Unless your dad is a racer or car enthusiast, we’ll go out on a limb and guess his car needs new tires (unless, of course, it’s only a few years old). Guys don’t buy tires unless the tread is completely gone, and the latest recommendations say you should change tires when the tread is down to 4/32 of an inch (not 2/32 as was previously the case). Tires may not be an inexpensive gift, but they’ll help keep your dad safe behind the wheel, a feat that no silk tie or dress shirt could hope to pull off. If you know the year, make and model of dad’s ride, The Tire Rack can help you choose the best tire for his car and your budget.
Rear View Camera
Rearview camera systems used to be found exclusively on high-end luxury sedans. These days, you can find them on cars in the under-$25,000 price bracket as well, but you don’t need to buy your dad a new car to get him a rearview camera system. Wireless systems, which typically use a license-plate-frame mounted camera linked to a GPS-like display, can be had for less than $100 if you shop carefully.