The bitter cold has turned your nose as red as Rudolph's, the night is far from silent with your Auntie's karaoke rendition and the kids are making you wish you were far away in your own luxury 'manger' by the sea and, of course, you will be needing a countdown to all this with the perfect advent calendar for car nuts from Renault.
Released today along with a whole catalogue of gift ideas for motoring enthusiasts of all ages, the Renault advent calendar is no ordinary calendar though. This one is packed full of all you need to build your own winter motoring wonderland! It includes four model cars including the Clio rally car on Christmas Eve, a selection of road signs and models such as petrol pumps. When Christmas finally arrives, the pièce de resistance can be found on the back of the calendar - a push out car launch pad ramp!
Once the big day itself arrives Renault also has a wide range of accessories available for the most dedicated petrol-heads to deck their halls with, or toys for kids (big or small!) which can be found in the latest 'Le Catalogue' at your nearest Renault dealer.
Christmas Renaults are sized to fit and so come in small, medium or large! There are a number of miniature cars available from new Clio to vintage heritage models like the Alpine Renaults. Medium sized is a range of pedal cars for the younger enthusiast while if the generous streak in you gets the better of you, then the larger size car complete with red ribbon could be delivered by your local Renault dealer Santa as long as the order is placed soon!
With 0% finance on offer across the Renault range, choosing the larger option of a Renault car means there would be plenty of money left for other presents.
This includes a large selection of Renault F1 Team merchandise meaning you can support a winning team! Renault F1 Team's historic 'double double' 2006 Formula One Championship win and Drivers' Championship winner, Fernando Alonso together with team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella, model a range of Renault F1 Team clothing including t-shirts, adult/children's baseball caps and fleeces.
Budding Alonsos and Fisichellas can get their F1 career off to an early start by getting behind the wheel of their very own Formula One pedal car. At £185 it costs 'slightly' less than real thing, but will provide as much fun for a budding Alonso. The pedal car is adorned with the World Champion logo and comes complete with Renault F1 Team cap and flag for your adoring fans!
There are also limited stocks of a Renault F1 Team 6V electric scooter with a maximum speed of just over three mph and one hour's operating time. Suitable for children aged three to six, it costs £120. If your child is still wearing Renault F1 Team overalls of the nappy variety then there is a Renault F1 Team 'ride on' push along car for children from 18 months with electric horn, stroller, under seat storage, anti-tilt system and directional front wheels! A bargain at just £31.
To accompany those dreams of becoming the next F1 superstar, there's also a soft toy version of the R26 Renault F1 Team race car at £9 or the official World Champion Renault F1 Team teddy bear F1 driver in Renault F1 Team cap and t-shirt at £9.
For those bigger kids, there are plenty of F1 goodies on offer including a resin replica of the R25 engine on a wooden stand which is sure to make other Dads in the office blue and yellow with envy and costs £70. Pride of place for any F1 fanatic is sure to go to a Fernando Alonso 2006 Renault F1 Team mini helmet (£65) which is a fibreglass reproduction made by Bell Racing, who use the same methods to manufacture this mini helmet as it does for the F1 racing drivers' real helmets.
As well as the Renault F1 Team range, there is an extensive range of toys and gifts to suit all budgets and all ages.
There are plenty of ideas for Christmas (and all year round) gifts at your local Renault dealer, some of which might surprise you including Nike golf clothing/ accessories from £18, Mégane Trophy Scalextric circuit with two cars (£69) and even Versace for Renaultsport watches from £400.
This is just a selection of the wide range of gifts and accessories on offer! 'Le Catalogue' is available in dealerships now.Published 8 November 2006