The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Car Enthusiasts from Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, and More

Whether Dad’s a tech-y gadgeteer or a hands-on, DIY wrencher, we’ve got a Father’s Day gift idea for every kind of car guy.

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Father’s Day is your chance to celebrate the dads in your life — dads who love tinkering in their garages, dads who love hitting the road in their RV, and dads who are huge car, truck, or motorcycle enthusiasts. But car dads can be pretty picky about their parts, tools, and equipment — and that can make shopping for a Father’s Day gift a bit of a challenge.

You don’t have to be a gearhead yourself to find a gift that’s useful and fun. To make your shopping easier, we’ve picked out some of the best Father’s Day gifts available online, covering every price range and plenty of dad-approved hobbies, tools, and more. This list fits a range of budgets, runs the gamut from fun to functional to downright cool, and includes items that are sure to gratify gearheads and motoring mavens of all stripes.

Car Care, Accessories, Gadgets, & Tech

If your dad wants to record road trips, or if he doesn't infrequently find himself contesting speeding tickets on the road, then the Apeman 1080P Dash Cam might be just the gadget he needs. It uses a 170-degree wide-angle lens to capture a ton of detail and it records in full HD. It has a three-inch LCD screen on which to view images and recorded videos, a night vision feature, and a built-in sensor to detect collisions and save the last video from being overwritten. Set up is as simple as hooking it up to the 12V outlet and attaching it to the windshield. It comes with a suction cup that securely attaches to any surface and has a neck that can rotate 360 degrees to accommodate any viewing angle.

Everyone knows a dad who loves to spend sunny weekends lovingly washing, polishing, and detailing his ride. For that dad, check out the Meguiar's G55032SP Complete Car Care Kit. This is one of the most comprehensive car care kits on the market, and it’s brought to you by one of the top automotive detailing products manufacturers in the nation. It includes a whopping 12 premium products, giving him everything he needs to keep his car in showroom-ready condition. He’ll get Gold Class Car Wash, Carnauba Plus Liquid Wax, Endurance Tire Gel, Clay Bars and Quick Detailer, ScratchX 2.0, PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish, and more. Use one or two products to quickly touch up certain areas, or let him spend a couple of hours enjoying the zen process of making his ride pristine.

Here’s another high-tech gadget that any pro or at-home mechanic will want to have: the Innova Deluxe Can OBD I&II with ABS Diagnostic Tool. This smart diagnostic device can retrieve and identify OBD2 codes in vehicles made from 1996-present and most OBD1 codes in vehicles made between 1981 and 1995. It logs and stores code data for your review and long-term analysis, provides full diagnostic reports, and helps you discover potential causes, repair costs, and more. It can even give you a glance at state emissions readiness ahead of a tried and true smog test. This sole diagnostic tool will eliminate guessing games and put drivers in charge of understanding what’s happening and what might be wrong under the hood.

Help the old man keep his trunk clutter-free once and for all with Drive Auto Products Car Trunk Organizer. The tote is made of premium Oxford Fabric with three inner layers, including a foam panel and a sturdy waterproof insert. It comes with a cargo net cover to keep your items from lurching up and down from every bump on the road, as well as a slew of straps and bungee hooks to secure the organizer to anchor points in your trunk. It’s a great gift idea, and with it, the days of your dad having to bear the sound of tools and grocery items rolling around his trunk can finally be over.

Dad having trouble backing up the car or RV as he ages? Difficulty turning his head, or maybe his vision isn’t what it used to be? It happens to the best of us. Upgrade your old man's ride for Father's Day with this 7-Inch Digital Wireless Backup Camera. It's fitted with a waterproof high-resolution camera with a 150-degree viewing angle and a night vision feature. The 7-inch monitor displays images in Full HD, and it can also display on-screen guidelines that can be toggled on and off to prevent back-over accidents. The camera is adjustable and is designed to mount to a license plate, and the monitor comes with a strong suction holder that attaches securely to the dashboard or windshield. Although the setup is relatively easy, you'll need basic knowledge of wiring to tap into the rear lights of your vehicle to get power to the rearview camera.

