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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

The Top 5 Gifts For Car Lovers

The Top 5 Gifts For Car Lovers - Photo by Tommy Pequinot on Unsplash
Photo by Tommy Pequinot on Unsplash

There are those in our lives who love cars. They watch motorsport, they stare when a supercar rumbles passed. On Netflix and Dave, they rewatch old episodes of Top Gear and read all the websites. They absorb everything to do with cars. So what do you buy someone like that when it comes to giving a gift?

Whether it is for birthdays or you are planning your Christmas shopping well in advance, there are many a gift you can give the car lover in your life.

We have partnered with Zero Deposit Car Leasing to ensure you know what their most commonly seen gifts are for car lovers.


A dashcam should really be owned by every driver, not just the car lovers you know. They don’t have one, you should get them one, as dashcams are brilliant for a few different reasons. The main one is for you and your insurance. There have been stories in the news about groups trying insurance scams by either breaking hard and suddenly in front of you to ensure you crash into the back of them or just reversing back into you. If you don’t have a dashcam, you have no evidence of a scam. However, if you do, then you can prove otherwise.

The other reason to get a dashcam is more personal and cheerful. If you do on a holiday or just a road trip, regardless of length, you can record every minute of it with your dashcam. Memories are so important and sometimes memories fail. Having your holiday on permanent video format is a great keepsake and a dashcam can help with that.

Driving gloves

Before you just go buying any old car lover a pair of driving gloves, there are a few things to consider. First, driving gloves offer a sense of elegance and nostalgia to the drive. However, this means the car lover needs to be driving the right sort of car in order to wear them.

A small hatchback, regardless of how fast or nice it is, is not the place for driving gloves. However, if you are driving a convertible, driving gloves would fit perfectly. They would keep your hands warm even with the wind rushing around you.

If you are driving a classic car, they will look brilliant. They will add to the whole image of you driving a classic car. Something well worth considering.

Supercar Experience

Car lovers usually love supercars above all others. However, most of us and most of them can’t afford to own supercars. They are slightly out of our price ranges. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t get to drive them. If you are looking for a perfect gift for your car lover, consider getting them a Supercar Experience.

Depending on the packages available, you can allow them to drive 3-6 supercars in a day. This will give them a serious chance to experience the fastest cars in the world in prestige comfort, whilst being taught to drive by trained drivers. It will be an experience they will never forget.


Let's be honest, you will have seen the many items of apparel available to car lovers. There are racing leather jackets available in a variety of different colours, some with racing badges. There are thousands of t-shirts available with different graphic designs and logos.

Motor-related quotes are available on many different types of clothing, so you can get your car lover’s favourite quote emblazoned across a sweat-shirt or hoodie. Go browsing and we are sure you will find something suitable for them to wear.

Engine Block coffee table

Your car lover will have seen this on Top Gear back in the day. The engine block coffee table allows your car lover to have a constant reminder of how cool cars are in their own home. It shows a V8 engine holding up a glass plate that is used as the table.

It can sit in their living room or anywhere else they fancy placing it. It will be a talking point for the guests they invite around. It is just a cool, useful item for them to own.

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