The best BMW gifts

The ultimate gift guide to the ultimate driving machines.

best BMW gifts

by Ryan Gilmore |
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We've already covered a number of other brands when it comes to the best gifts for petrolheads, so finding the best BMW gifts naturally comes next. Aside from a seemingly mad social media strategy, wonky styling and indicator jokes, BMWs are mostly good cars. The new M4 CSL could very well be a Porsche challenger, the upcoming M5 Touring is certainly exciting, and the more pedestrian models aren't exactly bad either.

Older BMWs shine especially. An argument can be made for every single iteration of the BMW M3 to be an icon, while rarer, older Beemers like the 3.3LI are incredibly collectable these days. In short, there is a lot to celebrate with BMW and a load of fans too (some more insufferable than others).

Naturally, BMW possesses an incredibly strong brand following with immense popularity. Naturally, a lot of gifts and merchandise related to the brand is available to fill the needs of its fans. To compete with the plethora of gifts related to Mercedes Benz or Porsche, it will officially license a plethora of stuff.

The best BMW gifts at a glance:

Editor's pick: BMW E30 M3 Artwork - Buy from Etsy.
Best pre-M BMW motorsports model: Minichamps 1:18 BMW 1800 TI/SA 1965 Spa 14h - Buy from Amazon.
Best coolest BMW t-shirt: BMW E39 M5 T-Shirt - Buy from TeePublic.

If you know someone obsessed with BMW or love them yourself, we've found our favourite BMW-themed gifts right here. From model cars to comprehensive car books or even clothes, these are the best BMW gifts available.

The best BMW gifts

Editor's pick

best BMW giftsVia Etsy
Price: £26.99 (and up)

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Already an icon for anyone who enjoys cars, the E30 M3 is one of the most distinctive cars ever made. Already an emerging classic, the M3 has been beautifully captured in this stunning piece of artwork. Available in a range of colours and sizes it'll look fantastic anywhere in the house.

Pros

  • Incredible portrait
  • Comes in a range of colours

Cons

  • You just have to decide where to put it

Best affordable BMW model kit

best BMW giftsVia Revell
Price: $39.95

We quite like the BMW i8 here at CAR. We also like the look of this Revell BMW i8 kit that allows you to assemble your own 1:24 scale i8. The kit contains 131 pieces and features impressive detail for the interior, motor and even boot space. The doors and tailgate open which makes this even cooler.

Pros

  • Great detail
  • Includes the fun of assembly

Cons

  • 1:24 scale means it can be fiddly to paint smaller components

Best pre-M BMW motorsports model

best BMW giftsVia Minichamps

Introduced in 1964, only a mere 200 examples of BMW's 1800 TI/SA were built. It was a homologation special designed for the BMW works team to go racing with. The TI/SA stands for Turismo Internationale - the quicker trim of BMWs in that period - and Sonder Ausführung (special version).

Power was up to 150hp in race trim thanks to some spicy twin Weber carbs and other upgrades. That's 50 more than the standard 1800 Neue Klasse. But while your chances of ever seeing one are slim, you can at least treat yourself to a scale model of the car that won the 1965 Spa 24h with Jacky Ickx and Dieter Glemser behind the wheel.

As indicated, the TI/SA was quite skilled in touring car racing. And if you'd like a piece of BMW history for your mantelpiece, this is a great addition.

Pros

  • Very fascinating piece of BMW history
  • Great story attached

Cons

  • You probably won't see a real SA

Best BMW GTE model

best BMW giftsVia Minichamps

Akin to the glorious 3.0 CSL of the early 1970s, BMW's motive for the current generation 8-Series was to go racing with it in GTE and IMSA championships. It's powered by a race-tuned version of its 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 and naturally has many lightness adaptations.

Minichamps are happy to provide a 1:18 scale model of the 2020 IMSA car in its black BMW Motorsport livery. It isn't quite the same as the more distinctive white cars that entered Le Mans, but it still makes for a fabulous display piece for your desk at work.

