Looking for a fun or functional gift for the car lover in your life, but don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, the car-obsessed editors here at Car and Driver are also excellent gift givers and we know exactly what gifts the auto enthusiast in your life will love. We have gifts for all ages and interests, including toys and books for kids, tools for DIY mechanics, and many car care products to keep the paint shining and the upholstery like new.
Celebrating this year’s holidays from a distance? All of the items here can be shipped from online vendors in short order, so let your mouse pointer do the shopping and surprise the auto enthusiasts on your list with something that will make their car-loving hearts skip a beat. We invite you for a leisurely scroll through our virtual car-lover shopping mall, or for a more focused experience, click one of the buttons below to jump immediately to a desired category.
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Apparel and Accessories
There’s a more inconspicuous way to display your auto enthusiasm than branded T-shirts—these brilliantly detailed socks from Heel Tread, for example. Heel Tread’s designs cover much of the automotive world and feature iconic styles such as the Gulf livery, BMW’s M division’s classic colors, and the same plaid pattern used on the original Volkswagen GTI. These colorful socks will let you represent your favorite automotive brand even when you’re in a suit and tie.
Kareless is more than an online apparel store, it’s a network focused on a shared love of cars, motorcycles, and extreme sports. We tip our hats at the creators of Kareless and love their T-shirt designs. Not only do they offer shirts, but a number of accessories such as keychains, stickers, and hats are available to augment your Kareless look.
Anyone can slap a logo on a T-shirt, but Honda Vintage Culture takes it a step further with officially licensed images from Honda that showcase the brand’s racing heritage. Two of the available T-shirts feature the infamous RA271 F1 race car in 1964. The company also makes two stylish and high-quality zipper jackets modeled after vintage mechanic uniforms from the 1960s.
Know someone who can’t be trusted to not break or lose an expensive pair of sunglasses? We all know (or are) that guy. Well even if you can’t afford a set of designer shades that doesn’t mean you’re limited to options off the gas station rack. Knockaround, purveyor of stylish-but-affordable sunglasses, now has an option to customize a pair of your own from over 1,000,000 different combinations. Some are wacky and wild, but we were able to create this muted gray-and-rose-gold ensemble that really pops with the mirrored lenses.
From the same genuine leather used for their wallets, Bellroy has fashioned this handy key cover to keep your keys organized, slim down your pocket, and eliminate the annoying jangling sound of a traditional key ring. A magnetic clasp keeps the cover closed. An exterior hook is perfect for larger car keys.
Fine leathers and a commitment to simple but well-designed wallets are what set Bellroy apart from the competition. We appreciate the attention to detail and the wide variety of sizes. Their wallets offer RFID protection to help keep your data safe from high-tech thieves, and the women’s clutch holds far more than its compact shape would suggest. Whether you’re looking for a nice piece to use when dressing up or something to carry every day, the Bellroy line of wallets and purses is worth a look.
Polarized sunglasses have long been a staple of car guys and gals to help block out glare and provide a clear view of the road ahead. But some brands take the polarization a little too far, turning everything a shade sepia. Felix Gray has gotten things just right with its line of sunglasses, offered in a variety of styles. These sunglasses are lightweight, thanks to thin lenses and Italian acetate frames, and they wear comfortably for long periods of time.
A nice pair of driving gloves really enhances a chilly spring or fall joy ride, and these beautiful and functional mitts from Autodromo are perfect. The soft leather palm provides a strong grip on the steering wheel, and the stitched back breathes nicely to help avoid sweating. Is your car lover also a watch enthusiast? These gloves have a split-cuff design that creates extra room for a timepiece.
Integrate a love for cars into your wardrobe in a subtle way with jewelry made of fordite by Urban Relic Design. Chunks of fordite, which is also known as motor agate, are formed from layers of automotive paint and chipped off the machines at manufacturing plants. The artist shapes and polishes these man-made “gemstones,” then sets them into gold, silver, stainless steel, or copper to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Rings, necklaces, earrings, and cufflinks are all available.
Luxury eyewear company ic! berlin has teamed up with one of Germany’s most revered automakers–Mercedes-Benz–for a line of automotive-inspired sunglasses. These lightweight shades are made from stainless steel and are available in a variety of designs to match your Mercedes. The black MB-01 (shown in the center) would look quite nice behind the wheel of a black E-class coupe, while the MB Shield (lower left) is more futuristic, like the Mercedes EQC electric SUV.
