Is your kid obsessed with wheels, horns and all things that go “vroom”? Congratulations! Your holiday shopping is about to get a whole lot easier. KSL Cars has compiled a list of some of the highest-rated, most popular toys and gifts for your car enthusiast child.
While some older kids might enjoy a day at the track or other automotive experiences, the youngest car fans will probably prefer something they can unwrap and play with. Some of these ideas might even take you back to your own childhood.
Hot Wheels Cars and Tracks
Since 1968, Hot Wheels cars and track sets have been delighting car enthusiasts both young and old. The beauty of this popular brand is that there will always be more cars for your kids to add to the collection, so you’ll never run out of birthday and holiday gift ideas. If this is your first foray into the scale model car scene, start things off with a pack of 10 Hot Wheels cars, such as this No. 1 best seller from Amazon. Add a Hot Wheels garage or Mega Track Pack to the list, and you’ll have one happy little car fan on Christmas morning. You’ll soon understand why these toys have tens of thousands of five-star reviews.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Cars Set
For your youngest automotive fans (ages 3 and up), this wooden car set from Melissa & Doug is perfect for little hands working on their fine motor skills (pun intended). The words most reviewers use to describe these little cars are “durable” and “sturdy,” so they may even last through your grandkids.
‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean
Arguably the most iconic movie car of all time, the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future” has been on many holiday wish lists since its 1985 debut. This Playmobil version — complete with gull-wing doors, a flux capacitor and Marty and Doc figurines — makes the perfect gift for your car enthusiast child. It’s recommended for ages 6 and up.
Remote Control Car
Few things fill a kid’s heart with more joy than the thrill of racing, spinning and crashing a remote control car. The only hard part is deciding which one to buy. You don’t want something cheap that will fall apart the minute it hits a wall, but you probably don’t want a professional-level racer if you’re giving this to an 8 year old. Popular Mechanics lists the BEZGAR Off-Road Monster Truck as the best remote control car overall. But if you’re looking for something that can do stunts and flips, this Amazon’s Choice car should do the trick.
Lightning McQueen may have retired his racing wheels in the movies, but merchandise from this beloved franchise is still going strong with kids around the globe. If your child isn’t just a cars fan but a “Cars” fan, this Color Changers 3-Pack makes a great stocking stuffer. Or, if you’re looking for something bigger, check out this Carrera race set featuring Lightning and Dinoco Cruz.
Speaking of stocking stuffers, this pack of 20 Micro Machines on Amazon covers all sorts of bases for your mini car lover — and it may hit you with pangs of nostalgia. In addition to classic cars, it includes a police car, a tractor, a tow truck, a backhoe, a mail truck and more. You can add them to the collection you've curated since the ‘80s.
Big & Fast Cars Book
Jam-packed with photos, facts, figures, jokes and activities, the “Road & Track Crew Big & Fast Cars” book is the ultimate gift for kids who love cars. They’ll learn all about the first rocket car, the guy who created the Batmobile, what it’s like to be a Hollywood stunt driver and other fascinating, page-turning tidbits about famous vehicles.
Car Building STEM Kit
For parents who want the double whammy of a fun toy that also gets your child’s brain firing on all cylinders, check out this car building STEM kit. Just imagine the sense of pride and accomplishment once they assemble the remote control and solar-powered racers on their own.
Electric Ride-On Car
Nothing makes a kid feel cooler than being able to drive a car like the grown-ups do. If you’re feeling especially generous, swing for the fence with an electric ride-on car. This is one of the highest-rated electric kid cars on Amazon with over 11,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating. Just make sure to tell the kids that this was your idea, so Santa doesn’t steal all the credit.
For Your Teenager
While the younger kids may love the toys, the 16 and older crowd really only wants one thing: a real car. That may feel like an elaborate purchase for some, but KSL Cars has thousands of listings for both new and used vehicles that can fit any price range. And considering this cuts down your carpooling duties, it’s really a gift for yourself.
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