The 2021 holiday season is just around the corner and it can only mean one thing – it’s time to buy gifts for your friends and loved ones. It may sound easy to buy something for a car collector or enthusiast. Although, if you’re clueless about cars, then shopping for gifts could be a tad more complicated. As you may know, collectors can be meticulous about their hobbies.
If you want to be on the safe side, you better pick a gift that’s connected to cars or driving. Fortunately, there are many car-related items that you could buy if you know what to look for. Perhaps, you might even enjoy the hunt and become a car hobbyist yourself.
Read below to know some top ideas when buying collectibles and gifts for car collectors in 2021.
1. Car-Themed Apparels
If you’ve watched racing tournaments or shows related to car sports, you’ll observe that the automobile culture as a whole loves headgears of all shapes and sizes. If you’re planning to give a gift to someone who collects cars, the first thing off your list should be a cap or hat. For instance, muscle car collectors will truly appreciate Mustang hats to go with their collection.
Next on your buying list could be other apparel related to cars. T-shirts, vests, pants, and even driving loafers are a great idea. Just make sure to choose clothing emblazoned with auto brands that your gift recipient collects or can relate to.
2. Miniature Models Of Notable Movie And TV Cars
It would be a dream for any car collector to own the cars made famous by movies and TV shows. But even if you have the money to buy any of those indelible vehicles in pop culture memory, it’s safe to say that private collectors already own them. Thus, your next best bet is to go for replicas or miniature models.
If you can find collectible replicas of your recipient’s favorite movie or TV car, then it’s worth every penny to make it happen. Don’t worry about the costs as replicas are way cheaper than the actual props or automobiles used in films and TV shows.
Always remember most, if not all, car collectors are kids at heart. So, if you want to put a smile on their face, you can always turn to toy cars. After all, it’s probably where their hobby started.
The best part about today’s toy cars is how leading diecast brands are shifting to eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic, steel, and zinc. Thus, giving collectible toys will make both the recipient and the environment happy and safe. Plus, the value of these toys has a significant chance of appreciating over time.
These toys could be played with, operated via remote control, or, at the very least, touched occasionally. Most collectible toy automobiles are diecast metals, while some come in the form of interlocking plastic bricks highly sought after by serious collectors. In this sense, toys are different from the abovementioned replicas or models as it’s likely to be kept on display like some museum pieces.
4. Mechanic Toolset
Again, most dyed-in-the-wool car collectors started with collecting toys when they were kids. But that’s just part of the journey. Besides their strong affinity to speed, auto enthusiasts also love to tinker or fix anything mechanical.
With that in mind, your car collector friend or family member would love to have as many toolsets as possible. Sure, they probably already have some tools stashed away in the garage, but there’s always room for more mechanic toolsets in the shed.
5. Vehicle Parts Converted Into Everyday Objects
Actual car parts can be converted into ordinary yet functional house decors or office objects. If you think such items are not that interesting, think again. Such things are priceless for diehard collectors. Some have even turned a car spoiler into a shelf on the wall or used a piston as a paperweight
Also, a sports car seat turned into an office chair can go for thousands of dollars. Engine cylinders from expensive European cars are also sold as wine holders or coolers. These gift items will truly blow any car collector’s mind.
6. Video Games
Today’s video games have become more realistic. If the recipient is into racing, then the latest racing video games can offer them great excitement. They may feel like being in the circuit or on the road without leaving the comforts of their homes or garage. Car video games are ideal for anyone who’s in love with cars.
Car collectors and hobbyists can be a fussy lot. But that doesn’t mean you have to rack your brains out to find the ideal gift for someone who’s into cars. You don’t have to shell out money for a vintage car as a gift or to break the bank. All you need is to buy something that a collector will treasure in the years to come. The key is to stick with items that resonate with car lovers. So, choose what to gift and have a good time happy hunting.