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Christmas gift ideas for a car enthusiast

Amelia S,
Monday, 07 December 2020

With the festive season around the corner and the gift-giving season gets into full swing, many of us are left clambering to find the perfect gift.

If you’re struggling to find Christmas gifts for your car-crazy friends and relatives this year, vehicle finance provider Moneybarn, have hand-picked a selection of under-the-tree presents and stocking fillers. 

Custom number plates

A fantastic gift for car enthusiasts and beyond is a personalised number plate.

Not only does it set your vehicle apart from everybody else’s on the road, it can also be a valuable investment. Some plates and designs increase in value over time based on their desirability – so you might also be giving them a surprise cash gift.

It will also no doubt help those that have a habit of forgetting their plate, whether it’s for booking an MOT or paying for parking – and best of all they look fantastic.

Track day

For any petrol-head, getting the chance to lay down some rubber in their dream car is about as good as it gets.

Track days are one of the best gifts money can buy for an avid motorist and, if done right, can be a fun day out for all the family.

Many tracks offer junior driving experiences (ages 10 – 17), as well as bring-your-own-car track days and supercar experiences, that are great for even the spectators to enjoy. 

Best of all, track day vouchers usually last for up to a year. So with the uncertainty surrounding the current climate, it gives your recipient enough time to enjoy their gift.

A car driving quickly on a race track

Onboard Virtual assistant

For older or somewhat more vintage cars, having a portable virtual assistant – like the amazon echo auto – can be a game-changing gift.

With the UK government’s changes to current legislation on mobile phone usage behind the wheel to outlaw any contact with a device, this gift will not only make it safer to drive but will bring any vehicle forward into the digital age.

With the ability to ask for directions, change music, and make calls completely hands free, it’s a present any motorist would welcome to their vehicle.

Cleaning hamper 

Every car enthusiast sees their vehicle as their prized possession – so naturally, they’ll clean and take much better care of it than the average road user. 

Car-related gifts don’t always have to be fancy. Something as simple as restocking their supply of car essentials like wax, shammies, air fresheners, motor oil, and antifreeze into a convenient package can go a long way.

It may not seem a lot but a bounty of useful essentials will be extremely well-received by those that care for their cars. 

Dashcam

These are the modern-day saviour for any regular motorist – whether they’re interested in cars or not.

They not only serve the practical functions of preventing insurance fraud, guarding against staged accidents, and drastically lowering insurance premiums, but they can be a surprising hub for nostalgia, as they capture your road-trip memories for you to re-live over again.

They’re an extremely useful add-on that can be bought on a budget with high-quality mid-range systems only setting you back around £100. Others can be bought for much cheaper, so don’t hesitate to shop around.

Charger and Bluetooth adapter

For many, it’s the gift that everybody needs but never thinks to buy. If your car is older than the year 2010, there’s a good chance your vehicle doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity built-in – especially in many of the budget hatchbacks made before that time.

Having a charger and Bluetooth adapter lets you power up your phone if you’ve forgotten the night before and listen to your favourite playlists through the car’s speaker system, simply by plugging into the cigarette lighter.

This gift idea is especially thoughtful for the tech-savvy young motorist in their first car and perfect for those needing to take business calls on long trips using hands-free, making it a solid all-around gift this Christmas.

Amelia S,
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