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Jaguar and Hot Wheels have teamed up to immortalize the British automaker’s lineup in die cast form and the results are super fun. The brand’s all-electric I-Pace SUV and F-type Project 7 have been rendered in the ID line of cars, which can be linked to a smartphone or tablet app so kids can see their racing stats and play digital games. Elsewhere, Jaguar’s gorgeous 2021 F-type sports car joins the Factory Fresh line in a dazzling blue paint job which looks like it just rolled off the dealer showroom.
Candylab Toys’ lineup of minimalist wooden car models are perfect for small kids and car-loving grown-ups alike. There’s a wide range of vehicles available, from muscle cars to woody wagons—and even some special models such as a police car and a tow truck. A range of accessories enhances the fun, with trailers and canoes that attach magnetically. The toys start under $25, with others priced at close to $40 and higher-end special editions nearing twice that price.
This double-figure-eight track is ripe with racing drama as your little car enthusiasts can crash their Hot Wheels or jump them over each other at the center of the track. They can even take it with them on their next adventure because it folds up easily and can be set up almost anywhere.
Hot Wheel’s new ID Smart Track is a classic car track elevated to the year 2020. It links up via Bluetooth with an iPad or other smart device and offers an app that kids can use to control the track and scan their cars for use in an online game. We’ve been playing with one in our office for the past few weeks and we’re feeling like kids again!
Land Rover’s famed Defender is finally, after all these years, being redesigned and LEGO is paying tribute with this very detailed Technic kit. It has over 2500 pieces, so it’s definitely for big kids, but it features all-wheel drive, a working winch, and a four-speed gearbox.
LEGO Technic kits are some of the most challenging builds in the LEGO-verse, and this one, based on the first hybrid Lamborghini, is perhaps the toughest yet. With almost 3700 individual pieces, the LEGO Lamborghini Sián took us over 30 hours to put together and features working scissor doors, a shiftable transmission, and a 12 cylinders with pistons that move in formation. Even the rear spoiler can be moved up and down, just like in the real car. This gift will surely delight the auto enthusiast on your list and it will keep them busy for some time. LEGO recommends this build for ages 18 and up.
You or the car person in your life might be into Legos. And we’re not just talking about the kids. Most of our staffers are—surprise!—adults, and our office is covered in a collection of Legos. You can judge, or accept it and learn to love the brand’s easy giftability. At the top of the car-themed model range sits this $350 1:8-scale Bugatti Chiron. There is also a similarly large Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS as well as smaller-scale cars from the Creator series.
Designed for more than just the last mile of your commute, this EB-5 Pro folding eBike from Swagtron boasts a 15.5-mile range that will save you from arriving at the office sweaty but still make quick work of the distance between your parking spot and your destination. It’s lightweight and folds up to fit in the trunk of any car. It’s quick and fun to ride, too!
Electric scooters are all the rage right now—and are a handy tool for that last mile of the commute—but only one has Swagger. Meet the Swagger 5 Elite. Its electric motor drives the front wheel and propels the scooter pretty quickly up to an observed top speed of 18 mph. A digital speedometer is displayed on the handlebars, but the Swagtron app connects via Bluetooth and provides even more info. The Swagger 5 folds up and easily fits in the trunk of any car.
The Swagskate NG2 electric longboard is a 900 watt e-skateboard with built-in A.I.. It rides like a traditional longboard and it even has smart sensors to keep the rider balanced while they carve back and forth. It can cruise up to 18 mph and has 11 miles of range per charge. Watch out for rogue pine-cones or steep sidewalk transitions–we learned this lesson the hard way. Once you have the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun and a great alternative mode of transportation if you live close to work.
The EcoReco L5+ is a bit more premium than other electric scooters as it features niceties such as a working speedometer, shock absorbers for both the front and rear wheels, and a height-adjustable handle bar. Range is great—we’ve been seeing 15-20 miles per charge. The L5+ is fairly quick too; EcoReco says it’s capable of up to 20 mph, but we’ve exceeded that speed slightly which makes for good fun. It also folds up neatly to fit in the trunk of most cars and SUVs so it can easily be transported for use afield.
