Personalized gifts always make a great impression – that includes a personalized space! If you’re still brainstorming for the best gift ideas for husbands, dads, grandpas, or anybody who considers the garage their hangout place (or man cave), get creative. Instead of getting them a car care kit they probably already have, why not turn their dingy garage into a more inviting bonus space?
Chances are, the garage has a list of things that needs dire updates. Whether that’s a space filled with clutter and needs a dedicated storage system or an extra parking space. Perhaps, the garage is too stuffy inside or the walls too bare.
We’ve compiled a list of the best garage-related gift ideas that can transform the space to the next level, making it a personalized, special, and comfortable place that reflects their personality.
Here are the ten best garage gift ideas to make the space more appealing, comfortable, and functional, depending on how they use the space.
1. Make Decluttering Easy with Garage Shelving
If you own a garage, you know how it’s always the go-to place to store all sorts of things, junk or otherwise. As much as it’s an extension space of your home, no one wants to hang out in an excessively cluttered garage. Who wants to get reminded of all the clutter that needs organizing but has never got around to do it?
Besides time, one of the reasons why people usually put off the garage cleanup project is the lack of space or system to organize the room. One of the most functional and helpful gifts you can give them is garage shelving. Pick the best shelving for the garage and watch all the clutter and junk leave the space, leaving only the essentials.
Garage shelves take advantage of the unused wall space in the room. Slatwall shelves, for example, are an incredibly versatile garage storage solution. It keeps things organized, so they have a better view or system to store all their garage stuff.
2. Install a Garage Fan for Proper Ventilation
Garages are notorious for not having the best ventilation, and that’s not the most comfortable environment for people who like working in the garage. If you want to keep them cool while working in their garage workshop, keeping the air moving or flowing is essential. Thankfully, you don’t need to pay for expensive renovation or even install windows for that.
You can transform a stuffy garage into a relaxing space for them to work on their garage-related projects or just hang out with friends by adding a fan. The best garage fan ensures their personal comfort even when they’re in the garage for long hours. It provides efficient ventilation and outstanding air movement – no need to open the garage doors to keep the space cool because that can be another security problem no one wants to deal with.
Choose whichever works for the garage – floor fans, ceiling fans, wall-mount fans, blower fans, and high-velocity fans.
3. Add Extra Storage Space with a Remote-Controlled Storage Lift
Still not enough storage space in the garage? How about the ceiling? That’s another space in the garage that remains unused but has excellent potential with the right gadget – a remote-controlled storage lift.
When the garage becomes a one-stop shop for storing all sorts of items, including the kayaks you only use during spring or boxes of Christmas decorations, storage lifts are the answer for keeping seasonal things organized and out of the way. It can free up the garage floor from clutter and give way to your wall storage for items you use often.
A storage lift gives you endless storage capabilities, including storing outdoor furniture during the off-season. What’s even better with a remote-controlled lift is you don’t have to do the hard work of lifting bulky and heavy items for storage.
4. Update the Garage Lights (including the outdoors!)
The garage often gets very little love, even when it’s one of the most useful extensions of the house. If you are looking for simple garage-related gifts, how about you update the garage lights? Both indoors and outdoor lights.
Bad lighting is one of the culprits why garages look more like a dungeon than a comfortable place where they can entertain family and friends. The uneven and often harsh illumination of those old fluorescent bulbs doesn’t cut it anymore. Instead, get them some energy-efficient LED lights to keep the garage well-lit, so it’s easier for them to find things around.
Adding some new outdoor garage lights can also level up the aesthetic and security of the garage. You can even choose solar outdoor lights, so they don’t have to worry about the electric bills.
5. Soundproof (and Weatherproof) the Garage Door
One way to make the garage more comfortable all year round is by adding insulation. Soundproofing and weatherproofing the garage door keep the space peaceful from annoying noises from a busy street or the loud neighbors.
Insulating the garage door is also a foolproof way to keep pests, dirt, cold wind, water, and even snow from coming in. It’s simple and affordable to seal the garage door, and there are several ways you can use to do it.
- Bottom seal
- Bottom brush seal
- Threshold seal
- Weatherstripping tape
They will be thanking you for keeping the noise from the neighbors away or for protecting their garage items from the weather.
6. Make it Comfy with a Garage AC (or dehumidifier)
If you are upgrading the garage so they can enjoy the space no matter what they like doing in there, adding a garage air conditioner would be at the top of the list. A garage AC would instantly make the room the ultimate relaxation place where they can sit down and relax.
Adding an AC can increase the garage’s comfort level exponentially, whether they are using it as a garage workshop or a pseudo entertainment room. The key is to find the right size of air conditioner, plus features you want like an AC-dehumidifier combo.
Choose from: window-type, portable, and ductless mini-split air conditioners.
7. Update the Floor with Garage Floor Tiles
Forget the boring gray and often dirty and cracked garage floors. You can gift them a proper garage makeover starting from the floor.
But forget the floor paint or any fancy DIY epoxy coatings. They may be cheaper on the pocket but also looks cheap once done. What you need is to optimize the garage floor by adding floor tiles. They can make the garage floors look better than brand new. You can even customize the floor design using interlocking floor tiles. Create unique designs that reflect their personality and style.
8. Upgrade the Garage Walls
Next to your garage makeover are the walls, which is also one of the most overlooked parts. Unfinished walls are fine, but you can turn them into something stylish, creative, and even functional.
There are infinite ways to transform unfinished garage walls, depending on their style preference.
- Paint them – white and light gray are fantastic. An all-black garage wall looks great too.
- Install backer board
- Use pegboards for wall cover-storage combo
- Cover walls with Plywood/OSB
- Install stylish wood paneling
- Use metal panels
9. Double the Amount of Parking Space with a Car Lift
Do they have more vehicles than they can park inside the garage? A car lift will make a fantastic garage gift idea if they need extra parking space quickly and without spending thousands on garage renovations and extensions.
A car lift is perfect for storing their beloved classic car or the vehicles they don’t drive year-round. It’s way cheaper than paying for a storage facility for the car they rarely drive. Adding a 2-post car lift or 4-post car lift can solve most garage parking problems. More than cars, they can store all sorts of equipment in the car lift – snowblower, lawnmower, motorcycle, or patio furniture.
- Get them a 2-post auto lift for parking small and compact SUVs
- Get them a 4-post auto lift for parking bigger and heavier cars (larger SUVs, pickup trucks, vans)
But besides adding an extra parking space, an auto lift makes a fantastic gift idea for those always tinkering their four wheels. It keeps car maintenance a breeze since they can easily work underside the vehicle.
10. Finish the Space with a Custom Car Artwork
Let the garage design reflect their passion – cars! If they are huge vintage car or racing fans, there’s no better way to elevate garage walls than by adding a custom car artwork. It’s the perfect garage-related gift idea to breathe some color, life, and a lot of creativity into the bare, boring walls.
It’s simple, really – have their favorite car or dream car printed into artwork with Respoke Collection.
For the ultimate garage-related gift, you don’t have to pick just one from our list. You can always mix and match, do a couple of what we suggested to turn the garage into something that’s better than their wildest dreams.