Every home mechanic should have a good pair of safety glasses in the toolbox. We have a pair about every 10 feet in our shop and recommend wearing them for most tasks. Most car people do have some safety glasses, but do they have a really <i>good</i> pair? What&#39;s the difference, you ask? Lots. These glasses from Snap-On have truly shatterproof lenses, fit your head securely and comfortably, and most important they have an anti-fog coating on them. This may not seem like a big deal, but ask anyone who&#39;s been trying to disconnect a CV joint through fogged lenses and they&#39;ll tell you how much they&#39;d appreciate a little anti-fog.I see too many home mechanics without one of these. It&#39;s a rod with a magnet on the end. Big deal, you&#39;re thinking. The magnetic pick up tool can be a real lifesaver. Picture this: you&#39;re working on your distributor (or coil pack, don&#39;t want to date myself too much) and you drop a small screw or bolt. It falls into a tight crevice and your fingers are useless to get it out. If you have a magnetic pick up tool you need only stick it into the crevice and your can finish the job. No pick up tool and you&#39;re trying to figure out how to get some chewing gum stuck to a fishing rod ... or something.This great car gift is so cheap it&#39;s practically a stocking stuffer. But cheap as it may be, a gasket scraper is an invaluable tool for a home mechanic to have in the tool box. A gasket relies on the smooth surface of the metal parts it&#39;s trying to seal together. Anything less than smooth and you might be headed for a leak. Scraping with razor blades or screwdrivers is ill advised. Your car lover needs a real gasket scraper to get the job done right. It tends to be the last tool most guys buy, so do a good turn and give a great gift!Even the simplest car repair or modification will yield a pile of screws, nuts, bolts, clips and other bits that hold the car together. If you&#39;ve ever neatly piled all of your hardware together in a &#34;safe&#34; place only to kick it across the garage floor an hour later, you can see the value in a parts tray that magnetically holds all of these little bits in one place -- safely. This is the gift that will save you from getting an earful of expletives.If you&#39;re not sure what to get your car guy or car gal, you can always turn to a holiday standby, the nutcracker. But this is no laughing soldier, this is a nutcracker for mechanics, and it&#39;s got teeth. Freeing a stuck or rusted nut can be a real pain. This Nutcracker from Craftsman can split a nut into two pieces. If you&#39;ve tried the usual methods of heat, penetrant, Vise-Grips and everything else you can throw at it, this Nutcracker will probably solve your problem. Makes a great and unexpected gift. Feel free to re-use my nutcracker jokes, too.