car care christmas gift ideas dad

It’s the holiday season, and you have no idea what to get dad. Instead of another gift card or golf accessory, I thought it would be awesome to list a handful of products to add to your cart that you may not have thought of for your car-loving dad. Whether it’s Christmas, Father’s day any other holiday I tried to make this list super-practical.

Here are 24 of the best holiday gift ideas I’ve handpicked that I know my dad would love for his car, truck, or boat.

Organization and Storage

If you have a Dad in your life that is always working, cleaning, or touching up his car, then organization and storage are going to be safe bets. Here are some of the best products to keep their products and items organized and looking great.

1. WEN 3-Tier Auto Detailing Cart

WEN Car Wash Detailing Utility Cart

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When it comes to cleaning or detailing a car, if your dad is a car enthusiast he likely has a lot of stuff. Someone who likes to work on their car probably has the materials they need to fine tune and detail every inch of their vehicle, but they might not have a good auto detailing cart like these top detailing carts I recently reviewed. The WEN 3-Tier Cart I like because you can store a lot of items, and has varying compartments for cups, towels, bottles, plus a 500 pound weight capacity. 

2. MYCHANIC Detailing Rig with Seat

carwash cart with seat

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It’s as classic as any storage method for car washing products. A trusty bucket with some spray bottles and a towel might get the job done, but is it the best way to go about storing your things? If you have a Dad who swears by hand washing his own car, pick him up the MYCHANIC Detailing Rig. With a built-in stool, 5 gallon bucket, and steel frame, this is about as good looking of a car washing caddy you can find.

It also eliminates the need to bend over when cleaning lower panels or wheels, and a great device to have in the garage.

3. Blackfire Complete Car Wash System with Dolly

car wash rolling bucket caddy

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Maybe the modern storage systems don’t do it for your old-school Dad. Well, at least the Blackfire System is a step up from a plain bucket. With a large bucket, dolly for easy movement, and cushion so you can sit while you keep your car sleek, it’s a great upgrade from the traditional bucket of soapy water so many Dads still use.

Mobility is key, and this eliminates the need to drag around heavy wash buckets when washing.

4. Homak 2-Door Garage Storage Cabinet

Homak 2-Door Garage Storage Cabinet

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Is dad’s auto detailing gear taking over the garage these days? If you’re going to be buying a car wash kit anyway, you really can’t go wrong with this 2 door wall cabinet. This is made from high-quality steel and is perfect for storing car wax, pastes, and everything else your dad uses for washing his vehicle.

5. Rubbermaid Deluxe Carry Caddy 

handheld car wash detailing caddy

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Some garages just can’t contain too many large items for space concerns. If your dad’s garage falls in this category, consider a detailing caddy. This Rubbermaid option is durable, gets the job done, and features large compartments to hold any products he might be looking to use.

6. High Road Glove Box and Console Organizer 

High Road Glove Box and Console Organizer 

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How about keeping the inside of the car organized? Between ownership papers, receipts and notes from repairs, as well as insurance cards and other car-related reference materials, the glove box can get a bit wild. A great organizer like this one from High Road has compartments for everything. With slip pockets, a zipper compartment, and space to keep cards like numbers to AAA and insurance companies, everything dad needs can fit into one trusty organizer that saves space.

Cleaning and Upkeep

7. Speed Master Rolling Detailing Cart

speed master rolling detailing cart

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Let’s face it; as we get older, the lower spots on a car can start to go unattended. Even if the car enthusiast in your life is still getting down on the ground in knee pads, getting up might not be as easy as it once was. To help with cleaning wheels or lower spots of a vehicle like tires and wheels the Speed Master is a compact option to provide mobility for those tough to reach spots.

8. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum 

Best handheld car vacuum - Black and Decker 16V

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If you have a Dad or car enthusiast in your life who always notices the smallest bits of dust or dirt, a handheld vacuum is great for those roadtrips where you don’t really want to stop to vacuum. Black+Decker is a trusted name, and this dustbuster has a great battery life, cleans and empties easily, and features a slim nozzle for those tough to reach spots.

9. POTEK Car Jump Starter with 150 PSI Tire Inflator 

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Car enthusiasts might keep a mean garage stocked full of the essentials, but you never know what might happen on the go. The Potek Car Jump Starter and Tire Inflator is an essential way to ensure no matter what happens on the road, your Dad is ready. It also charges a phone via USB, so you can rest assured that Dad is stocked for any sort of minor emergency.

10. DEWALT 18/20V Portable Detailing Vacuum

DEWALT 18 20 Volt Wet-Dry Portable Toolbox Vac

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Every dad needs a really rugged wet/dry vac that can be used to clean up spills in the camper, boat, car, or anywhere else. I like this DEWALT 18.20V Wet/Dry vac because it’s compact, and can fit in a toolbox or trunk pretty easily.

This is perfect for camping or having around the garage, and can even be used with a DEWALT battery if you are considering a drill set as well. Pretty awesome.

Car Cleaning Tools

11. Gilmour 75QGF4 Foamaster Cleaning Gun

Gilmour 75QGF4 Foamaster Cleaning Gun

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Depending on his preferences, your Dad might either be in need of a foam gun or foam cannon. If he still rocks the garden hose for his car washing, then this Gilmour Cleaning Gun is a great way to upgrade him in an easy way. While attached, you can still spray plain water, then switch on the gun to add some dirt and grime destroying foam into the mix. It’s easy to use if he’s never touched one before.

