Back away from the tie! Put down the novelty grilling apron! What Dad actually needs this year is something he can put to use. We’ve put together a list of seven gift ideas we think Dad can use around the house, on the job, and on the go.
This Maxi Trac backpack cooler is perfect for camping, fishing, tailgating or any other outdoor adventure! It is made of durable polyester and has plenty of room inside for drinks, snacks, and more. Two side pockets provide extra storage space. Dad can carry it using the traditional padded shoulder straps, or shoulder carry it with the included detachable shoulder strap.
Give Dad power where he needs it with this handy extension cord and reel. This isn’t just a long cord, it is a portable power station! It features a 60 ft 14/3 gauge highly visible green power cable to power four 125 V 11 amp sockets that are built into the reel hub. The reel also features a LED power indicator, master power switch, built-in overload protection, and a reset button for extra safety.
Dad always said to use the right tool for the job, and that goes for knives. A proper fillet knife set gives far greater control and superior results. This three-piece set of corrosion resistant V-ground stainless steel knives feature double-tempered blades for superior flexibility. The hard-side case has English/metric rulers built-in to help Dad measure his catch. A carbide/ceramic sharpener is also included to help maintain a razor edge.
Ratcheting Wrench Set
Ratcheting wrenches are an absolute must-have for Dad’s tool box. Sometimes a ratchet and socket just won’t fit in a cramped engine bay, which is where the ratcheting wrench shines. The open end makes it easy to break fasteners loose, while the ratcheting closed end makes quick work of the job. These fully polished chrome wrenches feature a 72-tooth ratcheting box end that makes it possible to work even in tight spaces. Choose from SAE or metric.
Vise And Sledge Hammer Set
No work bench is complete without a solid utility vise, and no tool set is complete without a good sledge hammer. Get both in this handy 2-piece set. The heavy-duty cast iron vise is built for rugged use and a long life. A locking swivel base swings 180-degrees and has three mounting points for securing it to Dad’s work bench. The matching 4-lbs. sledge hammer has an unbreakable steel-core handle with an ergonomic no-slip rubber grip.
Screwdriver Set with Storage Rack
Dad can never have enough screwdrivers, especially when they are well organized like this screwdriver set. It includes a huge assortment of driver bits, multiple sizes of slotted and Phillips head screwdrivers, previsions screwdrivers, offset screwdrivers, even nut drivers. This set can handle pretty much any job around the garage or house. Plus the compact storage rack keeps everything organized between projects.
This Maxi Trac 16-in-1 retractable multi-function tool is perfect for home, garage, work, and the great outdoors. The clever designs fits all these tools into a tidy package: Awl, Can Opener, Slotted Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver, Saw, Knife Blade, Serrated Edge Blade, Wire Cutter, Long Nose Pliers, Bolt Gripper, LED Light, Nail File, and Nail Pryer.
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With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of this many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.