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Shopping for a Father’s Day gift is never easy, but if your Dad is an automotive enthusiast, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether he’s just commuting to and from work everyday or building a project in his garage, this list covers a wide assortment of gift ideas.
So forget coffee mugs, t-shirts, or ties, get something that will surprise your Dad this Father’s Day, even if you think he’s got everything he needs. From tools and handy garage upgrades to books and toys, here are our top 10 picks for Father’s Day gift ideas for the car lover.
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Pick: Keter 5 Drawer Modular Garage & Tool Organizer
- 2. Bosch Power Tools Combo Kit
- 3. Shop-Vac 8 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
- 4. Wall Control Pegboard Organizer
- 5. APEMAN Dash Cam
- 6. Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger
- 7. The Supercar Book for Boys by Martin Roach
- 8. Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer
- 9. Chemical Guys 16-Piece Arsenal Builder Wash Kit
- 10. LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR
1. Editor's Pick: Keter 5 Drawer Modular Garage & Tool Organizer
Tool organizers are a must have for every car enthusiast. If your Dad is still rocking an old school tool box, it’s time to get him this Keter 5-Drawer Modular Garage & Tool Organizer. It’s not an extremely fancy tool chest, but it’s one of the more affordable options out there and perfect for a home garage. Measuring 23.5″ by 22.1″ by 11.3″, this tool chest features a central locking system so that each drawer stays secure before, during, and after use.
The bottom drawer on this tool chest offers deep storage for larger tools, while 16 removable bins and dividers allows your Dad to organize everything just as he needs.
2. Bosch Power Tools Combo Kit
There are plenty of tools you can get your Dad this Father’s Day, but if you need a place to start, take a look at this Bosch Power Tools Combo Kit. The kit includes a 12-volt drill driver with up to 1,300 RPM and a 12-volt impact driver with up to 2,600 RPM. Both tools are extremely compact, with the cordless drill perfect for tight and narrow spaces—like working on a car. It features 3 integrated LED lights mounted around the head of the driver to help in low-light situations.
The impact driver has the shortest head length in its class while delivering powerful torque, perfect for screw driving, screw removal, drilling applications, and more.
The combo kit includes the 3/8-inch drill driver (PS31), the max impact driver (PS41), 2 batteries, a 30-minute charger, and a carrying case.
3. Shop-Vac 8 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
A good ‘ol Shop-Vac is always handy around the garage, and is perfect for making quick work of cleaning the interior of a car. This 8 gallon, 6.0 peak horsepower stainless wet/dry vacuum from Shop-Vac features a secure latch system tank and lid that are held together, along with rear blower ports so the vacuum can be converted into a powerful blower. It’s portable as well, thanks to top and side carrying handles.
This wet/dry vacuum comes with an assortment of handy attachments and on-board storage on the vacuum itself keeps it all nice and tidy. The power cable on this vacuum measures 12 feet, while the hose is 7-feet long. Shop-Vac includes a 3-year warranty on the motor.
4. Wall Control Pegboard Organizer
If you’re looking for a more creative gift idea, Wall Control’s Pegboard Organizer likely fits the bill. If your Dad isn’t a huge fan of tool boxes and prefers to keep everything more neatly organized and visible, this made in the U.S. metal pegboard is a great gift idea. It’s available in a variety of colors and finishes including black, blue, gray, green, metallic, orange, red, white, and yellow. You can also choose different colors for the accessories for a contrasting combination.
The metal pegboard is 10 times stronger than a conventional pegboard according to Wall Control. It accepts conventional 1/4-inch pegboard pegs and accessories, along with Wall Control’s slotted tool board pegs and accessories. Best of all, it mounts directly into studs or sheet rock, so no framework is required for installation.
5. APEMAN Dash Cam
There are a lot of dash cams available on the market today, but one of the more affordable and popular units comes from APEMAN. This 1080p full HD dash cam features a 3″ LCD screen to deliver clear videos and images for playback. The front boasts a 170-degree super wide angle lens that reduces blind spots so it can capture all the action ahead. It also has a built-in G-sensor that automatically detects a sudden shake or collision, locking down the footage so it can’t be overwritten even in a loop recording. This way, any video recording of an accident is preserved.
