When it comes to Christmas gift ideas, Haynes has your back. Our manuals make ideal gifts for all the members of your family, and we have hundreds to choose from.
To help you out, we’ve gone through our catalogue and cherry-picked a small selection of books that will make the perfect Christmas presents for the young and the old.
You’ll also find an assortment of other gift ideas from some of our partners – everything from working model engines to beautiful automotive wall art
Haynes Diary 2020
Make sure your favourite petrolhead never forgets an important date, whether it’s an MOT or their wedding anniversary, with one of our 2020 Haynes Diaries. There are two formats to choose from this year: our ever-popular desk diary, and a more pocketable version that’s closer to A5 in size.
This year’s cover star is a cutaway Mk1 Ford Escort ‘Mexico’ , a car which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020. As you know, no-one likes a cutaway more than us, which is why we’ve squeezed some classic examples from the Haynes Manual archives into this year’s diary – from the Fiat 131 Mirafiori to NASA’s Saturn IB rocket.
Both 2020 Haynes Diaries feature week-to-view presentation on high-quality paper and include appendices of essential dates and automotive-related data.
Star Wars™ Rebel Starfighters Manual
Are your magnetic flashback suppressors totally shot after a dunk in a Dagobah swamp? Stabilizer broken loose again during a trench run and your R2 unit can’t lock it down? Then the latest Star Wars™ Haynes Manual should be top of your Christmas book list.
Fully authorised and approved by Lucasfilm, the Star Wars™ Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual reveals a detailed history of Alliance and Resistance models, including A-Wing, B-Wing, U-Wing, X-Wing and Y-Wing variants.
Illustrated throughout with photos, schematics, exploded diagrams and CG art, it’s an essential read for movie enthusiasts. Starburst magazine says it’s “highly recommended for any Star Wars™ fan, while Mark Newbold of Fantha Tracks says, “apart from being an attractive book to have on your shelves, this has some invaluable information within and is a joy to read.”
This brilliant little book is a perfect introduction to the world of life hacks for cars. Its varied selection of 126 hacks, tips and tutorials will help everyone improve life in their car, inside and out.
Not only does Car Hacks pack in some great money-saving ideas (rubber band phone holder, anyone?), but carrying out these DIY improvements brings a real sense of satisfaction.
Car Hacks includes hacks for both car interiors and exteriors, smart tricks for working in the garage, storage solutions and modernising hacks. There’s also a host of suggestions for using inexpensive household items to clean your car – such as using toothpaste to make your headlights minty fresh.
One of our new range of ‘Concise’ Haynes Manuals, Menopause might be comparatively small in format, but it’s packed with myth-busting information about this natural life event.
Author Dr Louse Newson, a GP and menopause specialist, is in-demand as a media commentator on the menopause – and for good reason. Her easy-to-understand guide clarifies all areas of the menopause, including anxiety, depression and diet. There’s also an entire chapter devoted to what you need to know about HRT.
It’s an informative read and a thoughtful gift for anyone going through the menopause, or concerned partners who wants to understand more.
Haynes Explains The Midlife Crisis
Our Haynes Explains titles are entertaining, tongue-in-cheek takes on the classic workshop manual. The latest addition to the range brings the stresses and strains (usually at the waistband) of middle age into painfully funny focus.
Haynes Explains The Midlife Crisis contains all the ingredients you’d expect to see in a workshop manual, including exploded views, flow charts and fault diagnosis. We’re here to take you through The Crisis step-by-step (the kind of help you’ll be needing now that your eyes are going).
All of this comes for less than £7, and if you’re quick you can even snap it for £5 as part of our Christmas Secret Santa offer. That saving’s going to come in handy – as the book says, “Nothing screams ‘crisis’ louder than a middle-aged man spending all the money he’s earned. Apart from a middle-aged man spending all the money he hasn’t earned, of course.”