12. Adam’s Foam Cannon & Snub Nose Combo

Adam's Foam Cannon & Snub Nose Combo

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With a pressure washer, a foam cannon can put more foam out faster. If dad has one, pick up this Adam’s Foam Cannon for him. It’s an easy way to add some extra cleaning power to his routine, and it holds 32 ounces of liquid to ensure the job gets done in one go. Of course, if he doesn’t own a pressure washer, you might need to keep reading below.

Pressure Washers

13. Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Pressure Washer 

Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer

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Let’s talk pressure washers for a second. If you have a Dad who still breaks out the hose everytime he washes the car, this is a must buy for the holiday season. A great model is this option from Stanley. With a lightweight frame, it’s easy to move around the vehicle without any sort of struggle. Plus, it features a foam cannon like we discussed above. It’s a great entry level power washer that Dad can use on his car, and provides the power needed to use a foam cannon..

14. PAXCESS Electric Pressure Washer

Paxcess electric pressure washer 2150 PSI

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For a dad who might drive a larger vehicle, the PAXCESS Pressure Washer is a great option. The 26 foot hose is great for maneuvering around a large vehicle. Plus, it pumps out 2 gallons of water a minute, saving you time when you have more ground to cover.

15. Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

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Sun Joe is a great brand for consumer electric pressure washers, and for a dad who loves keeping his car clean while also getting the top name brands, this option is ideal. With 5 connectable spray nozzles and dual detergent tanks, he’ll be set with this for quite some time.

16. DEWALT Variable Speed Buffer and Polisher

DEWALT Variable Speed Buffer and Polisher for Detailing

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If you have a dad that obsesses over a classic car or spends a little too much time waxing, this orbital polisher is a great choice. This is a pretty powerful model built to last (like most DEWALT products) and has variable speeds up to 3500 RPM.

While there are many cheap orbital polishers you can pick up online or at your local hardware store, this one is preferred by many auto body professionals and has excellent reviews. Whether used on a boat or car, I like this model due to its rugged design and comfortability. Just pick up a couple of wool or foam polishing pads and you’re good to go.

Other Car Care Essentials

17. CARCAREZ Edgeless Microfiber Towels

CARCAREZ Edgeless Microfiber Towels

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There’s a good chance your Dad still uses rags to wash and detail cars that are older than you are. These microfiber towels come in a pack of six and make cleaning simple and easy. Plus, he can throw away those grimey ones sitting in the garage. I like these because they are super plush and seamless, perfect for applying suds.

18. Weathertech FloorLiners 

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The holidays may bring gift-giving, but they also bring winter along with them. For that reason, Weathertech FloorLiners might be just what dad needs for extra protection from salt and ice for the interior of his car. Be sure to find the fit that works with his vehicle model.

Speaking from personal experience (I own a set), these are worth every penny. Weathertech is known for making quality rubber mats, and mine have held up for nearly 10 years.

 19. Elma Luxury Leather Driving Gloves 

Elma Luxury Leather Driving Gloves 

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Driving gloves make a drive that much more comfortable. If your Dad doesn’t have any, he’ll probably never want to drive without them again after trying out these gloves from Elma. They’re soft, stylish, and work great come wintertime. These have great reviews, are super plush inside, and can be used with a smartphone.

20. Makita 3.0 HP Air Compressor

Makita 3.0 HP Air Compressor

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If dad doesn’t have a good air compressor, this is a great model that pairs well with a cleaning gun like the Tornador (or anything that requires compressed air to use). These are great for inflating tires as well as powering pneumatic tools he might have laying around the garage.

Pancake-style compressors are a great option as well, and usually start at around 100 bucks.

Stocking Stuffers

21. The Wheel Woolie

The Wheel Woolie

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Let’s be honest – cleaning wheels is pretty difficult to do by hand. That’s where the wheel woolie comes into play. This device will help your dad reach those hard to reach areas behind the wheel (or even those hard to reach wheel wells) If you are building a tire care bucket (with foams and degreasers) this is a must-have product to include.

22. ONEST Auto Detailing Interior Brush Set

ONEST Auto Detailing Interior Brush Set

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Ever wonder how detailers are able to remove crumbs, sticky soda, and everything else from your console and cupholders? This is usually made possible with interior detailing brushes. These are perfect for dads that like to keep leather seats looking clean year-round, and can clean hard to reach areas much better than your standard cloth.

23. Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Bar Kit

car clay kit

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Winter can be rough on dad’s truck. Acid rain, grime from the road, and other metallic particles can’t be removed by soap alone. That’s where a clay bar comes into play. This kit by Meguiar’s I have personally used, and can say from experience it really does a great job. The difference between a clear coat that has been clayed vs one that hasn’t is like running your hand over sandpaper and then glass.

24. Adam’s Non-Scratching Microfiber Wash Mitt

Adam's Non-Scratching Microfiber Wash Mitt

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Is dad still working a sponge or worn out wash mitt? Forget about it. Pick up this microfiber wash mitt that combines the benefits of a lamb’s wool and chenille finger mitt for the ultimate car cleaning mitts out there (in my opinion).

This thing holds tons of suds, is soft, and won’t scratch the clear coat like many cheap mitts out there.

So there you have it, 24 gift ideas for dad perfect for any occasion. Have any other auto detailing equipment ideas? Let me know in the comments!