The Christmas gifts to get the petrolhead in your life
It can be tough to know what to buy people at Christmas – we’ve got you covered with this guide to motoring-related gifts
The festive season is upon us, and present shopping for the big day is well and truly underway — but what do you get for the car-mad person in your life?
We’ve put together a list of the ideal presents for petrolheads, and with a variety of different prices there’s sure to be something for every budget.
Xbox One X with Forza Motorsport 7 and Horizon 4 — £399
Racing games are something anyone can enjoy — be it the kid who’s got another decade to wait before being able to get behind the wheel of a real car, or the older enthusiast with a garage full of exotica. We’ve picked out this Xbox One X bundle, which comes with the track-oriented Forza Motorsport 7 and its sister title Forza Horizon 4, which takes place in an open-world recreation of Britain — covering all the bases.
Autoglym bodywork, wheels and interior gift set — £64
Every car enthusiast will want to keep their motor looking as good as the day it came out of the showroom, so why not treat the enthusiast in your life to a full valeting kit from Autoglym? With gear suited for cleaning bodywork, wheels
and interior respectively, there’s products to cover all bases for a reasonable price.
Car show tickets — varies
There are few better ways to spend a day out for a petrolhead than attending a car show, and there’s all sorts taking place up and down the country to appeal to all tastes. Your recipient a fan of classics? Bicester’s Sunday Scramble has that covered. Prefers heavily modified machinery? Japfest at Silverstone can appeal to that taste. There’s countless more at great prices too, so have a look around.
McLaren x Gandys MCL33 Halo Edition Flip Flop — £24
Earlier this year, McLaren teamed with fashion firm Gandys to create a flip flop in celebration of the introduction of the ‘halo’ to F1 — which many believe look like the footwear. Decked out in McLaren orange with a blue strap, your loved one will be racing into summer with these.
Nextbase 412GW dash cam – £129.99
Dashcams get something of a bad rap thanks to terrible drivers and the magic of the internet, but they’re still a great way to combat the threat of crash-for-cash scammers. This mid-range Nextbase offers really good-quality footage and is super-easy to use too.
Porsche 911 speaker – £799
There’s nothing quite like the sound of a Porsche 911. But for those whom the rear-engined sports car noise is a dream too far, then there’s this Bluetooth speaker crafted from the exit pipes of a 911 GT3. With a full aluminium housing, this speaker has a battery life of close to 24 hours.
Piloti driving shoes – from £139
Serious drivers need serious shoes — right? However, it’s undeniable that if turning up to a social event in race boots will make anyone look like a wally. Piloti shoes combine stylish Italian-designed uppers with proper heel support to make long drives easy and stylish.
Off-road driving experience at Eastnor Castle – from £129
Off-road driving is a seriously fun way to waste a day and is a bit different to the usual supercar track experience. Land Rover runs experiences like this across the country in its range of unstoppable off-roaders, and a taster session starts from just £129.
Pashley Morgan-8 bicycle – £1595
Morgan may be famed for its use of wooden and aluminium construction in its cars, but this bicycle – the Pashley Morgan-8 – takes this ethos and applies it to two wheels. You get a classy ‘Pearl Grey’ paint scheme along with black wood veneer mudguards which combine to get you as close as you could be to a Morgan with handlebars.
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