The saying goes that a “man’s home is his castle,” but few men actually care all that much about their home. In truth, most guys are far more at home in their car than they are their house or apartment. For them, their chariot is the place they can’t live without. It’s how they show off their personality, it’s their respite from the woes and worries of the world, and it’s the thing they spend their time wrenching on during the weekends. We know that the way to a man’s heart isn’t through his stomach so much as it is through his automobile. If you want to show a guy – be it husband, boyfriend, or just your partner in bromance – how much you care about him, get him a gift for his ride.
Since many guys love their cars, and the ones who do really do, it’s important you pick the right present to fit in. To help you pick, we’ve found the 18 most amazing car gifts for men.
Okra Universal Headrest Grip Mount
Peanut Gallery: A restless backseat passenger can ruin an otherwise lovely road trip. To help keep unruly kids or any backseat driver quiet and entertained, give them a tablet with this simple grip mount. It fits any device up to 11-inches, and will shut down the running commentary from the rear.
Drive Car Garbage Can
Junker: Don’t let anyone drive around with a plastic bag stuck on their shifter like a bumpkin. Give them a classy trash can that can hook anywhere, stays put, and never lets leaks ruin the upholstery.
Scosche USB Car Charger
Speedy Delivery: When it comes right down to it, car chargers are all basically the same. What makes the Scosche different is the speed it throws down when pumping out the volts. It gets even the hungriest smartphones back on their feet faster than anything else we’ve tried, without incident.
Contigo Autoseal West Loop
Built for Bumblers: Any man who can’t seem to keep his favorite hot beverage out of his lap needs the Autoseal for commuting with coffee, minus the 3rd degree burns. With an easy-access flip-top lid, it permits sipping but not spilling as well as world-class insulation for keeping in the heat or cold.
Workaholic: Texting and driving is bad, but doing a little light accounting is probably fine. For the captain of industry who can’t seem to drop his job, and needs a mobile workstation to keep his clients happy, this handy steering wheel desk will give him an easy place to put his laptop.
BESTEK 200W Car Cup Power Inverter
Power Play: A USB charger will keep your portable gear prepped for action, but for bigger items that call for more wattage, you need a real outlet. Able to crank up to 200 Watts for recharging laptops and other serious energy suckers, the Car Cup lets you go big without ever going home.
iClever Himbox HB01
Fingerless: Making the jump to Bluetooth didn’t used to be easy, but the Himbox allows almost any car to have total hands-free operation. It will give you full control of your music, for playing, pausing, and skipping around, all with Bluetooth 4.0 tech, but the real wonder is in the smooth, seamless speakerphone operation.
Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager
Hot & Loose: There’s innumerable massagers on the market that can hook right into a 12V outlet, but the versatility of the ZMA is what changes the game. It targets single areas and provides deep massaging action along with heat to really loosen up tense neck, back, and shoulder muscles without wasting energy.
Ancheer Car Outdoor Travel Inflation Mattress
Rest for the Wicked: The highway is a lonely, tiring place. When you’re wending your way through the salt flats, nothing breaks up the hours of highway hypnosis quite like a little shut eye. For comfort that can go anywhere, this backseat air mattress has little that can compare for real comfort wherever you may roam.
Black & Decker Pivot Auto Vac
Suck Up: Dragging a noisy shop-vac out to the car, or using one of those dicey vacuums outside the car wash is a hassle that no one need endure. Low profile, and able to run off a basic car charger outlet, this is enough power to handle all the little messes of the world without adding effort or headaches.
Craftsman Cordless Inflator
Get Pumped: A flat tire is a minor disaster in itself, but under-inflated tires are a perpetual nuisance that drains gas mileage, increases drag, and inhibits performance on the open road. With this tire inflator from Craftsman, your guy will always have plenty of hot air that he can actually use. (Editor’s note: yes, we know it’s a bicycle above, but guess what, it works on bikes, motorbikes or cars, just as good. A really cool gift, I’d say)
Air Dock 2.0
Free Energy: The Air Dock provides a wireless charging solution that eliminates some of the cords and clutter from a car. Using a suctioning microfiber it holds devices in place while juicing them up on the move. The result is an all-in-one solution that mounts a phone without draining it.
Hammacher Schlemmer One Gallon Car Mats
Super Soaker: A set of car mats can protect your carpet from small spills, but if you like to live large and tote around 64+ ounces worth of gulpable goodness, then having a mat that can soak up a full gallon of fluid is a necessity. For sopping up the aftermath of those thirsty commutes, these are without peer.
Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-1
Power Pack: Multiple USB ports at varying voltages let you recharge your phone, tablet, and even a laptop, while the body is made to prevent you from being stranded with the ability to jump start a full-sized V8 truck multiple times without needing time to recharge. Other sizes are available for those with bigger or smaller needs.
BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool
On Guard: There’s nothing more obnoxious than a check engine light, unless it’s a car that breaks without warning. For the obsessive guy who needs to know what his beloved machine is doing at all times there’s the BlueDriver monitoring system. It will warn him long before a real problem arises, and keep his car running in top condition.
Zero Edge Technology Z-Edge Z3
The Watchman: You can choose any dash cam you want, but if you’re going to give a gift, we think you should do it right. The Z3 shoots in gorgeous 2K resolution, mounts surreptitiously so as to avoid blocking the view, and will drop your insurance while keeping a vehicle protected at all times.
DEI 4304A Automate 4304A Remote Start
Far & Away: There’s a lot of remote start systems out there, but we’ve found Automate to add in a few notable accessories, as well as superior function, that most won’t touch. A nice LED display tells you what state your car is in, and lets you customize the options for full control from anywhere you want.
Journidock JDTTBL Thirsty Traveler
Mobile Command Center: The Wheelmate listed above offers a small desk for doing work on the go, but if you’re running a bigger operation from the (dis)comfort of your car, you’re going to need a bigger station complete with places to dock your gear, hold your coffee, and turn your console into a power desk.