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June 11, 2014

AskPatty’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Car-Themed Gifts For The Ultimate Car Guy

Happy_Fathers_Day-thinkstock-86493423Did Dad get grease on the tie you gave him last year for Father's Day? If he'd rather spend time in the garage than at the Nordstrom haute couture department, check out AskPatty’s Gift Guide for Dads, full of unique gifts for the wrench-twisting car guys in your life. Whether he’s your father, hubby, boyfriend, son, or brother, if you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for Father's Day, we’ve got something for every budget here.


If you’re gifting a guy who wants his car or truck to look good now and for years to come, give him custom-formulated AutomotiveTouchup paint. Working with the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to create an exact color match, paints are created per order using each vehicle's specific make, model, and year. (As a test, we asked them to match the Blaze Yellow tricoat paint on my 2011 Ford Fiesta, and it turned out GREAT!) Available in paint pens, bottles, or aerosol cans, ranging from $6 to $13 for paint pens, $5 to $10 for half-ounce bottles, and $8 to $20 for aerosol cans, AutomotiveTouchup products are a convenient and cost-effective way to take years off the look of his vehicle.

Automotive_touchup_paint-IMG_7637Nicks, scratches and paint chips disappear with easy to use AutomotiveTouchup products. These professional-quality products are designed for easy application and high performance in harsh climates, including high humidity and extreme cold or heat, for great-looking, long- lasting results. Most small repairs just need a basecoat and clearcoat, and primer is available if more repair work is needed.  For the serious auto repair guy with a spray gun and a bigger restoration project in mind, products also come in ready to spray pints, quarts, and gallons.

AutomotiveTouchup products are shipped directly to customers to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible. An easy-to-use online ordering process, as well as responsive, expert customer support and detailed instructional videos helps DIY guys get professional-looking results. To order, visit or call 1-888-710-5192. 


World-class-driving-experienceLooking for an awesome last-minute gift you can download in just a few minutes? Give your guy a world-class driving experience with high-speed track time in the exotic or muscle car of his dream. Even better, you can ride along in this driving experience -- simply buy dad a gift certificate to any of their Vegas-based three-car exotic or muscle car experiences and ride with him as a passenger for free.

The exotic driving experience ($610) will put dad behind the wheel of three top-shelf exotics, like the 560-horsepower Ferrari 458 or the legendary Lamborghini Gallardo. Plus, you’ll save $99 on this package when you buy in time for Father's Day.

Or, let dad experience the power and excitement of America's hottest performance muscle cars ($299). With the American Muscle Car Experience, he’ll take the wheel of American muscle cars like the Shelby GT500, the Challenger SRT8, and the Corvette Z06 with a dramatic drive through the Las Vegas desert.

Download a gift certificate in less than 10 minutes or call 1-877-597-6403 today for the most exciting Father's Day gift on this list. 

Magic_mount_by_scoscheKeep Dad safe and hands-free while driving with the MagicMount from Scosche, a new magnetic system for conveniently mounting smartphones and more. Just hover the device near the magnetic surface and it instantly locks securely in place. Its sleek cradle-free design uses high-powered magnets to secure Dad's device whereever he uses them most. On the road, at the office, at home, anywhere, the MagicMount puts Dad’s device at any angle for convenient viewing on his windshield, or anywhere on his dash with the included 3M mounting disk. (About $20 to $25 depending on product.)


3d_Car_shelvesGenuine Hotrod’s Classic Car 3-D Shelves  are part shelf, part wall decoration, and all conversation piece. The resin detailed sculptures are replicas of some of America’s most famous bumpers—1964 Ford Mustang, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1957 Chevy Bel Air, and more. Ranging in price from about $75 to $100 depending on model, each one is topped with a tempered glass surface, allowing Dad to use them to display his prized collectables.


Busted_knuckle_garage-mechanics_hand_salveFor guys who love to work on their cars, consider gifts for their garage or mancave. Busted Knuckle Garage offers a variety of fun and practical items for any car lover, but my personal favorite is the company's signature herbal skincare products. Busted Knuckle offers a variety of items, including Mechanic's Hand Salve, Mechanic's Muscle Easing Salve, Mechanic's Skin Moisturizer, Mechanic's Hand Salve/Lip Balm, Mechanic's Hand Cleaner, and Mechanic's Sun Block "Lube in a Tube" - all affordably priced from just a few bucks for littlest containers of lip balm/salve to $21.95 for a jug of skin moisturizer. One of our all-time favorites is the large 1.75-oz tin of Mechanic’s Hand-Salve/Lip Balm. Offering relief for dry hands that crack and split, the Mechanic's Hand Salve helps relieve symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to gasoline, oil, and solvents. And of course, it's great for abrasions and cuts. (And ladies, it also feels great on rough patches around your elbows, knees, and heels -- I should know, I keep my own tin of this salve in my car!)


