The best motoring-related Christmas gifts of 2017
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the petrolhead in your life or just looking to make Christmas as car crazy as possible, we’ve scoured the internet to collect a bunch of gift ideas for all ages and budgets.
Those with a love of all things fast and four-wheeled can be notoriously tough to buy for. So whether it’s for him, her, or a child, and no matter the budget, we’ve got gift ideas for everyone. That should help make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier.
Original Bentley engine-part cufflinks
From: Me and my car
If you can afford a Bentley chances are you can afford a set of £130 cufflinks, and what better way to show of your love for the manufacturer than with these?
These fantastic cufflinks are made from the vintage RH2146 bearings used in the V8 engines of Bentley and Rolls-Royce in the 1950s and 60's.
Needless to say, these manufacturers have always been associated with style and luxury and this pair of upcycled cufflinks live up to this heritage.
A good racing game always goes down a treat for petrolheads and one of the better options out there is the recently released GT Sport for PS4.
The latest instalment in the Gran Turismo series offers armchair racers 40 courses, 17 locations and over 150 models to choose from.
When they’re finished with the sprite version, here’s our five fave cars from GT Sport they can lease in real life.
Chequered flag umbrella
From: Auto Regalia
This classy king-size umbrella is black with a subtle chequered panel similar to a motorsport finish flag, but as an added touch the unique handle resembles a gear shift knob in classic polished wooden finish.
Ensure you or your loved one gets pole position with this awesome gift.
Gearstick bottle stopper
From: Me and my car
You should never drink and drive. But you can give Christmas dinner a car-related twist by ensuring the bottle of bubbly you’re sipping with your Turkey dinner is kept sparkling with this gear-stick bottle stopper.
The tapered rubber seal ensures a tight fit for all wine bottle sizes and will also fit port bottles. Just wait until after the meal is over before you go into fifth gear…
From: Mercedes-Benz store
With a chill in the air, what better way to get warm this Christmas than with a fine bit of German engineering?
This high-quality knitted scarf has delicately shimmering silver-coloured sequins integrated into the knit, and with the famed star logo embossed on a brown leather patch it lends the scarf a subtle glamour.
BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Ferrari
From: Look Fantastic
Stylists, start your engines and dry your hair the fastest way possible with this BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Ferrari hairdryer.
No it’s not just some tacky branding, this hairdryers motor is made from genuine Ferrari parts including a new design that ensures a maximum airspeed of 80mph. That’s almost as fast as one of their cars… and is probably as close as any of us will get to one.
For the kids
Haynes ‘Build Your Own V8 Car Engine’
We’re unabashed in our love of all things V8 – in fact here’s the top eight V8s you can lease through ContractHireAndLeasing – so this great little father-son activity (or solo build for the budding genius engineer in your household) is an ideal entry-way into becoming as enamoured with the engine as we are.
Containing nearly 300 pieces and a Haynes style manual giving you step-by-step instructions and information about the V8 Engine, the finished model features sound recorded from a real V8 as well as illuminating spark plugs. Just don’t try putting it in your child’s electric ride-on…
Black Jeep 6V electric ride-on
Speaking of which, if you want to cultivate a child’s love of all things automobile, an electric ride-on is a great way to get them in a motoring frame of mind.
This bad ass Jeep has cool engine sounds and a working horn and with speeds of up to 1.5m/h, the Jeep features forward and reverse drive with a simple shift of the gear stick and foot-pedal operation. What’s more it’s a true all-terrain vehicle thanks to the rugged tyres which offer great grip on indoor and outdoor play areas.
Lego Caterham Seven 620R
From: Lego Shop
If you feel intimidated by the thought of building your very own Caterham, why not try it on a smaller scale with your child before you take the plunge into bonafide kit-car craziness?
This set includes over 770 pieces and measures 10cm high, 28cm long and 14cm wide when finished.
Packed with authentic details, it features a removable nose cone, engine and engine cover, and an opening boot containing axle stands. An ideal gift for master builders and car enthusiasts with a love of classic sports cars.
Tesla (smartphone) Supercharger
A must-have for any EV enthusiast in your household, this unofficial charging cable for your smartphone has been designed to look exactly like a Tesla Supercharger.
Made to order, 3D printed and ready-to-charge with preassembled Micro-USB / USB-C / Apple Lightning cable, these truly are as a exclusive as a Tesla itself.
Chocolate road signs
From: Not on the High Street
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without chocolate, and what better way to munch away the road rage from unannounced Christmas roadworks than by biting the offending sign in half?
Each tin contains 15 assorted roads signs which are foil wrapped and made from solid chocolate. Even better they’re suitable for vegetarians and gluten free.
Wrenchware cutlery set
Can’t stand being away from your tools for even five minutes? This unique cutlery set will put your mind at ease, allowing you to work on your Christmas dinner in peace by making some manual adjustments to your roast potatoes and wrenching the brussel sprouts.
Made from stainless steel and coming in a unique tool box, the knife, fork and spoon tools will make any meal a customisable treat.
Porsche 911 Turbo wheel rim clock
From: Design 911 UK
Want to go for the wow factor this Christmas? Look no further than this 8kg clock which is custom built by Porsche and made using a genuine 911 Turbo 20in alloy. The price may make your eyes water but it is a rim from a £145,000 sports car after all.
1962 Ferrari 268 SP front end replica
From: Ferrari Store
Described as “a prestigious object dedicated to true Maranello enthusiasts”, this sculpture is a 1:1 replica of the front bumper from a 1962 Ferrari 268 SP and errs slightly from Christmas gift to “I’ve sold my kidney for this future family heirloom”.