The Wishlist: Gearhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

Gearheads. The turn of the wrench, roar of an engine, metal on metal. It’s what these guys live for on a day to day basis. For them, driving or car or riding a motorcycle brings about a whole different level of excitement. They feel the rush of the downshift, or taking that turn a little too fast. You can find them in the garage for hours on end or reading the latest petrol-based magazine. For others, it’s a strange behavior they can’t quite understand, but certainly appreciate when it comes time for that oil change or to diagnose that check engine light.

This begs the question regarding the proper gift for the gearhead. Especially for those not involved in this world but have a friend or family member who is, choosing the right gift for these guys can be difficult. Luckily, as we ourselves associate with this world day in and day out, we managed to come up with a list of 20 best gifts for the gearhead ranging from multitools to bar cabinets for the petrol fanatic in your life.

Performance Tool Magnetic Tray

Performance Tool Magnetic Tray

When there’s work to be done in the garage, nothing’s worse than misplacing a key nut or bolt. Thankfully, Performance Tool has developed a magnetic tray that keeps all the miscellaneous hardware in one place. It measures 9-1/2” x 5-1/2” and is built from stainless steel.

Purchase: $13

GearWrench Drive Gimbal Ratchet

GearWrench Drive Gimbal Ratchet

Trying to loosen a bolt deep in the engine bay of a car with a faulty wrench can be maddening. So in response, GearWrench offers a gimbal design that pivots the ratchet in two directions allowing for easier access. It features an anodized aluminum finish and exceeds ASME performance requirements. Best for the DIY car guy.

Purchase: $17

Flying Tiger Two Stroke Smoke Candle

Flying Tiger Two Stroke Smoke Candle

While others guys are burning candles that smell like department stores, be sure to gift your gearhead with this familiar scent made from actual 2 stroke oil complemented with high-octane fragrances that freshen up the home or garage the only way these guys know how.

Purchase: $20

Vintage Car Art by Adam Ambro

Vintage Car Art by Adam Ambro

Beginning with a recycled canvas of newspaper, artist Adam Ambro creates homages to various vintage adventure mobiles by putting pen and marker to paper. The end result is a stunning interpretation of off-road and vintage vehicles that will look great in any part of the home or garage.

Purchase: $30

Bradley Mountain Utility Roll

Bradley Mountain Utility Roll

Acting as a convenient option for those everyday tools gearheads covet so much, this Bradley Mountain Utility Roll organizes tools in its 5.5” deep pockets made from study Martexin heavy waxed canvas right here in the USA. It also rolls up and ties tight thanks to an oil leather strap as well.

Purchase: $30

The Steve McQueen Collection

The Steve McQueen Collection

A righteous addition to any movie collection, the King of Cool is back in this DVD set consisting of The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Sand Pebbles. No need to explain any further. Pick this collection up now.

Purchase: $50

Defy Bags Snappy Valet Tray

Defy Bags Snappy Valet Tray

Boasting a simple minimalist design, the Defy valet tray is a perfect organizer for car keys, watches or any other manner of EDC items your gearhead may keep on their person from day to day. It’s made from a single piece of Horween leather and host four button snaps that keep everything together.

Purchase: $63

Shift Knob Keychain

Shift Knob Keychain

Nothing wrong with a little stocking stuffer either. Serving as a viable keychain option, the Shit Knob is inspired by the ball shift found in vintage cars across the nation. It’s 30mm in diameter, handmade in Japan, and was originally designed by Autodromo for the Copperstate 1000 Rally.

Purchase: $65

Leatherman Wave Multitool

Leatherman Wave Multitool

Quite possibly the best multi tool ever made. This bad boy features up to 17 tools, including needle nose pliers wire cutters, a clip point knife, serrated knife, and saw among many others. It’s made from 420HC stainless steel and comes with an impressive 25-year warranty.

