Auto Express Christmas gift guide
A look at some must-have gifts for petrolheads this festive season
Christmas is fast approaching, and if you have a petrolhead in the family then you might want to start thinking about gift ideas this December (or drop a few hints to your loved one if something's caught your eye).
Auto Express is here to help you navigate the Christmas period, with 22 gift suggestions to help you pick out the perfect present. There's everything from car care kits to tyre socks, tools and technology – plus we'd highly recommend a subscription to Auto Express magazine for a motoring fix.
Take a look at our gift guide below to find some inspiration.
STP Complete Fuel System Cleaners
Whether your engine is powered by petrol or diesel, deposits can build up in the fuel system over time, affecting your car’s performance. The STP Complete Fuel System Cleaner, available for both petrol and diesel engines, helps to tackle these damaging soot deposits. The result? A cleaner and more efficient fuel system with reduced emissions and engine knocking.
Armor All Shield range
Armor All’s Shield range features quick and easy-to-apply formulations that bring high-quality results. The Wheel Cleaner targets stubborn brake dust and grime with an acid-free, pH-neutral formula that’s safe for all factory and aftermarket coated wheels. Pair it with the Armor All Brake Dust Repellent to create a protective barrier around wheels and rims to prevent brake dust and dirt from sticking.
Collins puzzle books
- Price: £14.99 each
- Contact: collins.co.uk
If you have family members who love to test their knowledge of countries, cities, rivers and mountains, then these two books from Collins will make the perfect gift. The A-Z Puzzle Books take readers on a tour of the UK, with the Tower of London and Stonehenge among 50 iconic locations. The Times World Atlas Puzzle Book, meanwhile, offers the ultimate geographical challenge to keep family members entertained throughout this year’s seasonal gatherings.
Autoglym gift set
- Price: £75.20
- Contact: autoglym.com
Autoglym’s cleaning set has everything you need to take care of your bodywork, wheels and interior. In this gift collection you’ll find some of Autoglym’s best-known products, including Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, Super Resin Polish and Extra Gloss Protection. Need to tackle dirty alloys? Bottles of Clean Wheels, Wheel Protector and Instant Tyre Dressing are on hand for the job, while Interior Shampoo, Fast Glass and Vinyl & Rubber Care will deal with your car’s interior. Plus, you get a sponge, finishing cloth and microfibre drying towel to complete the kit.
KENWOOD dash cams
- Price: £169.95
- Contact: kenwoodshop.co.uk
Are you on the hunt for a dash cam this Christmas? This bundle from KENWOOD, comprising the DRV A501W dash cam and KCA-R100 rear-view camera, comes with a five-star Auto Express recommendation. The package includes an SD memory card and anti-glare polarised filter lens, plus a hardwire kit that gives you a permanent power supply enabling the smart parking mode. This dual cam setup is ideal for someone who’s looking for peace of mind on the road.
Leatherman FREE T4 multipurpose tool
- Price: £84.95
- Contact: leatherman.co.uk
For a Christmas gift that’s handy for solving everyday problems, look no further than the Leatherman FREE T4. With 12 tools in a single unit and a magnetic all-locking design, it’s safe, flexible and incredibly easy to use. It’s available in six colours and every tool can be opened and operated with one hand, meaning you’ll always have the freedom to multitask with this Leatherman.
Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax
- Price: £14.95
- Contact: bilthamber.com
Winner of the Auto Express Car Product Award for best wax and sealant for five consecutive years (including 2021), Bilt Hamber’s Double Speed-Wax has a great track record for keeping cars protected. It provides a rich, glossy, highly water-repellent and detergent-resistant film and an ultra-long lasting finish to leave your vehicle looking its very best.
AlcoSense Excel breathalyser
- Price: £99.99
- Contact: alcosense.co.uk/excel
With the festive season upon us, make sure unintentional morning- after drink driving is a thing of the past with the AlcoSense Excel breathalyser. This handy piece of kit will display your alcohol reading in seconds and alert you if you are close to (or over) the drink-drive limit. It can also be adjusted to suit European limits, and is quick, accurate and simple to use.
- Price: £249
- Contact: nextbase.com
Give yourself an extra eye on the road this Christmas with the multi-award-winning Nextbase 622GW. It’s a dash cam with a great features package, including 4K cinematic recording, digital image stabilisation, what3words location tracking, Emergency SOS Response and Intelligent Parking Mode. You can buy the 622GW direct from Nextbase online, and even opt into a bundle-builder option to add accessories like Rear Camera Modules.
Rimsavers wheel protection
- Price: £44.99
- Contact: rimsavers.com
These bands from Rimsavers offer alloy wheel rim protection and styling, and ensure that you don’t have to worry about kerb damage and visibility of existing marks. Fitting them is straightforward, with a 3M tape and primer system that can be done in minutes. Available in 12 different colours, Rimsavers will give your alloys a sleek and practical flourish.
Auto Express subscription
- Price: From £1
- Contact: subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk
There's nothing quite like the feeling of opening a new magazine, and if you or a loved one is passionate about cars then a subscription to Auto Express might be just what they need. From just £1 for 6 issues (then £36.99 every 13 issues), the most exciting motoring stories, latest news, reviews and groundbreaking features will drop through the letterbox every week.
