In the battle for the hearts and minds of today’s youth, it’s important to start kids down the right path early. That means surrounding them with love, support—and lots and lots of cars.
Seriously, it’s never too early to ignite and stoke their passion for all things automotive, and the holidays are the perfect time to do it. Here are a few gift ideas that’ll make the budding hot rodder in your family happy—and you, jealous.
Slot cars have been around seemingly forever—like, since the 1960s! The Carrera Evolution slot car set carries on the tradition with more than 24 feet of track and two iconic 1:32 scale 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona muscle cars. The set also includes an analog lap counter to keep track of the action, plus guardrails, 120V/14.8V power transformer, a pair of handheld two-speed controllers, and more!
OK—so your kid has already whooped you in H-O-R-S-E and made a soprano out of you in backyard whiffle ball. Here’s where you can still stand tall: reaction time. Prove you’re still king of the dragstrip with this Summit Pro Racing Dragway. It features a professional-style Christmas tree that illuminates all the yellow lights simultaneously, then the green. Just line up your 1:64 scale cars at the starting line and get ready for a 13-foot shootout complete with a win light so there’s no arguing about who gets the bragging rights.
Get your kid his first hot rod! A pedal car is a perfect gift for children ages 3-6, and this one will make your little hot rodder king of the neighborhood. The cars feature an all-steel body, chrome hubcaps and windshield, and color-coordinated seats—nice! Plus, it has five-position pedals, so this little ride can grow with your kids.
Who doesn’t like the Batmobile? Originally designed by George Barris of Barris Kustom City, this Batmobile model’s loaded with authentic details like bat-wing hubcaps, crime-fighting gadgets in the cabin (including a red hotline phone for Commissioner Gordon), chrome trim around the cockpit windows, and turbine exhaust port—all the stuff kids, big and small, love!
Fun and educational… is that even possible? Here’s proof positive that it is. Designed for ages 12 and up, this Dodge Hemi 1:4 scale model kit includes a combination of highly detailed die-cast and plastic parts—more than 125 in all. The working crankshaft even rotates the belts, pulleys, and fan! Help your aspiring gearhead build his or her first engine and then show it off on the included display stand.
1932 Ford Model Kit
If you can turn a screwdriver, you can build a ’32 Ford ! This kit comes with primed and ready-to-paint 1:18 scale die-cast body (complete with working doors, hood, and trunk) and a huge list of bolt-ons: two sets of wheels and tires, suspension components, a full set of fenders, exhaust parts, interior accessories, and more (over 200 pieces).
For the new generation of Hot Wheels fans, the Ramp it Up! Tote is not only a great way to store and transport Hot Wheels, but also a stunt driver’s paradise! It’s true—when unzipped, the compact, 8 x 8 carrier converts into a 21-inch square road course complete with dangerous crisscrossing roads, challenging tunnels, and actual 3D ramps that fold out from the sides. It even includes a bonus Hot Wheels car!
Traxxas touts the XL-5 Stadium RTR Truck as year-round fun even for the novice. A great idea for older kids—and adults who are children at heart—this 1/10-scale truck is powerful enough to drive through mud, water, and snow. It has a fiberglass-composite body and watertight-sealed electronics for year-round fun and adventure. Battery pack is included, too!