Purchase: $90

BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool

BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool

We’ve all been there before. That pesky check engine light illuminates and we’re stuck guessing what the problem may be. Not anymore, thanks to this professional OBDII scan tool. Trusted by mechanics and developed by the Professional Engineers of North America, the BlueDriver is an easy-to-use code reader that displays and allows you to clear trouble codes when that engine light comes on.

Purchase: $100

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

While supercar racing may be a little difficult to accomplish for the average gearhead, there’s nothing wrong with a little RC action. With the Anki Overdrive, your can use your smartphone to race robotic supercars. Build up to eight battlefields, race friends or AI controlled supercars, even expand the battleground with expansion tracks. That Huracan will come soon enough.

Purchase: $120

Cobra JumPack

Cobra JumPack

Where else can you jump start a car and ensure your mobile devices remain charged in times of need? The JumPak boast a 200 Amp Starting Current, 400 Amp peak current, and comes with a built-in LED flashlight all running on a powerful 7500mAh Lithium-Cobalt Battery.

Purchase: $126

Autodromo Stelvio Sunglasses

Autodromo Stelvio Sunglasses

Taking its name from one of the most well-known roads in Europe, these vintage-inspired sunglasses will keep the sun’s glare out of your eyes and keep you stylish in the process. They’re made in Japan, polished for 2 weeks, and feature stainless steel detailing to set these all-season-shades off with finesse.

Purchase: $295

Jack Mason A102 Aviator Chronograph

Jack Mason A102 Aviator Chronograph

Gearheads appreciate tributes. Therefore, this chronograph – drawing inspiration from instrument mounts in the cockpit of an aircraft – is a surefire hit. The Jack Mason features a 42mm case, tradition Aviator dial face with Super Luminova markings, and is water resistant up to 100 meters.

Purchase: $295

Bell Moto-3 Helmet

Bell Moto-3 Helmet

If the two-wheeled game is more their style, help protect their coveted cranium with this Bell Moto-3 helmet. It boasts a classic vintage style, an EPS lined chinbar, lightweight fiberglass composite shell and a removable/washable anti-microbial terrycloth liner and micro-suede liner. The perfect marriage of comfort and protection.

Purchase: $350

Ural Motorcycles Burn Bag

Ural Motorcycles Burn Bag

Built with the great escape in mind, this travel bag was built to withstand whatever elements may be thrown its way while trekking through the countryside on a motorcycle. It’s made from 20 oz Military M35 Tarpaulin fabric that’s both water proof and tear resistant, hosts a 1000D Black Condura lining, and features an Austin Calf Horween leather front pocket.

Purchase: $380

The Garage Light

The Garage Light

Working in a garage requires more than just a stock florescent light. This ultra bright fixture features LEDs that put out more light than 16 60-watt bulbs and rated to last more than 70 years. To validate this purchase even more, the whole piece is protected by a 7-year warranty.

Purchase: $400

Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

The need for speed is strong as long as Johnny Law isn’t around. Keep tabs on the boys in blue with the Valentine One. This device boasts 360-degree protection against all types of Laser, against X, K, Ka and Super Wideband Ka detection, hosts a rear radar antenna, and works with you to keep coin in your wallet and out of the city’s hands.

Purchase: $442

Iron and Resin Mojave Jacket

Iron and Resin Mojave Jacket

Functional both on the street and on the bike, this American made riding jacket is a collaboration between CA-based Iron & Resin and Vanson Leathers. It’s comprised of 14 oz. waxed cotton canvas, hosts a deerskin collar stand, four snap closure pockets on the jackets exterior, and a herringbone flannel liner.

Purchase: $495

Original Army Jerry Can Barcabinet

Original Army Jerry Can Barcabinet

Bring the thrill of owning a bar cart back to the garage with the Jerry Can Barcabinet. Each model is built out of recycled Jerry Cans from WWII and restored with precision to now house a set of your favorite bottles, barware and glassware in a unique design that features two holes for mounting and that closes and locks shut.

Purchase: $699

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