Michael Stillwell

If you have someone in your life who loves making and fi things, these are 25 ideas for the holidays that are sure to go over well.

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Black and Decker Rotobit
Black+Decker Roto-Bit


Powered screwdrivers are an underrated, but extremely handy tool. Their only drawback can be finding the right sized bit. The new Black+Decker 4V MAX Roto-Bit has onboard storage for 8 bits and the internal battery can hold a charge for up to 18 months.

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Rolgear 15 in 1 Multi bit Ratchet Screwdriver


This 15-1 ratchet screwdriver set, would make a great gift for anyone regardless of DIY skill level. It's a premium tool made from durable S2 steel and it's silent ratcheting action is precise strong. The built-in bit storage keeps everything nearby and secure. The bits are 7 double ended screwdriver bits plus a 1/4-inch hex drive.

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Dewalt 33-in. Folding Portable Workbench


The Dewalt folding portable work bench, provides an instant work space wherever you go. It’s not much bigger than a card table, but it opens in less than 3 seconds and can support up to 1000 pounds. It’s trigger clamp ready and durable enough to handle your most heavy-duty projects.

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Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Flashlight


A non- voltage tester is the safest way to prevent shocks and locate hot wires. The LED bar graph indicates the presence of voltage. The higher the voltage sensed, or the closer to the voltage source, the more LEDs light up. A built-in flashlight helps illuminate a dark work area, and at , it's the a perfectly priced and perfectly sized stocking stuffer.

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Makita 18V LXT Cordless Compact Router


Cordless routers are much more convenient to use than their corded cousins. You've no longer got the cord to distract you as you focus on keeping the tool snug against your board. The new Makita LXT cordless router is ideal for trim work, finish work, and cabinetry. Dial in your ideal speed and get to work. This kit includes router, two batteries, charger, and carry case.

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Estwing 15-Ounce Ultra Hammer


Like all of Estwing's high-quality striking tools, is forged from one piece of steel. Its sleek, aerodynamic design and lighter weight helps you maintain speed as you punish one big nail after another. A nail-pulling notch in the side of the head helps in tight spots, and a magnet in the head holds a nail, allowing you to start it with one deft swing.

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Occidental Leather 5523 Clip-On 4-in-1 Tool Holder


Next time you're working through a DIY punch list, give your pockets a well-earned rest. Instead, stash those essential tools in . Besides having dedicated spaces for a tape measure, screwdriver, and carpenter's pencil, the holder features a plastic tool shield for a sharp tool, such as a knife or chisel. A bonus round-pencil holder within the shield saves needless trips down the ladder when you drop your carpenter's pencil.

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Milwaukee Surge
Milwaukee Tool Surge Hydraulic Driver


A major drawback to impact drivers is the loud racket they make, but the new M18 Fuel Surge 1/4-inch hex hydraulic driver, could be the best of breed among new (and thankfully quieter) hydraulic drivers. On a hydraulic driver the impact mechanism is fluid-based, which results in 50% quieter operation with three times less vibration. You can get just the tool only for or as a kit (with the tool, 2 batteries, a charger, and a case) for .

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ryobi drill bit set
Ryobi 90-Piece Drill Bit Set


This 90-piece set from Ryobi is the last time you'll ever need to buy a drill bit. With standard bits, spade bits, hole saws, and screwdriver tips, it has everything you need to drill into wood, metal, plastic, and brick. And the best part is it's only .

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Milwaukee Self-Retracting Safety Knife


Every homeowner needs a good utility knife, and that actually improves upon the well-loved one-handed-retractable design. Its blade retracts automatically when you release its button. Anybody who has ever gotten a nasty cut from a utility knife will see the wisdom here. