The Best Gifts to Get Your Dad for His Garage

December 11, 2019 Buying Guides By

Let’s face it: shopping for your dad during the holidays can be the worst. He didn’t write down a list of things he wants, and he’ll resist any effort to update his wardrobe. But he definitely grumbled something about people never getting him anything he likes when he was on his way to the garage to tinker with something. So why don’t you help your dad upgrade his preferred refuge with these helpful garage gift ideas?

1. 5-in-1 Tool Pen

Price: $25

Keep a bunch of necessary tools in one place with this 5-in-1 tool pen. Besides being a writing instrument, this pen includes a ruler, a bubble level, a stylus for smart devices and a screwdriver.

2. Prime 4-Outlet Portable Power Station

Price: $28

Help dad bring power to where he needs it. This portable power station offers four outlets and 25 feet of range.

3. Wall Mounted Recycled Ski Bottle Opener

Price: $45

Make sure the churchkey is one tool Dad doesn’t need to hunt around for. This bottle opener made from recycled skis easily sticks to the fridge or mounts on the wall.

4. Tire Rack Tire Garage

Price: $53

Keep dad’s summer tires protected with this compact and convenient tire garage from Tire Rack.

5. Meguiar’s Essential All in One Car Care Kit

Price: $45

Meguiar’s 11-piece car wash kit provides all the premium products your dad needs to give his car a perfect wash and wax.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39

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6. Sunnydaze Decor Rustic Style Firewood Log Rack

Price: $86

Help your dad show his firewood the proper respect with this three-piece, easily assembled rustic contemporary log rack.

7. Gladiator Golf Garage Wall Storage Kit

Price: $103

Make sure your father can keep all his golf stuff in one place. This mountable garage wall storage kit includes a two-bag caddy and an additional shelf to store balls, tees and other miscellaneous golf items.

8. Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2 Inch Drill/Driver

Price: $99

Any garage would be incomplete without a cordless power drill. This Milwaukee unit from Home Depot is compact, powerful and efficient.

9. NewAir G56 Garage Heater

Price: $108

Provide dad’s sanctum with four-season functionality. This compact and heavy-duty space heater can heat up to 560 square feet.

10. Leatherman Free P2 Multi-Tool

Price: $120

Leatherman’s Free P2 is the Gear Patrol Editor’s Pick for best multi-tool. Its magnetic architecture cuts down on annoyance and ensures all 19 tools can be accessed using one hand.

11. PowerSmith PWL2100TS LED Dual Head Work Light

Price: $130

This time of year, the days are getting shorter. Help your pops work long into the night with this 10,000-lumen LED work light from PowerSmith.

12. Suncast Tall Garage or Utility Storage Cabinet

Price: $199

Clutter can cause stress. Help dad relax with this storage cabinet offering heavy-duty shelving and 19 cubic feet of storage.

13. Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

Price: $200

Dad probably enjoys some form of audio content, whether it’s NPR or Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits. Waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, this Bluetooth speaker is perfect for the garage.

14. Workpro 408-Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set

Price: $182

Every tool dad could ever need for that home maintenance project can be squeezed into one convenient, well-organized, heavy-duty box.

15. Homelabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler

Price: $280

Help dad show off his collection of craft brews. This mini-fridge features temperature control, removable shelves and LED lighting. It can hold up to 120 cans, which should be enough to get him through even the roughest workweek.

16. Toro Power Clear 518ZR Single Stage Gas Snow Blower

Price: $399

Perhaps the best gift you can get dad for the holidays? Not having to go out and shovel. This affordable gas-powered snowblower will save your pop a lot of time and stress.

Intension Design 4×12 Tray

Price: $65

Lined with durable Ultrasuede and finished with a non-skid, non-marking polyurethane rubber seat, the 4×12 is great for organizing the workshop or keeping nuts and bolts from rolling away during jobs.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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