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Need to take your wireless charging on the go? Mophie’s Travel Kit is everything you need to keep your Qi-enabled smartphone charged during your travel adventures. Inside its convenient travel pouch you’ll find a wireless charging pad with a rubberized cover to keep your phone in place. It also comes with a variety of cords and cables to ensure that no matter where you are you can find an outlet to juice your device.
The KeySmart key organizer is for the Type A auto enthusiast in your life. With space for up to 10 keys installed neatly in a jackknife arrangement, KeySmart more easily fits in pockets, purses, and car storage cubbies. It’s offered in aluminum, plastic, or leather bodies; our favorite is the KeySmart Pro, which adds a flashlight and Tile integration for GPS tracking. Additional tools can be added as accessories, including a bottle opener, pliers, and a USB drive.
What’s better than a handy mini-fridge that can keep snacks and beverages cool? One that can fit in the trunk of your car, of course. The Chill 2.0 from Uber Appliance is the perfect size to keep a couple cans of soda and some roadside snacks cool. It also can be used to keep your lunch cold at your desk. In the event that you have something hot that needs to stay warm, there’s a setting for that as well. The Chill 2.0’s glossy exterior panel provides a surface for jotting notes with a dry erase marker, and its lightweight construction makes it easy to transfer from car to car as needed.
The Apple Watch is a handy device for tracking your fitness goals or getting notifications from your phone quickly, but charging it on the go can be a pain. The Time Traveler is a portable Watch and iPhone power bank that can be used to juice your devices anywhere. Its compact shape makes it easy to stash inside your suitcase or backpack. In our experience, it provided three days of backup charge for the Apple Watch or one full charge for an iPhone 7 Plus.
Keep your tools or garage safe from thieves with this cool fingerprint-powered padlock. The Tapplock One+ is waterproof, Bluetooth enabled, and unlocks in 0.8 second when you rest your finger on its sensor. No combination to forget or key to lose. There’s also an app that allows for remote unlocking in case you need to allow someone access when you’re not around.
Take selfies with your car, your best driving pals, and your road-trip companions with this cool AIR PIX flying camera from AirSelfie. It hovers gently while you use a companion app to snap photos. Its battery doesn’t last terribly long, but it charges quickly using the USB port in your center console.
Traffic jam have your stress level high? Maybe the winter blues have you feeling down? This unique wearable device may be the ticket to improving your mood. Developed by neuroscientists, the Apollo sends specific vibrations to either soothe, energize, or focus your brain. It can be worn proudly on your wrist or more subtly on your ankle and can be programmed to kick on at certain times or controlled via a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app.
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Home and Garage
Can one truly be an automotive nut without smelling like that which they obsess over? From the aroma genius that brought you perfumed classics such as Spacewalk, Grumpy Cat, and Funeral Home; Demeter presents their redolent interpretation of the classic “New Car Scent” in all of the necessary transdermal applications. Go ahead, we’ll be the last to cast judgement.
What’s better than a cup of joe from Motorized Coffee? A cup of Motorized Coffee in an official mug. The upstart coffee company has launched a series of branded mugs and thermoses with a decidedly car-oriented design. Wouldn’t these look great at the next Cars and Coffee event?
Here’s something that will get our engines revving at the next Cars and Coffee: a bag of premium java from Motorized Coffee Company. This auto-enthusiast-owned boutique coffee roasting company offers several different types of beans, including decaf and cold-brew versions, and all of them come with car-themed names such as Nitrous Oxide Espresso and Morning Drive.
While there’s nothing wrong with your nostalgic paper car posters from your teenage years, the team at Legendary Car Canvases has a new way to elevate the art of car photography. They offer a wide selection of today’s most jaw-dropping, drool-inducing automotive artwork, printed on high-quality canvas and professionally stretched over sturdy wood frames. These large pieces of art would make perfect showpieces for your garage, man cave, or–dare we suggest–even your living room.
Ever wish your pride and joy could be on display in your home, garage, or office? No, not photos of your first born, we’re talking about your four-wheeled friend. The artists at Respoke Collection will render a custom illustration of your car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle and print it on a canvas as large as 24×36, as shown here. We used our favorite photo of senior editor Joey Capparella’s recently acquired Lexus GS300 for this and Respoke Collection even sent along a set of stickers for our laptops. Shipping was fast and working with the design team to perfect the illustration was a pleasure.