Guy-on-fire-bookshotIs your guy a griller on the go? Guy Fieri, Food Network star and #1 New York Times bestselling author, has released his latest cookbook, Guy on Fire, packed with 130 recipes for cooking outside. That means grilling, tailgating, camping, and more.

In this rollicking cookbook, Guy Fieri shares his favorite tips, techniques, and recipes for outdoor cooking all through the year, whether Dad’s hosting a backyard barbeque, relaxing around the campfire, or tailgating on game day. Stuffed with original recipes, dozens of color photos, and loads of great tips, Guy On Fire is guaranteed to get your guy’s grill going with palate-pleasing appetizers, phenomenal main courses for meat, fish, poultry and vegetables, cool salads, and fabulous desserts. Loaded with tips on equipment, make-ahead plans, packing advice, and tons of sidebars, Guy On Fire provides all the tools you need for an outdoor feast. (Available at in hardcover for less than $20 or downloadable to Kindle for $15.)


CarplayshirtThe Car Play Shirt is the shirt that lets daddy stretch out and relax while playing with the kids! Have you ever had kids drive their toy cars on your back? It’s pretty much the next best thing to an actual massage. Give Dad the gift of relaxation with a cool car play shirt. They make great Father's Day and birthday gifts (for grandpa's too!) and offer a unique and fun way to allow Dad interact with the kids. Here’s an awesome tutorial at TheBlueBasket that shows how you can easily create your own version with a plain white tee-shirt and a Sharpie, making it a fun family Father’s Day craft. You can easily create the map however you choose with your own local landmarks. Simply place a piece of cardboard in between the front and back of the shirt, then use fabric markers or fabric paint to color the map. Kids will love giving dad something they helped create and will love playing on it even more!


Gift_certificate_car_washHere’s another fun and inexpensive gift idea from the kids! Simply give Dad a gift certificate for a carwash, and set the kids free in the driveway with a bucket of gentle suds, a soft cloth, and a hose. You can search the internet for cute certificates, or just click to download the one included with this post.

If your budget allows, you can go all out and assemble a gift basket of car wash supplies that can be purchased at any auto shop or even Target or Wal-Mart. Mike Schultz, senior vice president of product development for Turtle Wax(R), the number one selling brand of car care products in the world, says the total upfront investment for do-it-yourself wash and wax products and accessories is around $50, and the products will last for months, making this a gift that keeps on giving. For a great guide to driveway detailing, check out our car wash tips here at


If your guy is a greenie who likes one-of-a-kind items from recycled and up-cycled car parts, here are two great suggestions.

MariClaRo_Mens_walletConsider getting him a wallet or backpack from, where they upcycle automotive materials -- like old dashboard woods and seat leathers -- into beautiful and functional accessories. Creativity, attention to detail, and layers of automotive history are present in each custom-sewn MariClaRo creation. If he has a taste for a specific vehicle make, you can request his wallet be made from the original car seat material of classic cars like Mercedes, BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac and Volvo. If the car brand doesn’t matter, the wallet will come from original car seat material of various classic cars.


Flat_tire-inner_tube_satchelFlat Tire Brand makes unique and innovative products from recycled tires that have reached the end of their road. And, most of their products are U.S.-made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Flat Tire offers a variety of products from mats, baskets, pots, and other containers (starting at $20) suitable for home and garden use made from tire treads; these cool tire baskets are strong and practical and possess a rough natural beauty that will add charm and uniqueness to any home or garden. They also make a very cool line of satchels and accessory covers ($25-$50) made from inner tube material that’s waterproof, extremely durable, yet soft and flexible. 


Need More Father's Day gift ideas? 

If you’re still stumped for gift ideas, you can find even more great gift ideas for the car guy in your life, here in our holiday gift guide for him.

According to the Car Care Council, almost 70 percent of men do some kind of work on their rides, making an automotive-related item a great go-to gift choice. Here are some other ideas for car-care-related gifts you can give him on Father’s Day



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