10 Cool Tool Gifts for Fixer Uppers
It seems like everyone has a home project going on these days, and whether you know someone who is giving a room a facelift or taking on a major remodel, the holidays are the perfect time to gift them the right tool to help in their endeavor. These 10 tools aren't just incredibly cool, they have a wide range of uses. Pick one or two for the DIY-enthusiast on your list, and be sure to add a few to yours as well!
One of the most challenging (and fun) parts of any DIY project is the demolition, and if bustin' stuff up is on your loved one's to-do list, the Stanley FatMax Xtreme55-120 FuBar III will make an excellent gift. This multi-tasker weighs over eight pounds and is balanced perfectly for maximum striking power. Use it to get a start on holiday renovations with its ability to pry, split, bend, and destroy!
2. Oscillating Tool
Designed to make quick work of cutting, scraping, sanding, and more, the oscillator has been on the market for years, originating with the top-of-the-line Fein brand. Most DIY experts keep one in their arsenal, since you can buy almost unlimited attachments for unlimited jobs around the home. For those who are watching pennies, the Dremel MultiMax is a more reasonably priced alternative for handling the same tough jobs of cutting grout and scraping carpet adhesive.
3. Infrared Thermometer
Finding leaks in insulation in your home can be a pain, but with a thermal leak detector (like the one made by Black and Decker), it's so fun — it feels like a game! The handy gadget measures the temperature of surfaces to determine where warm air is escaping; use it on your walls, ceiling, and floors to handle pesky drafts. This tool can also be used for troubleshooting HVAC systems, fridges and freezers, and even car engines!
4. Rechargeable LED Work Light
Most shops have poor lighting, and many work projects take place where there may be no lighting at all. The Cooper Lighting LED130 Might-D-Light 80-LED Cordless Light is extremely portable, featuring a hinged "batwing" design for free-standing without a base. (Or use its magnetic feature to stick it to any metal surface!) Pop in Ni-Mh batteries for quick charging at home or on the go with the included AC/DC charging adapters.
5. Racheting Wrench
For when you can't have all of your tools with you, a handy catch-all like the Black and Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench could save the day (and lots of space!) It's an affordable solution featuring 16 standard and metric, color-coded socket sizes. The regular handyman will find it useful for a number of odd (and not-so-odd jobs), including furniture assembly, car repairs, and home remodeling.
6. Pocket Driver
While most DIY'ers want a gift that represents power and speed, there are times when something modest is in order. The Bosch Pocket Driver Kit is a small driver that can fit into the nooks and crannies that prevent other drivers from working properly, but it provides enough torque to make fast work of most jobs. The handy LED light helps shine a light on your project, and its 20 clutch settings keep it versatile in ever-changing environments.
7. Pocket Hole Joinery System
For the handy man or woman that has everything, a unique gift like the Kreg Pocket Hole System may be in order. This unique kit lets even beginner carpenters make perfect joints without glue, clamps, and complicated geometric calculations. Just drill a hole at an angle into one workpiece, and connect it to the other piece with a self-tapping screw. Build cabinets in days instead of weeks, and watch your projects get done!
8. Power Strip
What does the average DIY'er wish they had more of? Power! But finding a place to plug everything in can be a challenge. The Stanley PowerSquid allows you to plug five devices into grounded outlets in any position. A three-foot cord and on/off circuit breaker ensures that your workspace is safe, and this flexible alternative to a regular power strip gives even bulky adapter plugs a place to power up.
A dull knife blade isn't just cumbersome, it can be downright dangerous! Gift your favorite handyperson the ability to always stay sharp with the PocketPal Mutifunction Sharpener. This tool can handle both standard and serrated edges, making quick work of a lifeless blade. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone wishing to keep their cutting tools in top-notch condition!
You don't have to be a Boy Scout to follow the motto of "Be Prepared," and giving a gift like the Leatherman Skeletool Multitool ensures that your loved one can be ready for anything. This smaller-than-average multitool weighs less than six ounces and packs the following tools into one slick-looking sheath: pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, bottle opener, stainless steel blade, and universal bit driver (with bits).
Any tools on your wish list? Any DIYers on your gift list?