Christmas Shopping list for the petrol head in your life
Hmm, Christmas and the never-ending questions over what presents to buy your loved ones.
For some it can be easy; a box of chocolates, a pair of shoes or a new games console. But what do you do about the car lovers in the family? How do you show them they’re truly loved this Christmas?
There’s a whole load of novelty gifts out there but some will be less well received than others so we’ve compiled the ultimate gift list for the resident mechanic, combining Christmas-themed items, workshop must-haves and car care packs.
We’ve included a range of price points, too, so there’s something for everyone this Christmas.
This limited-edition carnauba Xmas Tree Winter Wax from Power Waxed has a zesty, festive scent of fresh pine needles, and claims it’ll leave a durable, waterproof finish on your bodywork well into the New Year. Coming in a 150ml tin, it’s easy to apply and is ideal to protect your car if it’s going to be sat outside in the elements of the British winter.
Long lasting wax has festive scent.
Don’t get caught out in the cold with a flat battery when you return to your car after the festive break. This Bakth Auto EPS Mini Jump Starter is great to keep in the boot for anyone worried about being stranded on frozen mornings. It’s got a rubberised casing ideal for storing in a car and will give eight jump starts before needing a recharge. There are also USB ports to charge phones or tablets. Plus a three-mode torch is useful if you find yourself in darkness needing to breathe life into your battery.
While you might not have a Ferrari or Aston Martin in the garage this quirky little present will make you think again behind the wheel. The Ferrari 512 Sound Racer plugs in a car’s 12V socket and tunes in via the radio to give your economical four-cylinder diesel the exhaust note of a V12 supercar. It detects pulses from the alternator to adapt to the engine revs, making it almost realistic.
Fun gadget tunes into radio to give supercar sound experience.
This Autoglym Perfect Bodywork Gift Collection is ideal for anyone who cleans their car as well as they do the Christmas pots and pans. It’s got all the essentials you’ll need from bodywork shampoo, polish and protector and is suitable no matter what your model. Autoglym has been making car care products for years so this is a safe bet for a winning present.
All round kit ideal for detailed car care.
This beautiful leather Classic Tool Bag is ready to be filled with what’s needed to keep a classic on the road. It comes empty, but has a huge capacity for the highest-quality spanners, sockets and screwdrivers. It’s pricey but there’s even a box for small parts like bulbs and fuses. It’s a craftsman-made bag for the classic-car owner with style and will go down a storm under the tree.
Old school look is perfect for a classic car lover.
Ford is the biggest selling car manufacturer in the UK so this tailor made car cover from Richbrook should suit many. It’s approved by Ford and covers any model from Cortina to Capri and Fiesta to Focus. The Richbrook Ford Tailor Made Car Cover is ideal to tuck up your pride and joy over winter with its lightweight UV-reflecting fabric. It’s mainly an outdoor cover but the breathable membrane means it’ll work indoors too.
Tailor made cover is approved by Ford.
If your loved one likes to clean and polish their car, the Gtechniq Essential Maintenance Kit is a superb gift. It’s got everything you’ll need to keep a car in tiptop condition and the handy carry case includes 500ml of Gwash, W6 Iron and General Fallout Remover for wheel cleaning. There’s tyre dressing, quick detailing for the bodywork, glass cleaner and bug remover, too. A real one-stop shop for car care.
This great kit covers all aspect of car care.
You might have bought the Classic Tool Bag above – or have one of your own already – but if you’re looking to fill either, the Halfords Advanced Professional 200 Piece Socket and Ratchet Spanner Set should be on your list. It’s got every item you can think of from 1/4, 3/8 and half-inch drive wrenches with metric, imperial and deep sockets to extension bars. There are adaptors to mix and match drives, plus metric ratchet spanners plus hex, torx and screwdriver bits. Unless your car is glued together, you’ll be able to work on it with this kit.
Huge set contains everything you could need to work on your car.
While digital tyre pressure monitoring systems are standard on most new cars, this RaceX Tyre pressure gauge is a great gift for anyone with an older car. It’s small and lightweight and can be stored in its plastic case in the boot. It’s within one psi of British Standard and it’s extremely easy to use, too. There’s a clear dial and the easy air release button make it a doddle to keep your tyres up to scratch.
Great design and functionality set this gauge apart.
If your loved one loves looking after and tinkering with their motor, there’s a decent chance they like taking it out for a spin, too. Why not then, consider the best sat nav around so they don’t get lost. The TomTom has world maps for free and will give live traffic info, too. Speed camera alerts, traffic warnings and near perfect route planning mean this will make a great Christmas gift for any motorist.
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