All I want for Christmas is …

Christmas_presentsWith Christmas just around the corner,  it’s  time to start looking for gifts again. If that special person happens to be a car buff, we have some suggestions for you writes Geraldine Herbert



autoglym-collection-valet-cAutoglym Professional Valet Collection
For real car lovers, how about a showroom shine kit to keep your car gleaming Autoglym Professional Valet Collection is the perfect gift. It contains 11 of their best selling car care products and is designed remove those ravages of time and abuse not to mention, stains and grubby fingermarks.  Priced at €75  included in the collection you get Autoglym’s Bodywork Shampoo and Conditioner, Super Resin Polish, Autoglym Clean Wheels, Instant Tyre Dressing, Car Glass Polish and Interior Shampoo. For more information contact Autoglym Ireland on facebook or






dash-cam-whiteDash cam
Once the preserve of the rich dashboard cameras are now being mounted in more and more cars and are cheap to obtain and easy to install. The dash cam from Red5 will automatically record each and every journey you make. The Dash Cam has variable time loop recordings which will overwrite the oldest file and automatically save the last recording after an impact, thanks to the motion detection feature. So while the idea may have some 1984-ish undertones if you spend your life on the road or if you are unlucky enough to have an accident you may be very glad of one. Priced from €63 the dash cam is available from








Diono Stow n Go
Diono Stow n Gois a must have for anyone travelling with kids. An organiser which hooks over the car seat in front of your baby or kids and has seven pockets and two drink holders in a washable and waterproof fabric. Perfect for hoarding all those essential bribery implements required for a family road trip. Priced at €15 it is available to buy from Amazon or Halfords.








Vacuum Cleaner
A portable vacuum cleaner is ideal for cleaning and maintaining the interiors of cars. The VC100 is a hand-held vacuum cleaner with a difference. Weighing in at a mere 750g it is a perfect size for the boot and it comes with attachments to reach all those nooks and crannies. The suction power is particularly impressive  and while at €187 it’s arguably more than you are likely to spend its worth the extra money  the sleek, stylish design means it doesn’t have to be hidden away. Available to buy from Amazon.






Stayhold is a clever way of organising stuff in your car boot. It works simply by gripping the carpet with Velcro strips and acting as a barrier to stop things from sliding around and getting damaged while the car is in motion plus there are handy little dividers for creating sections for stuff that you carry regularly of from shopping to luggage or ever bottles you can keep it all safe and secure. For more information check out for a range of storage and prices




With water charges looming a no water solution seems like the perfect way to keep your car gleaming. NoH2O offer a wide range of products to choose  from including an Interior Clean that leaves a clean matt finish and unlike most dash cleaners it doesn’t leave a scent behind – ideal if you’re not a fan of overwhelming smells! While their Waterless wash and polish replaces the need to wash your car with water. It can be used on all surfaces and is made from a non-scratch formula to make sure any grit won’t scratch your paintwork. So if you want to do your bit for the environment and get your car cleaned at the same time No-H2o is certainly worth checking out!



Geraldine Herbert

11th December,2014


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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