10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Gearhead Dad
While the classic tie may work for the guys that wear that sort of thing to work, most Dads want something that speaks to them a little more. That is not always an easy choice, especially when you just don’t have any idea of what he wants. We have put together a list of 10 Father’s Day gift ideas that guys like us would love to get.
DeWalt Power Tools
Every would-be mechanic, gearhead, or just a DIYer should have a quality cordless drill. There are a ton of options in the market, but the DeWalt series of tools are a head above the rest. DeWalt has been making professional-quality cordless tools for years, and the latest series is top-shelf. The power of the 20v line is impressive, with the DCF899HP2 able to deliver up to 700 ft-lbs of torque to break loose even the most stubborn bolts. Upping the power game is the new FLEXVOLT™ 60V tool series. These awesome tools deliver corded tool level power in a portable cordless package. These are some of the very best cordless tools you can buy, and any Dad would be proud to own a set.
Mechanix Wear Gloves
Busting your knuckles hurts. So does burning them on a hot engine. Protect the hands that tucked you in at night as a kid with a pair of Mechanix gloves. These high-quality gloves come in many colors and styles to suit the type of work you Dad does, from basic wrenching to welding and fabrication, Mechanix Wear gloves has it all.
Battery Jump Box
Nothing ruins a weekend like hopping into the car for a trip to town like a dead battery. Give Dad some relief with a battery jump box from NAPA. With several sizes to choose from, there is a jump box for every budget and need. Some even have built-in chargers for phones and home accessories for emergencies. When it comes to jump boxes, bigger is better, but even the smallest jump box can turn Dad into the neighborhood super hero, coming to the rescue for all the neighbors. And he will have you to thank!
Sometimes a garden hose and scrub brush just won’t cut it. When Dad really wants to get something clean there is no replacement for a pressure washer. An electric pressure washer is a compact, easy solution to Dad’s power cleaning needs. From blasting crud off the lawn mower, to removing oil stains from the driveway, a pressure washer is one of those tools that Dad never knew he needed until he has one.
OBD-II Scan Tool
Modern cars are full of computers, tracking down an intermittent issue can be frustrating. Save Dad a few trips to the local NAPA store by giving him his own scan tool. He might even be willing to plug it into your car when the check engine light comes on. NAPA scan tools are universal, they will scan any car with an OBD-II port (most cars built after 1996), so they will cover just about every modern car on the road. Dad’s 1970 Chevelle SS or Microbus will appreciate the extra time.
If you are like most kids, you probably got yelled at more than once for getting into Dad’s tool box and losing his tools. Tell him you’re sorry for all the trouble with some new tool storage. NAPA AUTO PARTS has many options – from a small portable box to a large roll-around storage unit. A perennial favorite for gearheads is the service cart with a drawer and a service tray, that way Dad can roll his most-often used tools right to the car.
Kids love flashlights, so much so that whenever Dad needs one it is hidden under a bed or the batteries are dead. Show your Dad the light with a rechargeable flashlight from Optik. These high-powered flashlights are available in many sizes and brightness levels, so there is one for every budget. Any Dad will appreciate an electric tool that he doesn’t have to replace batteries.
Working in a non-air-conditioned garage is no fun in the brutal summer months. Give Dad a break with an portable shop fan. A step up from that ratty box fan from the discount store, a real shop fan is designed to move a serious amount of air. Whether you pick a pedestal mount oscillating fan, or a wheeled drum fan, Dad will appreciate you helping to keep him cool regardless of how many often you got him hot under the collar.
There is not a one single safety item more important for a DIY mechanic than a set of quality jack stands. We here at NAPA strongly support safety when working on a car. NEVER let Dad work under a car without the support of a proper jack stands. A jack can fail, cinder blocks ARE NOT strong enough to support a car’s weight. Too many Dads have been killed or injured working under cars without jack stands. If your Dad does not have a set, please buy him some. It just might be the best $200 – 300 you ever spend.
Give Dad a gift that really sucks – a new Shop-Vac®! These vacuums are designed to be used and abused, cleaning up everything from 30-year-old fries in the back seat (you said you picked those up!) to pulling water out of the carpet when washing machine hose breaks. He will be glad that you got it for him when he needs it the most. And Mom always says “A clean garage is a happy garage”… ROAD TRIP!
If all else fails, and you have the Dad who has everything, take the old man on a road trip or to a car show. There are tons of car shows happening around Father’s Day in most areas of the country. Dads love to spend time with their kids, especially when it is all about doing something he enjoys. Quality time with Dad is what Father’s Day is all about after all.
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Jefferson Bryant View All
A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.
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