Useful Valentine’s Day motoring gifts

Car fans aren't usually swooned by traditional romance. Find out which gifts will do the trick.

Car keys with a red bow

by Chris Williams |

In a strike of excellent commercial fortune, there is no concrete knowledge of how the romantic day began. That’s great news for marketing departments because it means they can spin Valentine’s Day however they please in order to snag customers.

In our world of work, PR contact is constant and some really do stretch it with Valentine's Day pitches. This year we've been emailed about sourdough bread with the suggestion it's a great Valentine's Day starter course. In a very different approach, we've also been contacted about a gum that acts as an aphrodisiac that basically contains the same stuff as pre-workout products.

But people like cheesiness. That’s why Love Island is so popular and therefore most are willing to dive headfirst into the soggy and often cringeworthy blancmange that is Valentine’s Day.

But car people don’t tend to be of that ilk so much. During most annually celebrated traditions, car fans are usually found in the garage tinkering or waxing away, blissfully unaware of what’s going on in the outside world. Therefore, if you are set on getting a car fan a Valentine’s gift, we suggest very strongly that it be something useful. Frankly, that piece of advice extends to a motoring-related gift for any occasion.

The most useful motoring gifts for Valentine’s Day

We’ve organised our suggestions in ascending order of price so you find it easier to stick within your budget.

Natural Dried Rose Petals

Best romantic add-on
Natural Dried Rose Petals
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If you are set on going all romantic then good for you, do what you want and don't let anyone else dissuade you. Maybe you've even gone the whole hog and bought your loved one a new car. Like a cabernet or Malbec with steak, these natural (and therefore biodegradable) rose petals are a wonderful accompaniment to a gift.

Chocolate Racing Cars Gift Tin

Best chocolate cars
Chocolate Racing Cars Gift Tin

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Bang on theme and very tasty. Locally made Fairtrade chocolates. Tin size: 9.5 x 6.5cm. Plain tin sits well on the garage shelf.

Greased Lightning Showroom Shine 1L

Best waterless car wash
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine 1L
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Greased Lightning's Showroom Shine is the most effective spray on, wipe off car wash on the market. The company explicitly says it's a lifestyle rather than a car enthusiast's brand in order to make it appeal to the masses. It can try and play the cool kid all it likes but there is no denying this is a great product we car nerds recommend to any petrolhead who wants a fast detailer for their car.

Read our Greased Lightning product test.

Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax 250ml

Best car wax
Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax
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You know how breakfast cereals usually have added vitamins and minerals? This carnauba paste wax has added hydrophobic polymers to make water bead more readily on the paintwork. It's a hard-wearing and easily applied wax that comes with a microfibre and application pad.

Bond Cars: The Definitive History

Best 007 book
Bond Cars: The Definitive History
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The world's most prominent spy (surely an oxymoron) has seriously good taste in cars. Explore the fascinating history of 007's motors in this excellent hardback written by Jason Barlow. Featuring rare archival material and page after page detailing the elaborate stunts that went into each film.

Read our guide to the best Bond gifts.

Porsche 911 Turbo History Lineage Print

Best car fan du00e9cor
Porsche 911 Turbo History Lineage Print
Amazon

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Workshop, mood room, office, whatever. If you know the car fan you're buying for is a Porsche nut, this is a great gift option. It is available in A4, A3, A2, A1, and A0 sizes (A2 size priced here) and is printed on canvas. Print comes framed.

Read our guide to the best gifts for Porsche fanatics.

NEBO Slyde 2K Torch

The best torch that sticks to your car
NEBO Slyde 2K
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In the olden days, you couldn't keep a lamp in a compartment because the whale oil would spill and the horse carriage would catch fire. Even during the mid-20th century, decent torches were too bulky to fit in a glovebox. But now in the crisp, modern world of micro technology, you can have a small sun stored in your car.

This is our favourite small sun - it's very bright, well made, rechargeable, and has a magnetic base, which is very handy for changing a wheel or illuminating an engine bay in the dark.

