What should you buy to spoil the special truck enthusiast in your life?
Christmas is almost here! If you haven’t picked up your presents already, you’re on a serious time crunch! Maybe you have no clue what to get your significant other! If they’re obsessed with their pickup truck, there are numerous gifts that are very useful but won’t break the bank! Some of most useful accessories also happen to be the cheapest accessories you will find. If you have no idea about trucks, you probably wouldn’t think of them. I’m going to help you out. Here are my 5 best Christmas gift ideas for truck lovers in 2019!
1. Dee Zee Tailgate Assist $25-$30
One of the most useful Christmas Gift Ideas for truck owners in 2019 also happens to be the cheapest. The Dee Zee Tailgate Assist stops you from ever slamming the tailgate again. When you drop your tailgate, the tailgate assist controls the fall of your tailgate by using a shock absorber. The other benefit is that it makes it easier to close your tailgate too. This is extremely useful because it allows you to easily open or close your tailgate when your hands are full. It also makes tailgates safer to operate for kids. Installation only takes around 5-10 minutes and should be very easy for anyone with basic hand tools.
Check out our Dee Zee Tailgate Assist review for more information. Keep in mind, the tailgate assist isn’t necessary for recent GMC or Chevrolet trucks. They come equipped with the EZ-Lift tailgate that provides these same features. Here’s a couple of links directly to the Dee Zee Tailgate Assist on Amazon.
- 2010-2018 Ram 2500/3500 & 2009-2018 Ram 1500
- Ford F-150 1997-2003 & Ford Superduty (F250 or F350) 1999-2016
- Ford SuperDuty (F250, F350, F450) 2017-Current
- Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 2007-2014
2. Rubber Floor Liner Set $80-$200
Floor Liners have a huge impact when it comes to keeping your truck clean. This is especially the case in areas where you experience snow or muddy conditions frequently. Floor Liners are contoured to fit your truck perfectly. This means they are shaped perfectly to match the floor of your truck. They are significantly better at keeping your truck clean too because they aren’t flat. Floor liners have an inch or two depth to contain spills, mud, snow, or whatever else you throw at them. These are an excellent addition to a truck that frequently has little kids riding in the back. Depending on your truck’s cab configuration, Floor Liners will be different. We recommend using Husky Liners because they’re high quality and we have used them on numerous trucks. I’ll include some links below to Floor Liners for popular trucks.
Husky Liners For Ram
- 2009-2018 Ram 1500 Crew cab & 2010-2018 Ram 2500/Ram 3500 Crew cab
- 2010-18 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Mega Cab
Husky Liners for Ford
Husky Liners for Chevrolet & GMC Trucks
- 2014-18 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, 2015-19 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500/3500 Crew Cab
3. Bug Guards/Hood Shields
Where I’m located in Florida, we have an unbelievable abundance of love bugs. Not only do these love bugs make a nasty mess when they hit your truck, but their remains are acidic which can cause paint damage if it’s not removed quickly. Bugs aren’t the only thing bug guards like the EGR Super Guard Hood Shield protect against. Rocks can also cause damage to your truck’s hood. At only $60-$80 bug shields are a must-have.
I personally like the EGR Super Guard Hood Shield. Why? I love this specific bug shield because it requires no drilling and doesn’t use tape either. It mounts using factory holes under the hood and two clips. It takes at the most 5-10 minutes to install, and it does a tremendous job at keeping my 2018 Ram 2500’s hood clean. There are other available bug shield options too though! They can be found in Chrome, matte black, or gloss black configurations. You can find links to the EGR Super Guard Hood Shield for popular trucks directly below.
EGR Super Guard for Ram Trucks
EGR Super Guard for Ford Trucks
- 2011-2016 Ford SuperDuty (Ford F250 & F350) – EGR Part# 303811
- 2017+ Ford Superduty (Ford F250 & F350) – EGR Part# 303911
EGR Super Guard for Chevrolet Trucks
- 2014.5-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 & 3500 PART# 301871
- 2011-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 & 3500 Part# 301815
4. Bolt Locks – Receiver Locks $31
Does the person you’re shopping for have a hitch on the back of their truck? If they do, they probably have a receiver lock to keep their precious hitch safe. If they don’t and they’re just using a pin, they NEED one. Hitches are very easy to steal and frequently taken off of trucks in parking lots. Receiver locks are a must-have.
The problem with receiver locks however, is that they use a separate key. You then have to add this key to your key chain or store it somewhere in your truck. What if it gets lost? You’ll have to break your lock to take your hitch off. Bolt Locks offers a receiver lock that utilizes your truck key. It memorizes the 1st key that is installed in the lock. This is much more convenient than having extra keys you have to keep around. Check out the links below to find which bolt lock you need.
- 1990-2019 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 Bolt Locks
- 1995-2006 GMC Sierra & Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 Bolt Locks
- 2007-2013 GMC Sierra & Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500 Bolt Locks
- 2014-Current GMC Sierra & Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 Bolt Locks
- 1996-2014 Ford F150, F250, F350 Bolt Locks
- 2015+ Ford F150, F250, F350 Bolt Locks
5. Programmers & Monitors
Programmers and Monitors provide real time data about a truck’s performance. This includes engine oil temperature, coolant temp, fuel economy and other things. Many monitor units also offer tuning that increases horsepower and torque, improves fuel economy, and make the truck more fun to drive. They also allow you to read and clear diagnostic codes, and adjust settings like the speed limiter. Just be aware of whether the programmer you pick offers clean emissions compliant tuning or emissions delete tuning!
Quality programmers include the Edge Insight CTS2 and Bully Dog’s BDX or GTX. I’ve had all three on my trucks and they all feature highly customizable displays and valuable insights. They’re universal so these units will work with pretty much all trucks. The Bully Dog/SCT BDX and GTX offer tuning with their units however, so if you’re looking for more than just a monitor, that is the way to go.
Want More Christmas Gift Ideas for 2019?
Need More Christmas Gift Ideas For the truck obsessed person you love? Find out 6-10 on our list of best Christmas Gift Ideas for 2019.