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Christmas gift guide for drivers and motoring nuts

By Nick Francis Published

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THERE’S probably a complete car nut in your family or close circle of friends – and they’re arguably the hardest person to buy Christmas presents for.

Unfortunately, you can’t pop to the local Ferrari showroom and come away with a gift-wrapped 458 Italia (well, maybe some of you can).

So I’ve pulled together some slightly more affordable ideas.

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Kicking things off is the Porsche 911 Soundbar (£2,400, Shop2.porsche.com), a stupidly expensive but achingly cool 2.1 virtual surround sound system and integrated subwoofer that’s fashioned from the exhaust of a Porsche 911 GT3.

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For those on a more restrained budget, you could give the gift of sight, as Serengeti Leandro (£183, serengeti-eyewear.com) sunglasses feature handcrafted glass lenses that subtly adapt to light conditions.

Forget the transitions that your gran wears, these ultra-hip glasses use Spectral Control and Polarisation technology for the sharpest view out of the windscreen, whatever the weather.

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While we’re on the subject of trendy folk, those with a bit of cash to splash should look towards Omologato’s Racing Chrono watches (£279.00, omologatowatches.com).

All the timepieces are inspired by motorsport livery, racing legends and automotive folklore.

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Alternatively, smaller budgets or Secret Santa participants can’t go too wrong with a Frank Green Smart Cup (£16.99, amazon.co.uk).

This reusable coffee cup features integrated CafePay technology, which allows users to top up credit via an app and then use contactless payment upon purchase.

Perfect for those who want to make a quick getaway from the drive-thru.

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Christmas wouldn’t be complete without purchasing a fragrance of some sort and Bentley’s Infinite Rush (£43, Bentleymotors.com) makes the claim that it has, “been designed for men who wish to push their boundaries”.

It’s more likely to give off a pleasant pong and the impression that its user has a good taste in cars, even if they are merely daydreams for the time being.

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Finally, we can’t forget about the little ones and any parent who purchases a Pocket Classic (pocketclassics.co.uk) is guaranteed to be well cared for in the twilight years.

Prices start at £3,995 for a Willys Jeep scale replica, complete with 150cc engine, but rocket to £14,995 for the vintage Formula 1 racer.

However, this beauty can reach up to 55mph thanks to its 120cc, four-stroke engine and even comes complete with a tiny semi-automatic gearbox. Ridiculous.

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