Let’s be honest, motoring enthusiasts are not difficult people to buy for, and it would not be incorrect to say you’re virtually spoilt for choice when it comes to the array of automotive gifts on offer. Frankly, the choice can be overwhelming, and the decision-making process hampered by procrastination.
But worry not, because we’ve done the hard work for you, picking out gifts that are both practical and enjoyable. From high-tech gadgets that enhance the driving experience to festive accessories that bring holiday cheer, look no further than this line-up of driving delights.
Heads-Up Display (HUD)
Many modern cars have heads-up displays (HUD) that transmit the speed of the car onto the screen ahead of you so you don’t have to look down at the instrument panel. Not only useful, especially as speed limits have been lowered in some places in the UK recently, but also safer, as you can maintain a view of the road ahead while monitoring your momentum.
There are several models available, all relatively simple to install and use. Here’s an example, the BNTTEAM M7 Universal HUD available on Amazon for £30.98.
Heated Steering Wheel Cover
Another wonderful feature often found on newer and higher-spec cars is the heated steering wheel. Driving your car in the cold winter months is a greatly improved experience with a toasty helm to handle. Again, head over to Amazon and search for Heated Steering Wheel Cover, for a selection of wheel cosies starting from under £20. They come in various designs, including suitably festive themes!
High-Definition Dash Cam
Dash Cameras can help lower insurance premiums, and some top-end versions are designed to keep your car safe from theft or vandalism as they monitor your car constantly, even when it’s parked. They can range from as little as £30 for basic cams like the top seller on Amazon, the Orskey Dashcam for £42.69.
Cameras that run 24/7 and monitor for theft and vandalism can be expensive to purchase and install. But some more affordable examples are available, like the 70mai Dash Cam Omni 360°, which records an all-round view and connects to an app on your phone. Price is £199.99.
Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, they say, and grabbing some munchies on the move when you're stuck in Christmas traffic jams is a must, but can leave crumbs on your seats. Combining that with dirt in your footwell, car owners need a cleaning companion like the VacLife Handheld Vacuum, for £62.50. It’s handy, powerful, and makes an ideal gift for neat freaks.
Bluetooth Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The importance of keeping your tyres in top condition and monitoring their pressure cannot be overstressed. They are your car’s sole contact with the ground, and no matter how good your car’s performance, handling and braking, it will all be pointless if your tyres aren’t as they should be.
But who wants to get out in crisp cold air and fiddle with tyre valve caps, especially if you’re wearing thick gloves, and then try to line up a tyre pressure monitor? Instead, try the amazing solar-powered wireless tyre pressure monitoring system. You simply replace the valve caps with sensors sending real-time data to an in-car display that charges itself by daylight. The TPMS Solar Wireless Tyre Pressure Monitor is £42.99.
Car Jump Starter and Power Bank
The cold can drain batteries, and we don’t just mean cars. These days we’re desperately reliant on our phones. The latest portable car jump starters can not only get your car going when the battery dies but also double as heavy-duty power banks. There are several devices available, like the NOCO Boost Sport GB20 500A UltraSafe Car Jump Starter and Power Pack, priced at £89.95.
It Makes Scents for Your Car!
Imagine stepping into a car that smells like Christmas! You can find the scent of pine or cinnamon to get that jingle bells feeling as soon as you get in your motor. The JINGLING Christmas Car Air Freshener Vent Clips are available in the shape of Santa, Rudolph, a snowman, or Christmas tree, from as little as £4.89.
Meanwhile, scrapcarcomparison.co.uk is offering that distinctive 'Old Car Smell' air fresheners. Teaming up with EcoScent, it's said to provide the 'comforting aroma of an old car - complete with notes of muddy dog walks, drive-thru dinners, and summer road trips'. It's available in limited quantities but for free if you fill in a form on before Sunday 17th December!
Christmas Decorations for Your Car!
Now we’re getting into the spirit! Why stop at Christmas decorations for your home? Bring some festive cheer to your car too. Try adorable Christmas Air Vent Clips, there are 11 pieces including miniature Santa, Snowman, and Christmas Tree for just £11.99.
How about a set of antlers and a red nose for your own roving Rudolph and sleigh? The Aohcae Christmas Car Reindeer Antlers & Nose is just £9.99, and there’s a big red nose to mount on the front of your car, whilst the Antlers clip onto your doors. Flight abilities optional!
Keeping with the reindeer theme, complete your Christmas-themed car decorations with the UOIMAG Reindeer Car Seat Cover Christmas Auto Seat Covers for £49.99 in a vibrant red pattern featuring flying reindeer. It will never fail to bring a smile to the driver and passengers!