What to buy a petrolhead for Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner and, in case you need some inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of the best motoring gifts on the market

With the leaves now littering the ground, Bonfire Night out of the way and a distinct nip in the air, it’s time to turn our attention to the small matter of Christmas.

It may still be November, but December 25 is just a few weeks away and the dreaded prospect of festive shopping is looming large. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, our guide is here to help you choose the best gift out there for your motoring-obsessed loved one.

:: Alfa Romeo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Damson Twist

Alfa Romeo has lent the allure of its historic badge to audio specialists Damson, resulting in this clever unit. Painted in Italian racing scarlet and featuring the Alfa logo on the top, it connects to a phone or MP3 player via Bluetooth, then plays music through whichever surface it is in contact with. It isn’t exactly cheap, but you get a protective bag thrown in. £60, www.alfaaccessories.com

:: LEGO Caterham Seven 620R

This is a Christmas gift that will appeal to petrolheads both young and old. The LEGO Caterham Seven 620R is a part of the toy brand’s Ideas series. Comprising a considerable 771 bricks, the Caterham will provide the perfect post-Christmas-dinner activity for the car fanatic in your family. With its striking yellow and black colour scheme, it would also make an eye-catching decoration in your child’s bedroom. £69.99, shop.lego.com

:: Haynes Manuals

Do you have a serial DIY enthusiast in your family? Someone who is always tinkering under the bonnet of their pride and joy? Perhaps you know someone who would simply like to learn a bit more about the ins and outs of how their car works. Regardless, a Haynes Manual makes for a brilliant Christmas gift for the wannabe (or professional) mechanic in your family. Prices start at around £20, haynes.com

:: Bentley Ride-On Car

Car-mad youngsters love a ride-on car, even when it’s styled like a Tonka toy, so just imagine how they are going to feel if they see one of these beneath the tree on Christmas morning. Based on the big Continental GT grand tourer, this ride-on boasts a horn and storage space under the seat. The paintwork is a genuine match for the car’s hue, but unlike the real thing, this one is properly affordable. £95, shop.bentleymotors.com

:: Audi iPhone 6/6S Wireless Charging Case

Like a lot of car manufacturers these days, Audi doesn’t just make saloons, estates and SUVs. It also has a range of other accessories you can get your hands on, such as this wireless charging case for the iPhone 6 or 6S. It works with Audi’s Phone Box option for its vehicles, and will allow its owner to charge their smartphone without having to fuss around with cables - provided they actually own an Audi, that is! £30, store.audi.co.uk

:: Ferrari Cavallino T250 Headphones

These premium headphones from Ferrari would make a perfect gift for the car-loving audiophile in your life. The Cavallino T250 headphones feature noise-cancelling technology, classic good looks and an incredibly comfortable fit. The snazzy design is inspired by the craftsmanship found on Ferrari’s GT cars. Currently £127, down from £195.50, store.ferrari.com

:: Land Rover Nike Air Sport Carry Golf Bag

Land Rover isn’t especially well known for its links with the game of golf, but a tie-up with sports company Nike has seen this branded golf bag join the 4x4 manufacturer’s merchandise range. With eight segments for organising clubs and a stand, this £135 carry bag is a subtle and classy treat for any golf-loving Land Rover fan. £135, shop.landrover.com

:: Omologato Hesketh Racing Chrono

Omologato has a good reputation for building stylish, motoring-themed watches and this Hesketh Racing timepiece is yet another. Inspired by the champagne-fuelled exploits of the 1970’s Hesketh F1 team and its star driver, James Hunt, the chronograph’s face features the team’s famous bear mascot and the UK flag. You can pick one up direct from Omologato’s website. £279, www.omologatowatches.com

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