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Gifts for Gearheads

Know a guy who really, really loves his car? Spends hours at a time detailing it and is always buying the latest gadgets and tools for his baby? Then get him one of these practical gifts for guys who love their cars. 


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Echo Auto
Amazon

Echo Auto

$50 from Amazon
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You can now get all the convenience and annoyance of Alexa right on your dashboard with Echo Auto. Mounted on the vent, it can make any vehicle Alexa-compatible and it connects to your car’s speakers through your phone’s Bluetooth. Just like the standard Echo, it has multiple mics and far-field technology to pick up voice commands even over music or other loud background noise.


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Amazon

Travel Cooler

$210 from Amazon
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The best car coolers are the ones that aren’t dependent on the amount of ice you can cram in with all the stuff you’re trying to keep cold. This 26-quart fast-cooling fridge from JoyTutus gets cold in 15 minutes and has thick insulation to keep it that way long after it’s unplugged. It can hold 24 bottles or 28 cans, and an included adapter lets you use it at home, at the campsite, or anywhere AC power flows.


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‘Why We Drive’

$18 and up on Amazon
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“Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road” is, according to Amazon, a “first-of-its-kind celebration of driving as a unique pathway of human freedom, one now critically threatened by automation.” An examination of humanity’s love affair with the automobile, it’s available for different prices as an ebook, audiobook, paperback, or hardcover.


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Amazon

Tile Mate Key Tracker

$25 from Amazon
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Misplaced car keys have been a part of owning cars since cars were a thing. That all ends with the Tile Mate. Bluetooth enabled and Amazon Certified to work with Alexa, the tiny little square can spare you from countless frustrating moments where you’re trying to get out the door but can’t because your keys are MIA. 


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Toy Car
Amazon

Remote-Control Car

$22 from Amazon
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Somewhere inside of every car lover is a kid who dreamed of one day getting a driver’s license. Not only can a remote-control car unleash that inner kid, but you don’t need to insure a remote-control car or get it registered. Not to mention, it’s hard to imagine there’s a better COVID quarantine distraction for killing idle time. This highly rated model won the title of Amazon’s Choice and comes with batteries included.


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Jump Box
Home Depot

Jump Box

$159 from Home Depot
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A staple of auto emergency kits for generations, jumper cables are great — provided the stranded driver encounters someone who can help, who is willing to help, and who isn’t a ghoul who would jump at the chance to prey on a vulnerable motorist. A good, reliable jump box, like this DeWalt best-seller from Home Depot, puts the power in the hands — and the trunk — of the person whose car won’t start. With 1,400 peak amps, this rechargeable jump box can also deliver compressed air.

Target
Target

Back Seat Organizer

$25 from Target
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Even for drivers without babies, a good organizer can prevent your back seat from turning into a rolling storage shed for tissues, receipts, snacks, hair brushes, and all the other clutter that makes messy cars messy. The Skip Hop Style Driven backseat organizer hangs over either of the front seats and provides pockets and holders to keep everything neat and easily accessible.


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WeatherTech
WeatherTech

WeatherTech CupFone

$35 from WeatherTech
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WeatherTech is famous for its custom, laser-fitted floor mats, but its CupFone phone holder might just be the best auto accessory the company makes. Designed to fit snugly into any cupholder, it keeps your phone below the windshield, off the dash, and free from dangling cords when charging—all without being pinned to the heating vent.


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Electronic Tire-Pressure Gauge
Amazon

Electronic Tire-Pressure Gauge

$10.50 and up from Amazon
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Forget those old pencil tire-pressure gauges, which aren’t especially accurate. Electronic gauges with digital readouts are more precise and easier to read. Many sport a built-in LED light for easy viewing and some even come with carrying cases. This stocking stuffer is especially useful for a driver with an older car that lacks a built-in tire-pressure monitor — remember, properly inflating tires extends tread life and helps with gas mileage.


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Handheld Vacuum
Amazon

Handheld Vacuum

$30 from Amazon
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Owners say this little vac has plenty of power to suck up dirt, gravel, leaves, and whatever other debris finds its way into your vehicle. It plugs into your vehicle’s 12-volt outlet and comes with three attachments plus a carrying case to keep everything together when you stash it in the trunk.


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Dry Rite Heavy Weight Premium Plush Microfiber Cloth
Amazon

Chamois Cleaning Cloths

$10 and up from Amazon
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Car enthusiasts who wash their vehicles by hand will not be disappointed with chamois cloths or mitts, considered the gold standard for car care. Soft chamois won’t scratch a vehicle’s paint but does wear out over time, so having a fresh supply on hand is never a bad idea.


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Amazon
Amazon

Novelty Socks

$7 from Amazon
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Part gag gift and part practical present, these socks are perfect for anyone who counts themselves among the last of the dying tribe of drivers who still roll in a stick shift.


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Amazon
Amazon
Amazon

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender

$200 from Amazon
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When the car lovers in your life aren’t actually in their cars, they can build the Land Rover of their dreams thanks to the Lego Technic version of the British brand’s Defender model. Highly detailed and true to the source inspiration, the completed model is an homage to an off-road legend that became a status symbol.


