evo Christmas essentials gift guide 2023
Must-have gifts for the evo reader and their car this Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching, so if you’re in need of the ideal present for the petrolhead in your life, we’re here to help. Below we have a superb selection of 18 gift ideas to suit budgets of all sizes, featuring everything from tools to dash cams and watches.
Take a look below for some festive inspiration...
If you’ve managed to keep a full service history for your cherished car, it makes sense to keep all the documents safe, organised and easily accessible. This can be done in a practical, but pleasingly stylish way with Motor Folios. Made with hand-finished, bonded leather, Motor Folios are available in four colours with a matching suede-effect lining and nickel corners. The finishing element is a plaque proudly displaying your car’s marque, plus a choice of either the chassis or registration number.
AlcoSense Elite 3 Breathalyser
The AlcoSense Elite 3 breathalyser provides results that can be trusted, helping you accurately check you’re safe to drive the morning after. The unit works via a premium 28mm2 semi-conductor sensor, providing a reading that goes down to two decimal places delivered in just a few seconds. This is combined with clear colour coding - green, amber and red. A memory recall function makes it easy to check the previous nine results, while the Elite 3 can be set to any limit used in the UK and Ireland. The unit is also discreet and pocket-sized, so it can be taken anywhere.
Heel Tread Socks
With patterns inspired by the most iconic cars and racing liveries, Heel Tread is a brand for the true petrolhead.
From Le Mans, Formula 1 and rally legends to quintessential automotive icons, you’re sure to find your favourite pair, or perhaps the perfect Christmas present for the car connoisseur in your life.
Designed and produced in Portugal, Heel Tread uses a seamless knitting process to create its high-quality, comfortable and durable cotton socks, while you’ll be spoilt for choice when you view the unique, and ever-growing collection.
Price: From £12 per pair
Leatherman ARC® Multi-Tool
The Leatherman ARC® multi-tool is a seriously premium product, combining the very best materials and user-friendly features.
With an impressive 20 tools, the ARC® includes a superior MagnaCut® steel blade that is perfect for everyday tasks as well the most challenging environments, while the advanced FREE® magnetic technology means each tool opens easily with one hand and locks into place with a satisfying click.
A removable pocket clip, four-pocket nylon sheath, and nine double-ended bits add to its overall practicality, backed by a reassuring 25-year warranty.
Nilfisk Core 130 bike & auto pressure washer
You want your car looking its best during the winter months, so regularly treating it to a proper wash is essential. Nilfisk’s Core 130 Bike and Car Pressure Washer has 130 bar of pressure and an anti-kink hose that’s simple to store. Keeping your car clean has never been so easy.
Contact: Available on ebay
Roue TPS watch
The motorsport-themed TPS watch from Roue pays homage to the 910 racing car with which Porsche snared a long-awaited ‘home victory’ at the Nurburgring 1000km. To celebrate this, the TPS features an embossed image of the famous car on its caseback. Inside is a proven, reliable Seiko movement, while the triple-layer dial features Swiss Super-Luminova for excellent legibility in the dark. The watch can be purchased in six distinct forms, including the panda-style TPS Two. Each is limited to 1,000 pieces, but despite the exclusivity, this is a very affordable timepiece, at £250 including shipping and two pre-colour-set interchangeable leather straps.
Nextbase iQ Smart Dash Cam
Introducing the all-new Nextbase iQ Smart Dash Cam - the world’s most connected aftermarket in-car camera.
The three-camera system features AI-powered sensing technology and a 4G connection that is always working to help you stay safe. Advanced features will track the speed and movement of other vehicles and road users, and using the LiveView function via the iQ app means you can see what’s going on around your vehicle at any time.
Available in 1K, 2K or 4K versions, the Nextbase iQ Smart Dash Cam provides complete safety and peace of mind - just like a home-security system for your car.
Price: From £349
GYEON Q²M LeatherSet Mild and Q²M Experience Set
Leather interiors look great and feel premium, but it’s vital to take care of the material to keep it at its best for years to come. The Q²M LeatherSet Mild from GYEON has everything needed to do just that. Included is Q²M LeatherCleaner Mild, which is suitable for regular use and easily lifts grime from the leather surface. Once clean, Q²M LeatherCoat adds a protective layer to repel liquid and dirt, ensuring any future cleaning is more simple and straightforward.
Meanwhile, those new to GYEON products will find everything they need in the Q²M Experience Set. It covers a multitude of cleaning jobs with nine sample-sized Q²M products that are large enough to get a good feel for their performance. Included in the pack is Q²M WetCoat, Q²M CeramicDetailer, Q²M Iron, Q²M Tire Express, and many more.
Price: From £29.00
Bilt Hamber Double-Speed Wax
After you’ve finished meticulously cleaning your car, it’s important to make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste. That’s why a quality wax is a vital part of any home-detailing kit - it provides a layer of protection over the paint while also giving an impressive gloss finish.
Bilt Hamber’s Double Speed Wax is an award-winner that’s both water-repellent and detergent-resistant, giving great-looking results that’ll last. It’s better value than paste waxes, which can be expensive, with Double Speed Wax coming in at just £16.95 for a 250ml tin. An applicator pad and a microfibre cloth are also included.
