Christmas Gifts For Gearheads: Ten Cool Presents We All Want


There are few things better than cruising down the road or working on your classic ride. But, if we had to choose something that could be considered a list topper, it would be getting stuff. What’s better, is if we can get that stuff for free. The best way to get free stuff is typically around Christmas, and hopefully, your wife or children are reading this. If not, email them the link, so they can get some ideas for some really cool gifts that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Don’t settle for another thoughtless gift card quite yet. We’ve decided to take a look at the Summit Racing website, and find our pick of ten cool items – not engine related – that would make great Christmas gifts. We decided to forego listing engine parts. That’s because, let’s face it, we’re all a little picky about our car parts, so that decision is best left to ourselves. For that reason, our list is a compilation of cool gifts that can be useful in the garage. They also have an added benefit of giving some therapeutic shop time with the hot rod, or they’re just something we thought was cool.

Some gifts that made the list are useful, and some are for pure fun. Either way, they’ll surely be enjoyed. We also understand that budgets vary, so we have listed items that range from $30.00 to $400.00. That should make it easy to find just what you need to fill an empty spot on your Christmas list.

Get A Cool One From The Tool Box

Get me a cold one from the bottom drawer of the tool box, might just be your new, favorite instruction while working in the garage. This fridge/toolbox combo measures 19.5 x 31x 17 inches, and above the lower 1.8 cubic-foot refrigerator section are three roller bearing-equipped tool drawers on top.


The fridge section has a three-position shelf and a light. You can also adjust the temperature from 50 to 32 degrees. It also has 3-inch heavy-duty locking casters, so you can keep it close by as you work around the shop. That will come in handy if working alone.

Cost: $399.99

Desktop Horsepower

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a master technician or you don’t know a distributor from a dipstick, the Visible V8 model kit is a cool gift. Dad’s, this is something that you can assemble with your youngsters to help them learn all about the inner workings of the V8. There are 314 pieces, and when assembled, anyone can then turn the handle and watch as the crankshaft moves the connecting rods and pistons.


Even the camshaft operates the rocker arms and valves—just like a real engine. It also has details like a working fan and accessory pulleys, a distributor with plug wires, a carburetor topped with an air cleaner, and much more. The completed 1:4-scale model measures 12 inches long and looks great displayed on the included engine stand. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Cost: $59.99

Super Shelving

Collecting stuff means you need somewhere to put said stuff. That’s where these cool shelving options come in handy for the home office or man cave.

There are many versions available, and the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS and ’57 Chevy are just two of the choices. The shelves are modeled after the real deal, and the hand-painted cast resin shelves come complete with a tempered glass shelf, plus working LED headlights.


Lights require three AA batteries (not included). The shelves are 19-20 inches wide, depending on model. Speaking of models, there are several car models to choose from.

Cost: 109.99

Gettin’ Creepy

Working under a car is inevitable, but you shouldn’t have to lay on a greasy piece of cardboard. Rough Rider creepers are ready to take you where no creepers have been able to go until now – outdoors. Rough Rider creepers have unmatched mobility on rough terrain due to their unique design. giftThe one-piece molded body is crafted in America from a high-strength polypropylene copolymer, and outfitted with specially designed large-diameter wheels with extra-wide, high-flotation tires. The combination creates the right amount of ground clearance for the outdoors, and the ability to roll over gravel, dirt, broken pavement, and surfaces where other creepers just won’t go. Of course, their ribbed body is extremely comfortable, impervious to most solvents, and easily wiped clean.

Cost: $169.99

Get Yourself Fueled Up

Musclecar enthusiasts are not only into collecting cool cars, but also, items that can fill the shelves, walls, or counter tops, and also bring a smile to one’s face. These vintage looking gas pump drink dispensers not only make great gifts and look cool, but they also hold up to 32 ounces of your favorite high-octane beverage, and make great gifts.

With this pump, you’ll have no qualms about getting your own drinks. Just remove the nozzle from the hook and give the trigger a squeeze. The pumps are made of chrome-plated steel and have a clear acrylic reservoir complete with hash marks, so you always know when it’s time to fill ’er up. The pumps are 19 x 5 ½ x 5 ½.

Cost: $29.99

Light up The Night

Neon lights always make great gifts, and seem to add certain amount of coolness to any room or garage. And now you can add that glow to your shop and light up that area with the nostalgic look of this Texaco Gasoline and Motor Oil neon sign.

The retro sttention getter is made from hand-bent neon tubes, and this 24-inch sign operates on standard household current. It comes with a 6-foot power cord, and ships directly from the manufacturer. If Texaco is not your neon of choice, there are plenty of other styles to choose from.

Cost $349.99

Bowtie Fender Scuffer Preventer

Summit Gifts’ fender covers are a great way to defend your fenders from dents and dings while you’re working under the hood. These fender covers hug your rides fender like a magnet for the ultimate in protection.

Tools won’t slip and the cover won’t harm even the most delicate paint finish. They’re offered in several designs and are impervious to oil, coolant, lacquer thinner, brake fluid, and even high-octane coffee!

Weenie Roaster

Let’s face it, we all get hungry while working in the shop, and everyone like hot dogs, right? So, when the craving hits, why not fire up this hot dog toaster? You can cook up a pair of delicious dogs in a matter of minutes with the Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster.

All you need to do, is drop, two, standard-size hot dogs and buns in the toaster, press down the lever, and they’ll pop up moments later, golden brown and ready to eat. It has a variable heat control knob (to make the perfect dog every time), and a removable crumb tray.

Cost: $29.99

Waste Not Want Not

Nobody likes to waste things, but when you add oil to your engine, you are faced with a dilemma. You can either stand there, holding the emptying bottle and funnel over the hole in the valve cover, or live with the fact that some oil just isn’t coming out. This funnel storage system can alleviate that waste.

The storage system can be mounted to any wall or tool box, and features a spring action cradle to keep the funnel in place when not in use. You can even place used oil containers in the stand, so they drain into the transparent collection bottle.

Cost: $34.99

Everyone Likes A Leg Up

We had to go out on a limb with this one. It’s Christmas, and we’re certain that everyone has seen A Christmas Story at least once. In the movie, the Old Man won a major award from Italy. We know it was from Italy, because it was “Fragile.” Admit it, you just pronounced it Frah-Gee-Lay.

somehow, the lamp gets destroyed and the Old Man is crushed. Anyway, you too can now get your very own leg lamp. A Christmas Story desk lamp stands 20 inches tall, and is a true replica of the movie version, right down to the real, foxy fishnet stocking and swanky fringed shade.

Cost: $44.99

So what are you waiting for? Christmas is almost here, and you have some shopping that you need to get done. Head on over to Summit Racing, get the gifts you need, and get finished.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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