Haynes Explains Pensioners
We’ve got Haynes Explains books to ease everyone through some of the key stages of life: getting married, having a baby, trying to negotiate with teenagers… and to top it all off, retirement.
True to form, the hilarious Haynes Explains Pensioners approaches the subject of retirement like a workshop manual, and it covers all types of OAP – from Newly-Freed Wage Slave and Avid Golfer to Gnarled Cyclist and Competitive Bowler.
Author Boris Starling offers all the advice you need to keep a classic or vintage model running smoothly, no matter how many miles on the clock.
Bluffer’s Guide to Christmas
Bluffer’s Guide books are pocket-sized bursts of instant wit and wisdom that allow you to pass as an expert in a whole range of useful subjects – from cars and cats to fitness and Formula One. But our top choice for the festive season has to be the Bluffer’s Guide to Christmas.
Whether you wish it could be Christmas every day or you’d really rather leave it at last Christmas, this book is the perfect way to bring some ho-ho-ho to the festive season.
It’s stuffed with solid fact too, allowing the recipient to pronounce confidently on everything from the paradox of the virgin birth to naming (and shaming) which UK country didn’t recognise Christmas Day as a public holiday until 1958.
It’s the definitive guide to Christmas – and available as part of our Secret Santa gift offer.
Flavoured Spirits Manual
Here’s a great gift for adventurous drinkers who want to explore the world of spirited infusions. It’s a practical guide to knocking up bespoke liqueurs, infusions and cocktails at home, and explains how to make the most of seasonal ingredients to create some delicious and, well, ‘bold’ flavours.
If that’s not enough to tempt you, then the thought of sipping Turkish delight vodka, blackberry chilli gun, mango rum or Skittles liqueur over the Christmas holiday should at least pique your interest!
The book contains more than 30 recipes to try, along with some ideas for cooking with infusions too.
Retro Etch engraved exploded drawings
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift with a difference for a car lover, how about a detailed wood engraving of a classic Haynes cutaway?
The illustrations featured in Retro Etch’s wall art are officially licensed from our manuals, and are laser-engraved onto FSC-approved Birch plywood – either 6mm standard birch ply or a 15mm premium option. Each engraving is then hand-finished with high-quality varnish to give an attractive, long-lasting result.
There are lots of vehicles to choose from, and the illustrations can be personalised with a text engraving of the recipient’s name or a message. They are available in four sizes and there’s even free UK shipping.
Haynes classic 2020 calendar
An officially licensed automotive calendar produced by teNeues Calendars, each month features one of our classic car cutaways – including the Ford Zodiac (January), Land Rover (May) and Mercedes-Benz 190 (November). There are essential facts about the cars on every page too.
Its colourful design makes it the perfect gift to brighten up a garage, office or kitchen wall, and its monthly grid-style layout means there’s plenty of room to add those all-important events – such as the monthly breakfast club at the Haynes International Motor Museum!
It’s an award-winning calendar too, having picked up the award for Best Transport Calendar at the UK Calendar Industry Awards 2019 (‘The Calies’).
Trends UK model engines
Here’s a fantastic Haynes-themed Christmas gift for kids and the young at heart. Our partner Trends UK has several comprehensive kits for building replica working engines, including a V8 petrol engine, a V-Twin motorcycle engine and a turbofan jet engine.
Each kit is motorised and features authentic engine sounds. They are also STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) products, so they're a great learning tool as well.
EIGHT Innovation build-your-own kits
We’re all about rolling up your sleeves and doing-it-yourself at Haynes. Gift manufacturer EIGHT Innovation celebrates this fact with its range of innovative Haynes-branded build-your-own kits – from bat detectors to electronic advent calendars.
Some ever-popular examples include the Classic Camera kit, which enables you to build a working twin lens reflex camera, and the Retro Radio kit that let you construct a working FM radio. Each comes with all the components you need, along with a Haynes ‘instruction’ Manual.
There’s even a Retro Arcade kit that allows you to put together a working version of the iconic ‘70s arcade game, Pong.