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Gift Guide for DIYers

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Our Gift Guide for DIYers is loaded with fun and useful gifts that any serious DIYer would be thrilled to find under the tree or in a stocking this year! But hey, even if you don’t know any DIYers, you can always gift yourself!

DIYers are a fun and easy bunch to shop for during the holidays. Our gifts generally don’t have sizes, so there’s no stress in guessing and hoping it fits! And fashion? Who needs it! Our stuff is timeless and classic. Piercings will come and go, tattoos will fade, bell-bottoms will shrink to skinny jeans and hairstyles will ebb and flow with the tides, but a great tool will always be a great tool! This Gift Guide is filled with the best gifts for DIYers, so you don’t need to worry about picking a lemon.

We’ve compiled this gift guide for DIYers to be a gift list, not necessarily a this-is-what-you-should-have-in-your-home-workshop list. I could go on for days about all the things you should own, but this focuses on some of the little things that would make a good gift for the DIYer in your life – even if that DIYer is you!

Ryobi 18V Cordless Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit

The cordless drill and impact driver are the cornerstones upon which every DIYer’s tool stash is built. No matter the project, I’m almost always carrying one or both of these in my hands. It’s safe to say I couldn’t live without them! Ryobi has been my go-to brand since we began DIYing in 2013. It’s an affordable tool that has more than enough power for most DIYers. But if you need a little more power in a slightly more compact tool…if you need the best (or if you’re buying for a contractor or professional), then you may want to consider DeWalt. And the good news is that for a limited time, the DeWalt Drill/Impact Driver combo is almost as cheap as Ryobi!


Locking Pliers Set

My babes loves these locking pliers – so much so that she almost never uses non-locking pliers, even when the job clearly calls for non-locking pliers. Go figure. But hey, if she likes them, then others must, too! No need to break the bank. This inexpensive set will do the job as well as any other!


Bosch Palm Sander

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I’ve owned a bunch of random orbit sanders in the past 6 years, including the one pictured above. Of all (there have been 6 in total and 4 are still with me), this Bosch is the most fun to use. It is light, it is quiet, and it is smoooooth. I can sand for hours without my hand going numb. A close second to the Bosch is this little Makita. I love them both, but I give the nod to Bosch as it’s cheaper (at least at the time of this writing).


3M WorkTunes Connect

Ever since my babes got these for me last summer, I haven’t touched my old hearing protection! There’s nothing better than listening to your favorite music while working, and these headphones are great regardless of how noisy your environment is! Give them a try – you’ll never go back to non-musical hearing protection again!


Stanley FatMax Power Claw

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Here’s another one for this year’s Christmas list! There are too many corners of the basement without power, and I’m tired of tripping over the power strips I’m always dragging along with an extension cord to do repairs outside my workshop zone. With the Power Claw, I can keep the business ends of those cords up and out of the way. We won’t have a basement when we buy a house in Florida, but I will still put this to use in the shed I hope I’ll have!


DeWalt Titanium Drill Bit Set

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When we get our first drill, most of us go cheap on the bits and get one of those mega 100+ piece sets that include all manner of drill bits and screw bits and a bunch of crap you’ll never use. The problem is that those bits break quickly, and the ones that don’t break go dull. It took me a few years to learn the value of quality drill bits. You can certainly find more expensive ones, but why bother? DeWalt has become my go-to brand for many things DIY, including these amazing drill bits.


Self-Leveling Laser Level

If you DIY and if you hang things on your wall, then you need this self-leveling laser level. Soooo, you need this! Just take my word for it.


The Best Stud Finder on Earth

If you don’t own this yet, my only question is, why not??


Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer

The best way to get a smooth, professional-looking (and professional-feeling) paint job is with a paint sprayer. We’ve owned several over the years (including some far more expensive ones), but nothing compares to this Wagner. It’s time to take your painting to the next level!


Wagner SprayTech Small Spray Shelter

Since we’ve moved into our Jacksonville apartment, spray shelters have become a way of life. I have two: this small Wagner and a medium-sized one shown below. They are perfect for small spaces and places you can’t spray out in the open. I highly recommend both!