Linear Edge produces sculptures of the world’s most iconic racetracks—and even some obscure ones—created out of layers of wood. Two-dimensional versions of this wall art start at $99, with larger sizes of each track available for an extra $100. In addition to the 90 available circuits, the company can create custom tracks for no additional cost. Linear Edge also produces 3D versions that show the elevation changes of each track and wooden engravings of iconic car models.
Anyone who has a long commute or spends hours working from a home office, will appreciate the Muggo heated travel mug which will keep their coffee or cocoa at the perfect drinking temperature. Set the temperature using the touch-sensitive control panel, add your beverage, and Muggo does the rest. It comes with a leak-resistant top for fewer spills while traveling and a three-hour battery.
The need for in-home charging for electric vehicles is becoming more and more common. Luckily, the JuiceBox from EnelX is both affordable and convenient. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app. A built-in cable rack helps keep things tidy inside your garage and for those who plan to mount it outside, the JuiceBox 40 comes standard with a security lock.
Keep your home, garage, and driveway safe and monitored with this starter kit from Deep Sentinel. A series of cameras provides real-time video monitoring by a service of real human beings to make sure your precious belongings remains safe from thieves and vandals. The system can be installed by the homeowner in as little as 30 minutes.
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Peel + Discover: Cars! Trucks! Trains! And More
Entertain your young auto enthusiasts with the latest Peel + Discover book which focuses on transportation icons. Cars! Trucks! Trains! And More features pages of stickers which, when peeled away, reveal fun facts that every budding car guy or gal should know.
Looking to help foster a love of cars in the youngest generation so our family of car enthusiasts will continue to grow? Fast Kids Club’s ABC’s For Future Race Car Drivers is perfect for doing just that. Every page is a racing item and an associated letter to help your little one learn their ABCs in a fun, car-related way.
This one’s for young travel enthusiasts making plans to see the world. The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is brilliantly illustrated and packed with information about the world’s most celebrated destinations. Reaching most of these sites requires flying rather than driving, but this book’s intended audience is still years from driver-education classes anyway. Make no mistake: adults will enjoy this read, too.
Veteran car-sales professional Lisa Copeland shares her experience and perspective on new-car buying in this quick-read softcover. Although it’s aimed at female car buyers, the advice and buying tips she provides will help anyone who’s in the market for a car who wants to ensure they don’t fall victim to typical dealership shenanigans.
If there were ever a group of people capable of convincing the masses not to let go of the wheel, it’s the gentlemen behind Never Stop Driving. Lifetime automotive enthusiast and wordsmith Larry Webster navigates us through the first person accounts of voices such as Jay Leno, Patrick Dempsey, and Mario Andretti as they draw from experience on the musings and importance of the human element in automotive interaction. Supported with rich imagery from today’s top automotive photographers, Never Stop Driving is a colorful insight into the minds and opinions of the industry’s most proliferated storytellers.
Not every car enthusiast is into showroom fresh sheetmetal. Some find beauty in well-used (and sometimes abused) cars and trucks. Urban Cars: Brooklyn explores such a topic, with page after page of beautiful photos of cars found around Brooklyn, NY.
This funny and touching novel follows a Hawaiian valet, his misfit co-workers, and their life in the service industry, which is thrown into chaos when they discover a young boy in the trunk of a deserted car. Instead of turning the boy over to authorities, the motley crew decides to keep him, which results in an entertaining tale about the transformative nature of raising a child. Plus, the author’s use of Hawaiian Pidgin English at key points in the narrative gives the reader a more authentic look at life in Hawaii. Don’t worry, there’s a short glossary on page 303.
As it turns out, coloring inside the lines is therapeutic, even for adults, so why not chill out while saturating images of cars? Grab a copy of Colour Your Classic Car! and some markers, and go to town. Fair warning: Most of the vehicles in the book are European. Another hint that this is geared toward the Continent—and adults? There is some nudity in a few of the illustrations.
Satisfy your wanderlust and plan your next travel adventure with the help of this brilliantly illustrated guide. The first edition of Atlas Obscura is a best seller and it’s easy to see why. This second edition offers 100 additional locations and details about what makes each destination worth visiting.
Take a trip through the middle east with this fun book series Lorries of Arabia which uses the unique perspective of semi-truck drivers and explores the machines themselves. This book would make a great gift for anyone with a strange penchant for big trucks.
