For gearheads, a car or motorcycle is so much more than a means of transportation. It’s an extension of who they are; an ongoing project that has no finish line. It’s a lifestyle fueled by excitement and adventure and wonderment at what lies beyond that next hairpin turn. When not behind the wheel, we often find these individuals spending long hours in the garage, turning up their ride before hitting the road once more.
From here, it’s important to consider the types of gifts these garage-dwelling gearheads not only want but need. These are, for the most part, gifts of utility. From a practically indestructible watch that can withstand mud and sludge to a new toolkit to maybe even some art to help breathe some life into the DIY body shop. And if you’re a bit hesitant on where to start, have no fear, for we’ve curated 20 of the best gifts for the gearhead this holiday season that are sure light up their spirits like a freshly polished alloy wheel.
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000
The newest addition to the Mudmaster series, this rugged timepiece is built to stand up to the mud, sludge and grim any gearhead is bound to encounter either in the shop or out on the track. Twin sensors also provide instant access to a compass and temperature info at a moment’s notice while large Arabic numerals make for easy legibility. The GG-1000 is also shock resistant, water resistant to 200 meters, and is equipped with a Super Illuminator for visibility in even the darkest environments.
10 and 2 Car Prints
Get the home garage or office hooked up with these handsome art prints ranging from custom illustrations of your choice to commercial work. You’d be hard-pressed to find a option here that didn’t suit a personal preference.
Iron and Air Magazine
Purposed as an collector’s guide to the petrol world, Iron and Air Magazine is chock-full our long form stories and high-quality photography that keeps each issue relevant for years to come.
Visol Jerry Can Flask
A surefire hit with the gear head in your life, these Jerry Can flasks are made entirely out of 18/8 grade quality stainless steel and holds up to 5 ounces of their preferred spirit. A head-turner no doubt.
Ever wonder what the King of Cool rode in his spare time? This anthology of McQueen’s favorite rides will keep you entertained for hours on end and looks the part on both the coffee table and the workbench.
Bradley Mountain Utility Roll
Purposed as a convenient solution for keeping your tools at the ready, this American-made Martexin heavy waxed canvas utility roll is an easy way to keep you gear safe and organized thanks to its 5.5” deep pockets. Best of all, it rolls tight when not in use thanks to an oiled leather strap.
Yeti Loadout Bucket
Built to haul, wash, and lug around any and all parts you’ll be using in the garage, the Loadout Bucket is about as useful as you make it. Each bucket features a Bearfoot no-slip ring, a Lipgrip handle, food safe construction, and is virtually indestructible like all Yeti gear.
Iron & Resin Bobber Gloves
Made from abrasion-resistant buffalo hide, each Bobber glove is built for riders who give a damn about their travel gear. They’re extra thick, durable, boast an INR brand, and a small rivet at the cuff, and they’re made right here in the USA.
Leatherman Wave Multitool
Positioned as a single-hand operational EDC masterpiece, this blacked-out tool boasts a weight of just 8.5 ounces, a closed length of 4 inches, 17 built-in locking tools and of course their 25-year guarantee.
Bluedriver OBD2 Scan Tool
Trusted by mechanics everywhere, this diagnostics scan tool was developed by the Professional Engineers in North America and will surely serve as a useful guide once that CEL illuminates your instrument panel.
1620 Work Shirt
Outfitted simply as a no BS work shirt, this option from 1620 is clean, functional, and boasts the right fit so you can get the job done without any distractions. It’s made with their Stretch NYCO fabric making it more durable than flannel but stretching and moving with you at the same time.
Biltwell Gringo Helmet
A sheer classic. This seamless injection-molded ABS helmet boasts a shock-absorbing EPS inner shell and hand-stitched removable comfort liner with open cell foam and a brushed Lycra construction. Plus, it’s stylish as hell.
Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket
Built to survive even the toughest journeys, Taylor Stitch designed and built this heirloom-quality jacket from 7 oz Martexin waxed canvas with both the collar and cuffs lined in tonal corduroy. Additionally, each piece features two rounded flat chest pockets, front welt hand-warmer pockets and custom copper YKK doughnut buttons & rivets.
Vuarnet Nightlynx Sunglasses
With a little help from this sunglass collection, wearing these pieces at night is more than just style, it’s about safety. That’s because each pair of Vuarnet Nightlynx sunglasses are built to help increase visual capacity in low light environments.
Velomacchi Speedway Backpack
Built specifically to help carry gear in a comfortable manner, this motorcycle backpack works to keep weight off your shoulders, allowing for a more aggressive riding style, and designed to fit any thing from a laptop to a helmet with ease.
Roland Sands Mojave Boot
A premium riding boot from Roland Sands, the Mojave Boot is built with top grain cowhide leather, molded protective inserts, a high-grip Vibram sole, waxed laces, and a Hipora waterproof and moisture wicking liner.
Lego Technic Porsche 911
For the fidgety gear head who appreciates quality built sport cars, there’s this scale model Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Each set comes complete with authentically designed bodywork, an opening rear lid with a detailed flat 6 engine, as well as a fully functioning gearbox, steering wheel, and gearshift paddles.
Recaro Performance Sport Kid’s Seat
Know for their racing seats above all else, it’s time the young ones to experience everything Recaro has to offer with this Performance car seat built right here in the USA, boasting full-body side impact protection and a twist-preventing Safety Stripe System.
Stay Exposed Bivouac
Outfitted for nomadic bikers on the go, this Bivouac set is made out of 500 Denier Cordura Classic for both optimal weight and durability. Vegetable tanned leather straps also keep things organized when not in use, and a 10 year warranty provides ample peace of mind.
Valentine One Radar Detector
Thanks to 360-degree protection from all types of radar guns, this detector boasts X, K, Ka, and Super Wideband Ka detection, arrow directional indicators, and a rear radar antenna. Ideal for those with a lead foot.
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