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Our 5 Favorite Unique Gifts For Car-Loving Dads (2024)

If your dad’s a car lover (like mine is), pretty much any car-themed gift will probably make his Father’s Day.

Or his birthday.

Or his Christmas.

You get the idea.

But we think some car gifts are simply better for dads than others.

So, from the simple to the truly luxurious, here are our five favorite car gifts for all the dads and dad-like figures in your life.

1 – Life Is Good T-Shirts

life is good dad tee

Hey, we said it was simple. And we know, we know, a t-shirt isn’t exactly a novel gift.

But Life Is Good t-shirts have a couple of things going for them.

One, 10% of Life Is Good’s profits go to a charity that helps kids heal from trauma. (Dad might really like that!)

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And, two, they have unique designs you won’t find anyplace else.

These aren’t your typical Mustang prints from big chain retailers.

So, if you think you’ve officially exhausted the car t-shirt medium, but haven’t visited Life Is Good yet, you’ve still got one last bastion of hope.

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Plus, they have long-sleeve tees, and, in my own personal experience, their t-shirts are really good quality.

2 – A model or diecast of that special car.

Again, simple, and, like with t-shirts, if Dad digs cars he’s probably gotten his fair share of models.

But this is about finding that one perfect model.

Is there a car that holds fond memories for both you and your dad? (My dad and I talk a lot about his old puke-green Javelin.)

Revell 85-4360 Ford Ranger Pickup Model Truck Kit 1:24 Scale 78-Piece Skill Level 4 Plastic Model Building Kit , Gray, 12 years old and up
  • Construct this Ford Ranger Pickup yourself with this 78-piece, skill level 4 Revell model kit #85-4360
  • Highly detailed kit includes detailed 302 cu.in. V8 engine, separate frame rails, 4-wheel drive, bed cover and drop down tailgate.
  • Waterslide decals and detailed assembly instructions included
  • Model Scale 1:24
  • This Revell model truck kit is recommended for ages 12 years and up
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Did your dad talk about his first car, or that car he loved most when he was younger?

This is the car you’re looking for… the one that brings a tear to the old man’s eye.

3 – New floor mats.

Let’s face it, floor mats are probably the one thing in all our rides we could change more often.

Even with regular, deep cleaning, these things get dirty the second we drive off the lot in a new car and pretty much stay dirty for a car’s entire lifespan.

Now, I’m not talking full-on filth here, just a little bit of dinge.

BDK ProLiner Floor Mats for Cars Trucks SUV, 4-Piece All-Weather Car Mats with Universal Fit Design, Durable Car Floor Mats with Capture Ridges, Waterproof Rubber Floor Mats for Cars (Black)
  • BDK all weather long lasting heavy duty PVC rubber mats
  • Protects vehicle's original carpet against Mud, dirt, dust and spills
  • Durable channel Construction holds water, Mud and dirt
  • Front mats: 28 x 18 inches, rear mats: 16.5 x 18 inches
  • Easy trimmable for a custom fit to conform to your particular vehicle
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And most of us don’t remove our shoes when we climb into the car. (I’m sure some people do.)

So, whether Dad works outside and gets those floor mats filthier than most, or his floor mats just suffer from normal wear and tear, the occasional upgrade will probably be a welcome surprise.

4 – A Certificate for Car Detailing

Then again, you don’t have to replace a part of a vehicle to freshen it up.

Most people enjoy a clean car, and I doubt your dad’s any different.

And nothing says “clean car” quite like a detailing.

Perhaps the best thing about this Dad car gift is that it can be given again and again.

Since it’s ideal to get your car detailed at least twice a year (good for you sticklers who get it done), you’ve got a gift idea you can just keep going back to.

(Until one of your siblings steals it, at which point taking them to Noogie Town is absolutely acceptable and deserved.)

5 – A Unique Car Experience

Our absolute favorite gift idea on this list, this one is a bit on the pricey side, but if it’s in your budget, there are few cooler things you can give your car-loving pop than an awesome car experience.

There are luxury car driving experiences… ride-alongs… evasive driving courses… car racing…

Basically, you’ve got a lot to choose from here.

