Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets and presents for petrolheads

Not sure what to get the car enthusiast in your family? We've rounded up 12 gifts to make your life easier

Buying a gift for someone with brake fluid coursing through their veins is dead easy if you happen to like cars yourself.

But what if you see cars as merely a way to go from A to B? We're here to help: meet 12 of the best Christmas gift ideas that'll get a petrolhead higher than a lungful of super unleaded fumes.

GoPro Hero (£100)

You’re aware of the physics of the suction cup. You know that a GoPro is pretty light. You’ve read on the website that the suction cup mount has been used at speeds in excess of 150mph, and you’ve seen the videos on YouTube to back it up. But you could still never quite bring yourself to stick this expensive camera to your car, could you?

Well now, with this new £100 GoPro, you can take that risk. It doesn’t have the 30fps 4K capture ability of its brother, nor the touchscreen smarts of its sister, but it is super easy to use, waterproof and fairly smashproof.

Buy the GoPro Hero here

Motorola Moto E (£90)

Imagine you had a phone in your car. Fantastic! But what would you do with a phone in your car? A phone that wasn’t the phone you had in your pocket? You’d do lots of things with it. Use it as a content server for your car stereo. Use it as a sat-nav. Give it to children to play with on long journeys. If it’s PAYG SIM is on a different network to your normal phone, it might get a signal where you normal phone doesn’t, perhaps saving the day.

Buy the Motorola Moto E here

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Flux Capacitor Car Charger (US$25)

It would be easy to dismiss this Back to the Future-themed in-car charger as a piece of consumerist fluff. And visitors to your jalopy – unless it’s a DeLorean – are going to do just that. Until, that is, you put on your best Christopher Lloyd madcap enthusiasm and rave at them about how it has both a 1A and a 2.1A USB socket, making it capable of charging the most power hungry devices. That’ll shut them up and make the rest of the journey good and awkward.

Buy the Flux Capacitor Car Charger here

Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD (£80)

Between Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Google, Samsung S Voice or whatever your phone uses, there are plenty of ways to do telephony while your hands are doing something else. But there ain’t nothing sweeter than a dedicated device, and this voice-operated Parrot Bluetooth handsfree kit that might be just the clip to keep you hip in your whip. While the link below currently takes you to a "more information" page, we're assured that it will be available to buy very shortly – and we'll update this entry as soon as it hits stores.

More information on the Parrot Minikit Neo 2 here

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