10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Pickup Truck Lovers

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By Matthew Barnes

We know that pickup truck owners love to help, whether that's moving a neighbor's couch or pulling a buddy's truck out of the mud. And they also love to wait to the last minute to do things like gift shop. So with Christmas around the corner, here are some gift ideas to pay back the pickup truck lover on your list for all they do to help others.

1. All-Weather Floormats

All-weather floormats do an excellent job of protecting a truck's floors from snow, mud and dirt. They're available in a range of colors and prices, from less than $50 to more than $150. We're impressed with WeatherTech floormats; they fit well and provide the desired protection. If the truck lover on your list spends much time outside, these are an excellent investment. Cost: $50-$150-plus.

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2. Emergency Roadside Kit

Expect the unexpected. Having an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle will make those unexpected events safer and quicker to overcome. Whether it's a dead battery or a flat tire on a stormy night, a good emergency roadside kit should have everything necessary for a safe and effective recovery. Cost: $25-$100.

3. Ball Mount

Most truck owners use ball mounts to tow a trailer. They range in price from $20 for fixed-height steel ball mounts to more than $300 for adjustable-height mounts with multiple ball sizes. They also vary in weight ratings from 1,000 to more than 20,000 pounds. Be sure to get the size of hitch ball and receiver right, as it can vary by vehicle and trailer. Cost: $20-$300-plus.

 

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4. Tow/Recovery Strap

Tow straps and recovery straps are two different things. Tow straps are used for flat towing a disabled vehicle during an emergency to get a vehicle off the highway or home if it's close by. Recovery straps are used to pull a stuck vehicle out of the mud, sand, snow or whatever. Generally, recovery straps are much more elastic, with the ability to stretch more than 30 percent of their initial length. Tow/recovery straps are available in a variety of sizes and weight ratings. If the truck lover on your list stays mostly on-road, then a tow strap will work just fine. If they love to go off-road, then a recovery strap is the best choice. Cost: $10-$200.

5. Tire Chains

Tire chains can be a lifesaver in snow and mud. There are many varieties and sizes to choose from, so be sure to get the tire size of your giftee's truck before purchasing these. For mud, traditional round links in a ladder style work great. This style of chain does a good job of clearing mud to help keep the vehicle moving. For snow and ice, we recommend tire chains with square links in a diamond pattern. The square links provide a sharp biting edge while the diamond pattern provides contact with the ground for a longer time than the ladder style. If available in the needed size, we also recommend getting a set of chains that can be installed without moving the vehicle. These can be a major help if the vehicle is already stuck before the chains are installed. Cost: $40-$200.

 

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6. Jump-Start

Battery jump-starters come in a variety of types and sizes. Some are equipped with 12-volt and USB outlets and air compressors, while others are simpler. Many jump-starters include sealed or absorbent glass mat deep-cycle batteries. These are generally less expensive and work quite well but take up a lot of space. Lithium-Ion jump-starters are significantly smaller but can still provide enough amperage to start a cold diesel engine. They are more expensive, but smaller and easier to use and store. When selecting a jump-start, be sure that it has enough power to turn over the engine in question. Cost: $30-$200-plus.

7. Car Care Kit

A car care kit is an excellent gift for those who love to keep their trucks clean and shiny. While there are a variety of kits available, choosing a kit isn't that difficult. An inexpensive kit will work for those who don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning. For those who spend hours cleaning, detailing and waxing their truck, a more comprehensive kit is in order. Either way, there is something here for everyone. Cost: $20-$200.

 

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8. Dashcam

Dashcams are great to have in case of an accident or to capture other things such as wildlife while driving. Dashcams can protect the driver from potential insurance fraud, hit and runs, and some even record impacts when the vehicle is turned off. On the fun side, they may detect a moose or bald eagle crossing your path. Generally, more expensive cameras will offer more features and better-quality video. Some have a dual camera setup so that they can be used facing the front and rear of the vehicle. Cost: $20-$200.

9. Vehicle Garbage Can

Having a trash can inside the truck during a road trip helps keep the inside clean. Sometimes all a messy person needs is a place to put things. Having a dedicated trash can will make it easy for the driver and passengers to put trash where it belongs. Cost: $10-$30.

 

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10. Swag

For those who are truly into their trucks, having swag is a thing of pride. Ranging from stickers and fidget spinners to heavy coats and mud flaps, there is a swag item for every truck lover. It may take some time to look through all the options, but the variety in price, style and functionality is nearly endless. Cost: $1-$100.

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Comments

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For all of your friends who own a late-model F150 you can buy them a new Silverado or Sierra. They'll thank you for it!

I really like WeatherTech products. I have being buying them for years.

"For all of your friends who own a late-model F150 you can buy them a new Silverado or Sierra. They'll thank you for it!"


I second that notion. Been happy for 17 back in 2001 when i bought my first GM product. Been buying ever since

Merry Christmas

Weather techs are a must here in midwest. Have them in wifes terrain. GM makes their own factory ones that I have purchasesd for my last 3 trucks. Contour matches truck perfectly. Love the logos on them and they are really heavy duty. Have them for front and back

I really like WeatherTech products. I have being buying them for years...Posted by: Jeff s | Dec 22, 2018

we don't have snow down here but we do have Walmart. My truck has no carpet because it's got a work trim.

