Christmas is, unfortunately, a very stressful time of the year. Despite the levity of the season, you need to deal with extended family, decorating and…figuring out what to get everyone. While it can be challenging to know what gift to get someone, we’re going to make it a lot easier to figure out for the DIYers, handymen, builders, construction professionals and woodworkers in your life.

The following list are our picks for the best gifts of the 2013 holiday season. I grouped them by price point and found the best prices online for each product.


Inexpensive Gifts for Builders and DIYers:

The following are some great entry level Christmas gift ideas for your handyman.

Stanley 55-099 FatMax Xtreme Fubar Functional Utility Bar
The Stanley Fubar is one of my new favorite tools around the shop. It’s solid and has way more uses than I thought it would. With a hammer, pry bar, nail puller and tons of other creative uses, you don’t have to be doing a major remodel to get major utility here!

DEI 070540 Pit Crew Safety Kit
Safety goggles around the shop get scratched up after a while and if your builder is like me, they go way too long before replacing them. Help them out and keep them safe with this great kit. It includes earplugs on a leash so they wont get lost as well as a great pair of safety glasses.
Apollo Precision Tools DT0101 64 Piece Travel & Automotive Tool Kit
Most of us are woefully unprepared for problems while driving. This tool kit for you car will solve that with 64 tools to get you out of most bad situations. Breakdowns are no fun but they can be less horrible with a great, organized in-car tool kit.
Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Flexible Surge Protector Power Strip (White)
The Pivot Power is one of those ideas that makes you ask “why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a power strip that is hinged at each outlet, allowing you to connect bulky power plugs to it without blocking all the other outlets. Brilliant and super useful in the shop!

Moderately Priced Gifts for Builders and DIYers:

The following are some great mid-range gifts for the handyman in your life.

Lowell Thomas Tool Inc. JackClamp Kit
If there’s only one tool on this list that every builder, DIYer, handyman and construction professional can use and will love, the JackClamp is it. This kit includes two clamps and all the attachments. It’ll allow you to jack things up, clamp them together, even if they’re odd shapes and even spread gaps as small as 1/4″ (great for deck building). Built in the USA.
Milwaukee 6519-31 12 Amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw Kit
If your handyman doesn’t have a Sawzall, they should. It’s one of the most useful tools in the shop as it can cut through almost anything. It’s got blades for metal, wood and composite materials so nothing can stand in your way.
Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System
If you’re shopping for someone who likes to build furniture or cabinets, this is a must have. It allows you to drill perfect pocket holes for joining two pieces together. The result looks great and works even better.
Dremel 4200-6/40 High Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, 47-Piece Kit
Where would any handyman or builder be without a Dremel. With more uses than you can count and attachments for virtually any job, the Dremel tool is a must have in the shop. This is the latest edition of the tool with a new quick change system and tons of great attachments.

Expensive Gifts for Builders and DIYers:

Looking to go all out on a Christmas gift for a very special handyman in your life? Here are a few ideas:

Two Cherries 500-1575 6-Piece Chisel Set with Custom Leather Roll
If you’ve got a serious wood carver on your list, this chisel set is the best out there. They’re a dream to work with and will stay sharp for a really long time. This set comes with a leather roll case.
EVERLAST PowerARC 140 140amp Lift Start TIG / Stick IGBT Welder Dual Voltage
If your handyman or builder doesn’t have a welder around, it’s time to think about changing that. It can make so many projects faster, easier and more durable that it’s surprising that more DIYers don’t have them. Make your’s the envy of all his friends with this great unit.
Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor
An air compressor is more than a nice to have addition to the shop. It’s a must have for anyone that uses air tools, including impact wrenches, nail guns and lots more. More than that, it’s a great thing to have for filling tires and cleaning dust off of a work-space.


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Posted in: Tools.
Last Modified: November 20, 2013

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