Some people can be a nightmare to buy for. They have enough socks, their taste in music and films changes almost by the day, and the last time you bought them a new shirt it was shoved to the back of the wardrobe by New Year’s Day.
But if you’re in need of a last-minute gift and the recipient happens to be a motorist, don’t despair. Here are some great gift ideas for the driver in your life.
Winter car kit
OK, it’s not the height of romance but, if they don’t have one already, a good winter car kit should be in any driver’s pillow case this Christmas. There are plenty to choose from, but many come with a foldable snow shovel, high visibility vest, LED torch, foil blanket, waterproof ponchos and booster cables, among other winter breakdown essentials. If the recipient does breakdown on a cold wintry night, it’s one gift that will be worth its weight in gold.
Off-roading or track racing
Inside many an enthusiastic motorist is a petrol-head bursting to get out. Feed his or her inner racer with a full throttle motoring experience day, which can mean anything from tearing up countryside tracks in a powerful 4X4 to negotiating hairpins and chicanes on a real racing circuit. You can even race dumper trucks, if that’s your thing!
Aston Martin calendar
Give them the gift of Aston Martin this Christmas! Not an actual Aston Martin, of course (maybe next year). Instead - and it’s a quite distant second to the car, admittedly - this limited edition Aston Martin 2015 calendar is beautifully designed and photographed, featuring 12 months of stunning cars pictured against awe inspiring scenery.
If the driver in your life likes to dress well, how about a pair of snazzy, car-themed cuff links to tie a stylish outfit together? There are several to choose from, but we think these car dial cuff links make a classy, unique stocking filler.
In car camera
On a practical note, in car cameras help to enhance road safety and protect drivers from fraudulent insurance claims. On a more flippant one, recording some incredible drives in picture perfect locations can be a lot of fun. This model has a night vision mode, 130 degree recording angle and a 4GB memory card.
Top Gear Daft Cars
You may think your own car has its eccentric moments, but these incredible – and incredibly daft - cars really are at the far end of the bizarre spectrum. They include amphibious saloons, solar powered hatchbacks and rockets on wheels, among many others.
Winter car check
One surprise present that will definitely be appreciated – you can get it as a little extra something if it doesn’t feel romantic or special enough – is booking his or her car in at your local Approved Garage for a winter once over. Because when you think about it, giving the gift of safe and reliable motoring this Christmas could be the most thoughtful gift of all.