Dads can be pretty difficult to buy for – especially if you want to move away from the usual suspects of smellies and socks and find something a little more inspiring for them to unwrap on Christmas morning. If they’re a bit of a car nut, however, it’s a good call to focus on the other love of their life – driving.
To save you the time and hassle (because that’s what we’re great at here at Find & Finance) we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the more unique and interesting gifts out there that any car mad dad would be pleased as Christmas punch to find stuffed in their stocking.
And you don’t have to spend a fortune to find something thoughtful that they will adore. These are our top ten interesting Christmas gifts for car mad dads that will suit all budgets:
1.Create your own custom air freshener
This Christmas morning stocking filler from zazzle.co.uk is a true treat for the senses that is sure to put a smile on any dad’s face – and keep him smiling whenever he sits in the driving seat. Simply choose two of your (or his) favourite photos and create a double-sided, personalised air freshener using the simple uploader. Text can also be changed if you want to add your own message.
There are three shapes and five different scents to choose from and at just £5.80 each – you could afford to get more than one to keep it fresh throughout the year.
It’s a gift that will look as sweet as it smells.
2.Have a blast in a selection of supercars!
You might not be able to buy him a Ferrari, Porsche or Aston Martin – but you can buy him a driving experience in not one, but three super cars! He’ll be spoilt for choice as he buckles up for the ride of his life with Virgin Experience Days’ Triple Supercar Blast.
As well as taking the wheel in three amazing cars, this ultimate driving day also includes a high-speed passenger ride with a professional driver and a photo keepsake to take away. Plenty to get the adrenaline going and, for a day out to remember, it’s a snap at just £109!
3.Keep the car neat and tidy on family road-trips!
This fantastic Ergocar organiser is the perfect car trip companion for car-proud dads, and it’s great if you have kids of any age in the back seat. Not only does it have storage compartments of all shapes and sizes to keep books, tablets, snacks, drinks and wipes that will keep your car tidy, it will also protect the back of your driving seat from muddy boots!
We love the fold-down tray and the versatility of the pockets. There’s even a spot for an umbrella and the bottom pocket is specially designed for easy access to tissues or wipes so sticky fingers don’t find their way onto the windows or upholstery.
We think it looks pretty smart too and comes in a choice of colours so you can match it to dad’s car!
It’s available from Amazon.co.uk for £47.99.
4.Register a personal plate
How about providing him with the prestige of a personal number plate to attach to his pride and joy? You can choose and purchase a plate from DVLA from around £250. The easy search bar allows you to type in a name or word that you would like to feature in the plate. It will then make suggestions of registration numbers available.
Typing in DAD gave us this selection, for example. The great thing is, they can be registered to any vehicle so he can hold onto it even when he buys a new car.
5.Create a personal plate keyring
If you can’t quite stretch to the personal reg plate for his car, how about creating a personal plate keyring instead?
Make it as funny as you like with a nickname, or stick to D4 DDY – the choice is yours!
This one is chrome plated with a resin insert, available from meandmycar.co.uk for £19.00.
6.Go-go gadget dad
There’s not many dads out there that don’t love a gadget! We think this one is pretty neat and it has a pretty good practical purpose too. For anyone who’s frequently on the road, a dash-cam gives peace of mind that any scrapes and bumps can be accurately recorded to help with insurance claims.
The Toguard Super HD High Resolution Dashboard Camera is compact and user-friendly and produces a clear picture night and day. It’s available from Amazon.co.uk for £39.99.
7.Get a gearstick stopper
If he’s a wine connoisseur as well as a connoisseur of fine cars, this will combine two of his passions in one.
Keep a de-corked bottle of wine fresh with this snazzy gear-stick design bottle stopper. There are three designs to choose from and you can go sporty or vintage, whichever suits best.
At just £15 boxed from meandmycar.co.uk, we think it’s a fabulous stocking filler.
8.Time for a t…
If the dad you’re buying for is a big kid at heart (and most of them are) then this is perfect! Let’s face it, his love for cars probably stems from playing with die-cast models in childhood.
We found a few car-centred t-shirts on our hunt for the best gifts, but this was definitely our favourite.
It’s available from Etsy.com from £14.34. Price depends on size.
9.A candy car to drool over
Before you pick up the usual Toblerone bar or box of Maltesers to wrap up for dad this Christmas, why not customise your candy gift and order his dream drive in chocolate instead? From a Ferrari to a Ford Mustang, whatever his taste ChocolatePresents on Etsy.com can cater! Pick your car and decide whether you want it in dark, milk or white chocolate.
It might cost a little more than a Terry’s Chocolate Orange at £8.00, but we think the novelty factor makes it worth it. It would also make an incredible cake-topper for a birthday if you want to save the surprise for later in the year.
10.Stick it to him!
How better to personalise his car than to create a custom sticker of your family for his rear window? Originalpeople.co.uk allows you to personalise car stickers to match your family exactly – from partners to kids to pets! You’ll have great fun choosing and adapting your sticker people with all sorts of clothes and accessories so each one reflects your individual personalities.
For something fun and affordable, we don’t think you can go wrong with these at just £4 for the first figure and £3 each additional figure.
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