Wagner SprayTech Medium Spray Shelter


Handheld Drill Guide

Handan got me one of these last year, and it’s really been useful, especially since I sold my drill press. There’s no better way to drill into corners or round pipe than with this handy gadget!


DeWalt Power Inverter

This little wonder has been a life-saver on our Florida-Georgia runs. Before we got this inverter, Little Miss Pins-a-Lot (aka Instagrama Lama Ding Dong) sitting next to me during long road trips would drain her laptop and phone batteries faster than I drain my first morning coffee on post-writing days. With the FatMax inverter, she can pin and watch videos the whole ride without a worry!


General Tools Contour Gauge

Well, my babes finally got this for me, and I put it to good use on several projects in our Georgia home. If you plan on doing any sort of trim work, this is a handy little gadget to have on hand!


Dremel Rotary Tool Kit

I’ve got some old tools, including some awesome stuff from the 50s and earlier from my father and grandfather. I also have a Dremel from the 80s that belonged to my mom. I think she wanted it for engraving, but I’m pretty sure she never got around to using it. After sitting in their basement for decades, it finally wound up in my hands, and I’ve given it fairly regular workouts. The only problem is that it’s loud as the dickens, and it vibrates like crazy at its highest setting. I think it’s time for an upgrade, and I’ve had my eye on the Dremel 4300 kit for months now. I think it would be perfect in our new Florida home (the one we haven’t yet found or bought).


Best Choice Stubby Claw Hammer

Awwwwww….look at L’il Stubby – it’s so cute. I’m totally getting this for Handan when we buy a Florida house so I can steal her wood-handled hammer to replace the same one I used to have (but mysteriously lost when we moved to Georgia).


Rockwell JawStand

I don’t have this. Yet. But, boy could I have used it in the Georgia house! I took down, painted and re-hung all the interior doors by myself. This tool would have been a godsend! Just check out the photo below!


Ratcheting Screwdriver Set

Every DIYer should have a ratcheting screwdriver. Yes, you should also have regular screwdrivers, but a ratcheting screwdriver will make your life so much easier when you’re trying to reach an awkwardly-placed screw with an outstretched arm. They’re also great on the go. We bought a great set from Walmart when we moved to Georgia, and I’ve been looking for the same set ever since, so I can give one to Baris and keep another in the car. Unfortunately, Walmart no longer carries the same set. But I just found it in a different color and differently branded on Amazon! I know it’s the same set from the same Chinese factory – just with a different look. This is an amazing set for the money, and I just ordered 2 more.


RAK Magnetic Wristband

Handan bought this for me for Christmas a few years ago, and I love it! It’s perfect for screw and nail work on a ladder or anywhere you may be separated from your supply.


Vampliers Screw Extraction Pliers

Ohhh, look at those chompers! These pliers may be a bit pricier than some, but this is the height of plier technology! I’ve spent hours over the years trying to extract stripped screws with vice-grips, only to have them slip off or fly out of my hands before I can budge the damn screw. This one’s on my list this year.


Black+Decker Mouse Detail Sander

Everyone knows that a detail sander is a DIYers best friend. Well, one of them, anyway. When it comes to tools, we have quite a few besties! I’ve tried a few different detail sanders over the year, and I must admit that this B+D Mouse is the best! If you’re looking to go cordless, now is a great time. You can get the cordless version of the Mouse on 49% discount for a limited time!


Kreg Multi-Mark

Okay, you’ve heard me yap about this tool in almost every post where I’ve built something. Just get it already! For yourself. For your spouse. For everyone! It may be my favorite non-powered tool.


Stylish Safety Glasses

Huzzah, you no longer have to look like a dweeb while DIYing! Leave the dorky safety glasses to the dudes and start DIYing in style!


3M Organic Vapor Respirator

If you work with stain, sealants and solvents or you know someone who does, then you (or they) need this. I own it. I use it. And I can breathe.


