NASCAR holiday gift guide: Editors' picks
December 07, 2013, NASCAR.com
Perhaps you've gone into one of your favorite stores recently and seen the staff's recommendations and been influenced to buy "Betsy's pick" because Betsy is an insider. Well, this is our attempt at being just like "Betsy" as NASCAR.com editors George Winkler, Taylor Starer and Zack Albert share their gift ideas for the racing fan on your holiday list.
I can't think of a better way to start a man cave than with the clean look of this two-sided flag emblazoned with the famous No. 3. Simply stated, this flag will show guests that you mean business. Plus, it's a great icebreaker since every NASCAR fan seems to have their favorite story about The Intimidator. If it's "go-big" or "go-home" time, this gift definitely lands in the "go-big" category.
Kids of all ages, including this one, are bound to enjoy the thrill of receiving a NASCAR die-cast car thanks to the attention to detail that goes into them. The 1:24 scale fits perfectly under the tree, or the 1:64 scale works as a stocking stuffer. Plus, a trip through the Die-Cast Shop gives race fans a preview of some of the new looks for 2014, including this No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS for Dale Earnhardt Jr., complete with stripes on the rear quarter panel and a dusty 88 on the side.
Whether you're checking out preseason testing or planning to go to a night race in the 2014 season, it will be good to have a trusty hoodie along for the ride. And this one's a winner thanks to a soft fleece lining that is a pleasant surprise beneath a marled exterior that can hold up to the cold weather. I picked Jimmie Johnson because of the way his color scheme meshes well with the design, but other drivers are available in this look, too.
As a scarf enthusiast myself, I can't think of a better gift that I would want to open on Christmas morning than this adorable Raceway Fashionista Pashmina scarf. While the action may heat up on the track, there's no better way to stay warm in the stands than with this rhinestone-embellished NASCAR driver number accessory. Its light color and fringed ends make it an accessory that can complement any look for years to come.
My biggest complaint about non-zip outerwear is that I never fail to mess up my hair when I put it on or take it off. The Over the Wall Collection Full Zip Fleece Jacket is the perfect solution for that. Featuring thumb holes on the cuffs and your favorite driver's number stitched into the fabric, you'll be turning heads this holiday season.
For the woman who wants to dress in NASCAR gear, but also wants to stay fashionable, I present the Chase Authentics Ladies Varsity 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt. What I love most about this item is its subtleness. Its screen print graphic has a vintage feel with tire mark print, and the V-neck style allows you to show off your favorite driver number necklace at the same time.
If 43 has always been your number regardless of who was driving or what brand the car was, this retro Petty Enterprises cap from the NASCAR Classics line of clothes and die-casts has your name on it. There's a vintage feel to the timeless logo of one of stock-car racing's most legendary teams, plus plenty of Petty blue accents befitting of The King. Make an old-school statement about the sport's roots with this classic nod to NASCAR history.
There's plenty of cool throwback 1:24-scale die-cast cars under the NASCAR Classics lineup with names like Petty, Waltrip, Childress and Earnhardt above the door. But this menacing Olds piloted by Buddy Baker in the late '70s is just about the baddest of the bad. Baker drove the "Gray Ghost" livery to victory in the 1980 Daytona 500, a record for the fastest Great American Race that still stands. Dale Earnhardt Jr. liked the paint scheme so much, he drove a No. 88 "Gray Ghost" Chevrolet in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Now here's a perfect 10. What better way to protect your footsies from the winter elements while showing your support for one of NASCAR's most popular drivers than these bright Danica Patrick duck boots? Neutral color? No way. Slosh through rain, sleet and snow in style. Danica would.
Give the littlest NASCAR fans in your life the gift of hours of floor time with an interactive play rug. It's the ideal venue for your child (or adult child) to recreate NASCAR action with their collection of miniature cars. A vibrant imagination will turn this play track into a virtual day at the races or an impromptu 200-mph traffic jam, perfect for counting down the offseason days until the 2014 season.
For all your NASCAR holiday shopping needs, visit the Superstore and don't forget to take advantage of the holiday specials listed within.