Finding the perfect gift for a hardcore car lover can be quite a challenge. It only gets more difficult if your car-loving friend already has all the tools and equipment they'll ever need. So next time you're looking for a gift, think outside the box with some of these unique presents for petrol heads.
1. A Car Magazine Published On A Special Date
Give a truly personalised gift by finding an automotive magazine that was published on a special day; like the recipient's birthday or birth month. Your friend will be thoroughly entertained while they thumb through the publication, looking back on what the world of car news had to say all those years ago. This also works well for other special occasions like anniversaries.
2. F1 Gear
Any F1 fan can appreciate all the hard work and precision that goes into each gearbox a racing team builds. The gears are only used for one race, and you can often find them for sale with a certificate of authenticity. Whether used as a paperweight or crafted into a wall clock, a real F1 gear (especially 7th gear) is a gift that would be hard to top.
3. Vehicle Data Plate
For this gift, it's crucial to know your recipient's likes and dislikes when it comes to vehicle manufacturers. These data plates are not widely reproduced as each car is given plates specific to the model to identify its components. While they are not in large supply, you can still find old data plates to gift as a small item of memorabilia.
4. Speedometer Watch
There are several styles of speedometer watch to choose from, each as sleek as the rest. You can find one from your friend's favourite car brand or play it safe with a generic speedometer watch. The gauges vary between retro, muscle and sport, and some even light up with digital face designs.
5. Vintage Le Mans Poster
No matter if your chosen petrol head is a man or a woman, race fan or not, everyone could benefit from some artistic décor for their walls. These vintage-style Le Mans posters will add some flair and colour to any area, and your friend will know you didn't just pick up the gift from your local home decorating shop. Throw in a little extra effort, and buy a frame for the poster for bonus points.
6. Car Computer Mouse
Everyone and their dog uses a computer in their daily lives, so it's almost a guarantee that this gift will be put to good use. Check out these car computer mice that make for the perfect workplace gift. There are cars available in almost every shape and colour, so you can proudly tell your friend you finally got them the Murciélago they always wanted.
7. Used Race Tyre
Only the most dedicated race fans will enjoy getting a used race tyre as a gift. Yes, race tyres are big and obnoxious, but with some creativity you can craft these hunks of rubber into man cave-worthy chairs and tables. If you can't spare the time and space, opt for buying a used race karting tyre.
8. Shift Pattern Cuff Links
Cuff links are not the appropriate gift for every occasion. But if you have a particularly stylish friend who likes dressing to impress at weddings and birthdays, chances are they'll love these gear pattern cuff links. Put in the extra effort to find a pair that has the same gear pattern as your chosen friend' car. Little details can go a long way...
9. Chequered Flag
Show that special person in your life that they are always a winner with a simple chequered flag. Purchase a large flag perfect for hanging in a garage or a set of small flags for desktop decoration. This gift is pretty cheap, and these flags are always easy to find. If you want to add a personal touch, find one printed with the name or logo of your friend's favourite racing team.
10. Model Engine Kit
Some people never grow up, and they will always love to tinker with toy models. You have to admit, a real working model engine with visible, moving parts is something you may just want to keep for yourself. A handful of brands offer different engine models, but it all comes down to personal preference. Older kids, teens and adults will get the most enjoyment out of building their own working engine.
11. Car Book For Dummies
Warning: buying one of these books may permanently damage your friendship! Proceed at your own risk. The various Car Books For Dummies can be used for funny gag gifts or not-so-subtle reminders that your mate has no idea how to work on cars. The titles can be found for car hacks and mods, car audio and basic car maintenance. A real beginner might actually appreciate the book, while a seasoned grease monkey will likely throw it back at you.
12. Car Wine Bottle Holder
Even for friends who don't care about cars the way you do, the car wine bottle holder can make a nice gift. These bottle holders are fun presents for weddings, house warming parties, birthdays and more. Guys and girls will both like it, especially if you add a nice bottle of wine to complete the look.