Pros

  • Minichamps quality
  • Immense detail

Cons

  • Not the most iconic BMW livery

Best BMW M book

best BMW giftsVia Motorbooks

Rrp: $50.00

Price: $27.99
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If you ever need to be clued up about the rich and illustrious history of BMW's Motorsports division, Tony Lewin's book is for you. Formed in 1972 with the inception of the 3.0 CSL built for the Group 4 European Sportscar Championship, it has become arguably the most recognised single letter in the automotive industry.

It covers everything from the E24 M635CSI to the very latest M3. Of course, the brand is developing at a rapid pace in today's world, so not everything is included. But this book remains a great guide to M's back catalogue.

Pros

  • Very comprehensive BMW M history catalogue
  • Essential to any enthusiast

Cons

  • Obviously won't include every model

Best comprehensive BMW history book

best BMW giftsVia Motorbooks

Rrp: $55.00

Price: $30.99
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BMW is obviously more than the products of its M division. And if you want to delve deep into its heritage from aeroplane engines to cutting-edge electric machines, this is the book for you.

If you have a hankering for a 327 Coupe or a 2002 Tii, E30 or E60, or maybe even something left-field like a Z1, it's all in the book. It even covers the brand's motorcycle division, so as far as BMW history books go, this is as comprehensive as it's going to get.

Pros

  • Incredibly comprehensive BMW history book
  • Lots of details and great stories

Cons

  • Doesn't include the very latest Beemers

Best BMW motorcycle book

best BMW giftsVia Motorbooks

Rrp: $55.00

Price: $39.58

If your knowledge of BMWs ends with four wheels then this book can open up a whole new chapter of the brand's history. BMW made motorbikes before they made cars and have a rich history of motorcycles that continues to this day. This book covers every model from 1923 (the first BMW motorbike) and will be an eye-opening insight for any BWW fan.

Pros

  • Comprehensive BMW Motorrad history
  • Ideal for any motorcycle enthusiast

Cons

  • Not for a car person

Coolest BMW t-shirt

best BMW giftsVia TeePublic

The HID 'halo' lights on the E39 BMW M5 are instantly recognisable for any BMW fan so this t-shirt is a great way of showing off how much you love BMWs. Available in a range of colours and sizes it's a good quality T-shirt too.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Subtle silhouette

Cons

  • Only visible in certain colours

Coolest BMW mug

best BMW giftsVia Etsy

Okay, we can't talk about BMW without mentioning the greatest of them all. The 3.0 CSL set the precedent to which BMW still live by today, and you can honour it by drinking your coffee from a mug which has Alexander Calder's art car on it.

Granted, your coffee machine and/or kettle won't make the same noises as a race-tuned 3.0 M30 straight six (3.2 or 3.5 in some cases). But it's a cool reminder of the brand's racing heritage integrated in your everyday life.

Pros

  • Amazing design
  • Great quality mug

Cons

  • Maybe the closest you'll get to handling a CSL

Why is the BMW brand so appealing?

Almost the same reasons as to why there are so many Ford related gifts available. There appears to be one for everyone, which is why BMW gifts are so varied. Some prefer the zing of the E46 M3, whereas others enjoy how the brand is embracing the zenith of engineering in its latest models. Some will undoubtedly prefer the shark nose age with the selection of sleek coupes and sporting saloons.

What ties all of those things together is the brand value. Subaru Impreza gifts only exist because that single model delivered the reputation of that brand. With BMW on the other hand, the collection of models and image meant it became synonymous with aspiration and success by the end of the 1960s. Tie that in with legendary German engineering which has been consistent for decades, and BMW has every right to be confident about itself.

What is the greatest BMW ever made?

That really depends on how you look at it. VW had a wide variety of models with different purposes, contributing to the variety of VW gifts. With BMW, the 3.0 CSL set the staple of what makes the brand so well-loved, but the 328 Roadster is certainly up there too. Some would argue an iteration of the M5, and we don't blame you for a second.

What's the worst?

2-Series Active Tourer, probably. You?

Ryan Gilmore is the Deputy Autos and Tools Editor for CAR, specialising in car cleaning and hand tools. With an MA in Automotive Journalism, when he's not testing buckets he can be found looking at old Porsches.

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