Christmas Gifts For Your Favourite Drivers and Riders
What would the motoring enthusiast in your life like to find under the tree on Christmas Day morning? Dave King checks out a few ideas……
Given a bit of time and thought, you should be able to sift through the multitude of weird, wacky and positively tacky products out there and come up with a gift that will be more than acceptable to any car enthusiast, even for one who seems to have everything.
Obviously, as the happy buyer, your preference will depend on both the driver and the car in question. So here are a few suggestions that may relieve you from your Christmas present purchasing problems.
There’s always something to buy a driver. Reversing sensors now appear on many new cars but they can also be retro-fitted to both the front and rear, or just the rear, to older models. They provide an audible warning when the vehicle comes close to an object. These devices continue to prove very popular and they’ve saved countless small accidents. Prices for DIY reversing sensor kits start from around £30.00, and they can be fitted easily with the minimum amount of effort.
Dash cameras are also becoming a fast-selling product. What’s more, some insurance companies offer lower premiums in the event of a dash cam being fitted.
With road maps fast becoming redundant many motorists now opt for satellite navigation to guarantee a stress-free trip from A to B. Satellite navigation systems are improving all the time and they’ve become an essential motoring tool. A decent satellite navigation system can be purchased for just over £100.00.
There’s a plethora of in-car entertainment devices to choose from, which include radio/ CD players, FM/DAB digital radios, devices to connect your mobile or MP3 player to the car audio system, DVD players for rear seat passengers, Bluetooth hands free phone devices and much, much more. However, choose this route and it’s advisable to first consult an expert to ensure that your intended purchase is compatible with the recipient’s vehicle and its existing electronic systems and onboard devices.
If you have the financial means to really splash out this Christmas you could possibly go for a set of personal registration plates, or a set of alloy wheels? They’ll enhance the appearance of any car and there are a multitude of designs to choose from. Don’t forget to call into your local independent motor accessory stores before you visit the big high street chains. You’ll be surprised at the incredible deals that can be had. Also check with the experts that the wheels are suitable for the vehicle concerned. For those with less money to spend there’s always the option of a set of stylish wheel trims.
Still stuck for ideas? Well, there are plenty of other options left. For instance, how about a gift voucher that can easily be purchased online or at local retailers?
How about helping a loved one or a close friend with their motoring expenses? A winter service or a new set of winter tyres might well go down a treat. OK, it might not be the kind of present that lends itself well to opening on Christmas Day around the tree but it’s likely to be very welcome.
Other options could be helping a relative or friend out with the cost of driving lessons, or perhaps the purchase a voucher from the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) online. This could enable them to take a course to become an advanced driver.
Alternatively, you can buy a voucher for an exciting driving experience offering the recipient an opportunity to drive exotic motoring machinery such as a Porsche 911, Aston Martin, Ferrari or an Audi R8. These experiences usually take place on tracks or private road ways. With prices beginning from as little as £99.00 this could be the perfect Christmas present for the one you love!
Motorcycle, scooter and ATV quad bike riders tend to be pretty passionate about the machines they ride. They’ll require specialist clothing to protect them for inclement weather and possible incidents out on the road. Just about every motorcycle dealership worth its salt offers a wide range of clothing and accessories, with an assortment of products ranging from helmets and leathers to boots, gloves and protective clothing. In addition, there’s likely to be various accessories available that can be retro-fitted to the gift recipient’s machine.
Whatever present you eventually decide upon, you can look forward to it being joyfully received. Merry Christmas!