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8 December 2014


It is officially the holiday gift-giving season and as such it’s about that time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide for Audi Enthusiasts. Each year this website endeavors to piece together a perfect gift list for those with a passion for Audi. Items on this list may range from a couple of dollars to several thousand, from easily purchased locally to complex hoop-jumping involved. Some may be obvious Audi-branded goods, while others simply follow a similar philosophy like Audi ultra lightweight design, the latest technology, impressive engineering or tailored customization akin to Audi Exclusive. Whatever the case, we think most any enthusiast would be happy to have any item from this list. We do hope you agree and further, would like to wish you a happy holiday season no matter your spiritual engine.

During the calendar year, we keep a growing folder on our desktop of the coolest goods we happen to run across throughout the year. Every year this list grows deeper and seemingly cooler, so like last year we’ve amassed this list into several categories. This year, these categories include:

personal-accessories

Consider personal accessories to be the catch-all of items that you wear or carry on your person, including clothing, chronographs, key-chains and the like.

Oris Audi Sport Chronograph
Those watching the Audi Sport R18s in the World Endurance Championship this year will note that Oris joined the ranks as official partner to the team at the beginning of the season. By season’s end, they’ve launched a limited edition Audi Sport Chronograph in order to celebrate the partnership.

This Chronograph design features a titanium case, automatic winding movement and perforated leather strap that reminds us of the steering wheel of an Audi RS model. Production is limited to 2000 units.

We’ve confirmed with Oris that these watches are available through their dealers in most markets including the USA and Europe. Prices may vary. A quick search of Google turned up at least one available for $2,768.00 at Luxury of Watches.

Information: Oris.ch

Purchase: Luxury of Watches 

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 Headphones from the Audi Collection

 

 

 

Bang & Olufsen H6 Headphones – Standard or Audi Collection Spec
It’s widely known that you can get upgraded audio from Bang & Olufsen in the latest Audi models. So why not B&O sound via your personal headphones and with a tailored look akin to Audi exclusive with machined aluminum and stitched leather? Enter the H6 Headphone from Bang & Olufsen.

This set of over-ear headphones aren’t just unique in sounding good or for their high grade materials. They also feature some unique flexibility like adding the audio jack to either left or right side or even using them in tandem.

Standard units from B&O cost $399 and are available in various colors and finishes. The Audi Collection also offers their own version for 400 Euros with the black and red Audi theme and engraved four-ring logo. We’ve included a link to this item in the European Audi Collection store, though check your local Audi Collection store for availability as well.

Information & Buy: Bang & Olufsen and also via the European Audi Collection Store.RS2 Snowmobile T-shirt by 8380 Laboratories

Audi RS2 Snowmobile T-Shirt
8380 Labs is a frequent entry on our gift guide for good reason. These purveyors of automotive themed clothing, posters and more have a taste for Audi models and a very cool artistic style. Case in point is their ‘Audi RS2 Snowmobile’ T-shirt.

Just why it’s cool should be obvious. The design is prineted on Gildan 100% cotton T-shirt in Ice Grey and is available in a combo package with 24×18 matching poster print at a cost of $24.95.

Purchase: 8380 Laboratories

Iron Man Keychain from Marvel

 

 

 

Iron Man Pewter Key Chain
We’ll admit, we’ve got a fetish for showing our Audi enthusiasm in very subtle ways. In that regard, we offer you this simple pewter Iron Man helmet key chain.

When not wearing his Iron Man Armor, tech tycoon Tony Stark is almost always driving an Audi R8 in one form or another. In as much, we think this would be a very cool way to house the keys to your Audi R8 or any other model with four rings on the hood.

This key chain is provided by Marvel and easily purchased and shipped via Amazon.com. Even better, it won’t break the bank at a cost of $4.90 plus shipping.

Purchase: Amazon.com
oakley-holbrook
Oakley Exclusive Carbon Fiber Holbrook Sunglasses
Is there such a thing as too much carbon fiber? Some may say yes, but there are companies making or coating nearly any automotive part in the black and grey weave. That in mind, we offer you this Oakley Exclusive Carbon Fiber Holbrook.

The Holbrook is an established design from Oakley with a look quite obviously inspired by the classic Wayfarer horn rims of the Kennedy era, but with Oakley’s textbook more modern flare. Add to that carbon fiber and, well, they take on an even more tech-inspired look at a cost of $225.

Purchase: Oakley.comscale-models

If you’re into cars, it seems a given then that you’d be into smaller versions of cars. Be that a highly detailed model car for your desktop or a ride-on car for your kids, there are mini versions of all sorts of Audis to keep you entertained.1:18 Scale Audi RS 6 Avant by the Audi Collection

1:18 Scale Audi RS 6 by the Audi Collection via Minichamps
There’s no doubt that one of the hottest production Audis going is the latest RS 6 Avant. From stars like Ronaldo driving them to crazy builds like Jon Olsson’s DTM widebody, this widebody Avant seems to have captured plenty of hearts. Alas, it’s not available in the USA, but at least you can get this 1:18 scale copy in Daytona Grey Matte for your desk or display case.

