Last-minute Christmas gifts for the car fanatic in your life
The Christmas season is now well and truly upon us and the big day itself is fast approaching. If (like many of us) you haven’t learnt the lessons of last year and have left sorting out the presents until the last minute again, don’t despair!
We’ve put together a list of some of the very best car-related gifts for the petrol head in your life so that your loved one will be delighted with what they open on 25 December – and you can breathe a sigh of relief!
Prezzybox.com is full of all kinds of quirky and serious gifts, and plenty which are perfect for car lovers. Here are some examples of what they have to offer this year:
Yeti glove ice scraper
Why has no-one thought of this before?! Available here for just £5.95, this is a fully functioning ice scraper with a difference – it’s concealed by a glove which looks like a Yeti’s hand. This product has two great things going for it:
- It will keep your hand toasty as you scrape away the morning ice
- It will really confuse your neighbours
Frog grippy mat
Much more than a novelty item, the frog grippy mat is actually a really useful piece of kit. This anti-slip mat is a great gift idea for anyone you know who is always losing their wallet, phone or anything else in the car. We all know how frustrating it can be when you’re driving along and something slips from wherever you’ve placed it. With this clever product, the days of scrabbling around on the floor in the dark will be a thing of the past! Unlike other such items on the market, it is resistant to high levels of heat, which means things you’ve put on it won’t come unstuck as soon as the sun comes out. The price is also a bonus: you can get the grippy mat for only £7.95.
Oil shower gel
If you know someone who is always tinkering around with their car but isn’t quite as keen on cleaning up afterwards, this present might just help to point them in the direction of the shower. Cleverly designed to look like an oil drum, it is actually filled with cherry-scented shower gel; at the very least, whoever you buy it for is bound to get the hint! This one’s priced at £5.95 and can be ordered here.
Breathalyser keyring tester
Most of us enjoy a drink at Christmas, but mixing that with driving is never a good idea. For £7.95, this keyring breathalyser will quickly tell you whether you are below the legal alcohol limit for taking to the road. Of course, whilst this is a fun gift, you shouldn’t rely on it completely and it’s important to bear in mind that the safest option is always to avoid having any spirits at all before getting behind the wheel.
Silent Witness SW005
At £115, this is our most expensive Prezzybox.com recommendation, but we think that it would be worth the outlay if you want to make it someone’s main present. The Silent Witness SW005 HD dash cam is a unique and interesting product which allows any driver to film their journey; how many times have you been going along and spotted something you’d wish you could have a record of, like a beautiful sunset or that first glimpse of the sea as you head to the beach, but haven’t had anywhere to pull over and take a picture? This is an excellent idea for those who enjoy both driving and photography/filmmaking, and will also prove very useful if the owner is ever unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision!
And now for something completely different. Yumbles is the biggest online marketplace for artisan food and gifts in the UK, and stocks products from over 500 British makers. This may not seem to go hand-in-hand with getting a Christmas treat for a car fan, but there are actually a couple of excellent vehicle-based pressies available here:
Yumbles describes this quirky gift as ‘very realistic, and extremely tasty…hand-crafted from delicious fine chocolate. Perfect for any car enthusiast or DIY fanatic, it might not stop a leaking pipe, but it is certainly irresistible!’ You’ll be pleased to know that buying this spanner won’t be too much of a wrench, as you can pick it up here for £12.95.
Handmade chocolate car favours
These dinky chocolate cars are another great option, and you can order 10 for just £1.50 – so why not get a few more?
Yumbles says that these are ‘solid chocolate cars made out of delicious Belgian chocolate. The perfect gift for car lovers! They are available in milk, white and dark chocolate; each car is individually wrapped in a cellophane bag’.
For those who are truly serious about their UK Ford cars, consider Motorgifts.co.uk as your ultimate one-stop shop. We’ll leave it to the experts themselves to explain what their website is all about.
‘Motorgifts.co.uk is the original online motoring gift shop selling an eclectic range of motoring themed gifts to suit every budget. There are literally hundreds of items available from classic car themed bookmarks from just £1.99 to magnificent handmade bronze sculptures of some of the world's most famous cars with prices at more than £1,000.
Fortunately, Motorgifts have also taken the time to share details with us about some of their best sellers of the festive period, as well as that all-important Christmas delivery information:
Particularly popular at Christmas are the stunning limited edition motor racing prints from highly regarded motoring artist Alan Fearnley which depict in fine detail classic scenes from the golden age of motor racing. There’s also many useful functional gifts available such as motoring themed money boxes, as well as classic car themed wash bags, notebooks, clocks and even pillboxes.
Most orders to the website are despatched the same day they arrive to ensure the best possible customer service and this year, orders for most items can be made until December 22 with delivery still in time for Christmas.’
We strongly suggest that you visit the Motorgifts website yourself to browse through the incredible range of gifts they have in stock, but here are a few Ford-related products – all available on this page - which we think are a cut above anything else you’ll find this Christmas.
The Early Years of Ford in Britain (DVD)
A bargain at £14.99, this DVD takes viewers through the early history of Ford in the UK, made up of seldom-seen films from the company’s own official archives. Just a couple of the many highlights include rare footage from inside Ford’s Trafford Park factory, a Model A being driven up Ben Nevis, and a selection of pre-war marketing films; an ideal present for the serious Ford enthusiast.
Henry Ford tribute poster
A beautiful poster commemorating the achievements of the man who started it all, Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford. Only £7.99, it features a timeline of the timeless cars he introduced to the world and, of course, the most famous of his many memorable quotes: ‘Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black’.
The Legendary Model T Ford book
Known for good reason as the ‘car that changed the world’, Henry Ford’s Model T was a marvel of engineering which first introduced the automotive to the masses. Here, its history is chronicled in a stunning 300-page book which you will find is well worth the price tag of £29.99.
Finally, if your loved one is keen on both fine motors and fine art, you won’t go far wrong with a visit to Simply Petrol.
Co-founder Branimir Nikolov told us why Simply Petrol is the best place for finding a wide range of high quality car-related artwork, including reproductions of classic Fords:
‘If you are in a hurry with Christmas gifts, the guys from Simply Petrol are eager to help with beautiful Art, Poster and Photo prints, created by independent automotive artists. They have 5 different Ford themed artworks by 5 different artists. From the 1932 Ford B Deuce Coupe through to classic Mustang art and last but not least – the Ford GT40 in epic Gulf livery. Also, don’t miss the Ford Bronco art made on actual newspaper.
If you want something different, browse them all and pick your favourite. Simply Petrol’s prints hang with dignity on any wall and by purchasing them you support the work of an independent automotive artist.
Simply Petrol prints are delivered in mailing tubes and frames are not included. Art and Poster prints are made as gallery quality Giclée reproductions, on 310 gsm natural white, ultra smooth, 100% cellulose base, acid free paper combined with advanced digital dry ink printing. If you keep them as you should their vibrant colors can last for a century. Photo prints are made on 290 gsm bright premium paper with 110% whiteness and gloss.
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So, what are you waiting for? Time is running out, so make sure you take a look at some of the products we’ve picked out and get ordering today. If you’re buying for anyone who loves quality Ford cars, it’ll be a very happy Christmas indeed!