Since its introduction for the 1953 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette has made an everlasting impression on automotive enthusiasts the world over. Keith Cornett’s Corvette Special Editions details the most exclusive and memorable examples of the famed American sports car with photos and encyclopedic documentation of specs, pricing, and features.
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Uh oh! Your car’s check-engine light came on—is it something simple like a loose fuel cap, or is it more serious? Say goodbye to the age-old dashboard-light guessing game with FIXD. The small device plugs into your car’s data port and broadcasts a diagnostic report to a smartphone app. It can also estimate a cost of repair, direct you to a local mechanic, and provide handy maintenance reminders to help keep your ride in tip-top shape.
Don’t get stuck with a dead battery this winter. Order up NOCO’s Boost Plus GB40. It offers enough juice to turn over most engines, but if you have a large displacement V-8 or a diesel, NOCO offers more powerful (and more expensive) jump starters with up to 4000 amps of power.
Most of us have been there – the dreaded Christmas tree of warning lights staring back at us behind the acrylic window of shame that is our gauge cluster. With local mechanics and dealers alike looking to shake every last dollar from your precious student-loan-payback-fund, do yourself a favor and purchase a proper ODB-II reader. This affordable unit provides all the necessary and easy to read information on the symptoms of your ailing vehicle, along with associated levels of urgency on getting your jalopy to the shop in time.
This powerful tool could be your knight in shining armor if you’re caught out with a dead car battery. The JumpSmart has enough juice to jump-start most engines, even those found in large diesel pickup trucks, and can also serve as a flashlight in the event of emergency. Its small, cylindrical shape means it will fit easily in most bins and cubbies, but it also comes with its own travel case to keep things organized.
If you’re the type of gear head that enjoys oil-stained clothes, brake dust, and busting your knuckles to save a buck then the Innova 5610 is the comprehensive OBD2 diagnostic tool you’ve been looking for. Apart from being able to read and clear codes, the tool is also capable of checking for emissions testing readiness, oil light and TPMS resetting, brake bleeding/ caliper servicing, and a host of others including live data display and bi-directional testing. With a 1-year warranty and a competitive price, the Innova 5610 is a valuable piece of equipment that will only save you money in the long run.
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Not all auto enthusiasts like shiny tire coatings, but this Ultimate Insane Shine coating from Meguiar’s is perfect for the ones who do. Ultimate Insane Shine provides the company’s highest shine for that dripping-wet look that’s perfect for a cruise night or car show. Simply clean your tire with soap and water, then spray this aerosol gel on and it’s ready to go. In our experience, a little goes a long way so this 15-ounce spray can should last a while.
Take your car’s finish up a notch with Meguiar’s new Hybrid Ceramic Wax. This product provides a protective layer of silicon dioxide that’s similar to ceramic coatings that cost up to $3000 and is easy to apply during a quick carwash. Just wash your car, spray on the wax while your car is still wet, then dry with a microfiber towel to lay a foundational layer.
Dirt, road salt, and food stains are no match for this tough-working cleaner from Chemical Guys. The Lightning Fast Stain Extractor works quickly to penetrate tough stains and release them from your upholstery or carpet. Not only that, but it helps to eliminate odors and everyone likes to leave their car smelling great inside, right? This product is a must-have for every car detailing kit.
Keep your car’s windows free from smudges and grime with this great glass cleaner from Trinova. The company’s streak-free formula makes it one of the easiest products to use for a clear, confident view for the driver.
No one likes a smelly car, and for those of us with pets, we know accidents sometimes happen. Trinova’s pet stain and odor removing spray works wonders and it’s made from natural ingredients that won’t harm your car or your dog.
Touchscreen smudges really tugging at your OCD? We found this simple tool called iRoller that works shockingly well. Just slide back the round cover to reveal the sticky inner roller and give it the old back and forth over your infotainment screen and—voila!—fingerprint-free screen. At just $19.95 the iRoller makes a great gift for anyone who has a touchscreen in their life, which when you think about it, is everyone!
If you want to give your automobile a perfect hand-washed gleam, you should consider the Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit. Meguiar’s has been producing high-quality car-detailing products for more than a century. The kit is a great value and features a comprehensive assortment of products. Included you’ll find carwash soap, scratch remover, tire foam, glass cleaner, cleaner wax with applicator pad, and interior detailer.