With the ZeeHoo Wireless Car Charger, your dad won't have to be looking for his phone under the car seat ever again. This convenient little gadget is a mobile phone holder and a Qi wireless charger that features an easy clamping and quick release design that can be operated with one hand. Whether on the windshield or the dashboard, the strong suction cup under the holder can attach securely to almost any surface, and its neck can rotate 360 degrees to give you the best viewing angles. It can be adjusted to hold any Qi-enabled smartphone, and it can even charge phones through cases up to 3mm thick. Since the ZeeHoo Wireless Car Charger has a maximum output of 10 watts, don't expect it to top off a phone as quickly as a wall charger, however.

If your dad has had more than a few wayward items drop into the gap between the seats of his car, then maybe you should get him the Lusso Gear 2-in-1 Car Seat Gap Organizer. The design is simple, it's easy to install, and it will fit most cars with ease. It sits snugly between the seat and the center console and it's made from high-quality faux leather that is both water-resistant and easy to clean. Additionally, the package includes four foam wedge dividers (two for each pocket) to create compartments within the pocket so you can organize your items as desired.

You might find the pocket often slipping to the bottom of the floor if the gap between your seat and the center console measures more than two inches, however, so make sure your car has the right fit before getting one.

Help your dad keep his car as spotless as can be with ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner. It's small enough to fit into tight spaces but its 106-watt motor has enough suction power to rival much larger car vacuums in the market. The package includes a 16-foot power cord that can plug into your car's 12V outlet, as well as three all-purpose nozzles that were specifically designed to lift dirt out of different areas of your car. Additionally, it also comes with a spare filter, a cleaning brush, and a convenient storage bag to keep everything in one place. Perfect for the RV, too.

Every gearhead needs a quality, reliable jump starter, which is why the Schumacher Jump Starter DSR ProSeries is such a great gift. This heavy-duty, highly powerful jump starter and battery charger can handle any battery issues and get all types of vehicles back on the road. The high-output AGM battery produces 525 cranking amps and 350 CCA. A dual-function digital display shows you the internal and vehicle battery voltages, and it’ll tell you what percentage your car’s battery is at while it works. With reverse polarity protection and extra-long 4-ga cables, it’s easy to connect and get to work. A spill-proof design allows for easy storage anywhere too.

Automotive Tools & Garage Gear

Any casual do-it-yourselfer will definitely appreciate the Cartman 148-Piece Tool Set. It’s ideal to carry in your RV or motor home, too. The package includes an extensive array of high-quality tools that have been heat-treated and chrome-plated for increased rust and corrosion resistance. All tools meet (and in some cases, exceed) the relevant ANSI standards, and they come in a hard-shell case with inner blow-molded slots to hold everything side-by-side, uncluttered, and organized. From hammers to pliers, to screwdrivers and Allen wrenches, this Cartman Tool Set has virtually everything one needs for repairs, maintenance, and DIY projects. And if 148 tools are not enough, the Cartman comes in 168- and 218-piece versions, too.

Absolutely every dad needs a drill and driver set in his home tool kit. If your dad is in need of an upgrade, the Bauer 20v Hypermax Lithium Drill/Driver Kit is just the right gift. Featuring a drill and driver in one convenient, compact tool, it’s perfect for high-performance jobs. It powers fasteners into all kinds of materials, and the all-metal gear allows it to tackle even heavy-duty jobs on a regular basis. The 20-volt drill and driver is powered by a 1.5 Ah battery and comes with a charger, two impact bits, and a storage bag. A 1/2-inch keyless chuck makes bit changes effortless, and there are two drilling and driving speeds to choose from based on the job at hand. Lightweight in hand with a comfortable grip, there’s even a bright LED work light that’ll make working clearer and easier.