At Walmart I buy pieces of hemmed carpet that are about the size of an average doormat. They fit perfectly in the footwells of a pickup cab and sell for a buck ninety nine.

$1.99 for those of you in the Northeast.

After about a year of my usual wear/tear it gets a good washing and the scrap goes to the dog house or to the dump.

TNTGMC, nobody wants GM crap. Vibration, cheap interiors, and under powered 5.3 motors

For all of your friends who own a late-model F150 you can buy them a new Silverado or Sierra. They'll thank you for it!


Posted by: papajim | Dec 22, 2018 9:22:11 AM

why not save your money and give them a chunk of coal same thing man you're dumb

I second that notion. Been happy for 17 back in 2001 when i bought my first GM product. Been buying ever since

Posted by: TNTGMC | Dec 22, 2018 11:20:53 AM

sold my last GM in '99 and all my problems with it, i haven't owned one since, met my wife she owned a GM product and had all kinds of issues with it, sold it and bought her an Explorer she's on her 3rd one, not one issue with either one over 300k combined
i will agree on the Weather Tech all my vehicles have them, love them

sold my last GM in '99 and all my problems with it, i haven't owned one since, met my wife she owned a GM product and had all kinds of issues with it, sold it and bought her an Explorer she's on her 3rd one, not one issue with either one over 300k combined
i will agree on the Weather Tech all my vehicles have them, love them


Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Dec 22, 2018 2:14:05 PM

Wow, no problems with Fords. You should buy a lottery ticket.

@ drools

U had 3 explorers totaling 300k. I have 1 98 chevy with that alone. Think of the money my father and i have saved by only havin 1 truck that's been paid for since 2002!! Amazing!

Glad your Ford's treat u well. U are one lucky guy...id play powerball every week with that luck

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I have that exact jump starter pictured. It will instantly start a completely dead case magnum 275 in 50 degree weather. 8.3 liter diesel engine. Amazing how much power is packed into that thing. Expensive but one of the best things I have purchased this year for the farm. I use it every few days when we're running lots of equipment. For a gas pickup or car you can easily get by with a much smaller cheaper model. Also doubles as a phone charger.

I buy items 1-4 immediately every time I buy a truck. Along with a set of tools to keep under the seat.

if that someone who you trying to buy a gift for drive a ford, get them a fire extinguisher.

I had a 1990 Chevy 1500 4x4 350. Great power, truck held up well until it was stolen.

Get rid of your Chevy or GMC trucks now a buy an F150 because the junkyards are paying TOP DOLLAR for GM products. Say they so easy to crush. You could save a life too.

@tailgate

See if you can get someone to help you get your foot out of your mouth.

Junkyards pay top dollar for anything that they can sell quickly.

GM 6.0 truck engines fly off the shelves for example because anybody who wants to build a solild long lasting truck engine, or even a muscle car motor, loves those solid engine blocks, cranks, rods and heads.

Ford Triton engines? Not so much. Nobody even wants to service 'em much less rebuild 'em for racing or trucks.

No foot in my mouth Papa Doe. Never had a problem with my Triton motor. Cant say that for the very few GM products I have had the misfortune to own. Pure junk. Now kindly take your medicine and disappear.

Never had a problem with my Triton

@Tailgator

Was that your Fusion or the Focus?

@ papa jim Nope. My Triton is in my 97 F150 4x4 I bought new.Got over 300.000 miles on her now. She has always been there for me. Shes been used very hard too. Used as a truck. My Wife has a 2010 Fusion but they didn't put tritons in those. !92.000 happy miles so far. Got a 2000 Taurus that i bought new too. 275.000 miles and i drive it anywhere. The Chevys i had years ago left me closing the drivers door and walking away cause the SOB quit running. My Cousin died in one because of that ignition switch fiasco.No more GM garbage in my driveway ever,ever again.

My brother recently got rid of his late 90s f150 with the triton 5.4 motor. Also had over 300,000 miles. Rock solid reliable. He said the only problem he ever had was a bad water pump after well over 200,000 miles. He drove that truck all across the country. It's ridiculous for papajim to keep calling out the triton. It had a very good reputation. That guy is losing his marbles.

Ok Ford boys---repeat after me!

Cam phaser issues, ignition system failures, oil leaks, fuel pump electronic module failures, VVT & timing chain issues, spark plugs breaking off, spark plugs seizing in the heads.

That may not cover all of it. I seem to remember cooling system problems too.

Every time I hear somebody whining about the ticking sound in their old Chevy motors, ask them which they'd rather have: A noisy valve train, or a motor that doesn't run at all.

@papajim--WeatherTech does not only sell floor mats. I have bought the sun-visors that fit over the side windows and a few other things. Also have bought the regular WeatherTech floor mats at Costco for about $24.99. One set of these lasted me over 10 years which amounts to about 2 dollars a year for a set of floor mats. It is more expensive for the laser designed ones that fit a particular brand but WeatherTech products last longer. I have carpet in both my trucks. Never heard of the carpet at Walmart before but that is not a bad idea.

Yeah.

Walmart short-pile carpet scraps with a hemmed border. I like it because it's dirt cheap, durable and it's totally synthetic so you can hose it off and it dries without getting a funky dog smell.

About 4 bucks for a pair. Best of all it protects the factory rubber flooring from wearing through.

V-bar/ice breaker chains work very well also. Probably the best chain for snow and ice.

A Fire Extinguisher for anyone with a F150 would be a great gift idea!



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