Where would we be without good mechanics? Still broken down on the side of the road, probably. Some mechanics help to take care of our cars while others make repairs on airplanes, trains, and any kind of vehicle that transports people from place to place.
To thank them, getting them a thoughtful gift is the least we can do. What do you buy these hard-working mechanics? Well, we have 23 pretty good ideas for you to choose from.
Car Mechanic Gift Ideas
1. Funny Mechanic T-Shirts
A good t-shirt is the foundation of any person’s wardrobe. This is especially true for a mechanic who often has to deal with oil and grease staining their clothes regularly.
These funny shirts highlight the quirks of being a mechanic. These are gifts that they will wear with pride.
2. Mechanic Gloves
Every good mechanic needs a proper pair of gloves. While some are fine working barehanded, this is not always possible. A pair of good gloves that offer freedom of movement with the fingers is essential. We feel these gloves from Mechanix Wear are the best of the crop for keeping a mechanic’s magical fingers protected.
3. Mechanic Stool
Trust us, the value of a stool for mechanics is immense. But this is no ordinary mechanic stool. Not only does it have a sitting area but it also contains an area to put needed tools. Really, we could not ask for more!
4. Floor Jack
A good jack can be hard to find. Sure, many come with the purchase of your vehicle but they are not always well-designed. Mechanics know this all too well, so gifting them a proper floor jack will go a long way. This particular jack is even cleared for up to 3 tons or 6,000lbs.
5. Pick Up Tool
Dropping stuff can suck for all of us, right? Try being a mechanic when you can’t always just get up or move down to grab something out of reach. That is why this pick-up tool is perfect for the mechanic. It’s magnetic, and will help mechanics reach those “juuust” out of reach items they need while on the job.
6. Tire Coffee Mug
Sometimes getting a joke gift is great and all, but not always useful. This is why we feel if you do get one for a mechanic, why not make it something they can use a lot? This Tire Coffee Mug is perfect for that. It holds coffee, of course. Meanwhile, it’s tire-inspired. Yet if you put coffee inside of it…you won’t “tire” out. Really, there’s jokes upon jokes here.
7. Soap Gift Set
Great soap is nice to see, but some soap just won’t cut it for a mechanic that’s trying to get all of the day’s gunk off of them. This is why this particular soap is so useful. Coming from the team at Grease Monkey, this Bogue soap will help a lot. It’s an artisanal soap made with goat milk. The soap is also enriched with several great vitamins and minerals that’ll help the skin!
8. Diagnostic Scanner
Any mechanic will tell you that a proper diagnostic scanner is very useful for them. It only makes their job easier. Not only will it cut down on trying to learn what’s wrong, but they’ll also be given exact problems down to the little stuff. That means the scanners will catch stuff that the mechanic may never see, allowing them to fix things preventatively too.
9. Tire Step
It may not seem like a useful thing until you really need it, but a tire step is a terrific gift for pretty much any mechanic. In particular, the mechanic that works on bigger vehicles like large trucks. It does not matter if they are short or not, as many will have to use ladders to get to spots all over the engine. The tire step is much better, sturdier, and less hassle for them.
10. Mechanic Tool Set
No mechanic can actually call themselves a mechanic without proper tools around. Their tools are the lifeblood of their industry, with some often needing to be special-made for specific vehicles they’ll work on. This Dewalt Mechanic Tool Kit will be a perfect starting area as well as a great replacement set for older tools veteran mechanics might still be using.
11. Magnetic Wristband
We mentioned earlier that losing tools can be a huge problem for mechanics, as well as trying to get to some that are out of their reach. This can be an even bigger deal for screws, nails, and other small tools. The magnetic wristband solves this problem and makes a mechanic’s life a lot easier.
12. LED Beanie Cap
A garage can be a cold, dark place. Mechanics need to see to do their jobs while also keeping warm so they don’t die of hypothermia before they can get the job done. This is why the LED Beanie is an excellent gift for mechanics. It offers hands free lighting while also giving the gift of warmth. Not a bad combo in our book.
13. Personalized Mechanic Name Art
While not exactly a “need” for a mechanic, getting them a personalized art piece to put up on their garage wall can be great to see. This particular art piece comes in at 6.5” x18” in measurement, making it a great addition to any mechanic’s wall.
14. Work Light
Seeing inside the dark areas of a vehicle can be hard. This can be a problem whether the garage is well-lit or it’s a sunny day outside. This is why a good work light can be helpful to the mechanic. We love this model from Dewalt. It’s 20V and well put together, making it a must-have for the busy mechanic.
15. Bluetooth Hearing Protector Headphones
The garage can be a loud and boring place, so having something to help you avoid both is essential. These Bluetooth headphones from 3M offers great hands-free listening while also being made to offer hearing protection. That will keep the mechanic from potentially losing part of their hearing or going deaf entirely.
16. Tire Bowl
Whether they’re in a garage or sitting at home, a bowl can be a great place to store snacks. We love this tire bowl because it fits the mechanic well. At the same time, it comes equipped with a lot of room for a snack and even a hubcap to add at the top. Talk about attention to detail!
17. Novelty Tool Cutlery
Maybe you want to be even cooler with your gifts. How about getting them novelty cutlery? We know what you’re thinking… table utensils for a mechanic? Well, they are not just any utensils, rather, they are tool-inspired utensils.
18. Fender Cover
Sometimes a fender can be torn up or look out of whack, especially before a mechanic can fix it up. At the same time, you do not want it to be an eyesore either. This is why a fender cover is great to have. It has magnets inside of it to help it stick onto the vehicle and even remain there in travel.
19. Tool Tray
Sometimes a mechanic is going to have a lot of tools and need most if not all of them while they are working. A great tool tray can be an essential gift. It allows for proper organization while at the same time, giving them all the tools they need without having to get up and go get more.
20. Tool-Shaped Pens
Possibly the best gift for someone that owns their own shop might be these tool-shaped pens. Of course, they are not real tools. Yet they look really cool and will stand out regardless of who is using them. Overall, it’s too cool not to give a mechanic you know.
21. Shop Towel
Mechanics are going to get a lot of stuff on their arms, face, and numerous other areas of their body while working. Sometimes this can be a big problem so having a towel around that can withstand all the gunk they’ll have to wipe off is essential. These Utopia Towels fit their every need!
22. Turbocharger Keychain
If you truly want to stand out, pulling out a turbocharger keychain when you grab your keys out of your pocket will help a lot. The Maycom Creative Gunmetal Black Turbo Turbocharger Keychain is pretty awesome. However, you can choose numerous other colors too. Just in case you’re not sure what you want or what you want to give as a gift to someone else.
23. Desktop Miniature Garage Toolbox
Mechanics might be in a shop for a while but they might also have to hop into their office or home office too. Keeping the mechanic-life alive here can be hard to do. No longer! This desktop garage toolbox will allow them to keep a ton of great office supplies within reaching distance. Overall, it’s a perfect gift for the mechanic who would rather be working on vehicles.