Top 10 Car Gifts for 2012

For many of us, the biggest challenge of the holidays concerns coming up with gift ideas for those on our shopping lists. Of course, when it comes to gift buying, the best route to take involves figuring out what a person's interests are and using this knowledge to shop appropriately.

If you're shopping for gifts for a car lover or anyone who owns a car — then your job just got a little bit easier. The 10 suggestions listed below are all car-themed, and run the gamut from the practical to the whimsical. Our top car gift ideas are shown in alphabetical order.

  1. Bentley Collection Brake Pedal Cufflinks

    Bentley Collection Brake Pedal Cufflinks — $103.23
    Not everyone can afford the coddling luxury of a Bentley sedan, but you can gift a little bit of that Bentley magic to someone on your list via these stylish cufflinks. Shaped like a vintage Bentley brake pedal, these links feature T-bar fastenings and are presented in a handsome black gift box.

  • Brugo Mug

    Brugo Mug— $19.95
    Many drivers enjoy a toasty mug of coffee in the car on the way to work in the morning. This ritual comes with certain challenges — namely, avoiding spillage and keeping the beverage warm. The Brugo mug addresses both these issues, with its spill-proof lid and temperature-controlled chamber.

  • Fifty Cars That Changed the World

    Fifty Cars That Changed the World by Design Museum — $13.73
    This coffee table book is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of design. Compiled by London's Design Museum — which touts itself as the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design — this tome pays tribute to the most iconic heavy-hitters of the car world, going all the way back to the Ford Model T, and including memorable choices like the Volkswagen Beetle and Jaguar E-Type.

  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    Gone in 60 Seconds Blu-Ray and DVD — $12.96
    No, this isn't the 2000 remake with Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie; this is the 1974 original, directed by H.B. Halicki. Featuring a 40-minute chase sequence that USA Today calls "one of the greatest car chase scenes in history," this movie is the visceral, CGI-free template upon which all subsequent car-chase movies have been based. Included are a ton of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

  • Heated Ice Scraper

    Heated Ice Scraper — $19.95
    This device can be a real time saver for drivers living in colder climes. It comes with a flashlight, a built-in mini squeegee and a 15-foot DC cord that plugs into a car's lighter.

  • Lunchbox Stove

    Lunchbox Stove — $59.95
    Especially useful on road trips, this stove features two cooking surfaces and reaches temperatures of up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. It's powered by plugging it into a car's lighter port. Keep in mind, though, that the stove is smaller than it appears in the photos, and is more suitable for heating up snacks than cooking a full meal.

  • Petrolcide T-Shirt

    Petrolcide T-Shirt — $17.50
    If you've got someone on your list who's a die-hard, green-minded electric-car supporter, he'll probably appreciate this T-shirt. It pulls no punches in making a graphic case against gas consumption.

  • Rustic Warriors Auto Part Chess Set

    Rustic Warriors Auto Part Chess Set — $277.95
    This one is a no-brainer if you're shopping for someone who likes both cars and a good game of chess. Created by artist Armando Ramirez, each piece is sculpted from automobile parts. If the heads of the bishops look familiar, it's because they're made from NGK and AC Delco spark plugs.

  • Summit Pro Racing Dragway

    Summit Pro Racing Dragway — $119.95
    For the young or the young at heart, this dragway offers the thrills of drag racing in highly detailed 1:64 scale. It features 13 feet of slot car track, two Team Summit Pro Stock Camaro racecars, a power pack, two variable-speed controllers and a Sportsman/Pro LED Christmas tree with functioning red foul lights. Additional cars and track may be purchased to expand the experience.

  • Whistle Key Finder

    Whistle Key Finder — $5.95
    We've all known the frustration and wasted time that comes with misplacing car keys. With the whistle key finder attached to his keychain, all a driver needs to do is whistle, and the device will emit an audible chirp to alert him to the location of the missing keys. A built-in flashlight is also included.