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Target
Target

Portable Tire Inflator

$20 from Target
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The tire pressure warning light is never a welcome sight on the highway, especially on road trips when an underinflated tire is calling for relief and the nearest gas station is miles away. A must-have item for any roadside kit, a highly rated tire inflator like the Slime 12-volt 40050 is powered by your vehicle and inflates sluggish tires on cars, SUVs, and light trucks for those times when help is not on the way.


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Mats
Amazon

Floor Mats

$33 and up from Amazon
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Winter means snow, slush, sleet, and ice, all of which can ugly up and devalue a vehicle’s carpeting. These FH Group heavy duty floor mats have tall outer ridges to trap whatever gets tracked in, they’re available in several colors to match a vehicle’s interior, and are custom fit to your car—just use the dropdown menus to enter your vehicle information. Since they’re made of rubber, they’re easy to clean.


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Ionizing Air Purifier
Amazon

Ionizing Air Purifier

$25 from Amazon
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For about twice the price of a standard outlet converter, you can get a device that turns your vehicle's 12-volt outlet into two USB charging ports while also purifying the car’s cabin with ionizing technology. This purifier not only conquers smells from grossness like food and pets, but it removes allergens, pollen, dust, and bacteria from the air — all without masking scents from traditional air fresheners.


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Amazon
Amazon

Outlet Converters

$14 from Amazon
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Many competing brands sell phone chargers that draw power from the little 12-volt outlet in your vehicle. Few, however, have ratings of 4.7 on Amazon after nearly 28,000 reviews. This car charger adapter by Hussell has ports for two USB cords and stands out as one of the smallest options on the market. It promises charges at four times the usual speed—even when two devices are charging at once.


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Home Depot
Home Depot

Mechanic’s Tool Set

$134 from Home Depot
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This 210-piece set from Stanley contains most of the hand tools an avid DIYer will need for repairs, modifications, and upgrades on a car while also coming in incredibly handy around the house. It includes a range of drive sockets and ratchets, hex keys, screwdrivers, wrenches and more, all crafted to meet or exceed ANSI standards and all backed by Stanley’s famous full lifetime warranty.


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Home Depot
Home Depot

Emergency Supplies

$30 from Home Depot
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A roadside emergency kit like this Orion 60-piece package contains the basics needed to get through a bad situation if something goes wrong. The kit comes with jumper cables, first-aid, light sticks, flares, gloves, cloth, and a poncho and reflective vest for staying safe and dry while making roadside repairs. It’s all packed in a handy carrying case designed to fit in the trunk and is likely the only gift you hope never gets used.


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Bell Automotive Spike License Plate Frame
Amazon

Custom License Plate Frame

$18 from Amazon
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Combine a love of cars with that of a sports team, a state, or just about anything else with a custom license plate or frame. Holiday shoppers can find items that honor music groups, car brands, political causes, and more. This macho Bell Automotive spike license plate frame is just one possibility. Novelty plates start at about $4, but first, make sure state law allows non-standard plates on the front of a car.


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Amazon
Amazon

Oil Filters

$15 from Amazon
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Pair a jug of motor oil with a highly rated oil filter, like this Mobil 1 M1-110 Extended Performance product available on Amazon, and it’s a complete gift. Be sure the filter fits the recipient’s vehicle just as you would first make sure the oil is the specified type.

Target
Target

Fix A Flat

$14 from Target
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An automatic inflator is a lifesaver in a pinch if a tire is low. If you get a flat, however, no pump in the world can get you from point A to point B — unless you have Fix A Flat. Since 1970, Fix A Flat has been the go-to spray can for roadside tire repair. A little bit of mechanic’s magic in a can, Fix A Flat repairs tears and punctures while also inflating the damaged tire to get you back to driving safely, smoothly, and fully inflated long enough to swap that old tire for a new one.


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Motor Oil and Oil Filter
Walmart

Motor Oil

$23 and up from Walmart
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Do-it-yourself auto buffs can always use a little extra high-quality engine oil. The total price of a case of oil can soar past $50, but it’s easier to spring for a 5-quart jug—plenty for a single oil change. Mobil 1 5W30 is an inexpensive motor oil that boasts high ratings.


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Amazon
Amazon

The ChapStick Keychain

$10 from Amazon (6 ct.)
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Although it’s commonly called the ChapStick keychain, this cult-classic accessory is not made by the famous lip balm company. Slapped with bright floral-psychedelic patterns, it’s designed to keep snug one tube of lip balm in the standard tube shape that ChapStick made universal. Tubes of lip balm, after all, were made to be lost in cars.


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Advance Auto Gift Card
Advanced Auto Parts

Parts Store Gift Card

$10 and up from Advance Auto Parts
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When all else fails, a gift card from a local auto parts store is a sure win. Gift cards acknowledge a love of cars while affording the giftee free reign over what to buy, relieving the gift giver from making tough choices. Car people know what their vehicles need, what maintenance is needed, and what brands they like. AutoZone, O’Reilly, and most other auto parts chains sell gift cards in various denominations, and many can be ordered online.


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