Car Tech & Gear

12 Holiday Gifts Guys Actually Want

Nov 18, 2016

Are you already getting asked what you want for Christmas? Let us help! Behold the 2016 official Team Valvoline list for Santa, featuring a dozen items that gearhead dreams are made of. Plus one lucky person will win all 12.

01. GoPro Hero5 Black - $399

Image Credit: GoPro

Released this fall, the latest issue from GoPro features 4K video and 12MP photos in single, burst, and time-lapse modes. Plus you can preview and playback your shots, as well as edit footage on the camera itself. Waterproof up to 33 feet, the Hero5 is ready for all of your adventures — on or off-road. 

02. WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats - Prices Vary

Photo Cred: WeatherTech

The last thing you want is to drag dirt and mud into your vehicle. The WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats have sculpted channels designed to trap water, road salt, mud and sand. Made with a a proprietary resin, the mats are designed not to curl, crack or harden in sub-zero weather.  Plus their anti-skid ridges prevent shifting. They come in front and rear mats, many of which are model specific. 

03. FoBo RealTime Tire Pressure Monitoring System - $229

Photo Credit: Amazon

Want to know your tire pressure levels at all times? The FoBo makes that happen, even when your car is turned off. As long as you are in range of Bluetooth, the system delivers tire pressure readings to an app on your handheld device. Plus you can monitor multiple cars, getting detailed tire data, and it has a two-step theft deterrent system.

04. The Shop Rag Shirt - $175

Photo Credit: Godspeedco

More than a shirt, this is going to become your wardrobe staple.  With antique brass tack buttons and a chest pocket with flap and pen slot, this durable shirt by Godspeed Co. is a nod to the iconic red shop rag. Each shirt is created from American-made 100% cotton and sewn in Fall River, Massachusetts by the historic Metrow Sewing Machine Company.

05. Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive and Destiny - $39.95

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Released just in time for the holiday season, this is the first-ever authorized biography of the legendary driver. Written by New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner, the book contains never-seen-before photos, and Gordon’s life story based on dozens of interviews with him, family, friends, and competitors — some who have never gone on record.

06. Craftsman Remote Control Wall Mount 5 Peak HP 5 Gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum Shop Vac - $118.99

Photo Credit: Craftsman

With an extra-long, 21’ hose system, this wet-dry shop vac will get the job done. Mount it to the wall and connect it to your saw’s dust chute, and you’ll be able to keep your car and garage spotless. The wireless remote control function let’s you turn the suction on when you’re cutting and off when you’re not. Plus it has a powerful but quiet dual turbo motor. 

07. Oscar Robinson Leather Gloves - $89.95

Photo Credit: Alpinestars

These gloves do it all. Featuring a a supple leather upper with perforation zones, EVA foam padding and synthetic suede reinforcement for comfort and performance, your hands will stay comfortable no matter the weather. The velcro wrist closure makes the gloves easy on and easy off. Plus the vintage look earns cool points, so you get style and function together.

08. BlueDriver OBD2 Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool For iPhone, iPad, and Android - $99.95

Photo Credit: Amazon

This has all the capabilities of a larger handheld scan tool, plus it’s designed to be connected to your smart phone via the free BlueDriver App. The scan tool provides a vehicle-specific repair report which includes code definition, possible causes, and reported fixes, which can all be emailed as PDFs. It can even run a smog test, to help you prepare for emissions testing.  

09. F1 2016 Game - $49.62

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This year’s edition of F1 allows players to join any of the 11 teams on this year’s grid and work their way to the top over a ten-season career. Several other new features have been incorporated, including managing race strategy under safety car and virtual safety car conditions. Plus for the first time, gamers can race on Azerbaijan's Baku City Circuit - host of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe.

10. Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter - $141.33

Photo Credit: Amazon

Providing 1700 peak amps and numerous jumps per charge, and long service life, the Jump-N-Carry is a powerhouse. The extra-long 46-inch cable will allow you the flexibility to access the starting point of vehicles of various shapes and sizes. Get a second to put in your girlfriend’s car and you’ll win brownie points.  

11. VSSL Supplies Water-Resistant Flashlight - $99.50

Photo Credit: Vsslgear

Don’t let the slim design fool you — the VSSL Supplies Water-Resistant Flashlight is packed with supplies for the adventurer. This 9” tube is an LED flashlight, but it also holds survival gear including a compass, signaling mirror, waterproof matches, water purification tables, a wire saw, marine grade rope, and  and reflective trail markers. Plus it’s waterproof. Not saying we want to get stuck in the backwoods, but if that were to happen we’d want this multitasking tool in our trunk. 

12. Persol PO0714 - Folding Sunglasses - $191.58

Photo Credit: Framesdirect

Handmade in Italy, the folding frame folds at the temples and the bridge, making these some of the most compact sunglasses on the market. Plus the design features the Meflecto system, nylon pieces inserted in the plastic temples, which provides comfort. Oh, and they were made famous by Steve McQueen, who still epitomizes cool. 

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