Tis' the season of giving, and with the holidays fast approaching, the spotlight is on one thing: gifts! If there's a racing fan in your life though, you may be wondering what the best sim racing gifts are to get this year, especially if you're not into racing yourself. Fortunately, we've put together a list of 11 great ideas to help you out.
Our lineup covers everything from the best racing wheels to online gift cards for PlayStation and Xbox if you're just not sure what to buy exactly. The point being, whatever you're after, our list of top picks has every base covered.
So, if you're looking to make this festive period the best yet for that beloved racing fan in your life, or perhaps you're looking for a gift to buy yourself, our guide is here to help. Let's not waste any more time and jump right into it...
Best sim racing gift ideas
- Logitech G923 Racing Wheel and Pedals - a full package for any platform
- Logitech G Driving Force Shifter - a manual shifter to pair with a wheel
- Thrustmaster T-LCM Pedals - brake later and accelerate faster
- Fanatec CSL DD Ready2Race R300 Bundle - a complete sim racing package
- Fanatec GT DD Pro Wheel Base - level up to Direct Drive
- GT Omega Classic Wheel Stand - a place to mount that racing wheel
- Playseat Challenge Racing Cockpit - a stand and a seat in one
- aikeec 64-Bit USB Handbrake - perfect for rally stages and drifting
- Alpinestars Tech 1-K Race V2 Gloves - add an extra element of realism
- Chillblast Racing Legends Gaming PCs - use code LEGEND60 for £60 off
- PlayStation Store Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card - spend on whatever's needed
1. Logitech G923 Wheel and Pedals
Best racing wheel gift idea
Perhaps the best gift you can buy any keen racer is a sim wheel and pedal set, if they don't already own them, of course. The Logitech G923 stands out as a great gift option in this field as it's not overly expensive, and it's compatible with both the PlayStation and Xbox, provided you buy the correct version.
This wheel will also allow you or a loved one to enjoy the thrill of Force Feedback, a simulation technique that aims to replicate the experience of racing in-game with the conditions of racing in real life. Therefore, this wheel and pedal set is the ultimate gift for in-game immersion.
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2. Logitech G Driving Force Shifter
Best racing shifter gift idea
Pairing the Logitech G923 racing wheel with its perfect counterpart, the Logitech G Driving Force Shifter, can elevate the racing experience to a whole new level.
This gear stick is a seamless match, providing impeccable compatibility across all platforms. Its classic H-pattern design is ideal for navigating older cars in games like Gran Turismo, giving enthusiasts an authentic and immersive feel. Again, this gear stick is inexpensive and, therefore, a top pick for anyone looking to expertly time their gear shifts to dominate the track.
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3. Thrustmaster T-LCM Pedals
Best racing pedal gift idea
The pedals that come with the likes of the Logitech G923 are good, but investing in an individual set, such as these Thrustmaster T-LCM pedals, can take you or any loved one's pedal module to a whole new level.
They're a universal fit, working seamlessly across all platforms, and they feature cutting-edge 100kg load cell technology, giving a realistic sensation of pressure under your feet. Plus, with Thrustmaster's HallEffect AccuRate Technology (H.E.A.R.T), durability is a given, ensuring these pedals stay top-notch for years of use.
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4. Fanatec CSL DD Ready2Race R300 Bundle
Best sim racing bundle gift idea
If you want to buy a gift that can essential set any racing fan up for the foreseeable future, consider investing in something like the new Fanatec CSL DD Ready2Race R300 bundle, as it includes a wheel, a premium set of pedals, and an incredible Direct Drive wheel base.
Direct Drive is similar to Force Feedback in that it replicates in-game conditions as if it were real life. However, it differs in that the technology involves mounting a racing wheel directly onto the motor, granting the user more direct and unfiltered feedback as a result.
It's slightly pricier to own all of this excellence, but if you really want to treat yourself, a family member, or a friend this festive period, this racing bundle has everything needed to set you/them up for a long time to come.
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5. Fanatec GT DD Pro Wheel Base
Best wheel base gift idea
If the above bundle is a little too much, then perhaps investing in a Direct Drive wheel base such as the Fanatec GT DD Pro is your next best bet if you're struggling to think of a way to upgrade a racing setup this holiday season.
Besides, if you or the person you're buying for already has a wheel, then you don't need to go all in on buying a brand-new wheel with this option. Delivering 5 Nm of torque as standard, it's bound to blow the socks off anyone you buy it for.
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6. GT Omega Classic Wheel Stand
Best wheel base gift idea
So you've got the wheel, pedals, shifter, and so on. You or a loved one is also going to need somewhere to mount all this gear. Enter the GT Omega Classic Wheel Stand.
This sturdy, adjustable bit of kit is compatible with Logitech, Thrustmaster, and Fanatec racing equipment, and it can be folded away once you're finished racing. That means you won't be annoying any partners or family members by gifting this stand either.
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7. Playseat Challenge Racing Cockpit
Best racing seat gift idea
You can take things a step further and invest in a full-on racing cockpit, like this Playseat Challenge, as a gift if you want to go all-in and provide a seat with a stand. This particular option isn't that expensive either, making it great for those who don't exactly want to break the bank by buying a present.
This seat aims to provide a realistic racing sensation with its design. It's also foldable, meaning it can be compacted away when not in use to free up floor space to, once again, avoid annoying any living companions.
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8. aikeec 64-Bit USB Handbrake
Best racing handbrake gift idea
A handbrake may not be essential for most racing games, but for rally stages and drifting, owning a handbrake can become much more beneficial for the added control one can bring.
This aikeec bit of kit stands out as a great gift in this category thanks to its premium build of aluminium and steel, hall-effect precision technology for added realism, and its relatively inexpensive price tag to keep costs a little lower this holiday season.
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9. Alpinestars Tech 1-K Race V2 Gloves
Best racing gloves gift ideas
This entry is a little more fun and perhaps best suited to the racing fan who already has everything. However, the Alpinestars Tech 1-K gloves aren't just a novelty, as they can bring an extra element of realism to any home sim setup.
They do have their use too, especially in winter if you want to keep you or a loved one's hands warm. They won't be hot though, as the gloves are made from mesh with lycra fourchettes promoting comfort, airflow, and durability. They also feature elasticated wrists for essentially one-size-fits-all entry.
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10. Chillblast Racing Legends Gaming PCs
Best gaming PC for racing games gift idea
If you or someone you know likes racing but doesn't have a platform to play racing games on, you'll want to check out Chillblast's range of Racing Legends Gaming PCs, all specced and ready-to-play games like iRacing, Assetto Corsa, and F1.
The one pictured and linked above is a particularly great option as it comes with an NVIDIA RTX 4070 GPU, an Intel Core i5 CPU with 14 cores, 2TBs of storage, plus 32GB in total DDR5 RAM. And then there's the outside, encased in the iconic light blue and orange Gulf colours made famous by the Ford GT40 at Le Mans 1968.
It's the ultimate gift or present to yourself if you're seriously into racing games or gaming in general, and you can save £60 on the Racing Legends range with the code LEGEND60, making it an even better option to consider. Code expires end of December.
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11. PlayStation / Xbox Gift Card
Best console racing gift ideas
If you're completely unsure what to buy the racing fan in your life, consider investing in a gift card, as it means you don't have to worry about buying the correct game, equipment, or in-game currency yourself.
With a gift card, you're giving the recipient complete freedom to buy whatever they want from the online store, or they can use it to invest in an online pass to race with their friends across the world.
A gift card provides a freedom you don't get with other options on the list, although we appreciate it's not completely racing-related... However, we feel it's a great way to round off our sim racing gift idea collection.