Forget the reindeer - Santa's preferred mode of transport this year is the new Vectra Estate.
On sale from next month in showrooms throughout the UK, this capacious wagon is more than able to hold its own as a display case for the vast selection of car accessories, leisurewear and gifts your family will be tempted to give the Vauxhall owner in their lives this Christmas.
From VX Racing leisurewear and Irmscher styling accessories to the Vauxhall gift collection, there is sure to be a present idea to suit all tastes and budgets this Christmas.
You can check out everything from the comfort of your own home and order many items online for home delivery from the Vauxhall accessories website at www.vauxhall.co.uk/accessories or visit your local Vauxhall Retailer.
From the VX Racing collection to celebrate the manufacturer's hat-trick of British Touring Car Championships there is a choice of baseball caps, T shirt complete with graphic of the victorious Astra Coupé, casual shirt, anorak and rucksack, with prices starting at just £9.95.
Equally desirable if you are a Vauxhall driver is the extensive range of Irmscher styling accessories. There are fuel filler flap covers, aluminium foot pedals, gear knobs and handbrake levers in a variety of finishes, plus aluminium door lock buttons and even aluminium valve caps.
Retail prices for Irmscher accessories start at £3 for a chrome effect 'i' logo badge, but if you really feel like pushing the boat out this Christmas, what about a set of alloy wheels such as the Sport Star wheel shown here. These start at £750 for a set of four 16 inch (including fitting but excluding tyres), while other alloy wheel sets start at £449 for 13 inch Softstar wheels (including fitting but excluding tyres).
If music stirs your partner's soul, why not a new audio system featuring the latest technology. From a wide range of VDO and VDO Dayton units specially designed to suit Vauxhall models there is the CD 2803 RDS tuner, CD and MP3 player offering 4x55 watts output at £240, or a six disc CD autochanger at £200.
There are also speaker kits, CD storage boxes and hands-free mobile phone kits - essential when the new law comes into effect before Christmas. If your partner also has a bad sense of direction Navigation systems start from just £899.
On the practical front you can certainly find many really useful present ideas. From Sonax car care products and a cool bag that plugs into the auxiliary 12v socket in the boot to first aid and spare bulb kits, fire extinguisher, steering wheel clamp or locking wheel nuts to safeguard those alloys, you will be spoilt for choice.
And if you are still not quite sure, the Vauxhall gift collection has more to offer than Santa's grotto. An alloy thermos flask, alloy-finished sports watches, Waterman pen set, multi-tool kits, chrome wine bottle stops and even a teddy bear may give you some inspiration. Prices start at just £5.95 for a VX Racing frosted glass mug.Published 22 October 2003