We all have that person who’s tough to buy gifts for—because they have dang-near everything already.

But that probably means they need a way to lug it all around, right? Here’s a list of ten smart vehicle cargo accessories that can help them transport all of last year’s gifts.

1. Bednet Cargo Restraint Systems

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Ever seen a lone couch cushion on the side of the highway? This solves the problem of cargo jumping ship…err…truck while you’re driving. It’s a smart way to keep things from shifting around in your bed as well.

2. Roof-Mount Cargo Baskets

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Sometimes called a “Safari Basket,” these helpful cargo carriers buy you some much-needed space on family road trips and off-road excursions. There are plenty of spots for you to attach hooks, bungees, and straps to keep things secure.

3. Hitch-Mount Cargo Carriers

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Got a receiver hitch on the back of your ride? Then you’ve got a way to add some extra space for camping gear, a grill, lawn tools, or anything else that you can secure there. They’re beneficial for road trips and work duty too.

4. Reese Towpower Hitch Mount Canoe Loader

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Transporting a canoe isn’t as easy as it looks. And that’s saying something, because transporting a canoe doesn’t even look easy. This clever receiver-mounted loader however, changes that.

5. Roof Cargo Bags

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A good complement to a safari basket or any vehicle with roof racks, these cargo bags protect your gear from the elements—and prying eyes.

6. Summit Racing Roof Cargo Boxes

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These roof-mounted boxes add so much cargo space to your ride, it’s like having an extra trunk (or frunk, if you’re driving a Corvair).

7. Thule Force XT Cargo Box

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Perfect for things like golf clubs, fishing poles, and loaded party subs, these boxes come in handy on vehicles without a lot of longitudinal space.

8. Thule SnowPack Ski and Snowboard Racks

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Driving with a set of skis jutting out of your passenger window gets old real quick. Transport your skis and snowboards safely and securely with a Thule rack instead.

9. Thule Hull-a-Port Watercraft Racks

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Improperly secured kayaks become very bad airplanes at highway speeds—make sure yours don’t. These specialized racks come in a range of sizes and styles.

10. Thule Canyon XT Cargo Basket

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A good choice for folks who leave their basket on year ’round, this rack’s low-profile design offers reduced drag. Until you strap a Sousaphone up there. Probably lots of drag after that.


Looking for smaller gift ideas? What person wouldn’t want to unwrap a nice set of tie down straps or cargo anchors?

They’re the gifts that keep on giving, Clark.

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Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or roof leaks in an old Corvette ragtop. Thanks to a penchant for vintage Honda motorcycles, he spends the rest of his time fiddling with carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.