A decent socket set
Every tinkerer needs a good socket set and the quality of the Halfords Advanced range is excellent. It comes with a no-quibble lifetime guarantee, and I can vouch that Halfords will honour that without question in the unlikely event that you break one of the tools.
There's a huge range to choose from at, but I’d be tempted by the 90-piece set, which includes a full complement of spanners, for the bargain price of £60.
A high-speed driving experience
For someone who’s been very, very good, how about the chance to drive a single-seater racing car around the world-famous Silverstone track? Virgin Experience Days start from £119.
Five of the best driving films
A good book
The Story of the Car by Giles Chapman, £12.99, is lavishly illustrated, makes a great stocking-filler and is perfect for showing your grandchildren the sort of cars you grew up with. Order at a discount from wordery.
The gift of peace and quiet
It may reflect my inner humbug but nothing beats being given permission to disappear for a while when the stress of entertaining all those rarely seen family members gets too much. A car-cleaning kit gives the curmudgeon in your life the perfect excuse to escape the festive hurly burly for a couple of hours.
Autoglym makes some of the best car-cleaning products in the world and while its Perfect Bodywork and Wheels Gift Collection isn’t cheap at £48, it contains everything they’ll need to spruce up the family jalopy.
Seven tips to get your car properly clean
A portable coffee maker
The caffeine addict in your life will love a Minipresso espresso maker from ProAdventure. Ideal for brewing up a roadside or campsite coffee, you’ll save the £47.95 purchase price in no time as you won’t have to detour into one of the coffee shop chains when the need to re-caffeinate strikes during a journey.
Know your coffee varieties
The paper tax disc might have gone the way of the dodo but its ghost lives on in Me and My Car’s funky personalized cufflinks, £40. You can have them with the date, car and registration number of your choice, a lovely way to evoke memories of a much-missed favourite car.
Five of the best starter classic cars
No, I’m not talking about buying your loved one a pair of socks! Petrolthreads has a vast range of high-quality T-shirts, featuring everything from Ayrton Senna to the Vincent Black Shadow motorbike.
However, my favourite is the one featuring the mighty Ford GT40. Never has £16.95 been better spent.
Limited edition art posters
Mark Fairhurst might be best known for his art deco-inspired cycling illustrations – and his book P is for Peleton: The A-Z of Cycling comes highly recommended – but he’s turned his prodigious talent to limited edition posters with a motoring slant, too. There really is something for everyone. Prices start at £65 for a signed, limited-edition A2 print.
How to save £100s when you decorate
Everyone needs a calendar and The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car is one of the most delightful I’ve seen in a long time. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the cars were photographed by James Mann, one of the most talented automotive photographers in the world.
It costs a ridiculously reasonable £8.21 from Amazon – a small price to pay to give the motorsport enthusiast in your life a daily reminder of how much you love them.
Stirling Moss on the 1955 Mille Miglia
I know a picnic rug might not sound like a terribly glamorous present but Holden Vintage and Classic has a wide range to suit all pockets, and one of its Welsh wool blankets, £39.99, would suit me very well indeed. They measure 54-inches square, and have a waterproof backing and an integrated carrying handle, making them ideal for the sort of foul-weather picnics we British seem to enjoy so much…
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