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2021 holiday gift guide for truck, SUV enthusiasts


Buying holiday presents can be a hassle, especially if the person you’re buying for has everything he needs or buys that which he still wants. So, we figured we’d put together a quick-hit holiday gift guide for those difficult-to-buy-for truck and SUV enthusiasts.

Before we dig into the list, we’d like to point out, this is stuff we’d actually want to get or gift — not something we got paid to post. We make absolutely no money off these items.

Gift ideas for Moparians

Mopar enthusiasts are some of the most passionate and brand-loyal people out there. From the Dodge/Ram folks to the Jeepers, there are plenty of offerings from Mopar that might hit the mark. There’s even an ugly Mopar-themed (ugly?) Christmas sweater.

Plus, there’s an entire Mopar store on Amazon, lead by numerous Jeep accessories and parts, which makes sense since Jeep is the No. 1 accessorized vehicle in America.

Our prime pick for any Moparian: a Mopar logo roadside safety kit, complete with safety flashlight,­ fleece blanket, six-gauge jumper cables, safety triangle, two screwdriver­s (flat and Philips), pliers, two bungee cords and gloves. And, actually, a road-side safety kit is great for anyone.

Blue (Oval) Christmas

If you have a Ford lover on your holiday shopping list, there are some great ideas here as well. We all know that Ford is running behind on producing Broncos, but there’s a way (sort of) to put one under the tree in time for Christmas.

There’s a new Ford Bronco Power Wheel, perfect for the littlest Ford fan (start them early). It’s a little pricey at around $400, but Power Wheels are cool and at least someone can get a Bronco to drive.

Another cool gift (for kids and adults to enjoy together) is a LEGO Technic Ford F-150 Raptor building kit (available on Amazon). Few of us can afford an actual Ford Raptor so this LEGO set is a good compromise.

Lastly, I would be remiss to not hock my book Mustang by Design, a great coffee table book that pays homage to the Ford Mustang from the design side of things. (Ok, so we do make money off that one.)

Bow tied up in ribbon

For the Chevy loyalists out there, Amazon has an entire store for all things Chevy. From wallets to hats to clocks, there’s plenty to pick from him.

We’re partial to things for your garage or home office. Like wall signs. This vertical embossed sign features a 1958 blue Chevrolet Apache truck (available on Amazon). Bonus: It’s under $20.

Another Chevy-centric stocking stuffer gift idea are these bowtie-logo coasters (available on Amazon). And if your loved one just wants parts for their truck, then you can search out GM Parts Online.

Toyotathon overload

The Toyota “Toyotathon” commercials can be overplayed this time of year, but it’s a nice reminder there are gifts for the Toyota enthusiasts in your life. It’s no secret that PUTT Publisher Tim Esterdahl just purchased a 2022 Toyota Tundra. As such, he may be interested in some Toyota-centric gifts.

For Toyota vehicles not equipped with wireless charging, here’s a great product. This center console organizer with wireless charging pad is made for 2007-2021 Toyota Tundra & Sequoia — including SR, SR5, LIMITED, Platinum and 1794. (available on Amazon).

Want to show your patriotic side or showcase that the Tundra is built in America, these black American flag valve stem caps are a great subtle way to showcase patriotism without being too over the top. At less than $10 on Amazon, they are a great stocking stuffer, for any truck fan (not just Toyota).

Remote starters

We’ve recently documented that automakers are moving toward remote starting turning into a subscription service. Why not bypass this with an aftermarket remote vehicle starter. This Compustar 2-way LCD Remote Car Starter works for diesel vehicles, too. When it comes to remote starters it’s best to check with an expert at an auto parts store to make sure you get one that will be compatible with your make and model.

CNET Roadshow had a nice story on other recommended remote starters.

Keep your truck clean

Trucks get dirty, but a lightweight mini vacuum is ideal for keeping your rig clean. Thisworx Car Vacuum Cleaner weighs only 2.4 pounds and comes with three attachments, is powered by a 12v connection, has a 16-foot cord and comes with a bag. It’s ideal for interior detailing of trucks and SUVs.

The bottom line on our holiday gift guide

Trucks are often the pride and joy of many enthusiasts, so you really can’t go wrong getting something truck themed this holiday season.

And hey, don’t forget the PUTT merch, which could make a great stocking stuffer. Check out the latest Pickup Truck +SUV Talk gear and add some to your collection! We have a store on CafePress.com with shot glasses, coffee mugs, glasses and stickers. Oh, and T-shirts — let’s not forget the clothing items!

For anyone wanting to buy yours truly something for the holidays, I wear a size Ram TRX. But if that’s out of your budget, I’ll settle for a Ford Maverick.

Did we miss a cool must-get item in our holiday gift guide? Let us know in the comments!

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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