If your motorhead dad spends too much time in the garage, you can make his day extra special with this rugged, sturdy, and roomy Ironton 4-Drawer Tool Cart. This tool box on wheels has a 500-pound capacity, a wide opening top lid, and four lockable ball-bearing sliding drawers in which to organize and store a tool stash. It's made from durable steel that is powder-coated for increased rust resistance, and it sits atop four swivel casters (two of which are fitted with a locking mechanism) to allow for easy moving around. It's a solid piece that's easy to assemble out of the box. Our only complaint is that the lower drawers can't be opened while the top lid is closed. But if it's high-quality tool storage that Dad needs, then you can’t go wrong getting him this.

If you’ve got a dad who likes tinkering, or spends hours doing intricate work that requires patience and attention to detail, he’s sure to love the Northern Tool Adjustable Swivel Shop Stool. This seat adjusts in height from 29-33 inches using the single-handed hydraulic adjustment lever. It’s got a well-padded vinyl seat and backrest that wipes off quickly and is easy to clean. The backrest is also adjustable for added comfort and versatility. The frame is constructed from durable matte black powder-coated steel and is sleek and understated. The stool swivels a full 360 degrees, allowing dad to reach anything within arm’s length easily while staying seated and comfortable. Rubber padded feet keep the stool securely in place and won’t scratch your floors. 

Harbor Freight’s Voyager 20 In. Stainless Steel Toolbox is a great option for any dad who’s in need of a new, durable toolbox. This heavy-duty storage solution is made from brushed stainless steel and a high-impact, dent-proof polypropylene base, tool tray, and lid. You can choose to use the interior tray for convenient tool and socket organization, or you can stash larger tools inside without it. A folding handle with rubber grip gives you enough comfort to easily carry the toolbox when it’s heavy and full. A full-length steel piano hinge and two durable security latches make getting inside — or keeping others out — a breeze.

Trucks, RVs, Car Camping, & Tailgating

Keep dad’s ride clean and dry with these rugged and good-looking Husky Liners WeatherBeater Floor Liners. They use laser scanning technology to create a FormFit Design that ensures a perfect and custom fit that provides complete coverage to whatever vehicle your dad has. The liners are made from durable patented rubberized material that’s perfect for holding up against mud, snow, salt, gasoline, water, coffee, soda, and even motor oil. The patented FormFit edge creates a raised ridge along the edge of the mat that traps water and debris, keeping the floorboards bone dry. Specially designed cleats securely anchor the mats to the floor to prevent them from shifting around during driving. If you really want to impress, you can even order him liners to fit his second or third-row seating as well. 

Right up there with laser-cut waterproof floor mats, the WeatherTech Truck TechLiners will give dad’s old truck bed a sleek and protective makeover. They are an easy-to-install, custom fit solution for almost any truck bed around. The best part? There’s no messy sprays, paints, or drilling required. Protect your dad’s beloved truck from scratches, dents, rust, and more. The liner’s “soft-touch” material also helps keep cargo from shifting around during driving. Each liner is made from 100 percent recyclable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and is completely odorless. They’re also UV- and chemical-resistant for added longevity and durability. Unlike some liners, these ones stay flexible for years and won’t warp, crack, or break. It’s a great gift for any dad who uses his truck for tough jobs.

The Tonno Pro Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover is a great gift for dads who carry a lot of gear, cargo, or equipment in the back of their pickup trucks on a regular basis, especially if you live in an area with harsh sun, snow, or rain. This cover is constructed using 24.5-ounce marine-grade vinyl that can withstand some serious abuse. Weighing in at less than 70 pounds, though, it’s also lightweight enough to be maneuvered easily. The lightweight aluminum frame is strong enough to support up to 350 pounds of evenly distributed weight and is finished with black epoxy for added longevity. Its EZ clamping system makes installing or removing the tonneau cover a breeze. For added ease, this cover comes fully assembled and ready to install. We also really like the 10-year vinyl and lifetime frame warranty (and so will dad).

For the off-road loving dad, check out the Badland Apex 12,000-lb. winch. This is a great option for your dad’s truck, Jeep, or SUV that will let him up his off-roading game without ever worrying about getting stuck again. It’s constructed using a series-wound motor that’s designed to pull quicker without getting overheated too fast. It features a severe-duty gear train constructed from hardened steel gears that will perform reliably for years. This is a versatile winch that comes with multiple mounting positions thanks to its relocation cables and removable control pack. Designed to withstand some of the harshest elements, this winch is also IP68-rated to be dust- and waterproof and its IP69K-rated to function in water streams up to 1,450 PSI. The automatic cone brake confidently holds the maximum-rated load of 12,000 pounds. It’s a serious piece of equipment for serious rock crawlers and weekend warriors.

