The ultimate Hot Wheels gift guide

We've put together the cheat sheet to completing your 1:64 dream car garage.

Three Hot Wheels models on a white background

by Ryan Gilmore |
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Who isn't a fan of Hot Wheels? For over 50 years these die-cast cars have been the ultimate way for youngsters to enjoy the cars they covet in miniature.

Think of all the icons immortalised in die-cast form. From muscles cars to JDM classics to Hot Wheels own creations there are cars for any petrolhead.

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Now offering more cars than ever before, and expanding into video games and premium models, the selection of cars available in miniature is insane. We've chosen our top Hot Wheels picks perfect for any occasion.

The best Hot Wheels gifts

The best Hot Wheels gifts for chidren

The lucky dip of die-cast car collecting, there's nothing better than opening a brand new Hot Wheels model no matter your age. This assorted option from Amazon will deliver a random model to you meaning you could receive anything from the Twin Mill to a Subaru Impreza.

The best Hot Wheels for multiple cars

Hot Wheels 5 Car Gift Pack

Rrp: $6.25

Price: $5.69
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Take the above option and multiply it by five to get the gift pack you see here. A personal observation to note is that these packs tend to contain less real cars and more of Hot Wheels own designs, something to bear in mind before buying.

The best Hot Wheels gift for Fast and Furious fanatics

Hot Wheels Fast And Furious 5 Pack Vehicles
Price: $38.99
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Nothing is a more natural fit than Hot Wheels and the Fast and Furious franchise which makes this awesome set a must-have for almost any car fan. Featuring icons like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R it's packed with awesome models.

The best premium Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Premium Car Culture 2021 British Horsepower
Price: $39.99

Hot Wheels also do a premium range which offers better quality with the same diminutive size. This pack celebrates British cars and includes the McLaren F1 GTR, Lotus Esprit, Land Rover Defender, Mini and Jaguar E-type Lightweight. They're great little models and well worth the extra cost.

The best Hot Wheels video game

Taking the Hot Wheels into a new generation of enjoyment, Hot Wheels Unleashed will allow you to create and explore your wildest track-building dreams. Featuring over 60 cars at launch (there will be DLCs) including icons like the Twin Mill and Boneshaker alongside real-world cars, it's guaranteed arcade fun.

The best Hot Wheels gift for Marvel fans

Who doesn't enjoy a good Avengers flick? Whether you like Loki, Drax the Destroyer or everyone's favourite Groot you can now enjoy them in Hot Wheels form. With every main character from the Marvel universe included (yes even X-Men), there are some cool models to collect here. Just remember that like other Amazon sold Hot Wheels sets, it's a random car you'll be sent.

The best Hot Wheels crash track

Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set
Price: $89.99
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Walmart$65.00View offer

An Amazon exclusive, this crash-tastic set includes three corkscrews, three booster pads and three crash zones for guaranteed mayhem. It's easy to assemble but not every car will work with the launchers. It's supposedly rather noisy to use too, so much for keeping the kids quiet.

How to find the best Hot Wheels cars

If you're a little deeper into collecting Hot Wheels and know what specific cars you want to add to your collection then Amazon won't cut it. And short of rummaging around toy shops and supermarkets, it can be hard to find the exact models. And when Hot Wheels launch fantastic models all the time, finding the perfect example is essential.

Using eBay

eBay is a real treasure trove of Hot Wheels cars. Here you'll find some of the best cars ever produced with a simple filtering process to find your favourite models (just choose your favourite car and add 'Hot Wheels' in the search bar). I've selected a few of my favourites here but there is a near-endless supply of Hot Wheels on eBay.

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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