Shopping for Dad can be tough. Ask him what he'd like to have, and the answer may include such out-of-reach toys as an Audi R8 or a nicely restored Jeep CJ-7. He's joking, of course-dads love corny humor. But just because an exotic sports car or a vintage off-roader is too pricey doesn't mean dad should get yet another necktie or barbecue-sauce-of-the-month club membership. These automotive-branded gifts are perfect for the dad who digs cars and deserves a great Father's Day present.
Audi TaylorMade Pure Lite 3.0 Stand Golf Bag
If Dad's as likely to be out on the golf course as behind the wheel, this TaylorMade standing golf bag emblazoned with the four-ring Audi logo may be the ideal gift. Dads aren't typically cool, but the bag's air flow hip pad system and anti-fatigue ventilated shoulder strap can help. Its eight pockets even include an insulated beverage sleeve so dad can stay refreshed through 18 holes. The $199 TaylorMade golf bag is available from audi-collection.com.
Mini drivers know that good things often come in small packages. If your old man is among them, he'll surely love a tiny box containing a pair of Mini-shaped cufflinks. Like the car they represent, these cufflinks are elegant yet playful, the perfect way to add some fun to a buttoned-down look. Plus, the brass links with a matte nickel finish are priced affordably at $28 per pair from shopminiusa.com.
Jeep Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool
Thanks to a long history of producing some of the best vehicles to tame the trail, Jeep knows off-road driving. And tackling the toughest terrain means being prepared for the unplanned. That means Dad needs a sharp blade and some basic tools, all of which are included on the lightweight and compact Gerber Crucial multi-tool. The 3-1/2" long tool packs a half-serrated blade with an etched Jeep logo, pliers and flathead and cross-head screwdrivers. A bottle opener is included for trail's end. The multi-tool is available for $59.95 from gear.jeep.com.
"We Use Genuine Chevrolet Parts" Vintage-Look Wall Clock
Whether Dad drives a new Duramax Silverado or longs for a 1960s Camaro in his garage, he'll love the classic look of this Chevrolet wall clock. The backlit face will add automotive flair to Dad's office, garage or man cave. The look is reminiscent of decades past, but the battery-powered movement and switchable fluorescent backlighting are modern and trouble-free. ChevyMall.com sells the clock for $119.95.
Ferrari Leather Business Card Holder
If Dad drives a Ferrari, he needs a business card wallet to match his impeccable automotive tastes. Or, perhaps more likely, he doesn't drive one but appreciates the finer things. This red Italian calfskin leather Ferrari business card holder will suit him either way and will surely make an impression when he presents his card. The handmade wallet is available in red or black, each with contrasting stitching like that found in the interior of the world-class sports car. An enameled metal Ferrari logo is included on the front. An impression on the back reads "Ferrari Made in Italy." The swank Ferrari business card holder is available from store.Ferrari.com for $109.
Toyota TRD Collapsible Rolling Cooler
Toyota's performance parts group has a Father's Day gift as practical as a Toyota car or truck. This cooler has in-line skate wheels and a telescoping handle, making it easy to move when packed to its 50-can maximum capacity. When empty, it collapses so it doesn't eat up Dad's cargo space. The screened TRD logo on top is a shout out to Toyota's range of racing programs and the performance parts for Toyota vehicles included in the TRD catalog. The cooler is $99 from ToyotaRacingGear.com.
Cool Father's Day presents that Dad will truly appreciate don't have to be expensive. The online stores featured each have a host of great gift ideas other than the ones listed here. If Dad really loves Ford or Porsche, most other automotive brands have online stores, too, each with a variety of neat gift ideas for dads. Still, if you have the means to buy Dad his dream car for all his hard work, he'll surely graciously accept. I know this dad would.