This dash cam also works great at night, thanks to a f/1.8 large aperture lens, WDR, and HDR technologies—removing the need for an auxiliary light source. Other features on this dash cam include motion detection, seamless loop recording, and parking monitor.
6. Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger
Have you ever heard your Dad complain about a dead cell phone? Maybe it’s time you got him a handy and affordable car charger. There are dozens to choose from, but if you don’t feel like browsing through all the options, go with this Anker 24W Dual USB Charger. Equipped with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost, this charger provides the fastest possible charge, up to 4.8 amps or 2.4 amps per port. The only downside to this unit is that it doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge.
Anker includes an 18-month warranty with the charger, and it’s one of the most reputable brands out there with fantastic customer service.
7. The Supercar Book for Boys by Martin Roach
Perhaps a book is more fitting for your Dad. The Supercar Book for Boys by Martin Roach is a great choice, available in hardcover so it’d make a great coffee table decoration too. This book is fully illustrated throughout and covers some of the best supercars on the planet. It starts with the 1954 Mercedes Gullwing and goes through decades of supercar history, exploring all sorts of important vehicles within the high-end segment.
If your Dad is a fan of exotic automakers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren, and Porsche, this is the book for him. With over 200 full color photos and an introduction from Formula 1 racing legend David Coulthard, this is the ultimate guide for a supercar fanatic.
8. Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer
Does your Dad still wash his car the old fashioned way with a traditional garden hose? Be the best child possible and get him a pressure washer! Sun Joe’s SPX3000 Pressure Washer is one of our favorites, an affordable unit that is great for washing cars. It includes 5 Quick-Connect spray tips to tackle light, medium, and heavy duty cleaning tasks, and is powered by a 14.5-amp/1,800-watt motor that generates up to 2,030 PSI or 1.76 GPM.
The SPX3000 also boasts a Total Stop System (TSS), which automatically shuts off the pump when the trigger isn’t engaged. This not only helps save energy, but prolongs the pump’s life. There’s even a pair of 0.9-liter detergent tanks onboard, which are removable and can store different types of detergent.
This pressure washer is equipped with a 34-inch extension spray wand, a 20-foot high pressure hose, 35-foot power cord, and a garden hose adapter.
9. Chemical Guys 16-Piece Arsenal Builder Wash Kit
Now if your Dad already has a pressure washer, that likely means he’s a bit passionate about car washing and detailing. So what better way to make him happy than with a cleaning kit? Chemical Guys’ 16-Piece Arsenal Builder Wash Kit is a great deal and even includes the company’s Torq Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun—perfect for a pressure washer. Here’s what is included with this wash kit:
- Diablo Gel Wheel & Rim Cleaner (16 ounce)
- Body & Wheel Flagged Tip Short Handle Brush
- Cyclone Dirt Trap Car Wash Bucket Insert
- Chenille Microfiber Premium Scratch-Free Wash Mitt
- Honeydew Snow Foam Auto Wash Cleanser (16 ounce)
- Torq Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun
- Workhorse Blue Professional Grade Microfiber Towel (16″ by 16″)
- Signature Series Glass Cleaner (16 ounce)
- Red Glass and Window Waffle Weave Towel (24″ by 16″)
- Silk Shine Sprayable Dressing (16 ounce)
- Speed Wipe Quick Detailer (16 ounce)
- Butter Wet Wax (16 ounce)
The best part about this gift? You don’t even have to worry if he already has some car cleaning supplies. Eventually he’ll run out and will need some new stuff, and who doesn’t like new stuff?
10. LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR
Haven’t you always wanted to say to your Dad, “I got you a Porsche!” But if you’re like most of us around here, chances are you can’t afford to just gift an exotic sports car, even for your old man. So instead, get him this LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR kit with 1,580 pieces. Featuring realistic details such as aerodynamic bodywork, black spoked rims, working differential, working steering, independent suspension, and a six-cylinder Boxer engine with moving pistons, this is one accurate LEGO creation.
The cockpit even includes a radar screen and fire suppression system, while the raised rear wing is a great replica to the production 911 RSR. When built, this LEGO Porsche 911 RSR measures over 5″ high, 19″ long, and 7″ wide
The best part about this gift? You can spend some quality time with your Dad building it, just like when you were a kid.
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