Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for Dads

Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for Dads

Does your dad love tools and gadgets? Read on for our Top 10 gift ideas for dads, hand-picked by our staffers!


1. Car Trunk Tool Bag 

Your dad will love this tool bag, even if he drives a truck or (gasp) mini-van. Why? It holds a ton of tools and supplies. He'll use it to organize car washing and waxing supplies, or stuff it with power tools and hand tools for quick and easy access on the job.

And because it's portable and compact (about 21 inches long by 9 inches high and wide) he'll take it along on road trips, toss it in an RV or trailer or use it in the garage as a handy toolbox.

One of our staffers uses this bag as his bicycle tool center. He stores it in his car so he has tools, fluids and rags handy for cleaning, repairs and adjustments away from home. He's the most popular dude on his bike rides because he always has the right tool on hand. 

Dad will be using this durable bag for holiday seasons to come. And, bonus, it folds flat, which makes it easy for him to store and easy for you to wrap it for the holiday.

(Note, the tools and gear shown in the photo are not included). 

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2. Rolling Garage Stool 

Your dad probably works hard and plays hard. And that can be hard on the back and knees, especially if he's approaching the 'golden years'. 

This gift isn't about age, though. It's about making the stuff he does around the house and garage a bit more fun.

Fun? Sure. For starters, this stool has wheels, and anything with wheels (this side of a wheelchair) is fun! These are big, smooth 3-inch rubber wheels so dad can zip around the garage or driveway and make drag-racing noises while he's at it.

Next, it has a comfy seat that rotates 360 degrees and is height adjustable. Sitting in style on this mechanic's stool sure beats bending over or kneeling on the ground for those low-down tasks.

Thanks to you, dad will be smiling as he glides along from brake jobs to washing to waxing to checking tire pressure to rolling to the beer fridge for that well-earned cold one.       

And thanks to heavy-duty steel construction, even big daddies will roll along for years on this top quality stool. 

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3.  Utility Scissors Shears Set

This set of heavy-duty utility shears makes an awesome stocking stuffer for dad. They cut right through that bombproof plastic packaging that so many products are entombed in. That alone could make the rest of the holiday gift-opening ritual much less painful!  

They also cut wire, cable, plastic, leather, rope, string, turkey bones, small branches and pretty much anything else that would dull, bend or break sissy scissors.

Dad will cut in comfort too, thanks to dual-density padded handles that offer plenty of grip and effortless leverage. The blades lock in the closed position for safe storage wherever dad hides them. And hide them he will - they're that nice!

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4. Rechargeable Cordless Work Light


Here's a gift idea that will light up your dad's face! This powerful little work light is cordless and rechargeable, which means he can take it anywhere and use it everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

He can hang it, set it on the ground, on a table, under a car hood or just hold it like a flashlight. Perfect for dads that camp, hunt, fish, boat, barbeque, party, paint, build or repair stuff.

In other words, every dad on the planet can use one of these!  

And thanks to the built-in USB port for charging his smartphone, he'll keep the music going through work and play. He'll think you're brighter and smarter than ever for giving him this unique gift. 

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5. Stainless Steel Tumbler 


Here's another stocking stuffer idea. A top quality 34-ounce stainless steel tumbler embossed with the Powerbuilt logo. 

This double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel tumbler will keep dad's cold drinks colder and hot drinks hotter. The generous 34-ounce capacity and cup holder-friendly tapered design make it ideal for his daily commute and weekend road trips.

It's stylish enough to fit in nicely at his office, garage or man cave. Yes, it's almost as good looking as dad is. It's just as tough too, constructed of food-grade stainless steel double walled and insulated to keep beverages at his desired drinking temperature for hours.

The crystal-clear lid features both sipping and straw openings and a heavy duty gasket that's guaranteed leak-proof.

Pair it with his favorite coffee beans or craft beer six pack and you've got a winner!

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6. Electric Floor Jack


Dads love road trips, with or without his darling children or grandchildren on board. The road is about freedom and escape. Nothing takes the air out of a road trip faster than a flat tire. Not only are flat tires dangerous, fixing one is time consuming, dirty and hard work.

The first call is to AAA, but if they're out of reach or delayed, the next best thing is this nifty little electric floor jack. It's powered by the battery in dad's car or truck. He'll just plug it into the cigarette lighter, place it under the car then push the power button.

That's when the magic happens. This powerful jack hums to life and lifts the car up while dad watches in awe. It really is something to see, and he'll think of you fondly (like he used to when you were fighting in the back seat with your brother). 

And if the spare tire is a little low on air? No problem - there's a built-in inflator that can air up that spare in no time. There's even a set of inflation needles for pumping up the volleyball once dad hits the beach.   

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7. Kneeling Pad

Chances are good your dad took a knee to propose to his soon-to-be wife. Chances are better he's been on his knees a few times since, whether for work, play or begging forgiveness.

This pad will become his knees' best friend from the moment they meet. It's thick and comfy and ideal for changing the flat tire mentioned above, installing baseboard or flooring, painting, car maintenance, gardening and more.

And when the work is done and it's time to head to the big game, it makes a great stadium seat pad too!  

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8. Professional Ratchet and Accessory Set

This is the most expensive gift in this guide, for good reason. If your dad is truly a tool fanatic who appreciates precision, quality and lifetime durability, he'll be blown away by this set.

It includes sixteen professional quality mechanics tools that are crafted from premium chrome vanadium steel polished to a mirror finish. Every tool meets or exceeds industry standards for fit finish and performance.

When he picks out a ratchet and spins it, he'll nod in approval of the sound and feel of the precision mechanism that's machined to the tightest tolerances in the industry. And he'll love the laser-cut EVA foam tray that securely houses each tool. He can place the tray right into his toolbox drawer or on the workbench for easy access to these top quality tools.

And he'll love the laser-cut EVA foam tray that securely houses each tool. He can place the tray right into his toolbox drawer or on the workbench for easy access to these top quality tools.

Every tool is protected by a lifetime warranty and a no questions asked replacement policy.

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9. Magnetic Socket Rail Set


Another unique stocking stuffer idea is this set of magnetic socket rails. Socket storage rails are popular among tool buffs for organizing and storing loose sockets that otherwise roll around in a toolbox drawer.

This set offers socket rails that are anything but ordinary. They look great, thanks to the rich red anodized paint that looks great and lasts forever.

Even better, they're magnetized along the back so they'll stick to any steel surface. Dad can stick them to his toolbox lid or the side of a car or truck. No worries about paint damage either, thanks to the soft rubber shield covering the magnetic base.

It's a simple gift, but a well-designed and thoughtful one, especially for dads who use their sockets and tools regularly.   

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10. Jumbo Combination Wrench

If your dad already has every tool ever made, fear not! Unless he works in a shipyard or oil refinery, chances are he doesn't have this wrench.

Why? For one thing, it's big. At about 30 inches long, it's designed to turn bolts with 2-1/2" wide hex heads. That's a BIG wrench for a BIG bolt! 

For another, it's heavy, about 13 pounds, and frankly, a little pricey given how impractical it is. But if you want to give dad a gift that symbolizes his love for tools and your love for him, this is the one to get.  

It wouldn't look out of place mounted on the wall above his workbench or over the man-cave door.  

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