Can I buy a £5 Secret Santa gift for an F1 fan?

Your Questions AnsweredPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

2010 F1 DVD: Sebastian's Coming of AgeTrish wrote in with an early festive shopping question and I felt I should try to help:

Hello my name is Trish and I am seeking your help. I know this is a strange email, but any kind of response would be fabulous.

I have a Secret Santa at my work called Amy. She is Formula One mad and I need to purchase something for her to the value of £5.

I am not that clever at this kind of stuff, and would not have a clue where to look, someone gave me your address and told me to contact you. Please can you help, or suggest something for me to give a F1 fan?

F1 merchandise isn’t cheap so finding something for less than a fiver may prove a little tricky. But here’s a few ideas – good luck, Trish!

Season review videos

Recent F1 season videos are available cheaply and offer hours of F1 entertainment. And if they’re got your friend’s favourite driver or team on the cover you’re definitely onto a winner.

Last year’s video doesn’t quite fall under the £5 barrier but the previous four do. The two-disc review of the thrilling, down-to-the-wire 2010 championship is my pick of these:


I was surprised to discover the excellent documentary Senna, which was in cinemas last year, can also be picked up for less than a fiver. If Amy hasn’t seen this yet it’s a sure-fire winner for Trish:


There are several Formula One books recommended by F1 Fanatic which can be had for well under five quid.

Alan Henry’s Top 100 F1 Drivers of All Time is an accessible read on the top F1 drivers to have taken to the track.

Cars at Speed may have an uninspiring title but Robert Daley’s book is an essential read for all F1 fans on the perilous early days of Grand Prix racing. The 2007 reprint is ridiculously cheap – grab it.

Former Top Gear presenter and two-time F1 driver Tiff Needell produced his entertaining autobiography last year:

Two new books on F1 titan Bernie Ecclestone have appeared recently but this earlier book is the one I refer to most.

There are stacks more F1 books out there. If you come across one which looks like a bargain and want to know if it’s any good refer to F1 Fanatic’s extensive reviews.

F1 merchandise

Finding decent, official F1 gear for less than a fiver may be tricky. The search facility on the official F1 shop offers a lowest price of £5.

But you can get unofficial and characterful F1-style merchandise from Unlap such as these Ferrari keyrings and gym bags.

And while you’re there, be sure to pick an official F1 Fanatic mug. Yes, they cost a budget-busting £8, but they represent the pinnacle of hot drink vessel technology.

More ideas

Need more F1 gift ideas? Check our last year’s gift guide:

F1 shops

Here’s one last tip for Trish: have a look for shops in your area which sell F1 memorabilia or books. I’m based in London so here are a few examples near me, although the team’s shops are unlikely to have much on offer for five pounds:

Over to you

Can any F1 Fanatic readers help Trish out with her Secret Santa quest?

Please post your suggestions for sub-£5 F1 gifts in the comments.

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