Shopping for dad can be a real pain in the patella, especially around Father’s Day. He’s the guy who’s got it all. A man who isn’t afraid to tell you he’s happy with what he’s already got, even if it’s a ratty old green hoodie that everybody hates.
But let’s be honest. Dads love getting new gear. Especially when it’s automotive aftermarket-oriented gear.
Here are 10 Father’s Day gift ideas for that gearhead or truck guy in your life, all of which we have either gifted to dads in the past, are planning on gifting to them this year or are secretly pining for and decided to drop a few hints on the internet in case anyone out there was feeling overly generous this Father’s Day. Wink-wink… Nudge-nudge…
Let’s admit it. XM Radio subscriptions can be a bit on the pricey side, but, hot damn, if this service isn’t totally worth it. In our never-ending dedication to preventing dads around the world from reverting to John Denver 8-track tapes, we offer this humble SiriusXM Radio portable speaker dock system as our inaugural Father’s Day offering.
So, regardless whether he’s in the truck or out by the boat ramp, dad can now tune into his favorite XM Radio channel anywhere at any time with this slick speaker and SiriusXM docking setup!
If your old man is still rocking that rusting relic from the 1980s, getting something like a modern head unit into the vehicle may be a bit of a challenge. However, if he drives something that is relatively modern, chances are an aftermarket double-DIN car stereo with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirrorlink, GPS navigation and a touchscreen is possible.
Currently, the ATOTO 7-inch A6 PF Android Double-DIN unit is running just under $200 a pop on Amazon, making it one of the most affordable (and highly reviewed) aftermarket touchscreen options on the market this Father’s Day.
*Mariah Carey not included.
For the guy who is always scrounging around in a messy tool locker for a specific socket, comes the ultimate Father’s Day organization gift: Multi-tiered locking tool boxes from Montezuma. Available in a slew of different sizes and configurations, this pyramid-shaped bed-mounted tool chest is one of the best gift ideas for DIY dads who insist upon fixing everything themselves. How very dad-like, right?
*This brand is not related in any way to the tequila manufacturer or the equally painful gastrointestinal infliction known as “Montezuma’s Revenge.”
Sometimes things go a bit pear-shaped when wheelin’ in the wild, and having the right recovery gear on hand is occasionally required. Help dad get out of a sticky situation by giving him an off-road recovery kit this Father’s Day.
Our suggestion is the Off-Road Recovery Kit from GearAmerica, as it packs all of the core essentials and comes with additional gear. This awesome entry-level emergency kit contains a tow strap, tree saver band, snatch block pulley, winch line dampener, D-Ring shackles, and even a set of rugged recovery gloves to keep Papa’s paws in pristine condition.
When it first came out, wireless smartphone charging was one of those automotive tech advancements that many people thought would fizzle and fade. But nowadays wireless charging is virtually everywhere. Everywhere except for in your dad’s truck that is.
Help that wonderful, yet blatantly tech-incompetent geezer get with the modern times, by gifting him a wireless smartphone charger. We are particularly fond of the auto opening clamp-on form of wireless charger, with the rapid-charging MOKPR Auto-Clamping Car Mount being a clear favorite.
Filthy truck seats may be synonymous with hard-working men the world over, but that does not make them any more appealing or sanitary. Help keep your father’s upholstery from smelling as strong as his “manly musk” with a set of waterproof seat covers from CleanRide.
These highly-rated seat covers are infinitely adjustable, super strong, and are engineered to keep everything from perspiration and mud to sand and silt from sticking to a vehicle’s seats. Available in khaki, navy and black, these seat covers are a must for dads who sweat a lot or who are avid outdoorsmen.
When it comes to automotive gear, tire inflation foam sealants are one of those random items rolling around in the back of a pickup truck. Get dad to ditch this toxic chemical concoction and opt for fresh air instead by getting him a cordless tire inflator this Father’s Day.
While shopping options abound, the 20V Rechargeable Battery Powered 160PSI Portable Handheld Air Pump from AstroAI packs the most perks into one product. Capable of inflating up to six automobile tires, 15 motorcycle tires or 42 bicycle tires in one swoop, with a digital display offering accurate readings, this 12V charged air pump is the ultimate on-the-go inflation multi-tool.
For the dads that truly enjoy hitting the trails hard, or work in rugged conditions where getting stuck is a very real risk, there are the vehicle recovery boards from Maxtrax.
These 100% Australian designed, engineered and manufactured fiber-reinforced boards are made from ultra tough nylon, and come backed by a lifetime warranty. Each board comes with six glove friendly handles, a built-in shovel on each end, and can be procured in a multitude of colors.
*Pickup Truck +SUV Talk is not responsible for any wacky Australian accents your father might attempt to impersonate while using this product.
When it comes to gearhead dads, there is no such thing as too many tools. That’s why we recommend a set of imperial and metric ratchet wrenches from TOOLGUARDS. These low-profile wrenches come in two sets of 13 (SAE and metric), and are constructed from chrome vanadium steel for looks and durability, and come with tool racks for holding all 26 mirror polished chrome ratchets in place.
Each set features 72-tooth ratchet gears for unparalleled precision, with a swing arc of only 5° allowing super-accurate work. We also like how every wrench sports an extra thin design, making them some of the slimmest on the market.
Not every new vehicle comes with an integrated dash cam, and judging by the way some people drive, these safety tech tools should be labeled as mandatory by the DOT. Help keep dad protected when he’s behind the wheel, with a 4K WIFI dual dash cam system from REDTIGER this Father’s Day.
Unlike other dash cams out there, this slick setup shoots in 4K, packs a 170° wide angle lens, comes with a 24-hour parking monitor and loop recording capabilities, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Another feature that we really like about this kit is that it comes with a dedicated backup camera and is outfitted with Sony’s STARVIS Sensor for clear images even in the lowest of low-light environments.
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