With Christmas rapidly approaching, the number of shopping days left before the big day is ticking down at a rate of knots. We’ve rounded up some of the best presents for car fans to help ease your Christmas shopping blues.
Whether you’re after inexpensive gifts for friends or family or want to splash out on a big present, we’ve sifted through the web to find car fan-friendly offerings that should win you lots of brownie points come Christmas day.
Vintage car poster – £25-£75
If your loved one enjoys retro motoring, what could be a better gift than a vintage car wall poster? With bold designs and punchy colours these posters can brighten up the most drab of walls and are relatively inexpensive, with smaller ones being available for £25.
If their tastes are a little more contemporary, you could always opt for a more modern supercar poster or go for a classic Vettriano print, with prices starting from less than £10.
Driving experience – from £50
For those hankering after a supercar but lacking the budget, you can sate their appetite with a driving experience. With everything from supercar track driving to rally experiences or even stock car racing up for grabs, there should be an experience to suit your friends’ or relatives’ tastes.
Though many of these supercar experiences are costly at over £200, you can find brief ones for less than £50 or less well-known experiences like banger racing or stunt driving for less than £100.
Dash cam – from £50
You’ve probably seen the in-car videos of meteorites and crazy on-road antics in Russia. Most of these are filmed on dash cams – small cameras that fit to your windscreen to film the road ahead. These keep a record of your journeys and provide evidence in case you’re involved in a crash, so you can prove exactly who’s to blame.
Whether someone you know is concerned about scams on the road and would value a dash cam as a defence against these, or they would simply like to keep a record of their more scenic journeys, a dash cam could be the answer.
Models start from under £50, though many of these offer poor quality. Budget around £75 for a decent model, like the Transcend DrivePro 200.
Number plate – from £16
Though the most expensive number plate ever sold by the DVLA chalked up £518,000 at auction last week, a number of private plates can be bought from £250 for those who want to personalise their car.
If you’re after a number plate to use at home though, just £16 is enough to get a new plate made for your loved one and they can mount it in the garage or wherever else they spend their time.
Driving gloves – £30
You don’t have to drive a vintage car to have driving gloves – especially in December when temperatures are plummeting and these retro gloves can help to keep hands warm as well as offering a little extra style.
Just £30 is enough to find a pair of string-back driving gloves that your friends or family can wear year-round or save for special journeys.
Speedometer wall clock – £30
Not many people can afford a Bugatti, but we can all get our hands on a Bugatti speedometer clock. Whether you’re shopping for a Bugatti fan, an MG aficionado or a Ferrari buff, there are many affordable clocks out there that mimic the style of these famous machines.
With the numbers of many of these resembling the cars’ speedometers rather than running from one to 12, it may not be too easy to read the time, but they should successfully jazz up an empty wall.