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Dream Automotive Gifts This Christmas

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Yet another pair of driving gloves is no doubt a welcome Chistmas gift for the petrolhead in your life, but don't you wish you could get them something a little more exciting?

We've put together a list of Christmas gifts from the sublime to the ordinary (read: expensive, to completely reasonable) – it should certainly be enough to get you excited to begin Christmas shopping for the man or woman in your life who will take any excuse to get behind a wheel!

Honda NM-4 Vultus

If your petrolhead already has a Jaguar E-Type and a 911 in his garage, what else could bring a smile to their face? The Honda Vultus isn't just a motorbike, it's a motorbike that looks like it should be ridden by Batman. It costs £9,666 and only a few dozen are available to UK customers. While it looks pretty dramatic, the Vultus is, in reality, rather docile and can be driven in style without scaring pedestrians - or insurers!

Top Gear Track Experience

With a wide variety of packages on offer, your motoring enthusiast can fancy himself a star in a reasonably priced car, thrash a hot hatch or accompany the Stig around the track. There are even special packages to introduce under-17s to the track.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Series watches

The motoring connection comes from the 'Formula 1 Series' name tag and the rather stylish watch comes with a choice of options. This is a more elegant choice than certain other motoring inspired watches and, at £1,500, is certainly expensive but not actually outrageously so compared to other luxury watches.

Roadhawk DC-2

Dashcams aren't just a cool little gadget, they are increasingly being used as evidence in accident claims. The Roadhawk DC-2 records and saves clips from the point of view of the driver and is backed up by a GPS location finder and time clock. Particularly entertaining footage can even be directly uploaded to YouTube.

Bentley Weekender travel bag

This bag oozes quality the way a Bentley car does and, at £595, is a lot more accessible. It's a very smart little gift for someone who does regular weekend trips, while there is a whole range of other Bentley branded merchandise for those who don't, such as wallets, cufflinks or briefcases.

Digital tyre inflator

Working off a 12v socket, this £18.99 gadget makes it incredibly easy to keep your tyres at the correct pressure. A couple of LED lights on the unit can be used to advise oncoming traffic in the event of an incident. It's not glamorous but it is practical and sensible.

London Classic Car Club membership

Passes start from £2,500 and come with access to some amazing classic metal, such as the Jensen Interceptor, Jaguar XK150 and some TVRs. You can even choose from some motorcycles. The exclusive club allocates points with membership, which you spend borrowing from its amazing roster of cars.

Black and Decker car vacuum cleaner

Also working from a 12v socket, see an end to lingering crumbs with this compact car hoover. It can be stored neatly in the boot for those times when you're having a pasty on the run and comes with brush and nozzle attachments, to make sure you can reach tricky nooks and crannies.

Silverstone GP Lakeside driver lounge pass

A day out at the Silverstone Grand Prix is on the wish list of any motorsport fan but it doesn't come cheap. This weekend package, from £2,040, gets you that bit closer to the action with a brilliant circuit view, premium food and live DJ entertainment, post race.

Trunki booster seat

Everyone has seen kids trailing around their cute little Trunki suitcases in the airport, and now the same firm has come up with a backpack that can also be used as a car booster seat. The Trunki BoostApak is for kids aged from 4-12 or weighing between 15 and 36kg. It has EU and US safety certification and kids should love using it.

Khan Design treatment

Starting at around £500, the Khan Design team will make your car unique. Specialising in premium cars, such as Maseratis and Range Rovers, cars are given a bespoke makeover for an elegant but eye catching finish. This is NOT 'boy racer' bling.

Grip strip

First of all, nobody should be using a mobile phone while driving. However, if you want to make use of your phone's GPS functions, a Grip Strip is a neat way of keeping the screen within line of sight without using a bulky, suction cup cradle. The Grip Strip is available in a range of colours and simply sits on your dashboard without any messy glue or other fixings, leaving no trace behind when it's removed.

Underground parking

If you don't have a garage, you could convert the space under your driveway to a Bond villain style parking lair. From £30,000 you can get an electronic lift kit, plus the cost of preparing the ground. It's a great space saver in crowded urban areas, such as Central London.

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