If your dad is into riding through the back forty or off-roading at night after a tough day, or taking extended weekend trips to tackle rugged regions, the RoadShock 32” Spot/Flood Combo LED Light Bar is a great Father’s Day gift. This powerful light bar gives him twice the light of most standard light bars on the market by combining long-distance spot beams with wide-area flood lights onto one, beefy bar. It features a lightweight, yet super durable die-cast aluminum housing with a high-impact resistant polycarbonate lens that won’t scratch, crack, or cloud. The bar is IP67-rated to be fully dustproof and it can withstand brief periods of submersion. Heads up though, the wiring kit is sold separately, so be sure to grab one of those when you make your purchase. You want dad to be able to quickly and easily install it and then have some fun testing it out. 

For the dad who’s always got equipment and gear rolling around in the back of his truck wreaking havoc, the Weather Guard Full-Size Extra-Wide Saddle Box Truck Tool Box is the answer to the perpetual struggle of what to get your dad for Father’s Day. This rail-mount truck toolbox fits most full-size pickup trucks with an 8-foot bed. This box is roomy, measuring 75.1 x 27.5 x 15.8 inches, which gives you an impressive 15.3 cubic feet of storage capacity. An “Extreme Protection” push-button lock keeps gear safe and secure from theft. It’s tamper-resistant, protecting against break-ins like few other truck tool boxes on the market can. This model is constructed from durable and tough aluminum diamond plate with a glossy black powder-coated finish for extra longevity. We also love the 12-volt electrical access for electrical fit-ups. The limited lifetime warranty is a nice touch.

If dad loves the outdoors and you have a good amount of money to swing for Father's Day, an ARB Classic Series II Fridge Freezer would make the kind of gift he’ll use all the time. ARB is a company that's been in the portable fridge game for a while now and their portable fridges are popular among Overlanding enthusiasts. This particular model is available in sizes ranging from 37 to 82 quarts, and even the biggest size will fit the back of most SUVs and vans. The fridge's backlit control panel is easy to use in dark environments, and it has a Bluetooth feature that allows it to be monitored and controlled via a downloadable app. Like all ARB fridges, this can run on both DC and AC; cords for both are included. The only drawback is that, while Dad can use this device to either refrigerate or freeze food, he can’t do both at the same time.

A power station is a great camping, tailgating, and RV companion because it gives instant access to electricity, and the Jackery Explorer 160 Portable Power Station is one of the best that's available in the market. You can recharge the unit in three ways: through a 12V outlet, an AC outlet, or a solar panel. At only 3.86 pounds, it's easy to carry around, and it has a slew of ports to charge virtually any device with a rated input below 100W. Additionally, it has a built-in LED flashlight, as well as an LCD screen that displays the battery level and charge/discharge status. 

Take your dad’s outdoor adventure to the next level with Cabela's Big Outdoorsman Rocker Fold-Up Chair. It's made from a lightweight, reinforced, powder-coated steel frame that is corrosion resistant and offers plenty of room. The backrest and seat is a water-resistant 600-denier polyester fabric that can support up to 350 pounds of weight and is padded for maximum comfort. The whole chair folds flat in seconds for easy transport and storage. The chair rocks and distributes weight evenly across the padded seat and backrest.

Your dad doesn't need a complicated contraption on his vehicle just to ferry his pedal pushers from one trailhead to another. Save dad the headache and get him a Thule Passage Trunk Mount Bike Rack instead. It’s simple, affordable, and gets the job done fast and easy. It's easy to assemble, installs in a few minutes, and was designed to carry a wide range of bike sizes, from mountain bikes to cruisers, to even childrens’ cycles. It’s fitted with soft rubber cradles and cushion pads to securely grip your car without scratching the finish, and its anti-sway design assures that two-wheelers won't be lurching back and forth while in transit. Additionally, Thule backs this bike rack with a lifetime warranty, so you know you're getting a quality product.