This model is made by Minichamps for the Audi Collection, so it can be found in both the official Audi Collection store and also via other online outlets.

Worth noting, if you are a collector and prefer 1:43, this same spec matte Daytona Grey RS 6 Avant can also be had in that scale via the Audi collection and also via the web.

Purchase: European Market Audi Collection Store or Google ShoppingAudi R8 GT Spyder and TT Roadster Ride-On Toys by Avigo

Avigo Audi R8 GT Spyder, R8 Spyder, R8 e-tron Spyder & TT
Electric-powered kid cars may have been utter luxuries when most reading this were young, but these plastic-bodied speedsters are pretty commonplace nowadays. Hit any big box or toy store and you’ll find a whole collection of offerings. We’ve even featured the Audi R8 Spyder V10 when it first popped up last year. In doing more research though, we’ve found there’s a whole mix of cars available from numerous outlets. This includes an Audi R8 GT Spyder (Toys R Us, $199, though $149 as of this writing), Audi R8 V10 Spyder (Costco $139), Audi TT Roadster (Target, $189, $123 as of this writing) and Audi R8 e-tron Spyder (Trend Times, $349.98).

Essentially these are all built on the same 6-volt rear-wheel drive platform from a company called Kid Trax. So, why the pricing difference? Part of that may be up to the retailer, but we did note other changes between some models. We added an R8 GT Spyder to our own fleet and compared it with an R8 V10 sourced from Toys R Us last season by a reader. Our year newer GT Spyder now includes a Lre-charging outlet under the gas cap versus having to remove the seat in order to re-charge on the V10 Spyder. Also, the GT has a working radio. Beyond that, it’s a GT so may be worth the added money. The e-tron is considerably more because it is a 12V motor vs. a 6 volt motor like the others. Whichever, we suspect you can’t go wrong with any of these if you’ve got some kids in the house.

Purchase: Toys R Us (Audi R8 GT Spyder), COSTCO (Audi R8 V10 Spyder), Target (Audi TT Roadster) , Trend Times (Audi R8 e-tron Spyder)1:8th Scale Audi R8 LMS Inferno GT2 R/C Car by Kyosho

1:8 Scale Audi R8 LMS Inferno RACE SPEC GT2 R/C Car
The Audi R8 LMS remote control car you see here is not a toy. At about $600, that is probably somewhat obvious. No, this Audi R8 is both quick out of the box and tunable to those willing to learn their way around the R/C world. Bone stock though, we suspect it’s loads of fun for those wishing to do some in-scale hooning.

Information: Kyosho

Purchase: Google Shoppingspace

When it comes to the automotive hobby, a great way to accent that is what you do with your various spaces. To our eye, places like your home, garage or office are an excellent place to gear around your four-wheeled passion. Consider that as you weigh these goods.Big Ass Garage & Shop Light

Big Ass Light LED Garage Lighting
Bigger is better must certainly be the motto of the Big Ass Solutions company. They’ve been making gigantic Big Ass Fans for some time now and have extended their offerings into lighting. In particular, they have these intensely bright and cool LED light arrays for your garage. Essentially, the garage light is a smaller version of the firm’s large warehouse commercial lighting fixtures, so it gets all of the benefits like super high endurance LEDs that last longer than even the usually long lasting run-of-the-mill LED. Each unit will cost you $399.

Information & Purchase: Big Ass Light

Track Map Drink Coasters by Linear Edge

 

 

 

Linear Edge Sculptures and Coasters
From the same people who bring you those wooden wall art sculptures of world famous race track layouts come a new set of drink coasters that also celebrate your favorite circuits. There’s a range to choose from, and are reasonably priced at $29.99 for a set of four and $39.99 for a set of six.

Purchase: LinearEdge

Recaro Office Chair by RaceChairs

 

 

 

 

Race Chairs Office Chair
Taking a racing seat or Recaro bucket and making it an office chair isn’t a brand new idea, though the folks at Race Chairs do seem to have made a science out of it. From a deluxe standard seat mount base ($2,500) with customizable casters on which to mount the seat of your choice to something exotic like a Gallardo Valentino Balboni office chair ($10,000), these are serious business. On the more affordable end of the spectrum, they’ve got racing-look office chairs for less than $300.

Information & Purchase: RaceChairs

 

Silver Arrows Project Limited Edition PrintsSilver Arrows Project Posters

Creating a virtual reality world set in the era of the 1930s Silver Arrow era of Grand Prix racing in order to create mega artworks seems a big endeavor, yet that’s exactly what the team at the Silver Arrows Project did and subsequently showed off at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and Pebble Beach Concours.

More recently, the project has also spawned some cool prints. Given Auto Unions made up half of what we today refer to as the Silver Arrows, you’ll be delighted to know that they’re prominently featured in the mix.

