For the past few years I've been compiling gift ideas for the Porsche owners and enthusiasts. With each new list, I find new products of interest and realize there is just so much good stuff available it's tough to cover it all. This year is no different. In order to make things easier I decided to break things into categories for you, including: Porsche Books, Porsche Magazines, Porsche Club Memberships, Porsche Maintenance and Repair Items, Porsche Gifts Just for Her, Porsche Electronics and Toys, Porsche Watches and Jewelery, Porsche Artwork and lastly, Porsche Stocking Stuffers.
In most instance I've provided you with a link so the gift can be easily found and purchased with a click of a button. For those items not available for sale online I provided you with the best contact details I had available. Lastly, over the past two years we've had the opportunity to review a lot of these items first hand. In those instance I provided you with a link to the review for further information.
Gifts for the Porsche Owner
The more I become involved with Porsche the more I like all aspects of the brand. Over the last year I really started to dive deep into the land of Porsche Motorsport. I've had the great good fortune to meet and drive with a number of the Porsche factory drivers including Patrick Long of the Flying Lizard Motorsport team. This year, PorschePurist is working hand in hand with the Flying Lizard team to offer their gear directly to the readers of PorschePurist. Not only is this a great way to support your favorite Porsche team, the Flying Lizard Gear makes a great gift too.
Books about Porsche
The list below is just a small sampling of books about Porsche that we have reviewed here on FlatSixes.com. Posted in our Amazon Store is a much more comprehensive listing of Porsche related Books. The first link for each item will bring you directly to Amazon.com while the second link will bring you to FlatSixes.com's review of the book.
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device
- 25% Off Select Porsche Books at David Bull Publishing
- Porsche: Excellence Was Expected: The Comprehensive History of the Company, its Cars and its Racing Heritage (Our Review)
- Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius
- Porsche: The Fine Art of the Sports Car (Our Review)
- Porsche Spyders 1956-1964: Type 550A, RSK and 718 (Ludvigsen Library Series) (Our Review)
- The Art of Racing in the Rain (Our Review)
- White Racers from Zuffenhausen: Porsche 904, 906, 907, 908, 909, 910 (Our Review)
- Hunt for 901 (Our Review)
- Porsche 911SC: The Essential Companion
- Porsche 993 Essential Companion
- Porsche 996 The Essential Companion: Supreme Porsche (Our Review)
- Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook (Our Review)
- Porsche 911: Perfection by Design (Our Review)
- Porsche: The Road from Zuffenhausen
- Porsche Sixty Years
- The Book of the Porsche 356 (Our Review)
There's nothing I like better than walking down to the mailbox and coming back with a new issue of my favorite Porsche Magazines. While there are currently five (5) Porsche magazines available to the general public (six if you include the PCA's members only Panorama) my two favorites are:
Total911 isn't inexpensive (as it's shipping from the UK), but in my opinion it's still worth the premium. Each month is packed with over sized pictures and articles on your favorite topics.
Porsche Club Memberships
If you're a Porsche owner and you don't below to your local owner's club, you don't really know what you are missing. Here in the US, the Porsche Club of America (PCA) is king. With more than 100,000 members nationwide, there is bound to be a local and active group in your community. I personally participate in three different regions and enjoy interacting with other Porsche owners immensely. If you're not yet a member of the PCA or similar type club, you should really think about joining up. If you're the husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc of a Porsche owner and they are not yet a PCA member, this is a fantastic gift (the cost of membership includes 2 people). Not only will they meet other people with similar
obsessions interests, a membership to the PCA includes a monthly subscription to Panorama Magazine.
Porsche Maintenance and Repair Items
Admitedly, I don't do
a lot any of my own service work on my Porches. However, over the years, I have come to enjoy and appreciate a few small items that make Porsche ownership a little easier, especially if your Porsche doesn't happen to be your daily driver.
- Porsche Dual Mode Battery Maintainer / Charger This is perfect for those that store their Porsche over the winter and don't want to bother with the hassle of removing and reinstalling the battery.
- Unfortunately, the Porsche Tire Guage and Case below appears to be sold out. However, the Moroso 89560 Tire Pressure Gauge are the air pressure gauge of choice for racers worldwide (and the gauge I believe the Porsche branded one was designed after). Each Moroso tire pressure gauge is individually calibrated for accuracy within 2%. The dial face is easy to read, while the hardened swivel chuck rotates 360° for positive valve stem attachment. And the finger operated air-bleed valve allows you to release pressure quickly for precise settings to get you back on road or track staged for your next spirited drive or lap.
- Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBD-II Code Reader
- Porsche Tire Gauge with Case My cars come out mostly on the weekends, so with all that time sitting between drives, I'm constantly checking the tire pressure. My wife bought this gauge for me two years ago and it's the only one I've used since.
