Christmas gift guide - Various - part 1

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  • Best car-related gifts
  • We've tested them, too
  • Ten categories of presents
We've picked the best car gadgets and goodies so you don't have to Picking the best sat-nav, Bluetooth or even alloy wheel cleaner can be almost as tricky as choosing the right car.

With so many similar products around, how can you be sure you're getting the best?

Read our 2010 Product Awards and you won't go far wrong. You'll find more detailed reviews of more than 100 products online at whatcar.com.

If you're looking for less-conventional inspiration for gifts this Christmas, we've also added a page packed full of lucky dips.


Tyre inflators
Ring Automotive RAC600Best buy

Best price £24.99
(care4car.com)
For Fast inflation; nicely made; compact design; handy features
Against Built-in pressure gauge could be more accurate
Verdict Fastest unit we tested; easy to use and great value.

Worth considering...
Draper 12v Mini Compressor

Best price £18.76
(amazon.co.uk)
Good-value inflator that's well made and fairly accurate. It is rather slow at pumping, though.


First Aid kits
Boots Family First-Aid Kit
Best buy

Best price £9.78
(boots.com)
For Has all the essentials; value; handy carry case
Against Not a lot
Verdict This is the best-value kit we've seen.

Worth considering...
Halfords Fire Extinguisher & First-Aid Kit

Best price £36.99
(halfords.com)

Portable DVD players
Philips PET744
Best buy

Best price £149.99
(shop.philips.co.uk)
For Easy to use; seven-inch screen is crystal-clear; clever headrest-mounting system
Against Fairly pricey
Verdict Other players have bigger screens, but this is the best
all-rounder for car journeys.

Worth considering...
Nextbase Click 7 Duo

Best price £229.00
(johnlewis.com)
Kit includes two seven-inch screens, so you can keep two kids quiet. Quality is good, too.

Driving games
Burnout Paradise
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Best buy

Best price £9.99
(play.com)
For Graphics; slick gameplay; freedom to roam
Against Some missions are annoyingly difficult; restarting
a mission can be time-consuming
Verdict It's fantastic fun being able to explore and not having to stick to a racing line. Looks superb and offers lots of variety.

Mario Kart (Nintendo Wii)
Best multiplayer

Best price £29.99, including wheel
(blockbuster.co.uk)
For
Charming graphics and gameplay; intuitive controls; massive online community; fun weapons
Against Single-player mode too easy; annoying when other players grab a well-deserved victory from your grasp
Verdict Mario Kart is a hoot and you get to race on fantasy tracks. Great fun.

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