Price: From £16.95
The Goodwood Race Simulator Experience
Discover your inner Sir Stirling Moss as you take on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit from the Simulator Suite.
You’ll feel every part of the challenging track as you get to know all of its fast-sweeping corners, quick straights and testing, tight chicane. And with the Exsim VR5 Simulators using D-Box actuator technology and custom-developed motion profiles, you’ll receive a truly unique virtual-racing experience.
With expert advice from a Goodwood Instructor, you’ll take part in two practice sessions and one timed session, with the fastest lap time posted onto the leaderboard and entered into a competition to win a Performance Track Experience on the iconic circuit.
Price: £50 per person
Overland and Overland+ jump starters
Winners of four Auto Express Best Buy reviews, the Overland and Overland+ are excellent expedition-proven power banks that can also jump start any engine from 0.1 to 5.0 litres. The units can be recharged via either mains or an optional fold-out solar panel, and are supplied with their own 12V lighter-style socket.
Price: From £79.95
Contact: mobilesolarchargers.co.uk / 01935 824918
Nothing dates a car quite like its factory-fitted infotainment set-up, and older systems lacking must-have, modern features can be particularly frustrating.
Pioneer’s SPH-EVO950DAB provides a solution, packaging features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, DAB radio, Bluetooth and much more in a neat unit that’s controlled via a responsive nine-inch touchscreen. It’ll fit almost any vehicle whether it has a one or two-DIN slot, as it uses a floating tablet-style design, and is compatible with an optional reversing camera - perfect for life on the road.
Draper Expert 127 Piece Mechanics Tool Kit
The Draper Expert 127 Piece Mechanics Tool Kit is a premium, quality set featuring a huge selection of the most popular workshop tools.
This comprehensive kit includes 1/4" and 1/2" Sq. Drive 72-tooth reversible ratchets, plain slot and PH-type screwdrivers, combination spanners, a range of pliers and Draper HI-TORQ® and MULTI-DRIVE® sockets and spanners.
The contents come neatly organised inside a heavy-duty reinforced lockable case, so you’ll never lose the 10mm socket again. Part of the Draper Expert range, this set is built to last and comes with Draper’s lifetime warranty on hand tools.
Carvolution® artwork. Your life in cars®
Create a truly personal and unique gift for the petrolhead in your life with bespoke artwork from Your life in cars®.
Car lovers the world over all have an individual story to tell – from the wheels that offered their first taste of freedom out on the road to the many miles covered in trusted family workhorses, or the joy experienced driving a cherished classic.
Your life in cars® produces stunning hand-drawn artwork that includes all the cars you’ve owned over the years. Choose from a single image artwork, or combine up to 80 vehicles on the quality framed colour print - with an option to add your own personalised messages to make it extra special.
Price: From £125
Autoglym Supreme Car Care Collection
Autoglym’s Supreme Car Care Collection provides everything you need to deliver a perfect showroom finish inside and out.
Clean Wheels removes brake dust and dirt while Body Work Shampoo cleans and prepares your car’s paint ahead of applying Autoglm’s renowned Super Resin Polish. Applying Rapid Ceramic Spray gives your car’s paint the ultimate protection. Finally dress your wheels and tyres with Instant Tyre Dressing and Wheel Protector.
The Supreme Collection also takes care of your car’s interior, with Autoglym’s Interior Car Shampoo removing stubborn stains and the Vinyl and Rubber Care bringing original colour back to your car’s interior surfaces. Fast Glass will provide the finishing touch to your car’s windows. And all of these quality Autoglym products come in a handy carry case.
Autoglym Deluxe Exterior Collection
If you’re looking to add extra protection to your car’s bodywork and paint, Autoglym's Deluxe Exterior Collection is the perfect Christmas gift. This exclusive to Halford’s Collection features some of Autoglym's best sellers - Super Resin Polish, Magma, UHD Shampoo and its Rapid Ceramic Spray.
This comprehensive Deluxe Exterior Collection combines Autoglym’s seven premium cleaning products with three of its highest quality finishing accessories allowing you to achieve car-care perfection every time making it an essential for every evo reader.
HK119 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Giallo Orion
Make Christmas extra special this year with a stunning Pocher Lamborghini Aventador 1:8 scale model kit.
Equipped with 794 meticulously crafted parts, true petrolheads will love recreating every detail of this iconic Italian supercar. Offering more than 20 hours of pure kit-building joy, you’ll find the die-cast body, real rubber tyres and plastic detailing are all pre-decorated, so you have more time to focus on the very best construction.
The vivid yellow of the Giallo Orion paintwork gives an eye-catching finish, while each feature of the original car has been faithfully reproduced, including the dramatic scissor doors with hidden handles, Y-shaped daytime running lights, and even the nuances of the thunderous V12 engine.
The legendary supercar ceased production back in 2022, but you can bring it back in 1.8 scale model form, making it the only new Aventador you’ll see in 2023. Measuring 60cm long, 29cm wide and 115cm tall, this premium scale model will be a fantastic addition to any collection, or a truly unique gift for the car lover in your life.
RSR Gift Vouchers
We all want different things from track days; some want to enjoy their own skills and car, while others want expert tuition, or just to be thrilled as a passenger.
With an RSR gift voucher, you can buckle up for the ultimate driving experience at the challenging Spa-Francorchamps or legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuits.
Price: From £79.95