These are a few of our favorites from around the country:

Budget a little tighter?

Hey, we get it. I’m sure as heck not giving my dad a thousand-dollar Father’s Day gift.

So, how about a trip to a local car museum or car show instead? Or even a bit of go-karting?

I promise Dad will love it just as much as a driving a Lotus if you’re there with him.

Other Cool Ideas For Dads Who Love Cars


So, now that we’ve got our top five out of the way, here are some other cool car gifts we think are just right for dads, whether you’ve got a messy dad or a dad who is utterly chic.

Car Key Finder

Tile Mate 1-Pack. Black. Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator for Keys, Bags and More; Up to 250 ft. Range. Water-Resistant. Phone Finder. iOS and Android Compatible.
  • VERSATILE TRACKER - Tile helps you keep track of your things. Attach the Tile Mate to everyday things like keys, backpacks or purses. Use our free app to find them.
  • FIND NEARBY - Use the Tile app to ring your Tile when it’s within Bluetooth range, or ask your Smart Home device to find it for you.
  • FIND FAR AWAY - When outside of Bluetooth range, use the Tile app to view your Tile’s most recent location on a map.
  • FIND YOUR PHONE - Double press the button on your Tile to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent.
  • NOTIFY WHEN FOUND - Enlist the secure and anonymous help of the Tile Network to help find your things. If your lost Tile is found, If your Tile is lost, add your contact information so you can be reached when someone scans the QR code on your lost Tile.
  • ANDROID, IOS & SMART HOME COMPATIBLE - Find your things with the free Tile app on both iOS and Android devices. Tile also works with Amazon Alexa, Hey Google and Siri
  • TECH SPECS - Water-Resistant (IP67 rated), Up to 3-year non-replaceable battery, Up to 250 ft / 76 m Bluetooth range
  • UPGRADE TO A PREMIUM PLAN: Get proactive Smart Alert notifications when you leave something behind, and with Item Reimbursement, if we can’t find your Tiled item, we reimburse you.
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Yeah, dad’s seem to misplace their keys a lot, right?

So why not help them out a bit with one of these.

Car-Themed Cufflinks

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Does your dad ever get dressed up all super fancy?

If yes, then these wicked cool cufflinks are just what he needs to look fresh in his suit.

Car Trash Can/Litter Bag

HOTOR Car Trash Can with Lid and Storage Pockets - 100% Leak-Proof Organizer, Waterproof Garbage Can, Multipurpose Trash Bin for Car, 2 Gallons, Black
  • ✔ADJUSTABLE STRAP & COLLAPSIBLE SHAPE – The car trash bag features an adjustable strap that allows it to be attached on both front and back headrest as well as the center console for easier access for all around. Coupled with the collapsible design, you will greatly benefit from functional convenience of this auto trash container.
  • ✔MAGNETIC SNAPS: There are 4 metallic magnetic snaps inside of HOTOR car trash can for fastening the extra trash bag. Compared with traditional car trash cans, those 4 little snaps make the replacement of car trash bags easier. Simply unsnap the magnetic snaps to replace the used trash bag with a new one. Then snap shut the magnetic snaps to fix the extra trash bag. Just 2 steps and and it's all set.
  • ✔DURABLE LEAKPROOF INNER LINING – This garbage can for car adopt waterproof and leakproof material, easy to clean and wash. No more worry about food spills or other stubborn stain.
  • ✔MULTIPURPOSE – This car garbage bin can be used as storage bag to keep items such as cups, toys, and other accessories. Additionally, the waterproof advantage also makes it an excellent car cooler of the maximum value for money.
  • ✔GREAT COMPATIBILITY – An effective solution for people with the needs of neat and organized car interior. Perfectly fits a variety of types including sedans, SUV, truckers, etc. HOTOR takes every conceivable possibility into account.
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(You KNOW if you’ve got a dad who needs one of these!)

And hey, the rest of the family will thank you for this one!

Final Word

And there you have it, eight great car gift ideas for dads!

Or is it five great ideas with three alternatives?

Either way, we hope you can find a useful gift idea in here somewhere.