The best car-themed advent calendars that’ll make a really thoughtful gift

Forget chocolate or small bottles of hot sauce, these are the perfect advent calendars for petrolheads.

A toy Citroen 2CV wrapped in a gift box

by Ryan Gilmore |

Looking to treat the car fanatic in your life (or yourself for that matter) to a Christmas to remember? Look no further than updating the humble advent calendar to something truly unforgettable.

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These car-themed advent calendars will offer something more satisfying than chocolate and the gifts inside will last for years to come.

There's no better way to start each winter morning than indulging in a passion, so one of these car-themed advent calendars will be welcomed by any petrolhead.

The best car-themed advent calendars

Franzis Porsche 911 Turbo Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for supercar fans
Franzis Porsche 911 Turbo Advent Calendar

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While a real Porsche 911 Turbo would be preferable, any car fan would be happy with a brand new model car this Christmas. This set combines two of our favourite things into one amazing gift idea; model cars and gifts. Behind the 24 doors are the various parts needed to make the Lime Green 911 Turbo 3.0 you can see on the cover meaning you'll wake up Christmas morning with a brand new old Porsche 911 Turbo.

What do you get? The main attraction here is the scale model Porsche 911 Turbo that you assemble from several different pieces to make a 1:43 scale model. The calendar also includes a plastic display plinth that includes a speaker that plays the engine note at the press of a button. The instruction manual is fleshed out with the history and development of the Porsche 911 Turbo and printed in both German and English. Franzis also include some tools for assembling the model as well as some surprises that will be welcomed by any Porsche fan.

Is it worth the money? Anyone in the know about 1:43 scale model diecast cars will know that you can pay anywhere up to £100 for a really good scale model. This build-it-yourself model is certainly worth the money and the accompanying engine noise and display plinth make it even better. While some advent doors house nothing more than stickers, others offer circuitry, tools and the obvious car parts. All in, this is well worth the money and will give you a really nice Porsche model come Christmas day.

And if 911's aren't to their fancy, Franzis offer a load of other advent calendar cars to build, including the Mercedes 300SL, Land Rover Defender and even Trabant.

Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for young petrolheads
Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar
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Cars (not to be confused with CAR), is a genuine masterpiece and is probably responsible for a whole generation of young petrolheads. With cars varying from a Ford Model T right up to a 996-generation Porsche 911, it's perfect for getting a young child interested in cars. This advent calendar is suitable for ages three and up.

What do you get? The standout gifts are diecast models of Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Jackson Storm and two other diecast racers. The set also includes roadside accessories like tool chests, traffic cones and a trophy. Finally, you also get small sections of track to race on making this a great gift for children.

Is it worth the money? For a fan of the film CARS, this advent calendar is a novel no-brainer. While it's a pity family favourites like Doc Hudson and Luigi aren't included, the cars that are featured in this set are of excellent quality and look excellent. The roadside accessories are plastic but are perfect for children.

Sealey AVC002 39pc Ratchet, Socket & Bit Advent Calendar Set

The best advent calendar for amateur mechanics
Sealey AVC002 39pc Ratchet, Socket & Bit Advent Calendar Set
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Perfect for any tinker who could do with some new tools, this advent calendar from Sealey will give them the perfect small tool kit for keeping in the car or give them a head start if they're new to the world of home mechanics. Just hope for their sake that the 10mm socket isn't housed in the last advent box.

What do you get? There's enough in this advent set to cover the basics of car maintenance. The highlight is a 72-tooth double-ended ratchet (which supports 1/4"Sq and 1/4"Hex drives). Also included are a number of attachments including a decent selection of sockets (5-13mm). There is also an extension bar, quick release bit holder and a very handy textile carry case. It even comes with a bottle opener as a bonus, which will certainly come in handy over the Christmas period.

Is it worth the money? In a word yes. Sealey tools are renowned for their quality and this set is the perfect set of basic tools. The set should last for years to come thanks to the use of Chrome Vanadium and the tough textile storage case to keep the set together.

Revell 1029 01029 Porsche 356 B Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for classic car fans
Revell 1029 01029 Porsche 356 B Advent Calendar
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Taking the build-a-car advent calendar to the extreme is this amazing 1:16 scale plastic Porsche 356 B from Revell. One of Porsche's most important (and stunning) models, this 356 model is ideal for a seasoned model builder and a great advent gift for any classic car fan.

What do you get? Well, to make the 1:16 Porsche there are a massive 127 pieces to paint and assemble. Also included are three pots of paint and a brush, as well as three tools to help you assemble the car; pliers, a sanding file and a modelling knife.

Is it worth the money? If you don't mind the fact that the model is made from plastic then it's well worth the price. For the sheer size and detail offered by the model it's a worthy gift for any classic car fan, especially those who enjoy Zuffenhausen's finest. Just be aware that it's a time-consuming model to build with the painting and complexity.

u200bHot Wheels 2021 Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for fun
u200bHot Wheels 2021 Advent Calendar
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Who doesn't like Hot Wheels? No matter your age, you can't help but adore those small 1:64 scale models cars that are packed with charisma and feature some insane designs. Just look at the Twin Mill and Roller Toaster for evidence of this. This advent calendar will bring a smile to any petrolhead, no matter their age.

What do you get? Surprise, surprise, you get some Hot Wheels models. There are eight models included, all of them are Hot Wheels own designs. There are also 16 accessories to play with, including a detachable snow plough, reindeer and a sledge to mount your Hot Wheels model too. The front of the advent calendar also folds down to make a small race track, perfect for imaginary races in the snow.

Is it worth the money? It's the most affordable advent calendar here but I don't think anyone would care. Hot Wheels bring so much joy and the set contains so much that it's sure to be a hit for any fan of toy cars.

What the CAR team want for Christmas

Chris Williams has been well behaved all year in the hope of getting an Abarth 124 Spider finished in red. Hopefully it won't clash with Santa's sleigh.

Adam Binnie is leaving no room for error with his desire for a "Focus RS, Nitro Blue, black wheels, buckets, Mountune lowered seat bases."

As for me, I'll be asking Santa Claus for an Alpine A110 (in Légende spec for those cool vintage alloys alone), finished in Black Tulip please.

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