Father's Day 2023 Gift Guide for Car-Loving Dads
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Father's Day is nearly upon us. Dad's big day is June 19, and if you're unsure of what to get your auto-enthusiast dad for Father's Day, we've culled a fantastic selection of car- and driver-oriented Father's Day gifts to choose from.
From once-in-a-lifetime driving experiences like NASCAR ride-alongs and exotic-car drives to tech, swag, apparel, shop gear, whiskey glasses, and other stuff any car-loving dad will appreciate, the Gear Team has put together this awesome gift guide just for you. There are even some sweet Road & Track exclusives. So let's celebrate Dad with the official Road & Track Father's Day Gift Guide 2022.
Road & Track Premium Access Membership
This Father's Day, give Dad a behind-the-scenes look at Road & Track magazine with a Road & Track Premium All Access membership. He’ll receive unlimited digital access to RoadandTrack.com including exclusive content, Road & Track and Car and Driver magazines delivered to his doorstep, invitations to virtual editor roundtables hosted by R&T editors, inclusion on Road & Track’s member-only R&T Insider newsletter, discounts and free shipping on the Road & Track online shop, priority registration to Road & Track Experiences, and discounts on select events. Plus, sign up between 6/1/23 – 6/19/23 for $50 off Premium All Access membership. It’s the perfect Father’s Day gift for the ultimate enthusiast.
Classic Driving Sunglasses
Classic form meets the art of engineering. 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. Lightweight temples made from high-performance plastic emphasize the high-tech character of the front section and ensure maximum comfort. These Aviators also come in a classic hexagonal shape, the P´8937. Both are available in four different color combinations with polarized lenses.
Stinger Easy Roller Dolly
If Dad's always struggling to move stuff around the garage to get to that one thing he needs (it's always way in the back), the Stinger from OTC Tools is the ideal garage accessory. It's a handy way to roll vehicles to and fro without all the backing out, pulling in, and jockeying for position. And of course, the jump-starting. It's particularly great for moving disabled or project cars. Remember, he'll need at least two of these—probably four.
Silverstone Touchscreen Leather Driving Gloves
Since 1777, Dents has been making classy leather gloves with purpose. Although it champions traditional glove-making, this pair is made from butter-soft black leather and has touchscreen-friendly fingertips. They even have those iconic perforations, plus elasticated trims for comfort. Talk about the perfect driving accessory gift.
GTElite Racing Simulator Cockpit
There are plenty of dads out there who like to go fast, but the ride in their garage isn't fast enough. Enter the world of virtual racing—where he can drive just about any car he wants. We tried out the GTElite Cockpit from Next Level Racing and paired it with the ERS1 Elite Seat. It's incredibly adjustable, and a perfect platform to add whatever wheel, pedals, shifter, and other accessories he chooses.
Smoke & Grill Steak Flight
Okay, it's not a car-related gift—but a Steak Flight for Father's Day seems just about perfect. Holy Grail partners only with small, independent, artisan farms and ranches to bring you the best in American Wagyu beef. The company's steak selection is vast, but this Steak Flight is undeniable. It includes a smokable Kurobuta boneless pork loin roast, two Tajima American Wagyu strip steaks, two Tajima American Wagyu ribeyes, and eight Tajima American Wagyu burger patties.
Speak Plus GPS with Alexa
A great Father's Day gift for old-school dads who tend to avoid tech and gadgets, this discreet device combines Alexa voice command with Garmin GPS plus a dash cam, all in a package smaller than a deck of cards. It provides infotainment and directions right through the vehicle's audio system. And the 82-degree, 1080p dash cam has all the features of larger units, like incident recording and lane-deviation warnings. Playing cards not included.
World's Best Driving Experiences
Once-in-a-lifetime drives on the most iconic tracks and surfaces on earth. A sports car in the heat of the desert. A classic car on a legendary European road course. There's something for every petrol head in this gift box from Tinggly. With over 50 driving experiences to choose from, this is one of the best automotive gifts a dad could ever hope for on Father's Day.
Stainless Steel Metal Watch Band for Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is amazing, but have you ever tried to dress one up? Kinda hard with a silicon watchband. With a brushed finish and a folding clasp, this stainless steel metal bracelet from Bullstrap brings elegance and class to Dad's smartwatch. It's available in widths from 38 to 44mm, and also comes in black.
Range Golf Bag
Perfect for when he only needs a few clubs, stash this stealthy range golf bag in Dad's trunk and he'll be ready anytime the fairway or driving range calls. The Loma weighs less than two pounds and holds up to seven clubs. With a built-in stand and an insulated pouch for drinks, it's bound to be Dad's new go-to golf bag.
