The Wishlist: Gearhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 10, 2015

Category: Gear

Gearheads know that a car is more than a conveyance. It is the face you show the world. It is freedom. It is excitement and adventure on wheels. Hell, it can also be your home if things get really bad. They’ve learned that your most precious possession is your driver’s license and their love of their vehicles knows no bounds. If you have a wrencher or a petrolhead in your life, shopping for them is all about feeding their fixation with the open road. Giving them something that will enhance their highway dreams and asphalt fantasies.

In finding gifts for your gearhead, we didn’t want stuff that was just going to let them work better when tightening gaskets or replacing their manifolds. We chose items that allowed them to better enjoy their time with their cars or motorcycles. We wanted stuff that would recapture the fun of that first reckless, teenage drive. These are 20 of our favorite gifts for the gearhead your life.

Remove Before Flight Red Key Chain

Remove Before Flight Red Key Chain

Any gearhead who has ever worked on a plane knows these tags. They’re a handy, unique, noticeable way to organize your keys that comes with a joke only real wrenchers will get.

Purchase: $7

Gasolina Bottle

Gasolina Bottle

Maybe the smartest $20 you can spend on a gearhead, this is a reserve tank primarily used for motorcyclists who like to run on fumes. Save them from being stranded, or just give them a strange water bottle that celebrates their petrol-based romance.

Purchase: $20

Petrolified Car Prints

Petrolified Car Posters

Stylized and artistic, these are refined car posters that revive a gas-guzzler’s childhood love of cars with something they can hang in their home without shame. Modern and beautiful, they celebrate all the finest pieces of art ever driven.

Purchase: $28

Jerry Can Hip Flask

Jerry Can Hip Flask

You should never drink and drive, but drinking while celebrating driving is fine. With a classic gas can exterior and 6 oz. worth of boozy goodness inside, this has everything a wrencher with a drinking problem could want.

Purchase: $35

SureCan

SureCan

Never again worry about tipping up a gas can to refill your car. Using the SureCan system, storing gas has never been easier and putting it into your tank has never been simpler. It fights spills and keeps your fuel secure, reducing the danger that comes with standard gas receptacles.

Purchase: $40

Rouille Wrench Money Clip

Rouille Wrench Money Clip

Handcrafted and made to celebrate wrenching culture, this stainless steel money clip looks good and functions perfectly so your gearhead will always have cash on hand, and be able to show where their heart truly lies.

Purchase: $50

Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool

Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool

A gearhead has plenty of tools at their disposal when they’re at home, but they need to be ready to fix any blown gasket when they’re out in the world. A mobile multi-tool complete with Leatherman’s bombproof design and a nice belt holster is perfect for making them ready to repair anywhere.

Purchase: $78

Porsche 911 Book

Porsche 911 Book

Even if you can’t afford to give your gearhead the perfect car, you can let them drool over some of the most impressive vehicles in history. From the 901 and the Carrera RS 2.7 right up to the newest 991, this is a celebration of all Porsche’s greatest hits.

Purchase: $86

Iron & Resin Shop Apron

Iron & Resin Shop Apron

100% cotton waxed canvas, the shop apron fights off grease stains and shrugs off tranny fluid, power steering fluid, oil, and whatever else you choose to throw at it. Loads of pockets for drivers or other tools, this is true professional grade.

Purchase: $99

BlueDriver

BlueDriver

Made in the United States and engineered to work on any car, BlueDriver will tell you everything you need to know the next time your Check Engine light pops up. Made to work with any newer car, this scans the codes and tells you what needs to be repaired on your vehicle to get it back to road ready.

Purchase: $100

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Turn any device into a race car control with the Overdrive system. Using this, the entire wrencher neighborhood can come by for some quick racing action without the risk of bodily harm or arrest that comes with going to the track or doing quarter-mile street heats.

Purchase: $100

Autodromo Driving Gloves

Autodromo Driving Gloves

By drivers, for drivers, these are the comfortable, stylish, unbeatable driving gloves of note. A throwback to the 50’s and 60’s, these fit well, feel great, and have the proper cuff for marking your time, making them truly without flaw.

Purchase: $125

Cobra Electronics CPP 7500 JumPack

Cobra Electronics CPP 7500 JumPack

It looks like an average battery charger, and with its USB port, it can juice up your smartphone or tablet, but the real story is its capacity to jumpstart a car. It holds a charge longer and pumps out more juice that competitors so that your vehicle will never run out of power.

Purchase: $130

Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench

Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench

Makita is one of the most trusted names in garage equipment, and their impact wrench has few peers. For tough bolts and hard lugs, this can loosen anything or tighten it down so that it never comes free thanks to rough road rattle.

Purchase: $160

Persol Sunglasses

Persol Sunglasses

Persol specializes in making eyewear for those times when you’re cruising up PCH with the top down. Their timeless tortoiseshell look and UV protection is stylish no matter where they go, and adds safety to every commute.

Purchase: $380

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

If the gearhead you know is also a gamer who enjoys racing sims, then this is a necessity for really getting into the game and literally putting the pedal to the floor. It adds control and immersion to any racing game with the 11-inch wheel and complete manual shifter.

Purchase: $388+

Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

It might cost a pretty penny, but think of the money it will save your dangerous driver in speeding tickets. Able to handle every radar band in use by police with easy-to-read notifications, this will be your leadfoot’s best friend.

Purchase: $399

Bell Bullitt Street Bike Helmet

Bell Solid Bullitt Helmet

Made to go hard, this is the old school helmet redesigned and reimagined. Using all the latest in safety gear while keeping a look like a single-piece bike helmet from the days of yore, any two-wheel fiend will love this for keeping their brains on the inside.

Purchase: $400

Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph

Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph

You might not know the name Brian Redman, but your gearhead does. His racing career is the thing of legends, and paved the way for current racers. He was a prototype motorist that pushed boundaries, just like this watch. It’s made for time trials on the raceway.

Purchase: $775

Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket

Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket

Made to be worn hard and beaten to a pulp, this is modeled after the classic Golden Bear café racing moto jacket. It’s stunning and classic in every way, and follows the original to perfection.

Purchase: $875

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