Gift Ideas for Car-Loving Dads for Any Occasion

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Car Guys Make The Best Dads Tee

Car Guys Make The Best Dads Tee

Car Guys Make The Best Dads Tee

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Pros
  • Perfect for the garage
  • Lightweight and breezy

Well, you can’t go wrong here. Even if you (or Dad) consider it a “gag gift,” this is a corny-but-cool distressed design that doesn’t cost a lot and sends the right message.

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

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Pros
  • Probably the best multi-tool on the market—certainly the most renowned
  • Includes 18 tools to solve any problem and fix any issue

Chances are, your old man already has a Leatherman in his arsenal—heck, it’s probably in his pocket right now—but this is the latest upgrade to Leatherman’s most popular multi-tool.

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Exotic Car Whiskey Glasses

Exotic Car Whiskey Glasses

Exotic Car Whiskey Glasses

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Pros
  • Any logo/brand available
  • Etched, then hand-painted

We chose the Bentley logo here, but you can choose the badging of almost any automobile maker for your favorite car lover. These cocktail glasses are etched with the logo of your choice and the accent is hand painted in either gold or platinum. Pint glasses are also available.

Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves

Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves

Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves

Pros
  • Genuine leather
  • Six color options available

Leather driving gloves were originally designed more than a century ago to protect drivers from cold metal steering wheels or their splintery wooden counterparts. Nowadays, they’re more of an aesthetic accessory, but who cares? This cognac-colored pair from Riparo is a nice, affordable choice.

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Casio Aviator Stainless Steel Chrono

Casio Aviator Stainless Steel Chrono

Casio Aviator Stainless Steel Chrono

Now 35% Off

Pros
  • Affordable, yet looks classy
  • Tons of information available on the face

We’ve liked Casio wristwear for a long time, and this Aviator chronograph is a great entry-level piece. It’s super-affordable, too. The face is a bit busy, but the orange hands help you see the important stuff. Various functions allow you to calculate percentages and convert miles per hour to kilometers per hour, which can be handy for car folk. If Dad loves watches, this is the chronograph to get him.

Porsche Design Aviator Sunglasses

Porsche Design Aviator Sunglasses

Porsche Design Aviator Sunglasses

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Pros
  • High quality premium shades
  • Great for Porsche-loving dads

The P´8938 Aviator is inspired by the design of the Porsche engine block. With a milled titanium backing element, each frame is assembled by hand. These Aviators also come in a classic hexagonal shape, the P´8937.

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Sunday Golf Pitch n’ Putt Golf Bag

Sunday Golf Pitch n' Putt Golf Bag

Sunday Golf Pitch n’ Putt Golf Bag

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Pros
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Comes in three colors

Finally, a golf bag that doesn’t take over the whole dang trunk. This lightweight, easy-to-carry bag from Sunday Golf weighs just 1.95 pounds on its own and can fit up to 6-7 clubs comfortably. It’s perfect for a quick, impromptu evening round, the driving range, or on the executive course.

Custom Car Art from Etsy

Custom Car Art from Etsy

Pros
  • Custom made for dad
  • Highly rated Etsy seller

Memorialize your dad’s favorite car with a custom watercolor portrait from ImageMagik. Just send in a picture of that car and watch it come back as a great decoration for any wall.

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James Brand ‘The Carter’ Pocket Knife

James Brand 'The Carter' Pocket Knife

James Brand ‘The Carter’ Pocket Knife

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Pros
  • EDC workhorse knife in seven Huckberry-exclusive colorways
  • Machined G10 handle offers heritage look and quality grip

With a removable pocket clip for quick access and secure storage, the Carter is there when Dad needs it and hidden when he doesn’t. The super-sharp, corrosion-resistant stainless steel construction ensures it’ll be at the ready for decades.

GPS Drone with Camera

GPS Drone with Camera

GPS Drone with Camera

Now 44% Off

Pros
  • Includes a GPS auto-return
  • 4K camera

This entry-level drone is a great way to kickstart any tech-y dad’s next hobby. Featuring GPS auto-return and a 4K Ultra Clear 110-degree adjustable camera, the robotic whirly-bird fits neatly into a handy carrying case.

