Rev up your stocking with these seven car-based Christmas presents
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Tragically, not all of us possess the funds to deposit a set of gift-wrapped car keys under the Christmas tree, but there's no excuse not to spread some festive motoring cheer to friends and loved ones with a predilection for petrol-powered paraphernalia – or even treat yourself for the big day/with your Crimbo cash.
Here are eight highlights from around the internet and beyond on which to splash your hard-earned, in ascending order of price, with images of all of them to oil your appetite in our gallery above:
Art painted using radio-controlled cars (Dh116)
There are countless aspiring artists online who sell motoring-related paintings, prints and the like, but what separates Popbangcolour from the crowd is the method of creation. British painter Ian Cook uses radio-controlled cars, tyres and wheels to produce properly eye-catching pieces based on a wide variety of classic and contemporary models, on two and four wheels.
The sweet smell of success (Dh300)
Ever woken up and thought: "Cor, I wouldn't mind smelling like a luxury car today"? Well, help is at hand from Bentley Fragrances and, specifically, its Momentum Unlimited scent, which was launched earlier this year. Created by top perfumer Michel Almairac, the fragrance "distils the thrill of travelling into an exciting contrast of fresh and sensuous notes". Somehow. It probably beats the smell of smoking tyres and exhaust fumes, anyway.
Momentum is available for about Dh300 from the Bentley showroom in Al Maktoum Street, Dubai
Lively Lego sets (Dh669 and Dh1,534)
Brightly coloured building bricks aren't the sole preserve of snotty-nosed toddlers – particularly when they cost as much as these two four-wheeled sets spanning the contemporary and the classic. The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron was also immortalised in fabulous full-size form earlier this year, while the Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 recreates Sean Connery's iconic silver-screen companion.
A supercar-inspired phone (Dh3,470)
McLaren has continued to expand its impressive array of models this year, but for the full lifestyle experience, you will be wanting its special-edition OnePLus 6T phone. Much like the British supercar kings' rapid range, the phone boasts impressive stats, with 10GB of RAM and the ability to film 4G video, as well as suitably speedy charging offering a day’s power in 20 minutes.
A watch that will make time fly (Dh5,361)
Robert Kubica was already a cult figure on the Formula One circuit before his imminent return to the sport for the 2019 season. Now, the dynamic Polish driver is a genuine story of triumph over physical hardship – he is belatedly continuing his F1 career after partially severing his arm in a rally crash in 2011. Fans can wear their support on their own arms with a classy new limited-edition timepiece bearing his name from Swiss luxury watchmaker Oris, made in association with Kubica's F1 team Williams.
Get a grip on your music (Dh10,035)
One of the world's biggest tyre manufacturers is (excuse the pun) treading into musical territory: the Pirelli Design Wind Tunnel Tyre Speaker uses Formula One technology to provide enhanced audio in your home – although such innovation doesn't come cheap. The Bluetooth speaker is made in collaboration with iXOOST, an Italian company from Modena that specialises in high-end car audio products, and comes in nine different colours inspired by the shades used to differentiate the compounds of racing tyres. Insert a dubious gag about people tiring of your musical tastes here.
Buy the Wind Tunnel Tyre Speaker from the iXOOST store for €2,400 (Dh10,035)
Updated: December 23, 2018 03:30 PM