With the recession gripping the country and our bank balances, buying the car enthusiast the car of their dreams this year seems very unlikely. Or buying dad for Father’s Day a car seems even more unlikely, (should you be so generous or rich) there is a solution. There are many car-themed gifts currently out there to treat the car fan in your life, including dad for his special day which won’t break the bank. From car inspired cologne to quirky car accessories you really don’t have to fork out for a new car!

Owning a Porsche is something many people dream of, but due to the hefty price tag that comes with the dream car not many people can own this stunning model. However, you can still smell like a Porsche owner with thanks to Nordstrom who are offering Porsche Design cologne for men named ‘The Essence’. The cologne is described as being for the ‘instinctively, self-assured man’ so if you know a car enthusiast who appreciates Porsches and a woody scent you may have found the perfect credit crunch gift.

If cologne isn’t quite what you think your car enthusiast will appreciate then there is always the option of purchasing car accessories or gifts from large car brands. Own a Jaguar? Well then there are many Jaguar accessories available to buy your loved one. From teddy bears to umbrellas you can make sure your car fan is completely kitted out in their favourite car brand. Jaguar accessories are also a great gift choice for those that like collectables, as there are Jaguar accessories to cater for any taste. All major car brands tend to sell accessories so there is no worry if you are buying your loved one a car accessory for their Ford or Polo.

Lastly, if the recession is something that doesn’t affect you and your loved one already owns the car, why not look into Porsche designed kitchen! This is what you buy the man who has everything! This high tech kitchen is from Poggenpohl and is stunning in brushed aluminium and glass. The entire design is completely sleek, angular and definitely for the minimalist household. Porsche have stated that this is the ‘kitchen for men’ but doesn’t really create a cooking vibe if you like your kitchen traditional. However if you have the money and live with a Porsche enthusiast, you can be guaranteed he will be delighted.

Dominic Donaldson is an expert in the car industry.
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