evo Christmas essentials gift guide
Must-have gifts for the evo reader and their car this Christmas
Christmas is on the horizon, and if you're looking to get the petrolhead in your life something special (or thinking about a gift for yourself) then now is as good a time as any to start making that list. Need a few ideas? We can help with this selection of potential presents.
Whatever your price range happens to be, you'll hopefully find something here that fits the bill. These 19 gifts feature everything from car care products to dash cams, tools and cutting-edge technology. There's even the return of evo Track Days in 2022, bringing the thrill of driving to some of the UK best-known tracks.
Take a look below for some festive inspiration.
Collins puzzle books
Fancy testing your knowledge of countries, cities, rivers, mountains and more? These two books from Collins make the ideal gift for puzzle and quiz lovers. The A-Z Puzzle Book features 50 maps of iconic UK locations, from the Tower of London to Stonehenge. The Times World Atlas Puzzle Book, meanwhile, offers the ultimate geographical challenge to keep families entertained throughout this year’s festive gatherings.
£14.99 each – collins.co.uk
Autoglym gift set
This bodywork, wheels and interior cleaning collection has everything you need to take care of your car. It features some of Autoglym’s best-known products, including Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, Super Resin Polish and Extra Gloss Protection. Bottles of Clean Wheels, Instant Tyre Dressing and Wheel Protector are on hand to tackle grimy alloys, while Interior Shampoo, Fast Glass and Vinyl & Rubber Care will deal with the inside. Plus, there’s a sponge, finishing cloth and microfibre drying towel to complete the kit.
£75.20 – autoglym.com
Leatherman FREE™️ T4 multipurpose tool
This Leatherman tool will make a fine Christmas gift for anybody who wants a pocket-sized problem solver. It boasts a knife, scissors, tweezers and a heavy duty file, meaning it’s a small, universal tool capable of taking on big tasks. It also comes with a pocket clip for easy access and is covered by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.
£84.95 – leatherman.co.uk
evo Track Days
Treat yourself or a loved one to the thrill of driving this Christmas with a ticket to an evo Track Day. The 2022 series will be our biggest season yet at some of the UK’s best tracks, with one-to-one tuition, complimentary photography and free helmet hire. For further information turn to page 154 or visit our website below.
From £200 – evotrackdays.co.uk
Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax
If you’re looking for wax and sealant with a great reputation for keeping cars protected, then give Bilt Hamber’s Double Speed-Wax a try. It provides a rich, glossy and highly water-repellent and detergent-resistant film, and an ultra-long lasting finish to leave your vehicle looking great.
£14.95 – bilthamber.com
AlcoSense Excel breathalyser
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 European limits. Find out more by calling 01628 778885 or visiting the AlcoSense website below.
£99.99 – alcosense.co.uk
Get an extra eye on the road with the multi-award-winning Nextbase 622GW. This dash cam boasts a great feature set, from 4K cinematic recording to digital image stabilisation, what3words, Emergency SOS Response and Intelligent Parking Mode. You can buy the 622GW direct from Nextbase online, and even choose a bundle builder option to add accessories like Rear Camera Modules.
£249 – nextbase.com/en-gb
These eye-catching socks are inspired by the world’s most iconic cars and racing liveries. The fast-growing collection features quintessential automotive icons, from Le Mans to Formula 1, rally legends and more. Made in Portugal, Heel Tread socks use seamless knitting to create the highest-quality cotton products. An ideal Christmas gift for petrolheads.
From £6.75 – heeltread.com
Rimsavers wheel protection
Get alloy wheel rim protection with these stylish bands from Rimsavers. They’ll ensure that you won’t have to worry about kerb damage and visibility of existing marks. Fitting them is easy, with a 3M tape and primer system that can be done in minutes. Available in 12 colours, these will give your alloys a sleek flourish.
