The top Christmas gifts for car-lovers: 2016 edition

The best Christmas gifts for all the car-lovers in your life, even your Land Rover-loving pooch. Don't leave it until the last minute, or yule be sorry.

Words by: First published: 1st December 2016
If you're looking for something to buy the car-lover in your life, let Auto Trader help. We've scoured the internet far and wide to bring you the best range of Christmas gifts for all people, across all prices, from stocking fillers, to budget blowers. Merry Car-istmas, to one and to all. Let's present the presents.
Bentley Blower (1:8 scale): Blow the Christmas budget
Not one for panic-ordering on Christmas Eve… Bentley has created a replica of the 4.5-litre Bentley Blower, that first graced the famous Brooklands race track in 1929 – in a 1:8 scale. It apparently takes more than 3,000 hours to complete, and has been handmade using more than 1,000 resin and aluminium components. You might want to keep this one away from the kids...

1:8 Bentley Blower, Bentley shop, £6,250
Porsche 911 GT3 RS LEGO: Keep calm and carry on building
LEGO has plenty of car kits available, including the Caterham Seven 620R, Ford Mustang GT, Mini Cooper and Ferrari F40, but we love this LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It doesn’t look easy, and you’d definitely need to know your way around LEGO, but this 1:8 scale model includes features such as a working gearbox, opening doors and a detailed dashboard.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS, LEGO, £249.99
Build your own V8 engine: Unleash that inner engineer
Know a future engineer, or a big kid who loves engines? This kit comes with instructions and step-by-step diagrams, so you can build a motorised model of a V8 petrol engine, complete with sounds and illuminating spark plugs.

Haynes, build your own V8 engine, Halfords, £32
Mini Convertible sit-on car: For the coolest kid in the neighbourhood
A Mini that’s still actually quite mini. Your child can either cruise around the neighbourhood themselves, or you can use the remote control to direct them to the corner shop for a pint of milk.

Pink Mini Cooper 6V ride on with remote control, Smyths, £149.99
Goodwood gifts: Have yourself, a merry Goodwood Christmas
Goodwood has covered all the bases this Christmas, with everything from a festive lunch at new restaurant 'Farmer, Butcher, Chef', to tickets for events, and gifts ranging from notepads and golf ball markers, to handmade champagne flutes and cashmere scarves.

Goodwood Christmas gifts
Dogs in cars coffee table book: A winning combination
What better combination is there than dogs and cars? This coffee table book, with beautiful photography, is guaranteed to make people smile.

Dogs in Cars, Lara Jo Regan, Amazon, £9.99
Classic Car colouring book: Make the lime green Ferrari 288 GTO happen
For the arty car-lovers, how about this Classic Car colouring book? Colour in your dream Ferrari 288 GTO, Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo B/P3, or Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

Classic Car colouring book, Chez Pitchall, Blackwell's, £5.24
VW Classics kitchen appliances: Relive the time of peace and love, man
Take your kitchen back to the time of free love, better music, and customised campers, with this VW Classics kettle, toaster, and mini fridge.

VW Camper Van kettle, The Fowndry, £59.99
Jaguar bottle stop: There'll be no leaping to conclusions...
It might not be all that often that you’re left with half a bottle of wine, but for those times that you are, or you just want to look fancy, stop that bottle in style.

Leaper bottle stopper, Jaguar shop, £25.00
Heritage E-Type espresso cups: Coffee with added big cat
Coffee mornings round at your house won’t get much better than this. Sip your espresso from these bone china cups, which feature an E-Type Technical drawing graphic.

Heritage E-Type espresso cups, Jaguar shop, £60.00
Jaguar Pace, eau de toilette: Inspired by the F-Pace
Oh yes, designed to mark the arrival of the Jaguar F-Pace… there’s a matching fragrance! It's apparently “an expression of true masculinity, emanating power, confidence and charisma.” Ooh-er. Parisian perfumers are responsible for creating a fragrance inspired by the F-Pace. One of them, Alexandra Monet, said, “We imagined the fragrance of warm, damp asphalt after light summer rain.”

Pace eau de toilette 60ml, Marks and Spencer, £28.00
Porsche keyring: Even if you don't have one, people might think you do
Maybe you can’t quite afford the real thing, or maybe you just want your house keys to match your car key. Either way, you’ll be making people jealous when they spot this Porsche keyring.

Porsche crest keyring, Porsche shop, £15.00
Audi golf balls: Only three, not fore
Top up your golf-lover’s ball collection with these Audi and TaylorMade balls. As the phrase goes, ‘golf balls are like eggs. They are white, sold by the dozen, and a week later you have to buy more’.

Audi TaylorMade golf balls, Audi shop, £14.00
Bentley ball point: As close to the real thing as you're likely to get
If your Christmas budget doesn’t quite stretch to the Blower replica, you can still embrace the luxury lifestyle with this Bentley ballpoint pen.

Bentley ballpen, Bentley shop, £29.00
Scuderia Ferrari Gran Premio automatic watch: Racy
Ferrari says its single-seater racing cars have inspired this automatic wristwatch, with a visible mechanism and serious attention to detail.

Scuderia Ferrari Gran Premio automatic, Ferrari shop, £475.00
Lewis Hamilton British Grand Prix cap: Hats off to you
One for all the Hamilton fans out there, the 2016 British Grand Prix cap, with Union Jack print under the brim, Lewis’ logo on the back, and the team logo on the side.

Lewis Hamilton British Grand Prix cap, Mercedes-Benz World, £30.00
Mercedes-Benz nail varnish: Nail that car colour
These Mercedes-Benz nail varnishes come in genuine paintwork colours: Jupiter Red, Mountain Grey and South Seas Blue, so your car can complement you in more ways than one.

Nail polish set, Mercedes-Benz World, £35.00
Ferrari beauty case: If you promised someone a Ferrari for Christmas, does this count?
And where will you keep your Mercedes nail varnish? In this lovely leather Ferrari beauty case, available in four colours.

Beauty case Ferrari GT, Ferrari shop, £67.50 (50% off)
F1 driving experience simulator: All the fun, none of the terror
If you want something a bit more hands on, how about a trip to the Let’s Race F1 simulator? Tackle a variety of famous circuits at 200mph, without leaving the room.

Let's Race, race experience from £19.95
Land Rover dog bowl: Gourmet dog dining
And, you can’t forget about Fido this Christmas! He’s probably spent plenty of time muddying up the boot of your Land Rover, so he should recognise and appreciate this fetching Land Rover dog bowl.

Land Rover, hue ceramic dog bowl, Land Rover shop, £15.00