So you’ve got a few people in your family that are hardcore Ford fanatics and all they want for Christmas is some sort of Blue Oval-oriented product. Fortunately for you, Ford has a whole line of licensed products that are designed to appeal to every kind of Mustang, F-Series, and Focus/Fiesta fan out there, and everything is available via Ford’s online merchandise store.
But upon perusing the website and all of its amazing merchandise for 10 minutes or so, we began to realize there was a problem. Ford has done such an excellent job at branding and marketing its kick-ass gifts that it has made it tough for shoppers to choose which product is best for their loved ones. From branded golf balls and umbrellas to gym wear and jackets, the Ford logo adorns more stuff than you can shake a shift knob at, as the number of new products this year alone left our collective heads spinning.
Maybe it’s the eggnog talking, or perhaps the holiday spirit really is upon us, but dammit if we didn’t spend a couple hours rifling through Ford’s catalog of options in order to build this collection of interesting stocking-stuffers. Some are cozy and mild mannered, others are pretty pricey and wild, and there’s a slathering of everything else thrown in for good measure. But regardless of what grade of jaw-dropping amazement these goods embody, all of them have one thing in common: Ford fans should freak out when they see them. Here is our 2016 cheat sheet covering 10 of the best new merchandise items out of Dearborn.
1. Mustang 4-in-1 LP Record Player — $149.95
Ford says it wants you to “bring back that great feeling of cruising in your 1965 Mustang with your favorite tunes,” and what better way to do it than by putting some vinyl on? This 4-in-1 retro music center comes complete with a turntable, radio, USB port for recording or playback purposes, an auxiliary input, line output, as well as a headphone jack. Powered by a three-speed belt-drive, this turntable is a great way to play all your favorite records, and its sensitive FM tuner has a cool retro speedometer style that classic Ford fans will go bonkers over. Additional features include built-in speakers, race-stripe inspired black/red theme, USB support for MP3, WAV, and WMA files, and semi-flush metallic control buttons.
2. 2017 Raptor Off Road Kings Die-cast Car — $29.95
We can’t wait to drive the all-new, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, but many probably won’t be able to afford a full-size version for a while. Fortunately, Ford has released a diecast off-road model that is 1:24 scale, and is authentic right down to the DRL shrouding and dash. Made out of die-cast metal with plastic details, this miniature 4×4 badass features oversized off-road tires, raised suspension with visible FOX shocks, simulated LED light bars, a hinged tailgate and doors, and a whole lot more.
3. Leatherman Multitool — $42.95
This multi-function stainless steel tool is a must for any DIY guy in your life, and it comes with all kinds of neat bonuses. First, it has a glass-filled nylon scale in handle, and comes with 11 different built-in tools. This means you get spring-action needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, a nail file, tweezers, both flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, and a carabiner/bottle opener. Measuring 2 inches in length when closed, Ford’s signature knife features a laser-engraved Ford Oval to round out the complete package.
4. Mustang Wool Ivy Hat — $17.95
We are tired of seeing the same old snapback trucker hats and embroidered beanies on car enthusiasts, and Ford has just the cure for this tired attire malady. This plaid wool hat is pretty slick and makes more of a European-inspired gift, as it sports a poly/spandex fabric to accommodate different melons, and rocks a satin lining, an elastic sweatband, and an embroidered Mustang pony on the back.
5. Mustang Seatbelt Purse — $36.95
This next gift goes out to all you ladies out there, and maybe a few bearded hipster guys in urban sprawls who like the way a satchel looks over their shoulder. This performance-focused black purse features genuine seatbelt strap materials made from canvas, intricate webbing, and real metal accents. Measuring 10-by-8-by-3 inches, the handbag of Mustang lovers comes complete with a Pony emblem on the main buckle as well as on its side buckle/carabiner.
6. Super Duty 24-Can Cooler — $53.95
This hardcore, soft cloth cooler is a different kind of bag altogether, and while we’re confident that it will hold all kinds of cosmetics, cell phones, and holiday gifts just fine, it’s real strength is in its insulation capabilities and ability to transport suds to outdoor events. Made from heavy-duty polyester, this 24-can capacity cooler has a nifty hard-hinge “toolbox” opening, a Velcro pocket, side mesh pockets, a water-resistant bottom, two handles, a padded shoulder strap, and Super Duty lettering.
7. Dashboard-Style Weather Station/Clock — $47.95
Retro never looked better, as this sleek Ford desk clock takes all of the things vintage Ford fans love in a gauge cluster and gifts their bedside table with a new sense of purpose. Complete with a hygrometer and a thermometer, this aluminum faced piece of functional art is surprisingly affordable, and comes finished in a genuine glossy wood trim and a tasteful Ford logo toward the bottom.
8. Shadow Snowboard — $539.95
Nothing beats putting your Focus RS into beast mode this winter with its available winter tire package and carving across an arctic landscape, as you “brap and bleat” all the way to grannie’s house for the holidays. Slap gifts like a custom, ready-to-ride Ford snowboard on top of its roof rails for the ride back home, and you’ll own the slopes in style. Manufactured with stainless steel inserts, a full-length wood core, triax fiberglass, steel edges, factory wax, double camber, and a screened Ford script logo, this 7-pound board measures 157 centimeters tip-to-tip and is a must for fans of all things extreme.
9. Blanket Scarf — $24.95
Here’s another option for all the ladies in your life, and maybe even a hipster dude or two. Sporting a multi-colored plaid print and an embroidered script, this fringed Ford scarf is one of those ideal gifts for fashionable winter outings, as it keeps necks warm thanks to a cozy acrylic blanket fabric and sizable 55-by-55-inch dimensions.
10. Light-Up Holiday Ornament — $7.95
Sometimes it’s the little things during the holidays that make the biggest impact, and in the case of this internally lit, 3-inch glass Ford ball ornament, decorating the tree has a whole new sense of purpose and performance. This kit comes complete with three button cell batteries, instructions, a gift box, and printed Ford text across one side.