Father’s Day Gift Ideas for a Car-Loving Dad
Wondering what to buy your car-loving dad for Father’s Day? From a simple car wash to an unforgettable experience behind the wheel of a race car, here are some Father’s Day gift ideas geared toward a dad with a passion for cars.
A Clean Car
If your dad appreciates a clean car — or could use a hand in that department — consider creating a car wash kit. A bucket filled with car-wash essentials, like soap, glass cleaner and a sponge, may make a good gift for your car-loving dad, Martha Stewart suggests. As a bonus, include vouchers he can redeem for you to do the job.
If dad’s car is a job for the pros, detailing may also make a good Father’s Day gift, Angie’s List says.
Could your dad’s car use some additional sprucing up? Spring for all-weather floormats, which may help protect a car floor from stains, suggests Cars.com. Or opt for gadgets that may be useful in a pinch, such as a handheld jump starter or an escape tool that may help your dad exit his car in an emergency, says Time.
Also, consider giving a nod to your dad’s enthusiasm for cars with personal accessories. Does your dad wear formal attire? One idea from Cars.com is to help him add a touch of personality with cufflinks designed to look like speedometers.
Dad’s Dream Car
If your dad’s dream car is a bit out of financial reach, a replica may be the next best thing. Wrap up a die-cast model for your dad to build and display, suggests Business Insider. Or, help him add a little flair to his workspace with a race-car inspired computer mouse, says Forbes. Though he won’t be able to take it for spin, your dad will likely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Quality Time With Cars and You
If you’d rather spend Father’s Day creating new memories, celebrate Dad by taking him to a car show. Find a car show near you, or check out Edmunds’ calendar for events across the county. If there’s not a car show near you on Father’s Day, offer Dad a voucher for a trip to an upcoming event. Whether your dad enjoys classic cars or muscle cars, he may enjoy admiring some with you by his side.
More Car-Related Experiences
If you want to take the experience a step or two further, consider giving dad a chance to drive a special car. You may be able to rent a fancy sports car for him to drive for a day, says Cars.com.
If race cars are more up his alley, check out a local racing facility that offers instruction and firsthand track experience for amateurs, Money says. Get more details from a racetrack or racing school near you.
Father’s Day is a good time to show appreciation for your dad. If your dad loves cars, think outside the box and aim for a car-related gift he’ll remember for years to come.