Last updated on September 17, 2021
While gifting tools to a mechanic might sound redundant, given the idea that they probably already have every tool imaginable, it’s always a much-welcomed surprise and shows you notice if you can find out how he can upgrade.
Gifting tools may just be time to replace older ones that need a replacement. Likewise, new sets of tools are always mood enhancers, especially for tool enthusiasts. A spare toolset or two never hurts.
Find out what new tool gifts for car mechanics could be greatly appreciated below. But first.
Who can give a gift to a mechanic?
You don’t really need to be someone or something specific to gift a mechanic, however, the following relationships just might give you the perfect idea:
- A customer. Giving a gift as a customer is a very common scenario. It may be as a form of gratitude or appreciation, but customer gift-giving is one of the most direct ways a customer can repay a service or a job well done.
- A relative, friend, or loved one. Being close to a mechanic is reason enough to want to give them a gift. Since you most likely share a deeper connection, who better to know what kind of gift to give, right? Regardless of what you give, so long as you have a deep relationship, gifting a mechanic thus becomes more sentimental.
- The boss. Being the boss, you can often gift your employee/s as a reward for their diligence and consistency, or simply as a gesture of goodwill. This has a bit more politics behind it as giving a gift outside of occasions can entail misunderstandings.
- A fellow mechanic. Wearing the same shoes, who better to gift a mechanic than his fellow peer/s. It’ll be easier for you to think of something that a fellow worker will appreciate, keeping in mind the similarities you have in both personality and profession.
Gift ideas for his shop
These gift ideas are meant to add quality-of-life improvements in the work area.
A mechanic who’s also a cyclist will definitely get a kick from being given a bike rack. There are a lot of different kinds of bike racks, for solo and multiple bikes alike. Something that helps secure bikes and adds a little more floor space is definitely a must-have in the workshop.
Give them more working room and reduce the risk of them accidentally toppling over and damaging their precious two-wheelers with the ideal bike rack. Need something quick and easy? Get a kickstand rack; want more room? How about a wall or ceiling-mounted one?
Brands: Rad Cycle, Koova, Steadyrack, Racor
Window fans are really good ventilation devices. They can help regulate temperature and provide indoor spaces with an affordable and effective means of climate control.
Normally found in rooms with either good or very little airflow, a window fan in the workshop can make the tiniest difference between working at room temperature or in an oven. There are single blade models, and there are dual-bladed ones, each with its own unique features to help direct airflow.
Brands: Lasko, Holmes, Air Kin
You can’t use air tools without an air compressor. Air tools are some of the quietest and cleanest power tools to use. Though not the most practical gift choice, it certainly will prove a valuable asset to any mechanic.
With varying models, an air compressor can either be a stationary 60-gallon giant, or a portable 8-gallon hand-carry. You’ll get anywhere between 80 – 155 psi with these, which is enough for almost any workshop task.
Brands: Makita, DeWalt, California Air Tools
Fuel transfer pump kit
Mechanics often work with all sorts of fuels. What better gift to give than a fuel transfer pump! As the name suggests, these are devices primarily used to move fuel from one place to another, but can also be used to refuel certain machinery. There are manual pumps and there are electric/battery ones. They’re a good choice for efficient, clean, and convenient handling of fuel/s.
Brands: Fuelworks, Tera Pump
Rolling toolboxes are basically small tool cabinets on wheels. Especially for mechanics who love to bring their tools everywhere, a rolling toolbox is just as exciting as the latest pair of limited-edition shoes.
With a robust frame and exterior and secured and layered compartments, rolling toolboxes make for perfect gifts for auto mechanics that offer durability, utility, and mobility.
Think of them as trolleys, only that they’re much tougher and can safely store and organize a large number of tools and accessories.
Brands: Milwaukee, DeWalt
Motorized ceiling mount
A TV in the workshop can help alleviate work-related stress and boredom. However, a TV that’s precariously placed in the workshop can also be a big hazard.
If you happen to know a mechanic who equally enjoys working with tools while binging their favorite game or watching TV, then consider giving them a motorized ceiling TV bracket – they’re versatile, mechanical, and not to mention space-saving!
These mounts offer an optimum viewing experience thanks to their variable height adjustment and tilt functions.
Brands: Vivo Electric, Mount-It!
Gift ideas for auto-body mechanics
Some of the handiest tools you can give an automotive mechanic.
Electric metal shears
In the world of auto-body mechanics, cutting metal is as common as having breakfast daily. When it comes to cutting, forming, or shaping metal, nothing beats an electric metal shear.
With powerful motors going as high as 5 amps, these mechanically powered metal scissors make quick work of metal sheets and panels.
The specialized cutting jaws also make for some really clean and consistent cuts which are ideal for custom-fitting certain car parts.
Brands: Makita, Milwaukee, DeWalt
Orbital palm sander
Rarely would a mechanic have to work on or with wood. Luckily, other than smoothing and sanding wood, an orbital palm sander can also be used to polish and buff metal.
Stripping bare car parts for a repaint is one application where an orbital palm sander can really shine.
Instead of painstakingly having to manually remove and buff out metal by hand, there isn’t much that can stand in the way of a tool capable of generating at least 12,000 orbits per minute.