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I’d Rather Be Watching Racing Socks

I'd Rather Be Watching Racing Socks

I’d Rather Be Watching Racing Socks

Pros
  • Comfortable and affordable
  • Grey color goes with most any trouser

These are great for dads who want to spice up their dress sock game and let the world know what they really want to be doing. If he puts his feet up at the in-laws’, you know it’s time to go.

Retro Tin Signs

Retro Tin Signs

Pros
  • Realistic garage tchotchke
  • Fun and affordable

You can’t go wrong with some vintage auto signs; your dad’s man cave needs some classic decoration. This pack comes with five signs to choose from—or hang them all!

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Cole Haan Driving Loafers

Cole Haan Driving Loafers

Cole Haan Driving Loafers

Now 29% Off

Pros
  • Renowned label, quality product
  • 100% leather

These Cole Haan leather driving loafers are comfy, stylish, and functional. They’re a perfect pairing to your dad’s favorite jeans and work great for a trip to Dairy Queen in the garage princess.

Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

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Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Weather-resistant

Every guy needs a waxed trucker jacket, and Flint and Tinder makes the perfect fall top layer. It’s constructed with weather-resistant Martexin 7-ounce sailcloth from New Jersey, which will only get better with age. and wear. It fits like a blanket, and comes lined in your choice of flannel, wool, or quilted. Designed, cut, sewn, and constructed in Los Angeles, it’s available in eight autumn-ready colors and in sizes from XS to 3XL.

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LED Flashlight Glove

LED Flashlight Glove

Pros
  • 8 colors and styles
  • One size fits all

These may look like something from Star Trek, but they’re actually pretty handy. Great for dads who work with their hands, the two LEDs shine from the thumb and pointer fingers. They’re a solid choice for dads who wrench, fish, or tinker on projects at night.

Pro-Lift Z-Creeper & Seat

Pro-Lift Z-Creeper & Seat

Pro-Lift Z-Creeper & Seat

Now 59% Off

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Pros
  • Easily converts from creeper to chair
  • Weighs less than 20 pounds

Designed to be folded for use as a mechanics stool, or unfolded for use as a creeper. The padded bed gives Dad extra comfort where it counts. It features six swivel casters and a heavy-duty frame that supports up to 300 lbs.

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Bluetooth Media Button

Bluetooth Media Button

Pros
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • 40-foot range

This little Bluetooth control button is perfect for dads who like to jam out to Dire Straits without picking up the phone. It comes with a steering wheel mount for easy clip-on access, allowing Dad to keep his hands on the wheel.

Bentley Intense Cologne

Bentley Intense Cologne

Bentley Intense Cologne

Now 22% Off

Pros
  • C’mon, it’s got a Bentley badge on the bottle
  • Long-lasting scent

This is one of Bentley’s top-selling men’s fragrances, and it’s clear why. The long-lasting scent features hints of African geranium, black pepper, and leather for an appropriately luxurious smell. Get your best suit; this cologne is best served with some class.

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EnGINe Organic Gin

EnGINe Organic Gin

Pros
  • 100% organic
  • Awesome old-school oil can styling

Spirits are always a good idea for dads, and this uniquely-packaged gin is a surefire win. The 100% organic, Italian gin comes in oil can-inspired containers, which add a hint of class on their own. Featuring notes of juniper, lemon, and sage, we get the feeling it won’t stay on the shelf very long.

Whiskey Peaks Glasses

Whiskey Peaks Glasses

Whiskey Peaks Glasses

Now 20% Off

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Pros
  • Lead-free glass
  • Lightweight and durable

This set of four topographically indented whiskey glasses is the perfect gift for dad all year round. It’s classy, interesting, fun—and, if your dad is like our dad, will get plenty of use. There’s even an International Mountains set with Kilimanjaro and Everest—and you can always buy Whiskey Peaks glasses and decanters a la carte direct from Huckberry.

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