Essential Garage Tools That Make Great Gifts

Know someone who works on cars in their garage? Then chances are they'd appreciate anything on this list.

Senior Man Working on His Car
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Every car deserves a nice garage, and every garage deserves good tools and supplies. If you plan on working on your car at home, here's everything you'll need to get started. And if you don't know what to get the mechanic in your life for the holidays, there's a good chance they'd appreciate something off this list.

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Mechanics Tool Kit
Stanley amazon.com
$85.00

If you're going to work on your car, you need a good toolkit. This 210-piece hand tool set from Stanley should have everything you'll need for basic auto repairs at home—and for most home repairs, too.

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Tool Chest
Craftsman amazon.com
$234.97

For bench-top tool storage, it's hard to go wrong with a tool chest from Craftsman.

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Toolbox
DEWALT amazon.com
$34.99

A handy on-the-go toolbox is essential for those unexpected roadside repairs. Load up this DeWalt item with the wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers you're most likely to need on the road.

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Floor Jack
Blackhawk amazon.com
$199.99
$124.56 (38% off)

There's only so much you can fix on a car that's resting on its wheels. That makes a floor jack essential. With its three-and-a-half-ton capacity, this is all the jack you'll need for most vehicles. makes a nice upgrade. 

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Jack Stands
Pro-Lift amazon.com
$45.99

Remember: A jack is for lifting and lowering, never for holding a car in the air. Unless you want to spend big money on a lift, you'll need two pairs of these guys for most under-car repairs. Just make sure to buy jack stands that are rated for the weight of your vehicle.

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Creeper
Pro-Lift amazon.com
$39.99
$24.99 (38% off)

If you're working under your car, you need a creeper. This one's good because it doubles as a rolling stool.

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Wheel Chocks
YM amazon.com
$24.95
$16.49 (34% off)

Keep your car in one place with a set of wheel chocks. These things are invaluable when you're jacking a car, or if you don't trust your parking brake.

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Workbench
Gladiator amazon.com
$229.99

A workbench is great because you can't rebuild carburetors at the kitchen table. Well, you can, but you probably shouldn't. 

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Bluetooth Speaker
Ultimate Ears amazon.com
$99.99

Okay, so a Bluetooth speaker won't help you fix your car, but it'll keep you entertained while you work. 

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Amazon
Fuel Can
VP Racing Fuels amazon.com
$29.45

Sometimes your project car can't make it to the gas station. A good high-capacity fuel can makes fueling up your project a breeze. 

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Amazon
Fire Extinguisher
First Alert amazon.com
$88.31

Just trust us on this one. It's better to have an extinguisher and never need it, than to need one and not have it.

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First-Aid Kit
First Aid Only amazon.com
$11.95

Working on cars can be dangerous, so it's always a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy. 

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Gloves
Mechanix Wear amazon.com
$24.99
$17.98 (28% off)

Protect your hands for under $20 with a set of Mechanix gloves. 

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Shop Vacuum
DEWALT amazon.com
$84.54

Serious automotive work can lead to big messes. Clean 'em up with a nice big shop vac. 

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Amazon
Oil-Dri amazon.com
$25.40

Spills happen, and while cat litter will work in a pinch, Oil Dri is made to absorb the stuff your car might leave on the ground.

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Shop Towels
Scott amazon.com
$30.49

Working on cars is messy, and regular household paper towels won't do. These heavy-duty shop towels are what you need.

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Pumice Hand Cleaner
Gojo amazon.com
$6.99

When you're up to your elbows in grease, normal hand soap won't cut it. You'll find Gojo hand soap in nearly every professional garage, for good reason.

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Amazon
Vise Grips
Irwin Tools amazon.com
$57.55
$40.61 (29% off)

Vise Grips: Because you only have two hands. 

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Amazon
Coveralls
Dickies amazon.com
$54.00
$33.99 (37% off)

You don't need coveralls to work on your car, but they're definitely not a bad idea. Keep your clothes, and yourself, grease free.

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PB Blaster
B'laster amazon.com
$13.26

If you work on rusty old cars, or anything with stuck fasteners, PB Blaster will soon become your best friend.

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Breaker Bar
DEWALT amazon.com
$19.99

For dealing with nuts and bolts that refuse to move, a breaker bar is an absolute necessity. 

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Dead Blow Hammer
Neiko amazon.com
$30.00
$10.26 (66% off)

Every garage needs the BFH for really stubborn jobs.

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Jump Starter/Tire Inflator
STANLEY amazon.com
$48.76

You won't go far with a dead battery or flat tires. Kill two birds with one stone with this neat tool from Stanley. It's even got USB chargers!

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Tire Pressure Gauge
JACO Superior Products amazon.com
$39.95
$19.90 (50% off)

Correct tire pressures are critical, so keep a good gauge around to check 'em. This one has a bleed button for controlled deflation, too.

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Shop Light
Stanley amazon.com
$41.98

It's hard to work if you can't actually see what you're working on. A battery-operated shop light will solve that problem. Even better, it's got LEDs, so it won't go out if you drop it.

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Fender Protector
Performance Tool amazon.com
$9.71

Working in the engine bay? Buy a fender protector. It's cheap, and it'll save you a lot in potential body and paint damage.

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Magnetic Bolt Tray
Performance Tool amazon.com
$11.24

If you've ever lost a bolt, you'll know why one of these is essential. 

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Magnetic Pick-Up Tool
Performance Tool amazon.com
$2.88

... and if you're still losing bolts, you'll need one of these.

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Torx Screwdrivers
Craftsman amazon.com
$15.82

If your toolkit doesn't come with torx screwdrivers, it's worth picking a few up. 

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Oil Drain Pan
ATD Tools amazon.com
$20.98
$15.85 (24% off)

Don't bother going to a shop for an oil-change. You can do it easily at home with one of these. 

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