It's that time of year again, The Season of Giving. I absolutely love giving gifts. I adore the feeling of finding something and knowing that it will be the pefect gift for someone I love. There's only one problem, not everyone is easy to buy for. So I am here to give you the ULTIMATE Gift Guide for the DIY fanatic in your life. With prices ranging from $10-$200, you are sure to find something perfect!
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1: Tape Measure: No DIYer's life is complete without a good tape measure, but believe me when I tell you that not all tape measures are created equal. Some are more difficult to read, some break easily, and some are flat out inaccurate. You can't go wrong with this Classic Tape Measure from Stanley. Between my husband and I we have tried literally hundreds over the years, now we have 5 of this exact tape measure sitting in our workshop. The only problem now is figuring out where Patrick used them last because he never puts them back.
2: Speed Square: If you ask a builder, this no doubt has a million practical uses, but I don't' know those. I have never constructed a roof or hung trusses and yet this is one of those tools I use everyday. If you are going to make a cut this is the absolute easiest and fastest way to make sure that you measurement mark is accurate and square. There are some "cute" styles available but the Swanson 7-inch Speed Square is the tried and true choice of builders, and while you may or may not be using it to the fullest, it is a great choice.
3: Sawhorses: Whether you have a full workshop or just a few tools you pull out every now and then, portable sawhorses are wonderful to have around. These Folding Sawhorses from Stanley are the perfect combination of light weight and sturdy. The collapsible style won't take up too much valuable space, but ensures the strong work space when you need it.
4:Drill Set: This is hand's down the MOST important tool(s) in the DIY arsenal. Having a good drill set is as important as a chef having a good knife, or a nurse having a good stethoscope. :-) The Ryobi Drill and Impact Driver Kit with One+ 18v Litium Ion Battery and Charger is absolutely the best way to go. Ryobi's One+ battery system offers greater power and runtime without the weight of cheaper drill batteries. The impact driver packs a ton of power to help you breeze through any project. Whether it's me drilling silly decorative holes in this year's pumpkins, or Patrick building a multi-million dollar home, my husband and I wouldn't choose anything else.
5: Mitre Saw: This is one of my favorite saws to use. Nearly every project I have ever done has used the mitre saw. Luckily this is also one saw where the average DIYer can get away with buying a less expensive version. This Homecraft 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw by Delta Power Tools is a great mid-range saw that will serve you well without breaking the bank.
6: Circular Saw:If you are only going to have one saw at your disposal, this is the one to get. With enough careful creativity you can accomplish nearly every cut with a circular saw. This Makita 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw is our favorite and will give you the best bang for your buck.
7: Jig Saw: For more creativity in your cuts, a Jig Saw is a great way to go. There are many options for making curved cuts, but a jigsaw will provide the most versatility for the price. The Makita Variable-Speed Jig Saw is a great choice.
8: Orbital Sander: Now that you have all the tools to cut, you need a way to clean up that wood. An orbital sander is a must have for woodworking of any sort. This also happened to be another tool where you really don't need to spring for a higher priced version. This is a pretty straight foward tool that doesn't take too much of a beating and doesn't need to be fine tuned, so the Black & Decker Random Orbit Sander is a very affordable option.
9: Dremel Rotary Tool: Now if you want to start getting into more detailed work, the Dremel is an amazing tool. With a whole slew of fun attachments with various purposes, I love doing projects where I get to use my Dremel. There are other companies that make less expensive knock off versions, but I recommend going for the original. The Dremel Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit - Corded (I prefer the corded vs. the battery powered) is made from higher quality parts, has a stronger motor, and comes with quality attachments. I also prefer to use this Flex Shaft Attachment. It affords the user much more control and dexterity, especially if you happen to have smaller hands like I do.
10: Wood Burner: Another great "tool" for those smaller, more detailed projects, is the Walnut Hollow Wood Burning Kit. This kit comes with everything you need to get started creating your masterpiece.
11: Air Compressor: This is a tool I could live without, I did for years, but I would never want to do that again. Efficiency is the name of the game when you start including pneumatic tools. Sure, you can accomplish most of the same tasks with a hammer or a screw gun, and a lot of elbow grease, but do you really want to? The average DIYer will love this PORTER-CABLE Pancake Compressor.
12: Air Nailer: What good is a compressor without a pneumatic tool to use it with? There are a ton of choices in air nailers, staplers etc, but this PORTER-CABLE 18-Gauge Brad Nailer will shoot nails from 5/8th inch to 2 inches in length, so it is a very versatile choice. If you are looking for a different style, we have found all of Porter Cable's pneumatic tools to be very dependable.
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