Ring RTC2000 cordless rechargable tyre inflator
- Price: £39.99
- Contact: amazon.co.uk
Ring's handheld rechargeable inflator is the perfect Christmas gift for those on-the-go. The RTC2000 operates from a rechargeable lithium battery, making it ideal when there is no 12V socket available. The RTC2000 can be used for cars, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, air beds, phones and sports balls. It features an LED light and digital display with four programmable settings and can inflate a tyre from flat. It can also top up the pressure in tyres quickly – three minutes to inflate between 25psi-35psi and fully inflate a bike tyre in two minutes. It’s compact and lightweight to be stored in a glovebox or a bag.
Road Hero spare wheel kit
- Price: From £200
- Contact: kwik-fit.com
Flat tyres are a common cause of roadside breakdowns and the temporary fix provided by some repair kits can be limited in scope. Get covered with the comprehensive Road Hero space-saver spare wheel kit. It includes everything needed to safely carry out a roadside wheel change, making for a quick and hassle-free way to get your vehicle back up and running.
Mobile Solar Chargers jump starters
- Price: £79.95 (Overland), £109.95 (Overland +)
- Contact: 01935 825914, mobilesolarchargers.co.uk
Winner of four Auto Express Best Buy reviews, Overland jump starters suit petrol engines up to two litres and can charge 5V USB and 12V devices. For diesel engines or those larger than two litres, the Overland + is available. You’re in good hands here as Mobile Solar Chargers has specialised in portable power for expeditions and travel for the past eight years.
CTEK CS One battery charger
- Price: £219
- Contact: ctek.com
CTEK’s new CS One is a simple, buttonless unit that offers hassle-free charging technology. Its APTO (adaptive charging) system does all the thinking for you – there’s no need to worry about battery type, size or even positive and negative clamps, so it’s extremely safe and easy to use. The spark and polarity-free clamps automatically recognise positive and negative terminals, ensuring you’ll never make a wrong connection again. The unit also automatically delivers charging and conditioning programmes for any 12V lead-acid or lithium battery, without the need to select modes or press any buttons. What’s more, a countdown display shows how long it’ll be until you can use the battery, while a temperature sensor can alter the charging rate to suit cold or hot conditions.
Pioneer multimedia head unit
- Price: £349.99
- Contact: pioneer-car.eu
Pioneer's SPH-DA160DAB multimedia double-DIN head unit is purpose-made for digital media, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus a DAB+ radio. Pioneer has focused on making the device as intuitive to use as your smartphone. Shortcut buttons are included for essential functions, while the rest can be controlled through the 6.8-inch touchscreen or by voice activation.
AutoSock tyre snow socks
- Price: From £49.95
- Contact: 01539 621884, autosockdirect.co.uk
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without new socks, so how about treating your car to some? If you need a quick and simple solution for driving on icy and snowy roads then these tyre snow socks from AutoSock are just the ticket. Simply pull them over your wheels for improved grip and to get your vehicle moving safely during the cold winter months.
AlloyGator wheel protectors
- Price: From £69.95
- Contact: alloygator.com
With AlloyGator your wheels and tyres are protected from damage, so even the most enthusiastic kerb lover will avoid scratching or scuffing their rims. AlloyGators are available in 14 different colours, and can easily be fitted yourself or by one of AlloyGator’s nationwide professional installers. Auto Express readers can use the code AutoXmas at checkout to get a 20 per cent Christmas discount.
Osram Night Breaker 200
- Price: From £22.99
- Contact: osram.co.uk/nightbreaker-200
Night Breaker 200 from Osram is a halogen upgrade bulb that is up to 200 per cent brighter than required by law, significantly improving road illumination and safety. Osram recognises that better visibility helps drivers detect traffic signs and hazards quicker and react faster, improving road safety. Using cutting-edge technology, Night Breaker 200 delivers a powerful whiter light that’s up to three times brighter than a standard bulb and a light beam of up to 150 metres. It also features a new mirrored chrome tip for a modern look. Night Breaker 200 is available now as H4 and H7 ECE bulb types.
Sealey Tools LED360
- Price: £45.95
- Contact: bit.ly/SealeyLamps
Sealey's unique and innovative 360-degree inspection lamp offers swivel and tilt functions to enable the light source to be positioned in any direction. With hanging hooks and three rubber-covered magnets, it can also be used hands-free should you wish. It's rechargeable too, with a micro USB charging port and USB cable included to keep it powered up.
Defender Signal Blocker
- Price: £3.95
- Contact: defendersecurityproducts.co.uk
Slip your keyless vehicle fob into the Defender Signal Blocker Mini Faraday pouch to help protect it from tech-savvy car thieves. This compact signal blocker has won an Auto Express Best Buy award two years in a row, and holds the coveted police-accredited Secured by Design standard. It also features a handy keyring hook for added practicality.
Draper Tools chargers and maintainers
- Price: From £29.99
- Contact: drapertools.com
Draper Tools has a new range of smart battery chargers and maintainers that make for the perfect winter present. They’ll stop you getting caught out by a flat battery and are usable in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. The range includes four different models (2A, 4A, 6A and 10A) to help analyse, repair and extend the life of your battery. The chargers can check the status of your battery and ensure it’s kept at 95 to 100 per cent, with the voltage continually monitored. They work with a range of 6V and 12V vehicle batteries and can be connected to a lead-acid or lithium battery without the risk of overcharging. This means they can be left to charge overnight without having to worry. They can even be used on heavily discharged batteries thanks to repeated charging with small current pulses to rejuvenate battery capacity.