The Champion 3650W RV-Ready Generator is a portable, powerful generator that’s made just for RVs. It’s a generator that’s versatile in its capability and uses — and it’ll deliver consistent, reliable performance when you need it. Featuring 4,500 starting watts and 3,650 running watts, this generator is equipped with a 120v to 240v selector switch so you can adjust as needed for high-voltage appliances. It’s powered by a powerful 224cc Champion engine, and a 3.4-gallon gas tank provides up to 9 hours of run time at a 50 percent load. Most importantly for RV parks and campsites, though, is this generator’s low 68 decibel sound. And it’s even backed by a three-year warranty.

The Bass Pro Shops 2-Burner High Output Propane Stove is just what any RV owner or camping enthusiast needs. It takes your outdoor adventures from roughin’ it to far more comfortable, providing you with a powerful stove equipped with two stainless steel burners. And all you need is a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder to get cooking. This stove delivers 25,000 BTUs from its burners, each of which is protected with an individual wind ring. There’s even a high-pressure regulator for solid performance at high altitudes, plus individual burner control valves so you’ll get great heat regulation. With a heavy-duty cooking grate, you can put pots and pans right on this stove and cook anything while camping.

The Goal Zero Yeti 500X Li Portable Power Station is one seriously impressive power bank. It’s really not your basic power bank or backup battery — it’s designed for high-power needs and situations. And it makes an excellent camping or outdoor companion. Lightweight and compact, this single device delivers high-speed charging in a package that measures 11.25 x 7.5 x 5.8 inches and weighs 12.9 pounds. You’ll get four USB charging ports, plus two AC outlets and one 12-volt output. It can charge a cell phone over 40 times, and it’ll also offer enough power to recharge tablets, laptops, and other devices or appliances. And it’s so versatile. You can attach a solar panel to this power station and power it up without any electricity at all. It’s an investment, but it’s so powerful that users say it can run RV fridges and freezer or even power your lights, TV, and satellite equipment while you’re hanging out at a campsite.

The LandAirSea 54 is a great gift idea that will help your dad keep tabs on his car at all times. It's a tiny GPS tracker that can be used to track vehicles, bicycles—pretty much anything that moves. It has a strong internal magnet that will attach securely to any metal part of any vehicle —wheel well, bumper, anywhere—and has a waterproof casing to protect it from splashes. Aside from real-time GPS tracking, the tracker also features boundary alerts, route playback, arrival/departure notification, and more. Set up is fast and easy, and, perhaps most impressively, the battery lasts two weeks on a single charge. LandAirSea does require a monthly subscription, however, which might be a deal-breaker for some.

Motorcycling & Riding Gear

If dad is a rider, put a smile on his face this Father’s Day with the BILT Max Speed Leather Jacket. This jacket is available in a range of color combinations, and it's made from high-quality full-grain leather that's perforated for breathability and comfort. Riders will appreciate that the shoulder and elbow areas are CE-rated for protection, and it has a quilted liner that is removable for when the weather gets warm. There are two zip pockets on the front, as well as a dedicated inner pocket that's perfect for holding a wallet or mobile phone.

For the dads who are motorcycle enthusiasts, the HJC i90 Helmet with flip-up chin bar is a stylish and practical gift that will protect him when it counts the most. This minimalistic touring helmet features a rugged and dependable polycarbonate shell with a specially designed ventilation system that’s designed to maximize airflow and keep him cool, even on long rides. The aerodynamic advanced CAD shape of this helmet encompasses an enlarged eye-port that allows for greater peripheral visibility than many others on the market. The upgraded center one-touch open/close locking system lets him raise or lower the internal visor without losing focus on the road. This model even has a special glasses groove that accommodates riders that have to wear eyeglasses. SuperCool moisture-wicking interior is made from a comfortable and antimicrobial material that is fully washable and quick drying.

