The best stocking filler gifts for petrolheads

Nail those little automotive gifts with a little help from CAR.

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by Ryan Gilmore |

Can anyone else get the overwhelming scent of cinnamon and spiced apple? It appears that Christmas is just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about the right presents for the important people in your life.

While finding larger gifts is hard enough, buying non-generic stocking fillers for others can be a nightmare, especially if they happen to be self-confessed petrolheads. But don't worry, CAR has your back with a list of what we'd happily receive in our socks come Christmas morning. All of these gifts retail for less than £20 (with one exception).

Car cleaning stocking fillers

Meguiar's Gold Class Car Shampoo & Conditioner 473ml

Meguiar's Gold Class Car Shampoo & Conditioner 473ml
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Instead of fancy people shampoo, fancy car shampoo is sure to be appreciated. This wash from Meguiar's is a very effective car shampoo that can also be used as a snow foam. It's pH neutral and won't remove existing paint protection such as wax - and a biodegradable solution too. The shampoo can be diluted at a 1:5 ratio, so it will last a while.

26JPN Ultra-Soft Detail Brushes

The best stocking filler gift for car detailers
26JPN Ultra-Soft Detail Brushes
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A really good set of detailing brushes will take car cleaning to the next level which is why we recommend buying these 26JPN examples (tried and tested by us) for a keen amateur detailer. They're made using boar hair bristles meaning they're soft enough not to damage paintwork but strong enough to agitate and lift dirt. They're also made using no metal which again reduces the chance of scratches. We've tested them and found them to be excellent.

Amazon Basics Deluxe Microfibre Car Wash Mitt

CAR's top-rated microfibre wash mitt
Amazon Basics Deluxe Microfibre Car Wash Mitt
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A wash mitt is an easier and more effective way to wash a car compared to a rag or cloth because it allows you to cover all areas. This one is our favourite because it's very effective and is great value (some branded ones are basically the same but are three times the price).

Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax 250ml

CAR's 'best value' car wax
Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax
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This is a bona fide car wax that is popular among enthusiasts. It's a paste that will simply provide a durable, no-nonsense carnauba wax coating to protect your paint. It has hydrophobic polymers, too, to help with water beading. Superb to add over a polish.

The best motoring book stocking fillers

Boring Car Trivia (three books)

The best stocking filler book for trivia nerds
Boring Car Trivia
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Does the car enthusiast in your life live for weird car facts and anecdotes? Well in that case this trio of car trivia books will be as sacred as The Lord of the Rings trilogy to them. Each one is packed full of arcane bits of trivia, a sizable chunk of which are focused on British Leyland. It's available as either a trio of ebooks on the Kindle or in print, both making perfect stocking fillers.

Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm

The best stocking filler book for fans of Clarkson
Diddly Squat A Year on the Farm
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Hands up who's been enjoying the smash hit Clarkson's Farm? A genuinely refreshing and interesting show about Jeremy Clarkson and, well, his farm. Well, now there is a book filled with his signature wit that explores behind-the-scenes. The book itself is made up of his columns and will be a really enjoyable read.

Auto Erotica: A grand tour through classic car brochures of the 1960s to 1980s

The best stocking filler book for classic car fans
Auto Erotica A grand tour through classic car brochures of the 1960s to 1980s
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Offering a big dollop of nostalgia and showcasing some witty and iconic car brochures, this book is a perfect stocking filler for any old car fanatic. Covering brochures from the 1960s to the 1980s what this book lacks in size it more than makes up for in style and imagery. We've had a thumb through and conclude it'd make a spectacular small coffee table book.

The Ultimate Classic Car Quiz Book

The best stocking filler book for quizzing fun
The Ultimate Classic Car Quiz Book
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There are 150 multiple choice car questions in this cool pocket-sized book. And if that's not enough 2/3 of the book is devoted to discussing the history surrounding each question. Plus, any gift with a Porsche 928 GTS on it gets a nod of approval from us.

The best toy car stocking fillers

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo

The best stocking filler book for fans of LEGO
LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo
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A fully-licensed LEGO Ferrari for less than £20 is always going to make an ideal stocking filler gift for a petrolhead. This set is made from 275 parts, includes a Minifigure and recreates one of the best supercars currently on sale. And if a bright red Ferrari isn't to their taste, there are other LEGO Speed Champion models including the Toyota GR Supra and Koenigsegg Jesko.

Hot Wheels Car Culture Team Transport: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Euro Hauler

The best stocking filler for toy car collectors
Hot Wheels Car Culture: Team Transport Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Euro Hauler
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Did you know that Hot Wheels now does Premium collectable models? There's a massive selection of some of the coolest cars ever to grace the world, all finished in great detail and fitted with rubber tyres. This car transporter and Mercedes 300SL is expertly made and will make a thoughtful gift for any diecast fan. There's ones for Ford and Volkswagen too.

Hot Wheels Car Culture Thrill Climbers: Lancia 037

Hot Wheels Car Culture Thrill Climbers: Lancia 037
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Such a legend is the 037 to any car fan, of rallying in particular. The 037 is not the only model in the Thrill Climbers series, there are quite a few legends to choose from.

Hot Wheels Factory Fresh Collection

The best stocking filler book for cheap fun
Hot Wheels Factory Fresh Collection
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And if a collectable die-cast is a little too precious for the recipient, you can always buy some standard Hot Wheels cars which will give hours of fun.

The best miscellaneous stocking fillers for petrolheads

Hydro Flask Coffee Flask 473 ml

The best stocking filler gift for travellers
Hydro Flask Coffee Flask 473 ml
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We like the Coffee Flask from Hydro Flask for a number of reasons. It actually keeps fluids hot (up to 12 hours) and cold (up to 24 hours); it's really well made, featuring a grippy powder coated finish; it's easy to clean and great to use; there are several colours and volumes to choose from; and it replaces stupid single-use water bottles.

Swedish Ice Scraper

The best stocking filler gift for winter mornings
Swedish Ice Scraper
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Icy windows are a real pain to clean which makes this quality ice scraper the perfect gift for any driver. The scarper is designed to deal with the harshest of Nordic winters meaning it'll easily cope here in Britain. It also comes with a handy case and features a little notch for clearing wiper blades too.

Veld Super-Fast 48W 2 Port Car Charger

Veld USB Car Charger
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And along came USB-C. The saint all-in-one USB connection we've been hankering for since USB came along in the late nineties and was then also hailed as a saint. Bring your car up to date with a useful USB and USB-C adaptor.

Silverline LED Wind-Up Torch

Silverline LED Wind-Up Torch
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The Silverline Wind-Up Torch is designed as an emergency light source. It weighs almost nothing and is reliable. Wind it up with the foldaway handle for one minute and you get an impressive 30 minutes of run time.

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