Illuminated Headband Magnifier

This headband magnifier is one of those tools that gets more useful with each passing year as your eyesight turns traitor and leaves you squinting and frowning as you try to work out just what the hell you’re looking at. We use this magnifier for all of our little work, and it’s indispensable for splinters and bee stings!


FiberFix Repair Wrap

This stuff is the best. I’ve repaired a garden rake, a shovel and a couple of PVC pipes on our old house’s pool pump. There’s no better fix for broken things! Now if it could only repair my broken memory…


Jump-N-Carry – Jumpstart Anywhere!

I love my Jump’n’Carry! Handan gave this to me several years ago for Christmas, and it has paid for itself many times over. I keep it in the car, and twice it has saved me when I pushed the life of my battery too far. I’ve also had the satisfaction of jumping 3 other cars to life in parking lots across the state. It helped for a summer in the shed to start my lawnmower when I just refused to buckle and buy a new battery. And it kicks my generator into life when the power goes out. You never realize just how much we depend on all types of power until you lose it. The Jump’n’Carry will get you running again when your batteries let you down.


Canon iP8720 Inkjet Printer

As a DIYer, you most likely print your own wall art. We certainly do! We think this Canon inkjet printer offers the most bang for the buck. You won’t find better quality photo prints at this price or any price near it. It has been, and will continue to be, one of our most enthusiastic recommendations.


Epson EcoTank Photo 8550 Wide Format Ink Jet Printer

Wow. If you print a lot, you may want to look into this Epson EcoTank 8550 wide format printer. Epson was kind enough to give us one to put through the paces, and all I can say is wow! Handan may actually run out of ideas for printables before this beast runs out of ink! It prints flawless photos, and it’s a natural for printables. It’s pricier than our trusty Canon, so this would only make sense if you print a ton and are spending oodles of money on ink. Kudos to Epson for a truly professional machine that still has a consumer price tag!


Happy shopping, everyone!

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  1. Thank you for these great findings. You don’t realize how much you’re knowledge is appreciated.(And no Handan didn’t pay me to say that)

  2. What a great list. I’m not at the stage where I need a lot of power tools and totally avoid things that involve exact measurements. I’m of the school that firmly believes that a woman needs two tools–a high heeled shoe and a bread knife! And men need 2 tools–a roll of duct tape to tighten up what’s loose and shouldn’t be and a can of WD-40 to loosen up what’s tight and shouldn’t be. Thirty years ago when I got divorced, I wanted custody of the $3 set of screwdrivers. I didn’t need his beautiful Craftsmen ones. I’m still using them! And if I wanna use them as paint can chisels, no one yells at me!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I’ve put a couple of these in my cart! I really appreciate this list since I hadn’t heard of most of these! Maybe they will inspire my bf to do more on his honeydo list! Lol!

  4. There’s definitely a few things on this list I’d be very happy to find in my stocking. Some good drill bits, the Kreg, the auto jump… I know I’ll be getting some gift cards for the hardware store, so it’s just a matter of what I choose! You’ve definitely given me some ideas…

  5. I remembered this list from last year and hunted it down! I’m desperate to find something to surprise my husband who who just goes out and gets what he wants, even in December (!). He’s not so much a “maker,” but he excels at fixing. (Maybe he would “make” if he didn’t have to fix so much??) Thank you for so many wonderful ideas here! I’m giving it a shot on a few of them. Wish me luck!

  6. I bought the laser level, the stud finder and the magnetic wristband last year for both of my sons Christmas presents. I am telling the truth when I say they have been put to great use!! I absolutely LOVE the studfinder!! Borrowed it a few times already! I’m eyeing those Vampliers and a couple of other thingamabobs on this list to add to the “cool tool” collection for them! Speaking of cool tools, my son opened the laser level right away to try it out. It was like Star Wars in my kitchen!!🤣🤣🤣Thanks for the list!

  7. OMGoodness! I am in big trouble with all these ideas! I have three handymen in my family. I think I am in holiday heaven. I am sure one of them will share with me. Happiness with all the Holidays!