A clean car is a must for most auto enthusiasts, and what better way to keep your car clean than with this novel trash-bag system. Tossits hang from the back of the front seat. When it’s full, you can peel it away from the hanger and throw the bag away, revealing a fresh Tossits bag that’s ready for action.
If you’re all too familiar with the painstaking process of washing wheels, rejoice! The Brush Hero reduces the necessary effort to clean between the spokes on everything from a Mazda Miata to a Bentley Bentayga. The rotating brush head has enough torque to easily clean the dirtiest rims; it connects to a garden hose and sprays water to rinse away debris.
This HydroThread Ceramic Fabric Protectant from Chemical Guys coats the fibers of your seat fabric and carpet with a hydrophobic ceramic compound that helps them resist stains. It also helps resists UV rays, which will help avoid fading and discoloration from sun exposure as your car ages, all while retaining the fabric’s natural feel—no waxy or stiff-feeling fibers here.
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Casio carries on its nod to automotive sport in the Edifice EFS-S550. Developed in part with the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 pit crew and championed by Thai-British F1 race driver Alexander Albon, the EFS-S550 punches above its weight by blending functionality with stylish, race-inspired design. A bold, numbered bezel, sapphire crystal glass, and a solar-powered battery drive are only half the story in this affordable yet well-executed timepiece.
If a slim, affordable, and fantastically appointed dress watch is in your future – then Casio’s latest from their Edifice line should be heavy on your radar. With a solar powered, Japanese-Quartz movement assisted by a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone connection, the EQB1000D-1A provides highly accurate time keeping. The dark, sun-absorbing face accented with beautiful teal highlights rests underneath a lux-spec Sapphire window, surrounded in a thin body of high quality, brushed stainless-steel. The chamfered edges, forward-facing bezel screws, and pronounced crown guards exude a level of industrial-inspired style and utilitarian, wear-all-day attitude.
Casio’s latest Edifice watch bundles Bluetooth connectivity and a race-friendly lap timer at an affordable price. The dark-blue face is accented by bright-blue inner dials and lit by a small LED light so it’s viewable at night. Linking the watch to your smartphone allows it to maintain the correct time, depending on time zone. It’s solar powered, too, so you won’t have to take a break from track day to recharge. Its upscale appearance and metal bracelet belie its reasonable price.
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Luggage and Backpacks
Anyone who has to transport fragile devices—like our Social Media Specialist, Michael Aaron—would love this Pelican 1170 hard case. Mike’s case is decorated with stickers he’s accumulated over the years, but inside he carries his various cameras, smartphones, and lenses in safety when he travels so he’s never worried about arriving with broken equipment. Pelican makes cases that are much larger, too, so no matter what you’re transporting there’s a case to protect it.
Perfect for the budding car photographer, the DNA 15 Slim messenger bag from Tenba provides space for cameras, lenses, and other peripherals. To make your next car-spotting outing even easier, the bag provides quick access to memory cards, flashes, and other essentials via two front and two side pockets. This model, used by Car and Driver’s own photographer, Michael Simari, will be appreciated by both amateur and professional photographers.
Here’s a great all-around camera backpack that’s sleek and simple. The rear access hatch for the camera storage compartment adds extra security, and although it’s not the largest camera bag on the market, it’s the perfect size for a mirrorless camera kit and a pair of lenses. The top pocket can fit many personal accessories to take along with you, and the laptop pocket fits a 15-inch laptop comfortably.
Highly reflective, waterproof, and extra roomy, the Seventy2 Pro adventure pack from Uncharted Supply Company is perfect for both motorcycling and backpacking. This one, designed in collaboration with Harley-Davidson, pays tribute to the storied American motorcycle brand. Made from thick, coated tarpaulin material, the Seventy2 Pro is ultra durable and well-placed foam padding makes it comfortable for long rides. There’s even a built-in water bladder and straw to help riders avoid pitstops for drinks.
Whether you’re traveling by car, train, boat, or plane, you need luggage that can keep up. We’re fond of Away’s clever design features. Their popular Carry-On suitcase offers a power bank to charge your devices, a hard shell outer layer to protect your belongings, and a nylon laundry bag to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate.
Whether you’re heading up the coast in a convertible or venturing off-road in an SUV, a nice duffel bag makes weekend getaways even better. The Tecovas Weekender duffel is a stylish alternative to a canvas bag. Starting at $295, it’s half the price of many other leather duffels, but no one would ever guess. Constructed of vegetable-tanned leather and sporting brass accents, this bag smells as great as it looks and offers plenty of space for several days’ worth of adventures.