Back to the Future Time Machine
Lego's latest edition of the iconic DeLorean time machine is a challenge that'll easily take up a weekend of unwavering focus. Featuring mini-figures of Doc and Marty, along with a light-up flux capacitor, the vehicle can be assembled in any of the three variations from the trilogy. The Lego Back to the Future Time Machine is perfect for any fanboy-ing dad who enjoys a bit of nostalgia. We put this together ourselves; check out the build here.
Freek 560-1 EDC Folding Knife
A quality knife will last a lifetime, and there's no more quality a knife brand than Benchmade. The gray-and-black layered G10 is milled to provide excellent grip and style, while anodized aluminum barrel spacers bring an additional pop of color. The high-strength CPM-M4 blade is designed for hard use. Watch Dad's eyes light up when he pops this baby open on June 19.
R&T 'Live the Drive' Camp Mug
This rustic 16-ounce enameled camp mug is perfect for sipping coffee on chilly mornings at the campsite or drinking a rye on the rocks during cozy evenings by the fire. Made of heavy-gauge steel with a rolled lip for comfort. Pro Tip: Track Club members receive up to 25% off all R&T swag.
Cool Box VW Bus Ice Chest Wagon
With a telescopic handle, front-end steering, and rubber tires, this ice chest wagon is detailed just like an iconic T1 VW Bus. Secured with a heavy-duty lid-lock, the hinged roof opens to reveal a large, 27-quart insulated compartment for plenty of picnic essentials. Send Dad back to the Sixties with this incredible Father's Day gift. It's officially licensed by Volkswagen, too.
Craft Beer Club Membership
When the drive is done, Dad can crack open an ice-cold craft beer from any number of independent craft breweries from all 50 states. Each monthly Craft Beer Club box showcases two different breweries from two different regions in the U.S., with four different beer styles (two from each brewery) that change each month. He'll also get plenty of craft-y swag.
Oracle Red Bull Racing 2022 Team Rain Jacket
Whether he's watching the race trackside or out and about in inclement weather, this is the ideal outer layer for car dads to show some authentic F1 style while supporting their favorite race team. Team and sponsor branding on the chest, sleeves, and back show off the Red Bull spirit, and the water-resistant shell and full hood ensure he'll be well protected from the elements. If Red Bull isn't Dad's team, there are plenty of other gift and gear options at the F1 Store.
XTREAM Electric Pressure Washer for Cars
Combining gas-like power with the quiet and convenience of an electric, the XTREAM won't be strong enough for stripping your deck—but it's ideal for washing cars, trucks, boats, bikes, and more. The 13A motor packs up to 2200 psi to break down and strip away dirt, grease, and grime at up to 1.65 gallons per minute. The auto attachments and onboard foam cannon make car washing a breeze.
Portable Electric Car Cooler/Warmer
Now this is a handy gift idea—and it's far more affordable than you might think. It's perfect for road trips, car camping, or even just daily commuting. The Wagan plugs right into the car's 12v outlet. It warms up to 140 degrees and cools to 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
A good pair of walkie-talkies can be a lifesaver, especially if Dad plans on doing some off-grid adventuring. Cobra sent us a pair of these RX680 walkies to try, and we were impressed by the distance rating of up to 38 miles, waterproof construction, and built-in NOAA weather alerts. Whether he's out hunting or hiking, he'll appreciate these walkies to keep him in communication range.
'Eat. Sleep. Drive. Repeat.' T-Shirt
What dad wouldn't appreciate a super-soft T-shirt with his favorite automotive magazine's name on it? This 100 percent cotton tee comes with an "Eat. Sleep. Drive. Repeat." graphic on the front and a subtle Road & Track logo on the sleeve. Great for sleeping, wrenching, and driving in, it comes in dark blue.
MasterClass Gift Membership
With an immersive learning experience from experts, Dad can learn filmmaking from Martin Scorcese, how to cook from Gordon Ramsay, chess from Garry Kasparov—even how to develop a winning mindset as taught by Lewis Hamilton. A membership entitles Dad to as many classes as he'd like, and various plans include family streaming and more.
Vintage 1957 Road and Track Magazines
There's a huge selection of vintage R&T magazines for sale on eBay, including a bunch from the Sixties through the Eighties. But none caught our eye as much as this collection of all 12 print issues of Road & Track from 1957. You'll give your car-loving dad the gift of memories and nostalgia with this set.
F1 2022 Mercedes AMG Petronas Lewis Hamilton Cap
The F1 Store has a ton of team and driver logo caps, but none as classy as this white Mercedes Lewis Hamilton hat. Made of polyester with an adjustable back, it's fit for a day at the races or on the golf course. One size fits every car-loving dad's head.
