Best Gifts for People Who Hang Out in the Garage

Let’s face it: we all need a sanctuary. For some of us, it could be the basement; for others, the bedroom; for many, the great outdoors themselves serve that purpose, their endless space providing the separation that doors and walls do in more densely populated places.

But for many of us, the garage is a place of rest and respite. Whether it’s as simple as an easy chair and a radio to sit and relax alongside the car or a full-blown man cave, the garage can serve as a place for a little peaceful introspection . . . as well as a spot to monkey around with tools.

So whether it’s your dad, mom, best friend, or yourself, why not meet your gifting obligations with a few items that’ll enrich their automotive-themed sanctum on the edge of the house? Any of the following items is sure to both show that you care and help make their garage the envy of the neighborhood.

Mechanix Wear Original Covert Tactical Gloves

A good set of work gloves is invaluable in the garage. And it’s hard to beat a classic: these Mechanix mitts have been keeping hands dry and safe for years.

Titan 5-LB Telescoping Magnetic Pick Up Tool

It happens to everyone: you get distracted for a second, and boom, that screw or bolt has fallen out of reach behind some immovable obstacle. Give your gift recipient the next best thing to Magneto’s powers with this magnetic reacher, which can lift metal objects weighing up to five pounds from a full yard away.

OtterBox Elevation 20 Tumbler

If there’s one beverage that goes well with working in the garage, it’s beer. If there are two beverages, though, the other is coffee. Make sure the joe stays warm and fresh for hours with this dynamite insulated mug. 

BLK & Bold Limu Ethiopia Single Origin Coffee (2-Pack)

If you’re gonna have a coffee mug, you need to fill it with something. This Black-owned coffee brand whips up delightful brews like this single-origin light roast; plus, as a certified B-corporation, they donate 5 percent of their profits to support at-risk youth.

Meguiar’s All in One Essentials Car Care Kit

A lot of people think washing the car is a chore to be savored rather than a task to be outsourced to a machine. Help them make the most of it with this comprehensive kit, which has everything needed to make a car look squeaky clean from bumper to bumper.

Pro-LifT 40-Inch Foldable Z Creeper

For anybody who likes to work on cars, a creeper is an absolute must for the garage—unless they want to wreck their back. This sturdy unit can handle up to 450 pounds, and it converts into a handy seat in seconds without the help of tools.

HomeLabs 120-Can Mini-Fridge

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$349.99

$289.99 (17% off)

Should your gift recipient be one of the legions of Americans who like to retire to the solitude of the garage for a beer every now and again, they’d probably appreciate a place to keep it out there. This free-standing fridge can hold up to 120 12-ounce cans, can be rearranged to hold anything from soda cans to wine bottles—and has a glass door, so they can choose a beverage without opening the door and qualifying for the ridicule your dad would always levy at you when you used to hold the fridge open while making a decision.

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Dewalt 172-Piece Mechanics Tool Set

People who work on cars (or lawnmowers, or tractors, or any other piece of machinery) definitely appreciate the value of a good set of tools. This 172-piece masterpiece has practically everything they’ll ever need that doesn’t require electrical or pneumatic power.

K&H Pet Products Heated Bolster Cat & Dog Bed

The garage isn’t just a sanctuary for people; it’s also one for their best friends. This heated bed ensures even a concrete floor won’t be chilly for the companion they only call their “fur baby” when they think no one else is around. 

Levo G2 Tablet Stand

The iPad/YouTube combo might be the greatest advancement in auto maintenance since the Haynes manual, but the last thing you want is to set your tablet down where something could crack it. Take the worry out of the equation with this.

Dewenwils 4-Plug Extension Cord Reel with 25-Foot Power Cord

Outlets are always a valuable commodity in the garage; there are rarely enough, and even if there are, they might not be where you need them. This power station can bring four plugs up to 25 feet away from the nearest three-prong.

Milwaukee 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

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$176.00

For those tasks that do require more than you can accomplish with hand tools, a power drill/driver combo can come in awfully handy. This pack is both compact and powerful, making it a great addition to any garage.

Goplus Rolling Mechanic’s Tool Cart

A tool cart can serve many purposes: a place to rest objects, a prop to hold things in place, and of course, as a handy spot to keep your tools close to wherever you’re working. We guarantee its new owner can probably think of a few more ways to use it, too.

JBL Link Portable

Music makes every garage task a little easier. Stream favorite tunes with this handy standing Bluetooth speaker.  

NewAir Hardwired Electric Garage Heater

Is the garage lacking in direct heat? Insulation? Both? Never fear—this powerful space heater is here, capable of evenly heating up 500 square feet of sanctuary. 

BlueDriver Bluetooth Pro OBD II Scan Tool

Even a person who can diagnose any problem on an old car by sight or sound might find tech-packed new rides a little harder to understand. Help them look under the hood of a newer car with this OBD II scan tool, which pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth to help the user determine what’s wrong—and how to fix it.

Big Red Torin Hydraulic Trolley Jack

If you’re going to lift a car or truck up to change a tire or get underneath it for some reason, odds are good you’ll want a good, strong jack to have your back. This example is strong enough to lift 6000 pounds of American iron up to 20 inches off the ground.

Simpli-Magic Pull-N-Wipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

These days, none of us take paper towels for granted. So instead of making the garage compete with the rest of the house for Bounty, hook it up with a mighty supply of shop rags. Not only are they just as useful as paper towels for garage use, they can be washed and reused.

Stanley 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

Spills are inevitable, and the ones in the garage can be a little trickier to clean than the average one inside the house. A good wet/dry vacuum can be the difference between a quick cleanup and a long hour spent mopping up the floor.

Epson VS250 LCD Projector

For those who really like to spend time in the garage, odds are good they might want to watch a little TV there, too. And a projector is far easier than rigging up a second TV set. 

Cub Cadet XR3 4000 Robot Mower

Want to show your dad (or yourself) that we’ve made it to the future that was foreseen on The Jetsons? Get a robot lawnmower. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but you know your dad will talk about it for the rest of his life.

Buffalo Tools 3×5-Foot Industrial Rubber Floor Mat

No, it’s not very sexy or cool. But a couple hours of standing at the workbench with this beneath your feet instead of the cement floor will have anybody who tries it singing your praises.

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