KeySmart’s Urban 21 backpack is a great way to tote your belongings each day. Its compact shape and waterproof outer layer are perfect for those who choose to park farther out and walk to avoid parking-lot door dings. Our favorite feature is the hard-case top pocket that helps protect fragile items if the bag is sliding around in the trunk. Inside are a dedicated pocket for keys, a laptop sleeve, and optional Tile integration to ensure the bag is never lost.
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When it comes to video games, the only ones we like are the ones where we get to drive our favorite cars. Forza Horizon 4 is the latest and greatest in both car availability and killer graphics. The game has simulations for all sorts of weather, too, so if you’ve ever wanted to race a McLaren in the rain or blow through snowdrifts in an Audi Quattro rally car, here’s your (virtual) chance.
Car and gaming enthusiasts of all ages will find hours of entertainment building, playing with, and tinkering with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit. The kit is more than just glorified papercraft—you’re really paying for the thousands of hours that went into the carefully crafted instructions, clever minigames, and interesting documentation on how it all works. Pair it with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the kit’s steering wheel and pedal controllers add even more fun.
Nintendo’s Mario Kart has been a part of the video game racing scene since 1992 and this most recent iteration takes the series into the Switch era with improved graphics, new tracks, and more options for customizing your kart. Gaming with friends while in quarantine? Mario Kart can be played virtually even if your opponents don’t live in the same city.
This leather-wrapped video game racing wheel and pedals feels a lot like those in our favorite sports cars, and we’ve been giving them a long-term test while honing our virtual driving skills. The wheel turns smoothly with help from solid steel ball bearings, and the stainless-steel pedals are nicely spaced for heel-and-toe downshifts.
The play anywhere nature of the Nintendo Switch endears it to gamers on the go and it’s one of our go-to consoles for playing some of our favorite games—including the whimsical racing game, Mario Kart. We paired one recently with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle kit, which elevates the racing fun even more. Sure, you can take e-racing more seriously with an expensive racing wheel and seat setup, but the Switch is better for casual family fun.
We’ve been loving this gaming chair by Playseat as we’ve worked to get our Twitch stream up and running while playing racing games in our break room. It’s fully adjustable to fit the broad range of drivers we have here at our office, so we reckon it will fit you, too. This seat is a must-have for anyone whose automotive enthusiasm intersects with video gaming.
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Driving shoes can make anyone feel like Steve McQueen, even if they’re wheeling a Toyota Prius, and Piloti is the brand we prefer. Offered in either suede or ballistic nylon and in a variety of colors, Piloti’s updated Pistone X sneaker is perfect for both performance-oriented driving and day-to-day wear. The brand’s signature tire-tread sole provides optimal grip on pedals, and the flexible upper means your feet won’t be uncomfortable on long drives.
Piloti knows that for every car guy, there’s also a car gal who appreciates a purposeful pair of shoes to help with their heel-and-toeing. The Vittoria sneaker is perfect for the fast-driving women of the world and it comes in three great designs. We’d suggest ordering a half size up, though, unless you prefer a snug fit.
Piloti’s latest mens driving shoe is this comfortable and stylish Avenue sneaker. It’s made in Portgal and features a burnished leather upper and the company’s grippy tire-tread sole and rounded heel. We’ve been testing a pair out during our annual 10Best evaluation and found them to be perfect for aggressive driving, plus they look great with a nice pair of jeans.
New to Piloti’s lineup of driving shoes is the Le Mans Endurance sneaker, which pays tribute to the 24 Hours of Le Mans event with a French flag on the back rendered in leather. The shoe is handcrafted from leather, suede, and recycled cotton and features a rubberized sole with the brand’s patented rolled heel which offers superior pedal control. The Le Mans Endurance is offered in Navy and Slate; in our experience the Endurance feels slightly roomier than the Pistone X, so it may be preferable for those who have wider feet.
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These handy sunshades from Enovoe will help keep your passengers comfortable when the sun’s shining its brightest and help protect sensitive youngsters from its powerful rays. These affordable shades fit most cars and cling to the side windows using static electricity so there’s no suction cups to mar the surface of the glass.