Read our guide to the best travel torches.

LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR

Best value LEGO car kit
LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR
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Most LEGO Technic kits are quite pricey but this isn't. In terms of value for money it's on par with the Mazda MX-5 or baked beans. It's a kit with 830 pieces and features many excellent details such as dihedral doors, moving pistons, and functioning steering.

Read our guide to the best value LEGO car kits.

Rage Buggy Blast

Best off-road driving experience
Rage Buggy Blast

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Loose surface action is one of the biggest grin makers and the Rage Hurricane is no grass kart. It's a proper super buggy that does 0-60mph in under four seconds and reaches over 120mph. On gravel. That's something you don't want to miss.

Forza Horizon 5

Best arcade racing game
Forza Horizon 5 Xbox Series X
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Forza Horizon 5 is the best version of the series and that is quite something. More than that, it's one of the best and most exciting racing games to come out in 2021. There is a mountain of stuff to get stuck into, both in closed circuit and open-world racing. Forza Horizon 5 is also a technical showcase. It's designed for Xbox Series X and can run in 4K Ultra HD at 60fps. But you can run perfectly well on an Xbox One too.

Read our guides to the best racing games and rally games.

Gran Turismo 7

Pre-order for release on March 4, 2022
Gran Turismo 7
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Sony's latest version of its flagship racing franchise is available on PS5 and PS4, much to the delight of many. Granted, a video game isn't the most social of Valentine's gifts, but this is a special game after all.

12-Lap Radical SR5 Race Car Experience

Editoru2019s pick driving experience
12-Lap Radical SR5 Race Car Experience

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If you want to know what the Radical SR5 is like, you can read our review of the SR10 and then find out for yourself (or the recipient can find out for themselves). This wholesome driving experience consists of eight speedy laps, having first completed four sighting laps. Location is in Hertfordshire.

Read our guide to the best driving experiences.

Nextbase 422GW Dash Cam

Best value dash cam
Nextbase 422GW Dash Cam
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Nextbase is a dash cam industry leader. No doubt the Nextbase office is full of mugs saying just that. Its 422GW model strikes a great balance between its high end range and more basic models. To kick things off the build quality is second to none, everything is well put together and the touchscreen is responsive and easy to use.

The recording quality can be set at 1440P at 30fps or 1080P at 60fps, which is helped further by some clever software. There are even some smart features such as Alexa Voice Control.

Read our Nextbase showdown review.

Triple Supercar Driving Experience at Goodwood

The Goodwood experience
Triple Supercar Driving Experience at Goodwood

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Here the driver can select three road weapons and take each for two laps of the Goodwood circuit. The drives are with an instructor who will help to driver to enjoy the three supercars to their fullest.

NOCO Boost X GBX45

Best portable jump starter
NOCO Boost X GBX45 1250A 12V UltraSafe Portable Lithium Jump Starter
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This is a power bank for a car and devices. It's made by a company called NOCO, which is one of the top dogs in the world of car battery care. This little power pack is hugely powerful, capable of jump starting anything other than large commercial vehicles. The important thing is that it also looks after a battery in doing so, thanks to its UltraSafe 2.0 technology.

Read our guide to the best portable power packs.

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Siu00e1n FKP 37

Best LEGO car set
LEGO Technic Lamborghini Siu00e1n FKP 37
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At 3,696 pieces the Technic Lamborghini makes fans of LEGO and cars very excited indeed. There are moving pistons in the V12 engine, which is connected to the 8-speed gearbox. The scissor doors open, as do the bonnet and boot; there are proper disc brakes, suspension, and adjustable spoiler. You can even get a lighting kit for it.

Read our guide to the best LEGO car kits.

CAR Magazine Subscription

Best motoring magazine
CAR Magazine Subscription

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We can't talk about car gifts without mentioning CAR Magazine, can we? Grab a subscription to print, digital, or both.

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