either here or on my list of 17 Gifts to Make Your Boyfriend’s Parents Adore You….and renting a luxury car fits better here!
Big cities have several exotic car rental place, but they can be expensive. I discovered that Porsches rent for $300 to $900 per day in my city, depending on the package you choose. Plus you need a $5,000 deposit. This year’s Lamborghini Huracan starts at $1,500 per day and goes up to almost $3,000 per day – not including the deposit.
If I was searching for a car-related experience to give a man who loves to drive, I’d go with the gift of the in-person racetrack ride. Renting a luxury car and driving it at half speed – even on the highway – wouldn’t be as thrilling for car enthusiasts.
3. Fun automotive-related gift ideas for boys who don’t drive yet but love cars
“Speed has never killed anybody. Suddenly becoming stationary…that’s what gets you.” – Jeremy Clarkson.
Working model of a V8 car engine
The Trends UK Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine is a perfect gift for boys who love cars – and men who are young at heart! If you know a father-son duo who are car buffs, this gift will unite them like no other.
This build-it-yourself big twin overhead cam V8 engine has all the thrills and sounds of a real V8 engine. It’s a gift model kit that features many chrome movable parts, and allows car lovers to discover firsthand how an engine works by constructing a fully working model. The model engine boasts an electric motor with illuminating spark plugs and ignition sound; the instructions include step-by-step diagrams for assembly of the 100+ parts. This engine model was made by Haynes – the World Wide Leader in Automotive Repair.
An illustrated “how cars work” gift book for novice car buffs
Tom Newton’s How Cars Work was the most stolen book at Kennedy High School in Richmond, California! Why? Because it’s just right for teenage or even preteen boys who love cars and don’t have anyone to buy them this gift.
How Cars Work is a completely illustrated primer describing the 250 most important car parts and how they work. This gift for car enthusiasts includes wonderfully simple line drawings and clear language to describe all the automotive systems. It also has an automotive glossary, index, and a test after each chapter. How Cars Work provides the basic vocabulary and mechanical knowledge to help a car buff talk intelligently with auto mechanics. This book will help guys who love cars understand autoshop manuals and diagnosis car problems. Tom Newton guides the reader with a one topic per page format that delivers information in bite size chunks.
4. Practical gifts for men who drive or work on the road
Here’s my favorite quote for car lovers: “What’s behind you doesn’t matter.” – Enzo Ferrari (yes, the man who created the Ferrari!).
Radar detector – a gift for men who tend to drive fast
The Escort Passport 9500IX Radar/Laser Detector is the gift you’ll need to give your car buff if you rent him a Lamborghini for a day!
This laser/radar detector comes fully equiped with a comprehensive owner’s manual, quick-release windshield mount, coiled SmartCord, and a quick reference card. He doesn’t have to watch the screen while he’s driving – this radar detector has crystal-clear voice alerts and high resolution display. Another reason this is one of the best gifts for car lovers: it has variable speed radar performance and an AutoLearn intelligence system with user-selectable preferences. And finally, the safety warning system and brightness controls make sure your driver is safe no matter how fast he’s going.
Emergency roadside car and truck kit for drivers
The First Secure 90 Piece Roadside Emergency Car and Truck Kit with Safety Tools & Accessories Bag is a bestseller on Amazon – and no wonder!
This Emergency Roadside Kit for Trucks and Cars includes: an 8 Gauge 300 Amp 10 Foot Jumper Cable • 250 PSI DC (Cigarette Lighter) Portable Air Compressor • 11 Ft. 10,000 Pound Capacity Tow Rope • 1 Reflective Warning Triangle • Multi-Tool Unit with 9 Tools, including Knife and Screwdrivers • 1 Roll Black Electrical Tape • 2 Bungie Cords • 20 Cable Ties • 1 Pair of Work Gloves • Headlamp with Batteries • 8 Piece Tire Repair Kit • 48 Piece First Aid Kit includes: 6 Povidone-Iodine Prep Pads, 6 Alcohol Pads, 2 Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes, 10 Regular Size Adhesive Bandages, 3 Cotton Sponges, 1 Bandage Triangular, 2 Rolls PBT Bandage, 1 Roll Medical Tape, 10 Cotton Swabs, 1 Pair Gloves, 1 Pair Scissors, 5 Safety Pins • 1 Storage Case.
You won’t have to worry about your husband, boyfriend, or teenage son driving out on isolated roads late at night if he has this Emergency Roadside Kit. It’s one of those practical gifts that a car enthusiast will be happy to receive – even if he never uses it.
Car charger or inverter for smartphones
The Crave CarHub 54W 4 Port USB Car Charger, Qualcomm Quick Charger 2.0 is a good gift for car lovers who are not typically tempted to text and drive.
This car charger rapidly charges smartphones right in the comfort of the automobile. It boasts three 2.0 quick charge USB ports and one 5v/9v/12v Port. Your car buff can charge his iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC Vive and other cell phone – and he’ll never have the excuse of “my battery ran out” when he doesn’t tell you he’s running late! Each port on the Crave CarHub adjusts to the connected mobile phone, ensuring proper flow of power for safe, superfast charging speeds that won’t overpower his car’s equipment. This smartphone charger is a great gift for family men who love cars because it uses any standard AC charging port in a car, truck, van or SUV. All the family’s mobile devices can be charged simultaneously, to avoid fighting over a single USB port or running out of batteries on long road trips. This car charger is a small and lightweight gift so he can keep it in his glovebox, briefcase, or even a backpack.
The most practical gift ideas for men who drive their cars a lot
Guys who spend a great deal of time on the road for work or recreation know that their cars need regular maintenance. This man may not be your typical “car enthusiast” – for him, a car may simply be a means to an end.
Here are several gifts for guys who drive all the time:
- A detailing job from an auto body shop or car dealership. Detailing a car is much more intensive and thorough than a simple car wash, and it takes time and effort.
- A Complete Car Care Kit from Armor All – it contains a variety of car products and ingredients to keep his automobile in tip top shape
- The gift of auto body work for his car’s dents and dings
- A replacement car part, such as a new windshield or set of all-season or snow tires
- Auto parts store gift card
- Jiffy Lube Gift Cards for quick oil changes
These gift ideas aren’t fun or inspiring, but they would be appreciated by men who spend their lives on the road.
One last impractical but fun gift for car enthusiasts…a spy car!
The Rover Revolution App-Controlled Wireless Spy Vehicle has a rotating spy camera with night vision for ultimate stealthy spying. It also has two way audio, a 150 foot wireless range, and integrated photo and video sharing to Facebook and other social media sites.
Your car enthusiast now has a reason to own a remote control car: he can keep his eyes and ears trained on what the dog, cat, kids, or babysitter is doing while he’s not around.
Here’s the awesome description of this ultimate gift for guys who love cars: “No terrain too tough, no mission too stealthy. It’s all possible with Rover Revolution, the ultimate indoor outdoor spy vehicle. Go anywhere with off-road wheels and catch all the action with the rotating turret-style camera—fully equipped with night vision! Light or dark, indoors or out, you can stream secret intel straight to your device, or record mission pics and videos for online sharing.”
Vroom! Spy car.
And one last quote for car lovers, from the classic American novel Catcher in the Rye:
“Take most people, they’re crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they’re always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that’s even newer. I don’t even like old cars. I mean they don’t even interest me. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.” ~ J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye.
If you’re shopping for an elderly car buff and you didn’t find anything appealing in this list of gift ideas, read 22 Gifts to Surprise and Delight Your Elderly Parents.
What would you add to this list of gifts for car enthusiasts and men who love to drive? I welcome your thoughts below – especially if you have an automobile-related product or service.