There is no shortage of hip dads out there (or those who think they are), and if you’ve got one (or one who thinks he is), he’s likely to go for the TCX Street 3 WP Shoes. Riding on the long tradition of TCX’s commitment to performance and comfort, this “Street” family of moto-specific riding shoes has some solid selling points. Dad will appreciate the impact-mitigating ankle cups, a crush-resistant midsole, and reinforced toe. The reinforced midsole with the patented shank balances transverse rigidity and flexibility to make a comfortable, but supportive shoe. These shoes are a great daily wearer that ride the line between highly functional riding shoes and highly fashionable everyday footwear. These shoes are fully waterproof with full-grain leather construction, or a  T-Dry waterproof membrane, depending on the style you go with.

For the dad who loves to listen to music, chat with buddies, or even make important business and personal calls while riding, the Cardo PackTalk BOLD makes the ideal gift. This two-pack is perfect for couples. Cardo partnered with JBL to come up with one of the best-sounding motorcycle comms systems the market has ever seen. Each speaker measures 40mm across to deliver a full-range, all-encompassing sound that’s both bold and balanced. A “Natural Voice Operation” platform lets dad keep his hands on the handlebars by offering a full suite of menu navigation by voice control. This headset features 15-way bike-to-bike conferencing that’s perfect for group rides; riders can communicate at a range of up to one mile between each rider and gives dad the ability to toggle between up to nine riders. Bad weather? Not to worry, the waterproof PackTalk is fully functional in rain, sleet, snow, or hail.

Another practical and affordable Father’s Day gift for the motorcycle riding dad is the Speedmetal Premium Stretch Motorcycle Cover. This cover is constructed from durable waterproof polyester and offers covered ventilation ports to allow for airflow and prevent billowing. The see-through back panel and smartly placed pass-throughs as the wheels allow for easy locking with a cable lock or bike chain. The stretchy and pliable fabric is dustproof and will fit a large variety of motorcycles, sports bikes, and cruisers. An elastic bottom seam snugs up with a center-placed lobster-claw strap that keeps the cover secured in high winds. Dad will appreciate being able to protect his bike from the elements.

If you’ve got a handy dad who likes to do his own motorcycle repairs and maintenance, the Strongway 1000-Lb. Motorcycle Lift/Utility Vehicle Lift will be a welcome addition to any garage or workshop. This all-mechanical lift easily and effortlessly allows dad to lift his motorcycle, ATV, riding mower, and even snowmobiles so that he can make any necessary repairs and maintenance to keep his favorite outdoor pastimes running smoothly. It has a substantial 1,000-pound capacity so it’s great for most bikes. The rugged frame is constructed from high-grade steel that offers unsurpassed quality and dependability. It’s finished with lead-free paint that is oil, grease, and dirt-resistant to make it rust-resistant and long-lasting. This model also includes 2 auxiliary lift adapters for added height and adjustment on frame rails.

Perfect for ADV riders or just the motorcyclist that likes to be prepared for anything, the Klim Switchback more than lives up to Klim's sterling reputation of quality and durability. The stonewashed steel blade has a helpful spring-assist for easy open/close, as well as a thumb stud for easy actuation. And you can do it one-handed. The blade is 3.45 inches long; the knife is eight inches long overall when unfolded. Stash it in your saddle or tankbag, or clip it onto your belt using the handy Klim case and keychain (included).

Part of the Long Way Up collection, based on the documentary series starring Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman, the Montana from Belstaff features iconic cafe racer style. The Montana is cut from full-grain, drum-dyed calf leather for a durable, classic riding jacket that develops a unique patina with every ride. Designed in conjunction with McGregor, this timeless leather jacket is lined in the actor's family tartan. The cafe racer style is evident, but this jacket is made for seat time on the bike, with CE-approved Knox armor in shoulders and elbows. It includes a banded collar with double-snap closure, a vertical zip pocket on the chest, and two zip pockets on the side. Double buckles at side hem for an adjustable fit and an action back gusset for improved bar reach add a touch of Belstaff function. 

It's not cheap, but Belstaff quality rarely is. If dad is a rider, this is a jacket that protects—and makes a statement.