Brands: Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee
Much like orbital sanders, finger sanders are great for grinding metal, especially those in tight and hard-to-reach spaces.
When working on vehicle interiors, the under-chassis, and on the car body itself, certain spots that need detail-work will take longer to complete if disassembly is needed.
This is where the magic of finger sanders comes in – their sleek, narrow arms can easily blend, grind, polish, and buff various metallic surfaces in all kinds of cramped spaces.
Brands: Makita, Dynabrade, Ingersoll Rand
Gifts for your favorite technician
Some preferred and personalized gift ideas for your regular. These are very useful gifts for mechanics.
Complete impact socket set (3/8 in & 1/2 in)
Here’s a large gift set for mechanics. Without a doubt, any self-respecting mechanic has either an impact wrench or driver. No torque-reliant power tool is complete without a corresponding impact socket set. Impact sockets are what give these tools versatility.
With a complete impact socket set, mechanics are able to take on varying sizes of nuts and bolts, even those that require higher torque settings. In comparison to regular impact sockets, complete sets are often made from tougher material such as carbon steel.
Brands: Ingersoll Rand, Gearwrench, Klutch
Impact wrenches are the bread and butter of any mechanic. Gifting your favorite technician an impact wrench is a grand gesture of trust and goodwill and indicates that you favor them enough so as to give them something that directly contributes to their work.
No nut and bolt is safe or is too tight for an impact wrench. Whether it’s at home, at the shop, or even on the road, the high-torque impact wrench makes tightening and loosening as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Brands: Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita
Similar to a rolling toolbox, a tool backpack is another great travel-ready storage option for tools. On-call mechanics are likely to service multiple clients a day and, while rolling toolboxes are handy, they’re big and can be cumbersome to tote around all day long.
Tool backpacks are lighter and more convenient to carry. Good tool backpacks are made of tough ballistics-fabric and have enough compartments and padding to cleanly and safely hold all the essential tools.
Brands: Veto Pro Pac, Klein Tools, Milwaukee
Wearable gifts for mechanics
Gifts that are both functional and fashionable. They can even be thoughtful father’s day gift ideas for mechanics.
More of a seasonal gift, heated socks are great for keeping warm during the colder seasons. Giving a pair of heated socks to a mechanic who you know lives in colder regions will definitely make daily travel more comfortable.
These are not only for work too, they’re perfectly suited as home loungewear too. Heated socks are often calf-length and whose temperature can be easily adjusted on the fly.
Brands: Snow Deer, Rabbitroom, Svpro
Magnetic wristbands are exactly what they are – wristbands with magnets. They’re incredibly handy as they basically allow you to find and instantly grab tools and fasteners made of metal.
Screws, nails, pliers, wrenches, and most other handhelds easily attach to these wristbands and securely stay there until the time they’re needed.
Instead of leaving small metal parts, like nuts and bolts, on a tabletop where they can potentially get lost, a magnetic wristband lets you keep them literally within arms reach.
Sounds so useful I might even get one for myself.
Brands: Rak, Spartan.
Safety shoes are staple in any industrial setting. Especially for mechanics, who constantly work with all kinds of large machinery, safety shoes provide the much-needed protection to prevent injury  all while looking stylish.
With a selection of styles and materials – from leather-canvas to nylon-lining, safety shoes provide more than enough shielding without being too heavy or looking ugly.
Even steel-toe models are relatively light and surprisingly snazzy-looking, meaning that they can even be worn outside of work purposes.
Brands: Timberland, Caterpillar (CAT)
Gifts for mechanics who seem to have everything
The top tool gifts for mechanics are something they’d be surprised to have, even they seem to have every tool already. Little side-grades and quality-of-life improvements are cool gifts for mechanics.
Universal magic socket grip tool
These are all-in-one sockets that can grip most objects from hex nuts to hooks. They’re compatible with both hand wrenches and powered ones, with some even including a drill adapter so as to be able to work with a power drill.
These make universal sockets extremely versatile and flexible, able to quickly adapt from home and light use to heavy-duty and industrial applications. Though not as good as individual sockets when it comes to torque-sensitive fasteners, these single-handedly do the job of several standard sockets.
Brands: Dia, Rak, Moongo Tool
Endoscope inspection camera
Especially in automotive applications, endoscope cameras allow you to get into and view really tight and otherwise impossible-to-get-to spaces. While they might sound and seem as expensive as medical endoscopes, most good models are actually only a quarter of the cost.
Modern endoscope cameras employ a semi-rigid cable, LED lights, and HD 1080p visual imaging. For added accessibility and convenience, some models are even Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible.
Brands: DEPSTECH, BlueFire
No matter anyone’s profession, giving gifts doesn’t have to be purely objective or even logical. Though rationality makes a gift all the more thoughtful, it’s the mere idea of giving itself that ultimately makes a gift ‘valuable’.
There are a lot of things you can give a mechanic, you can even repeat a tool that they already have to either serve as a spare or eventual replacement. You don’t need to go as far as giving a mechanic an engine where a tool backpack or magnetic wristband would’ve been enough.
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