Still driving around in a car from the days before Bluetooth? This excellent Bluetooth receiver from Mpow plugs into your car’s auxiliary input jack and allows you to stream your audio files directly from your smartphone or tablet. There’s even a built-in microphone so users can make phone calls as well, and it can connect to two different smartphones at the same time so DJ duties can be shared with passengers on road trips.
Sliding behind the wheel with a nearly dead smartphone and only a short drive to the next destination with little time for a charge? This quick-charging gizmo from Nonda is exactly what you need. It plugs into a 12-volt outlet and creates two fast-charging USB ports that Nonda claims can provide a 100 percent charge to two smartphones in under two hours. Connect the device to the companion app and it can also serve as a parking-location reminder, monitor the health of the vehicle’s battery, and track mileage, among other things.
In our opinion, there aren’t enough ways to keep cars organized, especially when kids are involved. Munchkin’s backseat organizer is perfect for stashing snacks, toys, diapers, a change of clothes, etc. so that the interior of your SUV or van doesn’t devolve into what amounts to a spilled toy chest.
Looking to upgrade your car charger to accommodate a fancy wireless-charging smartphone? iOttie’s new iTap 2 Wireless charging mounts are exactly what you’re looking for. Installation is a snap; just run the cord and plug in the base to a 12-volt outlet or USB port. The iTap 2 Wireless comes with one of three different mounts—dashboard, air vent, or CD slot mounts. Once installed, your smartphone sticks on via a magnet and charges quickly thanks to Qi-certified charging technology.
Sick of fishing for your phone every time you need to check directions or answer a phone call? Not only is that annoying, it’s unsafe! WeatherTech, purveyor of premium car floor liners, has launched CupFone, which fits a variety of cupholders and offers an extension to help position your phone exactly where you want it.
Backup cameras are federally required on new cars now, but for the millions of cars on the road that were built before the mandate, Nonda has a simple solution. This wireless backup camera broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal to a compatible smartphone and delivers a 170-degree wide-angle image and two gridlines to help you line up your parking spot. The camera itself mounts on your car’s license plate and goes two months between charges.
Nearly everyone has a smartphone nowadays—even Great-Aunt Beatrice—but not everyone has a vehicle that can communicate with their mobile device. Hum by Verizon changes that by providing vehicle diagnostics, roadside assistance, and more with help from a smartphone app. The HumX device costs $120 plus a $15 per month subscription, which includes hands-free calling and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. In other words, it makes any jalopy a safer and savvier mode of transportation.
WeatherTech makes many accessories for cars and trucks, but the company is known best for its full-coverage floor liners. Each mat is custom measured to ensure an exact fit, and the sides of the liners extend all the way up to collect and contain liquid, dirt, snow, road salt, and mud so nothing leaks onto your car’s factory carpeting. WeatherTech offers liners in a variety of colors and provides coverage for all rows of seating.
Need to protect your car’s carpet from dirt, melting snow, and road salt, but hate the look of rubber floor mats? GGBAILEY’s all-season textile mats could be a perfect fit. These mats are custom fitted and offered in either dark gray or beige. The tightly looped carpet easily traps liquids and dirt while the thick rubber backing and stitched vinyl edge help keep everything contained. These textile all-season floor mats are a great addition to your car’s winter wardrobe.
Like GGBAILEY’s all-season textile floor mats, these new, more rugged custom-cut mats intend to keep your carpets looking new, but their deeper channels and more absorbent materials provide additional protection from mud, snow, and moisture. If you frequently find yourself at dirty job sites or live in an area where snow and road salt are a yearly consideration, we’d suggest investing in a set, especially if you prefer the feeling of carpeting over rubber or hard plastic that’s more common among protective floor liners.
Dash cams aren’t just for making Russian traffic accident videos for YouTube, they serve to protect you and your car in the event of an accident here on American roads too. This infrared-capable cam from VAVA also offers a night-vision mode to help capture any potential incidents while driving at night. Having a recording showing unequivocally that the other driver caused the accident will save you hundreds in insurance premiums and help you avoid an unwarranted citation. This model also has a rear-facing camera that records the cabin, making it ideal for Uber or Lyft drivers who may need record of passenger behavior; it can also be used to record traffic stops.
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Additional reporting by Michael Aaron, Rich Ceppos, Brad Fick, Darren Fitzgerald, Daniel Golson, Max Mortimer, Michael Simari, Eric Stafford, and Alex Stoklosa.
From: Car and Driver
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