Information & Purchase: SilverArrowsProject

Custom framed canvas prints from CanvasPeople

 

CanvasPeople.com Custom Wall Art
If custom anything is more your style, then we’d suggest paying a visit to CanvasPeople.com. Essentially they do very high quality printing on canvas and then affix that to a wooden frame. Simply upload your own high-resolution imagery and order your size. It’s that easy.

Even better, CanvasPeople is offering some really deep discounts here during the holiday shopping season. We’ve seen them as much as 80% off, which makes them very competitively priced for your own tailored wall hangings.

Information & Purchase: CanvasPeople 

2015 Daily Drivers Wall Calendar by Audi Tradition

 

Audi Tradition Calendar

The annual themed calendar is a bit of a… err… tradition for Audi Tradition. This year’s theme is Daily Drivers, fitting drivers with their appropriate Audis. One great example is factory R18 driver André Lotterer with his #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro and his personal Sport quattro.

The calendar is available via the European Audi Collection store.

Purchase: Audi Collection

 

 

 

Toolbox by TRUSCO

 

 

 

 

Trusco Tool Box
Consider this the antithesis of the big and complex tool cabinets for sale at your local hardware big box. Instead this simple blue toolbox made in Japan is oldschool, small, simple and made of steel with a blue enamel finish. Cost is $85.

Purchase: Field-Online

multimedia

Watch it, read it, play it or create with it. Items in this category are some either media you can consume or media you can create.

Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One

 

 

 

Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One
Video games are a tremendous way to avoid the inclement weather during these cold winter months, so what better way to dodge the frigid temperatures than to sit on the couch and hoon cars through the south of France?  Featuring more than 200 different vehicles including more than a few from Audi, the game is sure to entertain for hours.  Forza Horizon 2 retails for $59.99 and is available exclusively for the Xbox One gaming platform.

Information: Xbox.com

Purchase: Google Shopping
Iron Man Three-DVD Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Man DVD Set (3)
Maybe Audi’s two Truth in 24 documentaries aren’t your speed… or maybe they are and you’ve simply worn out your DVD copies. May we then suggest this DVD set of all three Iron Man movies.

If you read this website then you know that Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark drove an R8 in each of the three films (R8 coupe, R8 Spyder and R8 e-tron). You know other Audis like the S5 and S7 feature prominently as well. Also, these are some of the best movies filmed in the monumentally popular super hero genre.

Purchase: Amazon.com

GoPro Hero4

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro Hero4
The GoPro miniature camera has become fairly ubiquitous due to its versatility for capturing high quality video and still photography at a reasonable cost of entry.  This year, GoPro has released their latest top of the line camera- the Hero4 Black.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, GoPro decided to stay with the formula that has made them so successful by packing an insane amount of capability into the very small package. Technological advances over the outgoing model mean that users can capture 4k video at 30 frames per second, 2.7k at 50fps and 1080 at 120fps.  When it comes to photography, the device can capture 12 mega pixels images in a 30fps ‘burst mode’.  The GoPro Hero4 Black can be had for $499, and is available at most electronics retailers.

Purchase: Google Shopping

 

 

 

 

Incredible LEGO Technic. Cars, Trucks, Robots & More! by Pawel Sariel Kmiec

Incredible LEGO Technic. Cars, Trucks, Robots & More! by Pawel Sariel Kmiec
Looking for something with some assembly required this holiday season?  This book published by No Starch Press features more than 50 unique models constructed completely from existing LEGO pieces including the incredibly cool Lamborghini Aventador and vintage Lambo Miura. Alas, there are no Audis in these pages, but these very detailed builds that just begin with those two Lambos feature trick details like working suspensions and steering racks.  For the more ambitious, the book also includes links and instructions for most of the kits published inside.  Retailing for $29.99, we’d say it’s a great coffee table book at the very least.

Purchase: Amazon.com

tree-ornaments

This last grouping is a first for us, and they all come from one place. If Christmas is your religion’s holiday of choice, or ornaments set to dangle on a tree fit the bill, then Audi of America has just the thing for you. Motor past your local Hallmark keepsake store and instead pick up these four-ringer decorations instead.

Audi R8 Blown Glass Ornament

 

 

 

Audi R8 Glass Ornament
Hand blown glass is a common method of making Christmas ornaments. From bulbs to other more specific shapes, in this case a three-inch long Audi R8. Price is $29 via the American Audi Collection store.

Purchase: Audi Collection USA

Audi 4 Ring Ornament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Rings Ornament
Four silver rings hung on a silver ribbon are better in this case than five golden rings. An ornament simply of Audi’s brand logo makes a subtle addition to your Christmas tree. Price is $19 via the American Audi Collection store.

Purchase: Audi Collection USA

Audi R8 Glob Ornament

 

 

 

R8 Snow Globe Ornament
This 3-inch high handcrafted and hand painted globe ornament depicts an Audi R8 in a snowy scene befitting its quattro drive. The ornament can either be hung or displayed on its base. Price is $39 via the American Audi Collection store.

Purchase: Audi Collection USA

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