Holiday Gifts for Dad: Auto Accessories Under $50

6 min readDec 20, 2021


If your dad drives a Jeep or a pickup truck, picking out something from a wide selection of automotive accessories can put a smile on his face. We have listed gift ideas worth up to fifty dollars that will make your dad’s holiday brighter.

For pickup truck owners

Get a range of truck accessories you can choose from for under $50. If you want to give your dad something useful, thoughtful, and interesting, check out these gift ideas for some inspiration.

Mud flaps

Also called mud guards or splash guards, this exterior truck accessory is good to use by truck owners for daily driving or weekend off-road adventures. Not only do they add some style, but they also help the vehicle stay less dirty when the weather suddenly changes.

Mud flaps protect the truck’s underbody paint job from damage and rust problems. They are also beneficial when the vehicle is used for towing because they keep off the dirt, mud, snow, and other road debris within the pickup or dually truck wheel well.

Check out the universal mud flaps from Lund that fit various truck models. They’re easy to install and include all mounting hardware.


Adding an aftermarket emblem turns the plain and generic look of the truck into a stylish one. Emblems add some bling to the vehicle. You can find a cool emblem for your dad’s truck like the T-Rex Logoz.

T-Rex offers a bolt-on one-piece billet emblem that is easy to install. They create logos for different brands like Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, and more. You can choose from different finishes such as polished, black, and shiny chrome.

Wind deflectors and cab guards

These exterior truck accessories give a refined look to the vehicle and provide some benefits to the passengers.

The wind deflectors (also called vent visors) deflect harsh wind and rainwater. They also give some shade from scorching sunlight, especially when you roll down the windows. They are mounted on top of the truck’s doors or even the sunroof.

The cab guards minimize sun glare and protect the rear windshield from shifting cargo and other things loaded onto the truck’s bed. They are also perfect to pair with headache racks to ensure maximum protection for the truck’s rear windshield.

You may select from these Westin products such as the Slim Wind Deflector, Wade Sunroof Wind Deflector, or Wade Cab Guards. These products are manufactured using high-impact, aircraft-grade acrylic. The 3M tape secures them in place and ensures easy installation.

Bedrail and tailgate caps

Have you noticed your dad often uses his pickup truck for transporting or loading items of various shapes and sizes? If the answer is yes, an ideal present is something that could prevent damage to the truck’s bed rails and tailgate.

People buy caps to protect the paint job from dents and scratches. Bushwacker offers bedrail and tailgate caps for various applications. They are CAD engineered to ensure a snug fit and come in different styles like OE, diamondback, and smooth-back, which you can match to the truck bed liner.

For Jeep lovers

Since Jeep is a brand known for its off-road capability, it will be a great idea to give your dad some auto accessories he can use for his next adventure. You can search a myriad of affordable Jeep accessories you can give to your dad for holidays. However, it’s better to choose a few options that he could use, whether for off-roading or daily driving. Check out these Jeep accessories for $50 or less.

Seat cover

Even if your dad only uses his Jeep for daily driving, a seat cover is an ideal gift because it maintains the excellent condition of the Jeep seats. Smittybilt made the XRC performance seat covers using breathable Neoprene and Cordura fabric for comfort and durability. They are custom fit and easy to install for all Wrangler and new JK seat designs.

Interior Accessories

  • Entry guards

The primary purpose of entry guards is to protect the door sills and frames from scuff marks and significant damage. They also help cover up existing scratches and add style to the interior. For less than 30 bucks, you can buy Smittybilt Entry Guards. They are easy to install without any tools needed and are available in black or stainless finish.

  • Sun visor accessories

Sun visors give shade when the sun is too bright during daytime driving. They also provide some space for you to put your small items within reach.

The Smittybilt G.E.A.R. Sunvisor Organizer Cover keeps the items tidy. You can easily slide it over your sun visor and use the space to create a storage area for your papers, pen, identification cards, and other small items. The cover is made from 600 denier polyester with a clear pocket for license and registration.

Another nifty product is Vertically Driven Products (VDP) Visor Notes. It is an erasable note board mounted onto the sun visor. It also has a vanity mirror when you flip it up. It’s a perfect gift for dads who typically need reminders. You can even put a short and inspiring message for your dad using this on-the-go writing board. Use this on Jeeps and other vehicles. The acrylic board includes a dry erase marker and adjustable clips.

Exterior Accessories

  • Spare tire cover

This accessory protects the Jeep’s spare tire from dirt, dust, and intense heat. Think of the spare tire getting “sunburnt.” Without the cover, ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the tires. The prolonged exposure to UV rays can weaken the rubber and cause cracks in the sidewalls.

Rampage and Bestop offer spare tire covers made of high-quality fabric materials and are available in various colors that you can match to the Jeep’s trim and top.

  • Roof rack cargo accessories

If your dad has a roof rack cargo basket on his Jeep, it’s a great idea to give him some accessories that work well with it. Giving your dad some roof rack cargo accessories will ensure its security and functionality.

Lund offers two rooftop cargo accessories that are under $5. The Cargo Net Tiedown has reinforced hooks included that work perfectly with the Lund Rack. The durable cargo netting secures the items loaded onto the rooftop cargo rack. Lund’s Cargo Soft Pack is another accessory that provides extra storage and keeps the dirt away from the things you put inside it. The bag is created with nylon and polyester materials and has more than 13 cubic feet of capacity.

Recovery straps

If your dad is an adventure-seeker who loves to go off-roading, these straps from Smittybilt are nice gift ideas for the holidays.

  • Tow strap storage bag: Giving this to your father will help him organize the towing straps. The bag can hold up to a 30-feet tow strap and is made from durable 600 deniers ballistic nylon material. The bag is a universal fit, so both truck and Jeep owners can use it.
  • Recovery strap: For less than 40 bucks, you can get Smittybilt’s 2″ x 20′ recovery strap. It is created using unique double hooped, stitched webbing. This tow strap is one of the essential accessories for towing that can help you get out if the vehicle suddenly breaks down.
  • Tree strap: The strap is durable and features a double-stitched webbing with a double hoop design for off-roading or other activities. Rated at 40,000 lbs., this 4″ x 8′ tree strap is a perfect tool as a recovery anchor.

Gift ideas

It can be challenging to search for the perfect present, but we are here to help you find something extraordinary. Check out the gift suggestions and think of how your dad will enjoy the automotive accessory you selected.

You won’t have to empty your bank account to find a suitable holiday gift and show appreciation to your dad. Fifty bucks or less may seem small for a gift budget, but they say “it’s the thought that counts.”

Originally published at on December 2, 2021




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