Christmas gifts for motorists

Carlton Boyce / 21 November 2016

Your guide to buying gifts for the car enthusiast in your life

We all love Christmas, but I can only stand so many Top Gear annuals and novelty car-themed socks before I start to regret that my family define me in terms of an easily pleased petrolhead rather than a discerning consumer.

If you’re in the same boat, then why not print this out and leave it lying around with your present of choice conveniently circled?

Stocking fillers

Any of these three gifts would make ideal stocking fillers, and all just about qualify as pocket money presents from your grandchildren...

Many of us dream of building our very own campervan, and this £20 ‘How To’ manual makes it look so easy that I might just try. That the author claims it can be done for under £1,000 including buying the base vehicle, which only makes it all the more irresistible…

Ordnance Survey road atlases are making something of a comeback and £5.99 seems like a real bargain when it means you get to lay your hands on the definitive map of the area you’re touring.

The Racex tyre pressure gauge scores top marks for accuracy, making it the ideal gift for the safety conscious motorist who knows that forecourt gauges can’t be relied upon. It costs just £11.99 from Halfords and comes with its own case.

Review: Build Your Own Dream Camper Van for less than £1000

If you want to splash out…

It’s time to cash in all the brownie points you’ve accrued throughout the year if you want to be able to choose something from this list:

First up is the simply brilliant handpresso handcoffee auto. It uses coffee pods and your car’s 12V power socket to produce a cup of coffee that is considerably nicer – and much cheaper – than anything you’re likely to find in a roadside café or service station. It costs around £80 plus the cost of the coffee pods.

Titanium spanners are an utter indulgence, but something your inner racing driver will love. They weigh so little they appear to float in your hand, which makes their £85 price tag seem very reasonable to me, even if my wife disagrees…

Finally, then WorkshopPlus SmartBox (£69.99) is a piece of pocket-sized wizardry that has saved my bacon a couple of times already. It packs a mighty punch when you need it to jumpstart a car’s flat battery but is delicate enough to charge my iPhone and camera batteries too. It’s not a sexy present, but it is a very, very useful one.

Review: WorkshopPlus SmartBox

Presents for drivers who’ve been very good indeed

If you’ve been very good indeed, then the lucky petrolhead might just wake up on Christmas Day to find that Santa has left one of these under the tree.

No one needs a Mercedes Unimog made of Lego but almost everyone I know wants one. No, it’s not cheap at around £250 but the 2,000-piece kit will provide hours of fun in the building of it and it might just stimulate your grandchild’s inner engineer. It’s discontinued now but Amazon still has a few in stock if you’re quick.

The Cair-O-Port car cover might cost around £500 but it’s a must-have for anyone who treasures his or her classic car. It creates a microclimate that not only dries wet cars but also helps preserve them in the long-term when you put classic car into hibernation for the winter.

The Irvin is the original and, most will argue, the best sheepskin flying jacket in the world. Aviation Leathercraft owns the copyright to it and produces a faithful replica of the original. As they also sell flying jackets to the RAF, you should be safe buying one for use in your open-top sports car! Prices start at £670.

Or you could try to win one of these Porsche 911 Boxer engine kits as a late Christmas treat - find out how here

We've another motoring Christmas gift guide if you'd like a few more ideas...

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