Gift ideas for Little Auto Enthusiasts

As automotive enthusiasts, we want others to share our joy. And who better to ̶i̶n̶d̶o̶c̶t̶r̶i̶n̶a̶t̶e̶ share this passion with than our children. With Christmas coming up, I wanted to build a list of gifts to help fuel that passion.

The list is sorted by age from Infants all the way to teenagers. Again, feel free to submit your ideas and I will try to add them to the list.


(0-2 years old)

Aurora Plush Baby Inches my Race Car Carrier with Sound - $32.73

Soft and sporty. Just make sure your young-one is past the age of trying to swallow everything.

Kid's Pull-Back Vehicle Set - $17.49

These pull back and drive off! Soft but big enough that they are not going to be choking hazards.

Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Toy Kick and Play Musical Travel Activity Center for Rear Facing Baby - $49.99

Let's face it. You're a car enthusiast and want to drive your little one around as much as possible. For those long trips this is perfect for keeping your baby happy and entertained.

They also have a cheaper version that does not play music.

"That's Not My Car" - $4.51

This book has several pages with cars all with different textures to stimulate your infant's sense of touch... and brainwash them with cars.

"Maisy's Race Car" by Lucy Cousins - $5.08

This is one of my favorite books to read at bedtime. It's not too long, plenty of fun images with colors, and a good enough story.

"Harold and the Purple Crayon: Race Car " by Liza Baker - $0.01

Another one of my favorites for bedtime. Better for the kids on the older side as it is longer than the other ones. My little girl started requesting this one.

"Calling All Cars" by Sue Fliess - $5..74

Another fun bedtime story. This one has plenty of colorful images and a rhyming story


(2-5 years old)

Hot Wheels Basic Car 50-Pack - $49.33

Obviously this was going to be on the list. A bunch of awesome Hot Wheels are crucial for any budding car enthusiast

Automoblox Mini

Automoblox have become a staple for young car fans. Not only do they move around, they can also be taken apart and rebuilt.

Popular Playthings Mix Or Match 3 Vehicle - $24.99

Planes, Firetruck, and a Hot Rod. Your little one can pull this apart and morph it into whatever concoction they want.

Quercetti Isotta Discovery Car - $49.95

Not only does this car move and come apart, it also shows the inner workings of the car! You can see the engine with moving pistons and crankshaft, the transmission with working gears, and a differential driving the rear axle.

Calico Critters Convertible Car Vehicle - $20.99

A toy car for little dolls. This one is built for the popular Calico Critters but any toy car would work

Viga Wood Car Carrier with 4 Cars - $22.49

When your toddler has toy cars, they typically like to move them around. At the end of the day, they need a place to be stored. This is both!

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe - $44.72

It's a classic!

Rolly Toys CAT Construction Pedal Tractor - $152.43

A pedal car with a front loader and a trailer! They can steer, drive around, and even carry their toys around in the trailer.

The Little Red Racing Car = $18.99

A wonderful story of boy finding a car, restoring it with his dad, and an amazing discovery along the way.

"Cars and How They Go" by Joanna Cole - $0.01

Teach the little ones how cars actually work. Who knows, maybe you'll learn something too.

"Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!" by Patricia Hubbell - $6.99

Another great bedtime story with fun pictures and rhyming.

"If I Built a Car" by Chris Van Dusen - $14.83

A story about a young boy named Jack giving a tour of the car he would like to build with crazy imaginative ideas.

"C is for Car" by Glenn Oyoung and Scott Park - $23.40

This one is my favorite. Not only does it help teach the alphabet, it also helps identify different cars. My toddler is quite the car spotter now.

Cars - $19.98

Probably one of the best children's movie about cars... if not the best car movie for all ages.

Youth & Adult “Plays with Cars” Premium T-shirt Pack - $34.99

Get a shirt for your kid... and you too. Carpe Viam has other styles and colors available as well

School Age Children

(6-12 years old)

Vroom Rider Power Pedal Go-Kart Ride Ons with Pneumatic Tire - $114.00

A pedal car with pneumatic suspension! What better way is there to teach your kids how to drive at such an early age?

Razor Dune Buggy - $339.98

No pedals on this kart! This is an electric single-seater kart that can go up to 10mph.

Monster Moto MM-E250 Classic e-Mini - $286.09

Why does it have to be all cars? This electric mini bike gets up to 13 mph!

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit - $119.99

Slot car racing for the modern age. Anki Overdrive uses your phone and little cars with AI to take slot car racing to the next level.

Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set - $75.20

Build a track with those great Hot Wheels that loops, turns, and rockets the cars around.

Lego McLaren P1 - $24.99

They also have many other types of cars (even the LaFerrari and the 918). Legos are great, and they're even better when you're building dream cars.

Maisto 1:18 Diecast Model - $38.88

Maisto makes some of the best diecast models that are not too expensive. And they have one of the widest selection of cars. Costco is apparently selling them as low as $17

Hyperkin SUPABOY Portable Pocket SNES Console - $136.00

We all grew up loving racing games on the classic systems. Now there is a portable version. Grow your kids up on the same games you grew up with.

Forza Horizon 3 - $48.75

Or get a great open-world racing game like Forza Horizon 3. Drive over 350 of the best cars including classics, race cars, exotics, and even off-road vehicles.


(13-18 years old)

Trends UK Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine - $59.99

Have your teenager learn the inner workings of a car by assembling a scale V8. Then see how it operates with it's transparent cover, illuminating spark plugs, and noises.

JCMOTO Electric Go Karts 4 Wheeler- $698.99

Before your teenager gets a car and starts driving on public roads, teach them the fundementals with this 48v 1000v electric go kart.

Ambesi Men's Open Back Deerskin Leather Driving Gloves - $34.99

Once your teenager starts driving, get them into the passion behind the enthusiasm with these authentic deerskin leather driving gloves.

Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit - $39.99

Now that your teenager is driving, they need to know how to properly care for the car. Get them something like Chadwick's Triple Play or this Meguiar's car care kit.

Crescent CTK170CMP2 Mechanics Tool Set, 170-Piece - $110.83

If they are going to be proper gear heads they need to know how to fix and maintain a car. A kit like this will sure help them get started.

Forza Motorsport 6 - $46.85

Fuel their passion for cars by having your kids race a console simulator like Forza Motorsport 6. Drive over 450 of the best cars around over two dozen world-famous tracks. Games like these teach fundamentals of racing and car control before they get out on the public road.

Driving Academy - $449.00

Teach your teenager core dynamics of car control, accident avoidance, driving forces, and precision driving. A course like the one at Driveway Austin will teach your kids how to be better drivers and prepare for the worst, all in a safe environment.

Tickets to a Race - Starting around $64

You're passionate about racing and you want your kids to be too. Take them to a race. Most of the time it is cheaper than you would think. Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas starts around $65 and that gets you two endurance races and support races as well. The cheaper racing series usually have pit access too.

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