25 Gift Ideas for a Budding Home Mechanic
If there’s a budding DIY automotive mechanic on your holiday gift list, there are plenty of car-related gifts that will not only make their work easier, but more fun. Here are 25 gift ideas that will be great for the home mechanic.
Help your home mechanic get a better look at what’s going on underneath the car with a floor jack. A semi-pro quality jack will be worth the investment.
LED rechargeable flashlights certainly aren’t new, but nearly every DIYer home mechanic can benefit from one. And a small, pocket-sized flashlight will help mechanics see what’s happening under the car’s hood.
A quality pocket screwdriver is a must for any home mechanic. And look for one that has a handle designed for durability and comfort.
A low-profile mechanic’s creeper will make automotive work much more comfortable. Also, creepers come in seat and stool models.
A good pair of safety glasses will help the home mechanic avoid eye injuries when working. And it’s a good idea to have several pairs of safety glasses around the garage so a pair is always within easy reach.
A set of jumper cables will help the mechanic get that dead or weak battery up and running. And most sets cost around $40 to $60 and come in 10-gauge, 8-gauge, 6-gauge and 4-gauge. Lower gauges have thicker cables and offer more power.
Help your home mechanic keep their tools organized with a toolbox. Look for one with multiple drawers and a top tray.
Garage Storage Cabinet
Gear Wrench Set
Mechanics need gloves not only for safety, but for grip. And look for gloves designed for work on automobiles. They should be difficult to tear and provide protection against harsh chemicals.
Creeper Seat/Shop Combo
A shop vacuum performs multiple jobs, including controlling dust, cleaning car seats and even helps retrieve lost items. Shop vacuums come in different sizes, hose lengths and filter sizes. And for those with limited space, consider a smaller size which will still get the job done and will be easier to store.
Mobile Work Station
Avoid getting grease all over the house with a good hand soap made for home mechanics. And there are several on the market that are tough on grease and dirt and leave hands moisturized.
Portable Power Station
The 1800 Watt Portable Power Station and Battery Charger from DEWALT offers convenient power for home mechanics. It works with most corded tools and can become a multi-port parallel charger.
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Cordless Drill and Screwdriver
A cordless drill and screwdriver will not only help any mechanic do a number of jobs, it’s one of the things you do to get the job done quickly. Cordless screwdrivers work great in hard-to-reach places. Look for one that’s at least 12 volts.