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Glove Box Hero: 20 Best Car Gifts for Men

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 in their house or apartment. That’s why, when looking for presents, this list of the best car gifts for me will be a lifesaver. 

For the car-loving man, 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. So, if you want to show a guy how much you care about him, be it husband, boyfriend, or just your partner in bromance, get him a gift for his ride.

Top 20 Car Gifts for Men

When buying car gifts for me, it’s important you pick the right present for them. People who love their car often genuinely love it, and you can’t expect to grab any old thing from the shelf and expect it to be ok. Don’t fret, however, because we’re here to help you choose. We’ve found the 20 most fantastic car gifts for men.

1. Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler

Drop Stop Car Gift Ideas for Men

If you spend a lot of time in your car, then you know the agony of fishing something out of your pocket only for it to disappear into seat gap oblivion. It’s a heartbreaking time. Especially as there is a direct correlation between the item’s importance and the likelihood of it disappearing. 

Well, fret no more because the Drop Stop closes those pesky seat gaps. Meaning you can drop things to your heart’s content and never have to worry. 

2. Thumbs Up Thank You LED Light

Thumbs Up Car Gift Ideas for Men

It might feel like a rare occasion, but when driving, there will be countless times that you need to say thank you to the driver behind you. Of course, during the day, with a nice empty back seat, you can always raise a hand to the rearview mirror. However, if you are anything like me, the worry that they didn’t see your quick gesture haunts you for the rest of the journey. 

Well, allay those fears because with the Thumbs Up Thank You LED light, you never need to worry if your thanks went unnoticed. One of the more conscientious car gifts for men, it is the gift that keeps on giving. 

3. Okra Universal Headrest Grip Mount

Okra Universal Headrest Grip Mount
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.

4. Drive Car Garbage Can

Drive Car Garbage Can - car gift for men
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.

5. Scosche USB Car Charger

Scosche USB Car Charger
Scosche USB Car Charger

Speedy Delivery: When it comes right down to it, car chargers are all essentially the same. What makes the Scosche different is the speed it throws down when pumping out the volts. As a result, it gets even the hungriest smartphones back on their feet faster than anything else we’ve tried, without incident.

6. Contigo Autoseal West Loop

Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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.

7. AutoExec Wheelmate

AutoExec Wheelmate, for the workoholic
AutoExec Wheelmate, for the workoholic

Workaholic: Texting and driving are 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.

8. BESTEK 200W Car Cup Power Inverter

BESTEK 200W Car Cup Power Inverter
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. The Car Cup lets you go big without ever going home, able to crank up to 200 Watts for recharging laptops and other serious energy suckers.

9. iClever Himbox HB01

iClever Himbox HB01 - Bluetooth hands free addition for your car
iClever Himbox HB01 – Bluetooth hands-free addition for your car

Fingerless: Making the jump to Bluetooth didn’t use to be easy, but the Himbox allows almost any car to have become a totally hands-free operation. It will give you full control of your music with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. However, the real wonder lies in the smooth, seamless speakerphone operation.

10. Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager

Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager
Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager

Hot & Loose: There are 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 and heat to loosen up those tense neck, back, and shoulder muscles without wasting energy.

11. Ancheer Car Outdoor Travel Inflation Mattress

Ancheer Car Outdoor Travel Inflation Mattress
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 bit of shut-eye. For comfort that can go anywhere, this backseat air mattress has little that can compare for absolute comfort wherever you may roam.

12. Black & Decker Pivot Auto Vac

Black & Decker Pivot Auto Vac
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 needs to endure. Low profile and able to run off a basic car charger outlet, this vacuum has enough power to handle all the little messes of the world without adding effort or headaches.

13. Craftsman Cordless Inflator

Craftsman Cordless Inflator
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)

14. Air Dock 2.0

Air Dock 2.0
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.

Purchase: $70+

15. Hammacher Schlemmer One Gallon Car Mats

Hammacher Schlemmer One Gallon Car Mats
Hammacher Schlemmer One Gallon Car Mats

Super Soaker: A set of car mats can protect your carpet from minor 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 an entire gallon of fluid is a necessity. For sopping up the aftermath of those thirsty commutes, these are without peer.

Purchase: $70+

16. Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-1

Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-1 Multi-Function Power Supply and Jump Starter
Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-1 Multi-Function Power Supply and Jump Starter

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.

17. BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool

BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool
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.

18. Zero Edge Technology Z-Edge Z3

Zero Edge Technology Z-Edge Z3 - dash camera
Zero Edge Technology Z-Edge Z3 – dash camera

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 to avoid blocking the view and will drop your insurance while keeping a vehicle protected at all times.

19. DEI 4304A Automate 4304A Remote Start

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. An LED display tells you what state your car is in and lets you customize the options for complete control from anywhere you want.

20. Journidock JDTTBL Thirsty Traveler

Journidock JDTTBL Thirsty Traveler
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.

A Final Word On the Best Car Gifts for Men

Having a family member who loves cars makes any gift-giving season easy as pie. This list of the best car gifts for men is just the tip of the iceberg for potential petrol-head presents. From small to large, gimmicks to genuinely helpful, there is no end to the possible gifts options at your fingertips. 

It also helps that, unlike the cars themselves, most car gift ideas are reasonable in price so they won’t break the bank.