Getting a gift for your favorite car enthusiast doesn't always have to be complicated. It most certainly doesn't mean hopping on a plane to Japan to pay a visit to Up Garage. Believe it or not, there are some perfect gifts you can buy right now. We've sorted them out into different price categories, as low as $20 all the way up to "ballin' out of control." Come Christmas day, your special gearhead will be impressed and you will be known as the best gift-giver of all time.
$50 AND UNDER
TEIN Magnetic Cell Phone Holder
There are tons of cell phone holder manufacturers out there, most of which you've probably never heard of. Lucky for you these are made by TEIN, a suspension company that has been a leader in the industry for years. How do we know it's good? Well, we have it in our orange FR-S! With a price tag well under 20 bucks, you can't go wrong.
GReddy Shoulder Pads
We are digging these camo shoulder pads from GReddy. This updated version features an overall slimmer design than their previous model and they've collaborated with leading tactical supplier Griffon Industries for this super durable and unique option.
Tomei Type-SS Shift Knob
The all-new Type-SS is the shortest variant in Tomei's shift knob line up, and provides a short-throw-like shifting experience. At just 60mm in length, it's 10mm shorter than the Type-S model but maintains the sporty and screw thread surface length to ensure a secure fit. Also, it's made out of duracon to retain less heat, making this shift knob usable even in extremely hot climates.
Koyorad Racing Radiator Caps
If your gearhead is really into the small details, this Koyorad Racing radiator cap will definitely up the engine bay game.
pbskids BTM 96 Tee
Okay, this might be a little shameless plug, but it's still a very cool tee with the classic square logo.
SS iPhone 8 Cases
Protect that new iPhone 8 in style with this cool pbskids phone case. There are different styles you can check out too.
Vertex Nano Metal Headlight Clearing Kit
If those headlights are looking a little foggy, you might consider getting this new product by Vertex. It comes with a super clean shampoo, nano metal lighting clear and a micro fiber cloth.
$100 AND UNDER
Cusco Jack Assist Ramp Set
This is the perfect addition to your gearhead's garage, granted he or she does their own work at home. It allows lowered cars to drive up a ramp to clear space for a jack.
Carbing Okuyama Rear Frame Brace
This is for all the FR-S/BRZ/86 homies - according to the Okuyama website, this brace is priced at 9,800 yen (around $86 U.S.). The rear frame brace adds stiffness to the rear part of the body to prevent flex.
Vertex Monochrome Shift Knobs
If your gearhead is a fan of Takahiro Ueno and his Vertex brand, this shift knob is the right one. It'll come with three different threaded adapters for popular applications.
$500 AND UNDER
Bride Seat Jackets
Protect your Bride investment in style with these new seat jackets by Bride.
Project Mu Club Racer Brake Pads
If you find your gearhead spending most of his or her time on the track, these brake pads might be the gift you're looking for. Designed for circuit driving, sprint race competitions, time attack and track days, these pads have special super graphite metallic material and are available for most-popular imports.
Revel USA Intercooler Dual Temperature Gauge
This gauge will monitor inlet and outlet air temperatures of the intercooler to allow accurate readings when tuning.
RS-R Lowering Springs
One of the first things you'll probably do to your car is lower it, and since RS-R is the number one aftermarket spring manufacturer in Japan, they might have exactly what you need. Trust us, if they don't have suspension mods yet, your gearhead will love this part.
GrimmSpeed Cold-Air Intake
One of the easiest ways to make power is to swap out that factory air box for a high-flow intake. This GrimmSpeed intake for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ is designed to make power throughout the entire rev range. During their testing they made 10whp and made it easy enough to install in 30 minutes.
Koyorad V8 Swap Radiator
Let's say your gearhead swapped a V8 motor into their car. This radiator has inlet/outlet pipe locations specifically for V8 engine swaps. It's the ideal size for other big power universal applications as well. It utilizes a 53mm thick, high-density Hyper core.
Tom's Racing Japan Power Box
Tom's Power Box is a plug-and-play boost-up module that increases power output up to 20hp and 19 lb-ft of torque and improves engine response for Lexus 200t/2.0L turbo engine applications.
Vertex King of Vertex Suede Steering Wheel
Vertex steering wheels have always been a fresh interior addition. This King of Vertex wheel features a suede grip laced with intricate yellow stitching.
$500 AND UP
Function & Form Coilovers for the '16-'17 Honda Civic LX and Civic Sport
Now that your gearhead has that new Honda Civic, it won't be long before they'll be itching to lower it. Function and Form coilovers have 32 levels of damping via the adjustment knob and feature a monotube shock design with large 50mm pistons. Also, adjustable camber plates are included in the kit.
Car Modify Wonder Body Kit for Nissan 240SX (S13, 180SX)
Made in Saitama, Japan, you can take your loved one's 240sx from zero to hero.