£44.99 – rimsavers.com
Avon Tuning is a remapping and modification upgrade specialist based in the South West of England. They offer high quality and worldwide recognised software calibrations providing a range of remapping services to suit your needs. From stage 1 remaps to stage 2 and above tuning packages, they have you covered. Avon Tuning has relationships with some of the biggest hardware upgrade manufacturers across Europe including Akrapovic, Armytrix, Armaspeed, Scorpion, Milltek and Remus. The dedicated team are on hand to help with any queries or quotations so get in touch via social media channels, phone using 01454 800117 or email directly using email@example.com.
REC 901 GW watches
REC’s new 901 GW collection is made with carbon fibre recycled from the original Gunther Werks Porsche 993. These limited edition watches – the 901 GW Exoskeleton and 901 GW Chelsea – feature a fully in-house developed six-piece case structure including a revised dial layout and eye-catching blue and grey colour schemes. The two unique Swiss-made watches, the result of a year and a half of intensive development from REC, are limited to just 420 pieces. Only 188 Exoskeletons and 232 Chelseas are available, so move fast!
£1,537 – recwatches.com
Draper Tools smart battery chargers and maintainers
This Draper Tools range will stop you from getting caught out by a flat battery over the winter. It 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. They can even be used on heavily discharged batteries thanks to repeated charging with small current pulses to rejuvenate battery capacity. What’s more, they’re perfect for winter as they work in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius.
From £29.99 – drapertools.com
This multimedia double-DIN head unit from Pioneer is tailor-made for digital media, giving you seamless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and DAB+ radio. It boasts a simplified 6.8-inch touchscreen user interface, making the device as easy to use as a tablet or your smartphone.
£349.99 – pioneer-car.eu
Daily Driver bespoke artwork from Yourlifeincars pays tribute to the car adverts of a bygone era. Your personalised Daily Driver can feature all the cars you’ve owned, documented by hand with a choice of colours. It includes personal messages and details for up to 20 vehicles, framed in A2 size. Readers of evo can get 10 per cent off with the code DDEVO10.
From £195 – yourlifeincars.com
AutoSock tyre snow socks
It wouldn’t be Christmas without new socks, so how about treating your car to some? These AutoSock tyre socks are a quick and easy solution for driving on snow-covered roads this winter. Just pull them over your wheels for improved grip and to get your vehicle moving safely in icy conditions. Find out more by calling 01539 621884 or visit the AutoSocks website below.
From £49.95 – autosockdirect.co.uk
Mobile Solar Chargers
Winner of four Auto Express Best Buy reviews, these Overland jump starters are ideal for petrol engines up to 2 litres and charging 5V USB and 12V devices. The Overland +, meanwhile, is suited for a diesel engine larger than 2 litres. Mobile Solar Chargers has specialised in portable power for expeditions and travel for the past eight years. Contact them on 01935 825914 or visit the website below.
£79.95 (Overland), £109.95 (Overland +) – mobilesolarchargers.co.uk
Theft Block luxury signal blockers
Professionals in vehicle theft protection, Theft Block provides modern and stylish boxes that not only prevent keyless car theft but also complement any decor or room setting. Boxes feature an embossed logo and name and measure in at 23.3cm x 19.5cm x 7cm. They can also give you protection on the go with double-layered RFID pouches. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for TheftBlock. Get 10 per cent off your order by using the code PROTECT at checkout.
£60 (boxes), £15 (pouches) – theftblock.com
Specialised Covers has been manufacturing tailored indoor and outdoor covers in the UK for 40 years, creating bespoke, functional and protective products that are the perfect fit for your car. The unique material formulations guarantee the highest quality in tailored luxury protection each and every time. Why not treat your car with one of these luxury covers this Christmas?
From £199 – specialisedcovers.com
CTEK CS One battery charger
The new CS One from CTEK 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 will automatically recognise positive and negative terminals so you’ll never make a wrong connection again. It automatically delivers charging and conditioning programmes for any 12V lead-acid or lithium battery, without the need to select modes or press any buttons. Plus, 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.
£219 – ctek.com