Christmas is a time for joy and celebration with friends and family, peppered with the stress of acquiring the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones. We know those car enthusiasts are tricky to buy for, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the basics when getting them a Christmas present!

As experts in mobile paintless dent removal and car repairs, we know a thing or two about getting the right Christmas gift for your car enthusiast. With the holidays rapidly approaching, here’s a list of some of our favourite gift ideas to get you started.

Hand Vacuum

Keeping the exterior of a car spotless is one thing; managing the interior of it is another. Your resident car lover will want to have their car’s interior as clean as possible, but there will always be some dust and debris in the carpets and upholstery.

If there are no electrical sockets near where they park their car, the traditional corded vacuum may not be the best option for your recipient. As such, a cordless hand vacuum is an excellent gift for practically-minded car enthusiasts, allowing them to clean up between the seat nooks and crannies with far less hassle.


There’s nothing more aggravating for a car lover than to have their vehicle caught in an accident, which might require them to seek out smash repairs in Brighton. Worse still is the possibility of having insufficient evidence to help with your insurance claim, which can be a hassle to sort out in court.

If your resident car enthusiast still needs a dashcam for their vehicle, getting one for Christmas can be the ideal gift. A dashcam will assist in recording everything in front of the car while driving and can be used as evidence for insurance claims or potential legal actions in the event of an accident.

Phone Holder

Another practical gift is a car phone holder, especially if you know their car does not have a display screen. A car phone holder is an excellent accessory that keeps your smartphone in a fixed position, allowing you to keep your phone in view while driving.

The main advantage of car phone holders is that they allow you to keep your device visible while keeping your hands on the steering wheel for distraction-free driving. This is especially useful when using GPS navigation, as you may want to quickly check your route on your phone screen.

Other advantages of a phone holder include having easier access to your music playlist and answering any calls while driving hands-free. It’s not the flashiest gift you can get your car enthusiast, but it’s undoubtedly useful.

Sim Racing Wheel And Pedal Set

Your resident motorhead is probably into virtual cars as well. Simulation racing games allow them to drive their dream cars in fantastical settings from the comfort of their own homes. So, if you have a budget to spare, getting them a high-quality racing wheel and pedal set could be the perfect gift.

For this gift, it’s essential to go through a couple of options and their reviews before settling on the suitable set to get. You may not be able to afford the top-tier sets, but plenty of entry-level racing wheel and pedal sets can work just as well.

Driving Experiences

Instead of a material gift, why not give your car enthusiast an experiential one instead? There are a variety of driving and racing experiences available this Christmas, ranging from go-karting with friends to the adrenaline rush of driving a V8 supercar around a circuit. It may be on the pricier side of things, but it will be an experience your car lover will remember.

Car Models

It’s a little more niche than the other gifts on this list, but if the car enthusiast is into model collecting, a quality model car can be a genuinely good Christmas gift for them. Lego, in particular, has a few exciting supercar model sets with intricate details that would look great as decorative pieces in the garage. Of course, due to their complexity, ensure you’re available to assist in building these sets if your car lover is younger.

Detailing Kit

A premium car detailing kit is an ideal gift for those who take pride in maintaining their vehicle’s appearance. Such kits usually include high-quality car wax, which provides a protective, glossy finish to the paint. Car polish is another essential component, helping to remove minor scratches and imperfections.

Look for kits with specialised cleaners for different car parts, such as the wheels and interior surfaces. Try to include a variety of microfibre cloths, as they are gentle on the car’s surfaces and effective in cleaning without causing scratches. Some kits also contain tire shine and glass cleaner, rounding out all the necessities for a comprehensive detailing job.

Vintage Car Books

Books on vintage cars or biographies of famous racers make for captivating reading for car lovers. They often contain rich histories of classic car models, detailing their development and impact on car culture. Furthermore, biographies of famous racers can be inspiring, filled with tales of innovation, competition, and the evolution of racing.

These books serve as excellent coffee table pieces and provide an insightful look into the automotive world’s past, making them valuable gifts for enthusiasts who appreciate the heritage and artistry of classic cars.

Automotive-Themed Clothing

Apparel featuring favourite car brands or models is a fun way for enthusiasts to showcase their passion. T-shirts with classic car prints, hats with logos, or jackets with racing stripes or emblems of preferred car manufacturers can be a hit.

When selecting these items, consider the quality of the material and the design’s subtlety or boldness, depending on the recipient’s style. Such clothing items can be great conversation starters and allow car lovers to wear their passion on their sleeves, quite literally.

Car Care Gift Basket

A carefully assembled gift basket with various car care products is both thoughtful and practical. This can include air fresheners to keep the car smelling fresh, wheel cleaner for shiny rims, and leather conditioner to maintain the interior’s luxurious feel.

Other valuable items to consider are tire shine for a polished finish, bug and tar remover for exterior cleaning, and windshield cleaner for clear visibility. This basket can be personalised according to specific needs and preferences, making it a versatile and appreciated gift for any car enthusiast.

Get Yourself The Gift Of Quality Repairs At Brighton Panel Works

For over 50 years, the team at Brighton Panel Works have been repairing and servicing prestige car models, including Range Rover, Audi, Volkswagen, Lexus, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar. As an independent, family-owned vehicle repair specialist, we’re here to provide quality repairs and car paint match services from start to finish. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services.