Porsche Gifts for Her
I wrote a post last year titled "Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Porsche Lover". Shortly after publishing it, I received a few emails from some of our female readers wanting to know where my list of Mother's Day gift ideas was. I responded that any of the items on that list would work for a woman, but I got the hint. So, here are a few gift ideas with the female Porsche owner/lover in mind.
- Chroma Type 301 Porsche Designed Knives Before I start getting hate mail, I don't think it's only women that do the cooking, but outside of me and a few others, I don't know a lot of men that get excited at the idea of new kitchen knives. Personally, I love these Chroma knives and use them pretty much exclusively. A word of warning, they are not inexpensive! However, properly cared for they should last you a lifetime. If you're interested, Mrs. 993C4S wrote a review of the Chroma Porsche Designed knives last year after using them for a little while.
- Heritage Mini Bag / Purse
- Porsche Sport's Driving School: Women Only. Described as being designed for the woman who enjoys driving and wants to experience the essence of Porsche automobiles as well as enhance her current driving skills. The Women's Only Performance course will not only allow you to pursue your passion for excitement; it will also cater to your need to escape.
Porsche Electronics, Toys and Models
- Valentine One Radar Detector I've used a Valentine for years in two of my cars and have been saved many times. They might be expensive, but the first ticket you get saved from will more than cover the purchase price!!
- GoPro HD Motorsports HERO On-Board High-Definition Digital Camera for MotorsportsI currently have and use the GoPro Hero Wide Camera for Motorsport and have become a very big fan. It's easy to set-up, easy to mount and takes great videos. I've used mine to do everything from making videos at DE events to attaching to my dog's collar and letting her run around for an hour. I'll be posting a review in the next month or so on my experiences with it (and Lucy's).
- Porsche Design P'9120 Table Top Stereo by Eton (Our Review)
- Porsche 911 GT3 VIP 2007 RC Car from Tamiya. If you can't afford the real thing (and quite frankly, who can?) this is the next best thing. (Our Review)
- Fanatec Racing wheels. If you're looking to improve your DE skills, these "force feedback" Porsche designed wheels can be an immense help. (Our Review)
- Carrera Digital 132 Slot Car GT Set. BMW vs. Porsche
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device Ok, so this isn't directly related to Porsche, but I have yet to meet a Porsche owner who doesn't also like gadgets. The Kindle is the must have, most wished for item on everyone's Christmas list. This thing rocks!!!
- Porsche 917LH Lemans 1970 I recently started collecting Porsche die cast models. Right now my collection ranges from 1/10th scale to 1/43. I understand from talking with others that I might eventually settle on one size, but for right now I like my eclectic collection. This 1/18th scale 917 is one I don't currently have, but would love to own. (Santa, are you reading?).
Porsche Watches, Jewelery and Other Accessories
Porsche Design Watches. It seems like a lot of us who drive and collect Porsches collect other items as well. I'm no different. After Porsche, my next biggest obssesion is most definitely watches. Porsche Design Watches lets me combine my two loves. They are not inexpensive, but they are almost as nice to look at as the cars.
Given all the time I’m spend in my garage (that's where my computer is too) I figured I might as well make it a nicer place to hang out in. One of the easiest ways to do this is by hanging up some posters and other original art.
If you’re looking for Porsche related artwork (and I’m sure you are) then you might want to take a look at theses affordable and extremely well executed limited edition prints by Stéphane Dufour. If you live in the US, Stéphane's work can be purchased through his distributor in California or you can contact him directly if you are interested in the original art that the limited editions are derived from. My favorite piece, without a doubt, is the homage to the 1970 Porsche 917 Martini n°3 and its psychedelic decoration created in wood and aluminum. That's a picture of it up above.
Another notable automotive artist is Paul Chenard. For those of you who are long time subscribers you may remember Paul as the artist who created the current FlatSixes.com logo and the creator of the Porsche artwork my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift last year!
Porsche Related Stocking Stuffers
Shopping for Christmas is already expensive enough. Add Porsche anything to the mix and the price just went up. The following deas make great stocking stuffers and won't break the bank.
- Porsche Key Chains
- Spotlight Rechargeable Flashlight (Our Review)
- Possibly the best car movie ever made: Le Mans DVD (Read More)
- Porsche Design The Essence for Men 0.04 oz Eau de Toilette Sampler Vial Spray
- OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING DECALS Now these are simply fun. Click on the link to see how they will look on your side mirrors.
- Top Gear 10: The Complete Season 10
- The perfect gift for any auto enthusiast: A gift certificate from Tire Rack.
- A Free Subscription to PorchePurist.com
While the list above is long, it is hardly comprehensive. If there are other items you can suggest that I add to the list for next year, I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Where possible, I did try to point you in the right direction and provide a link for each item to make your shopping easier. I have no plans to battle the crowds come "Black Friday". I'm all about shopping online and "Cyber Monday".