Best Father’s Day Gifts For Car Enthusiast Dads

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You can make this Father’s Day special for your gearhead dad with these automotive-themed gifts

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If your old man is crazy about cars, you’ve probably had a fun childhood. We’d guess there were probably some road trips, maybe working on the jalopy together, visiting car shows, and watching car movies together. Those were the good ol’ days, huh?

And though you can’t go back in time (well, maybe if you’ve got a Back to the Future DeLorean) you can relive the memories once more and make this Father’s Day extra-special. How, you ask? We’ve scoured the interwebs to find some special gifts for your gearhead dad.

1. Car care kit

You can put together a kit of premium car-care products like car waxes, shampoos, cleaning brushes, microfibre towels, tire gels, and interior detailing products—a gift basket for the auto enthusiast, if you will. Or you can give him a ready-made kit. Either way, you’ll be giving him the tools to help him maintain, clean, and have fun spending time with his “second child.”

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Where to buy: Amazon | Walmart | Canadian Tire

2. Diecast and model cars

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Scale-model pre-war European race cars Photo by Getty

Nothing captures the essence of motoring quite like a diecast or a model-car kit. It’s a great way to express one’s love and admiration for cars, and it’s also fun putting the model car together. So get your dad the replica of his favourite car, or better still, a replica of the one in his garage.

Where to buy diecast cars: Auto World Store | Amazon | Walmart

Where to buy model-car kits: LEGO | Amazon | Walmart | Canadian Tire

Classic model-car kits: Auto World Store

3. Garage decor

As a gearhead, your dad probably spends as much time in the garage as he does driving. Gift him some vintage car posters, paintings, or wall art to hang on the garage walls. If you want to go old-school, you can get him some neon signs. Or do one better and order a one-of-a-kind custom sign.

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Where to buy decor: Wayfair | Amazon

Where to buy neon signs: Canvas Champ | Yellowpop | Amazon

4. Garage tool organizer

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Tool organization shelf and toolboxes in a garage Photo by Getty

He probably has a couple of chests full of tools in the garage already, but there are never enough wrenches, screwdrivers, ratchets, and pliers, are there? And unfortunately, there’s only so much space in the garage. Make his life easier with some garage-wall and tool organizers to make the most efficient use of the room he’s got.

Where to buy: Amazon | Walmart | Rona

5. Power tools

While nothing comes close to turning a wrench by hand, your father will appreciate the convenience, time-saving, and ease of use of a cordless battery-powered wrench (or, for that matter, any other power tool).

Where to buy: Amazon | Walmart | Home Hardware

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6. Driving gloves

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Porsche Design leather driving gloves Photo by Porsche Design

If he loves driving, he’ll appreciate a pair of good high-quality driving gloves—preferably leather. Not only do driving gloves add some flair to the driving experience, but they’re a practical tool, too. Plus he’ll enjoy the improved grip and control on the steering.

Where to buy: Porsche Design | Simons | Mackage | Ssense

7. Driving shoes

To match the gloves, he’ll need some shoes. A good pair of driving shoes should be comfortable to wear on long drives, return feedback from the pedals and look stylish. There are lots of options from auto OEM such as Porsche and sporting goods manufacturers.

Where to buy: Porsche Design | DSW | Puma

8. Automotive books

After a long day of driving, your old man may feel like sitting back, putting his legs up, and relaxing. What better way to relax than reading a book about cars!? There’s lots of variety when it comes to printed works on automobiles. From historical accounts to manuals from the original manufacturers to encyclopedias, there’s tons to read.

Where to buy: Amazon

9. Event tickets

Spend a day with dad at the auto show or participate in a car rally together—nothing lasts as long as memories. So make some special ones with him doing the things he loves.

Where to buy: Ticketmaster

Have more ideas? Share them with us in the comments below and let us know how you plan on spending this Father’s Day. Happy driving!

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