Monaco Whole Bean Light Roast
With several types including Le Mans, Baja, and Detroit, Drive Coffee is the official coffee provider of Formula 1. It's sustainably farmed and resourced, with Fair Trade certification. Best of all it's damn delicious.
'Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work'
I've personally gifted this book to like-minded gearheads and enthusiasts no fewer than 10 times, and it always kills. Shop Class As Soulcraft was a national bestseller when it was first published in 2009, and its lessons and insights into the value of working with one's hands are at least as important today. Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker” while, in the process, discounting the value of real physical labor. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance. (Also check out Crawford's latest book, Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road.) Soulcraft is a true gem of a book—and the perfect Father's Day gift for car dads.
Mavic Mini Drone FlyCam Quadcopter
If Dad has always been fascinated by, but also perhaps intimidated by, drones, then this easy-to-use, lightweight quadcopter from industry leader DJI is the ideal gift. The Mavic Mini has 30 minutes of flying time, works with both iOS and Android, and weighs just half a pound. It still manages to capture aerial photos and smooth 2.7K HD video, thanks to a three-axis motorized gimbal. The app is a breeze to use, too.
Car Enthusiast Poker Cards
Can't decide on a Father's Day gift? Don't want to spend a lot of money? Need something simple, quick, and easy? Here's the perfect solution for any car-loving dad. A standard set of 52 Car Enthusiast playing cards with two jokers, emblazoned with the front end of a Seventies muscle car. (It appears to be a Chevy Malibu. Kind of.)
Italian Car Coat
Todd Snyder is one of the few men's designers who's as comfortable with hoodies as he is couture—and this gorgeous houndstooth car coat is no exception. The "car coat" was conceived as a long overcoat designed to keep motorists warm in early automobiles that were open to the elements. Over time, the term became synonymous with a shorter coat, one designed to sit mid-thigh. It's not cheap, but it's marked down to about half price right now. This is a Father's Day gift of distinction.
Magnetic Car Phone Mount
This is one of the finest magnetic phone mounts we've ever used. Dad can just toss his device up onto the Velox and it snaps into place in perfect alignment for up to 7.5 watts of wireless power. Note that the Velox is only compatible with MagSafe-capable phones; Dad's old phone may stick, but it won't charge.
Retro Tin Vintage Auto Signs
We can't imagine a dad who wouldn't get a kick out of hanging these tin retro automotive signs in his garage or shop. Sure, they're kitschy. But they're also semi-realistic and undeniably cool. If you're looking for an inexpensive Father's Day gift for a car-loving dad, you can't go wrong here.
Pure Eau de Toilette
Dad's gotta smell nice, too, and this fragrance from Porsche Design is a great choice, whether he's a car fan or not. Described as "radiating definitive exclusivity and masculine purism," the Porsche Design Pure Eau de Toilette features notes of grapefruit, sage, and ozone chord. Our sample bottle looks sharp and dignified, and the scent gives an overall warm and slightly peppery fragrance.
Lemons High Plains 2022 Shirt
Our friends over at Blipshift make some of the coolest car tees around, and through June 12 they're celebrating one of our favorite rogue race series with several limited-edition designs. If you've never heard of the 24 Hours of Lemons, you owe it to yourself to look into it. Now. If you have, then you know just how awesome this shirt is.
American Mountains Whiskey Glasses
This set consists of four handblown, lead-free whiskey glasses, each featuring a raised topographic impression of some of the greatest, most majestic peaks in the U.S.: Denali, Mount Whitney, Mount Rainier, and Half Dome. Whiskey Peaks will keep any car-loving dad "on the rocks" whenever 5 o'clock calls.
Battery-Powered Heated Coffee Mug
With a 10-hour battery life, the SmrtMugg keeps that Drive Coffee at Dad's desired temperature all day long. It even has a USB port to charge his smartphone. The double-walled, vacuum-insulated mug heats cold water in just 10 minutes, so it's great for tea, too. With no cords or bases required, this is a fantastic Father's Day gift for those dads who are always behind the wheel.
Padded Rolling Shop Stool
Now this is a thoughtful Father's Day gift. The rip-resistant vinyl and foam-padded seat of this DeWalt shop stool provides a comfortable perch while Dad works. He'll be able to rotate 360 degrees, customize the seat height from 24 to 28 inches, and stash his tools below on the wire-grid shelf. With a sturdy steel-frame construction, this shop stool can easily support up to 300 pounds, and the industrial powder-coated steel will not chip or fade.
The legend. Inspired by the 1957 original, this 40.50mm model features a stainless-steel case and a black dial with recessed hour markers. Along with rhodium-plated “broad arrow” hands, the brushed bezel includes a blackened tachymeter scale, while on the caseback there is a “Speedmaster '57” engraving as well as a flat sapphire crystal. Omega style #O33210415101001.
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