The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for the Gearhead

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Whether interested in cars, motorcycles, or a combination of the two, gearheads can be a tricky group of people to shop for, especially for those that don’t fall under that umbrella themselves. With strong opinions and ultra-specific interests, it can be difficult to even know where to begin looking for gifts for petrolheads when each year’s holiday season rolls around. Well aware of this reality, we’ve gone ahead and put in the legwork, scouring the automotive and motorcycle spaces to piece together this handpicked guide to the best gifts for the gearhead. 

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Roland Sands Seventy4 Linden CE Jacket

Part of Roland Sands Design’s all-new retro-inspired Seventy4 Collection, the Linden CE Jacket is a riding jacket that sports a 1.1mm full-grain buffalo leather construction. Despite its vintage styling, this Class AA, CE-rated jacket conceals a host of modern features such as a removable inner quilted liner, integrated CE Level 1 elbow and shoulder armor, a mesh liner, and a dedicated concealed carry pocket. 

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AvalonKing Armor Shield Lite

Sold in 8oz or 16oz sizes, the AvalonKing Armor Shield Lite is a super easy-to-use ceramic coating spray that hugely fortifies the paint and finish of any car or motorcycle. The spray utilizes the same hydrophobic protective properties found in AvalonKing’s regular ceramic coating kit, though uses a much more simple and much less labor-intensive spray and wipe formula. 

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TOYO Camber Top Tool Box

Large enough to accommodate a decent number of tools while still small enough to easily carry, the TOYO Camber Top Tool Box is a 6″ D x 14″ W x 4.5” H carry-all that’s constructed from pressed stainless steel. Made in Osaka, Japan, this rugged toolbox is also produced in five different color options. 

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FIXD Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner

The FIXD Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner is an essential gadget for anyone that spends time wrenching under the hood. The device simply connects to the ODB2 port of any car (made after 1995) and then relays error codes and messages to the user’s smartphone or tablet via a dedicated app. 

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Readywares Deluxe Utility Apron

Engineered for a lifetime of use, the Readywares Deluxe Utility Apron is a hardwearing shop apron that’s cut from a rugged 20oz waxed canvas. The apron also sports padded, adjustable cotton and polyester webbing straps, plastic buckles, and double-layer hammer loops with an integrated secondary loop for accommodating smaller tools.

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Velomacchi Speedway Tool Roll 

Measuring 29″ L x 10.5”, the Velomacchi Speedway Tool Roll is another essential piece of kit for any gearhead, with this item featuring a protective quilted front panel, a reinforced ballistic shell, reinforced elastic tool pockets, YKK zippers, an adjustable aluminum hook closure, a TPU laminated handle, and adjustable webbing straps to secure the tool roll onto a bike.

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Todd Snyder Dents Delta Leather Driving Glove 

Crafted from ultra-premium and super-supple hairsheep leather, the Todd Snyder Dents Delta Leather Driving Glove is an unlined, old-school-inspired set of wheelman mitts that sport an elasticated wrist, perforated detailing, knuckle holes, and dents dome stud fasteners. These gloves are also sold in several other color options. 

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Luft Book V2 

Designed, produced, and printed in California, the Luft Book V2 is a 248-page automotive coffee table book celebrating air-cooled Porsche culture — more specifically the Luftgekühlt events from Luft 4 through 6. Each book is also sold with a special sleeve and a stylized box.

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Leatherman Charge TTi

Constructed around a titanium handle, the Leatherman Charge TTi is a high-end multi-tool that boasts 19 different tools and functions including a locking CPM S30V blade, a 420HC serrated knife, pliers, spring-action Scissors, a diamond-coated file, can and bottle openers, and multiple bit drivers, just to name a few. This multi-tool also comes backed by a 25-year warranty. 

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Santo Gallery x Magnus Walker LA River Print

Sold in sizes ranging from 12” x 16” up to 40” x 54”, the Santo Gallery x Magnus Walker LA River Print captures the famed British-born Porsche tuner tearing through the Los Angeles River in one of his famous Outlaw 911 builds. This signed and numbered print is also offered with black, white, or bare wood frames. 

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Blundstone Original 510 Chelsea Boots

Sporting a design that dates back to 1969, the Blundstone Original 510 Chelsea Boots are another unmistakably vintage-looking item that boasts a slew of contemporary elements. Crafted around a set of 2.5mm water-resistant leather uppers, these classic Chelsea boots feature a TPU outsole, a double-stitched and reinforced heel panel, a removable footbed, a cushioned midsole, and an ergonomically engineered toe spring backed by XRD Technology and the brand’s SPS Max Comfort system. 

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Sena 10C EVO Bluetooth Headset & Camera

A comm system and action camera in one, the Sena 10C EVO is a cutting-edge moto gadget that comes loaded with a one-mile range, Wifi connectivity, video tagging, dual mobile phone pairing, a four-way Bluetooth intercom, and a QHD camera capable of shooting 4K video at 30FPS.

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Arai Classic V Helmet

Benefitting from the use of the Japanese brand’s Peripherally Belted Complex Laminate shell construction, the Arai Classic-V Helmet is a vintage-inspired open-faced lid that sports Snell and DOT certification alongside a bevy of useful features.

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Alpinestars Tech Air 5 System

Offering the absolute pinnacle of protection, the Alpinestars Tech Air 5 System is an ultra-cutting-edge motorcycle airbag vest that utilizes a trio of gyroscopes and accelerometers that feed data through a state-of-the-art algorithm. When a crash is detected, the airbag can deploy in just 20-40 milliseconds. 

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Autodromo Group B Series 2 

Sold in a hand-crafted aluminum box decorated with a numbered plaque, the Autodromo Group B Series 2 is a car-themed watch that pays homage to the infamous Group B era. Crafted around a lightweight 39mm titanium case comprised of 2 parts, the Group B Series 2 watch is powered by a Miyota 9015 automatic movement and features an integrated tapered stainless steel bracelet.

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SPARCO SIM Rig II

The SPARCO SIM Rig II is a complete, turnkey 2nd-gen sim racing setup that includes a SPARCO Evolve Cockpit, a SPARCO sim racing seat, a SPARCO TM-STAND1 monitor stand, Thrustmaster TS-XW RACER steering wheel and pedals equipped with a SPARCO P310 Competition Mod, a Samsung Ultrawide Pro Gaming 49” curved HDR-4K monitor, a Logitech K400 Plus wireless keyboard and touchpad, and a PC AK-RIG SPARCO Edition CPU based on the MSI Infinite X with Intel Core I7 that comes preloaded with Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition sim racing software. 

The Best Driving Experiences

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Though a tangible item can make for a great present, so too can a memorable experience in the saddle or behind the wheel. Our guide to the best driving experiences contains bucket list track days and race schools that all make for stellar gifts for any gearhead.