Yes, it's that time of year. It's less than two weeks away from the holidays, and you've yet to get a gift for that special someone who obsesses over cars. Without knowing exactly what car they drive or what their car needs, what do you get them?
Tools. Think about it. Tools will be used countless times for years to come. Every time they go out to the garage to work on their car, they will be using the gift that you got them. And it doesn't matter if they sell their car and buy a different one later; we chose these 7 gifts to be universal, so there's no way you can go wrong.
No matter what kind of car enthusiast your shopping for, whether they're constantly out working on their car or do the occasional repair, this set has what they will need. It includes all of the most common size sockets, including deep sockets, short sockets, E & T Torx, hex bits, and the ratchet to use them.
An added benefit of this kit is that it comes in a convenient blow-molded case that stores neatly in the trunk of a car. With it in their car, they can tackle almost any roadside emergency that their car throws at them.
This is the ultimate gift that you can never go wrong with. What's one of the most used functions on your phone? There's a good chance that it's your flashlight.
The Astro Pneumatic 400-lumen flashlight has a lot of things going for it that make it the perfect tool to always keep with you. It's compact and can be placed almost anywhere with its swiveling magnetic base. Even better is that it isn't just one light—it's two. The body has the main dimmable LED array, and the tip features an additional 100-lumen spotlight. Whether it's used around the garage or kept in the car, it will surely come in handy.
If you're not initiated, 10mm sockets are just one of those things that every car guy understands. No matter where it gets put down, it gets lost. No matter how many someone has, they can never have enough.
This 10 piece kit includes flex, deep, mid-length, standard, and magnetic sockets all in 10mm, so no matter what one you lose, this kit should have a replacement for you. It'll probably get a good laugh out of them, too.
The car lover you're buying a gift for probably changes the oil in their car at least twice a year. At one point or another, they probably have spilled oil all over the inside of their engine bay when doing one of those oil changes. Instead of making a mess again, this funnel makes it nearly impossible to do so.
The CTA no-spill funnel kit features a bayonet-style adapter which secures itself to the valve cover in place of the oil fill cap. The funnel then secures to that, creating a seal. You can even pour in two liters of oil at a time and work on something while you wait for it to fill.
One of the most loathed general maintenance tasks on cars is bleeding the brakes. Since brake fluid is hydroscopic, it should be flushed and refilled every two years at most. However, if the car lover in your life likes to build and work on cars, there's a good chance that they bleed their brakes much more often than that. Because of this, one of the best ways to save money doing general maintenance on your cars is to replace and service your own brakes.
The Motive brake power bleeder is one of the easiest ways for them to bleed brakes all on their own. No more having to sit in their car and pump the brakes over and over for them while they go around and crack the bleeder screws. This power bleeder will fit nearly every European vehicle on the market.
A must-have for every tool kit or garage is a good set of ratchets. These Gearwrench ratchets feature a 120-tooth design that allows them to operate in more confined spaces than a conventional ratchet.
This set comes with the three most common sizes which everyone needs to own, 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" drive.
This OBD2 code reader is a must-have diagnostic tool in every garage. As long as your car lover has a car, he will at one point or another, need one of these. When their check engine light comes on, this tool will tell them exactly what is wrong and allow them to erase the faults.
The compact size of this scanner allows it to be kept in the glove box of any cars at all times for those just-in-case moments that tend to pop up at the worst times.
If their garage looks anything like mine, you might think that there is no way in hell they need another tool; and you know what, you might be right. If that's the case, we have an awesome line of FCP Euro Merchandise. T-shirts, hoodies, air fresheners, lanyards, and more—we have something for everyone. Be sure to order soon and get them in time!
Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore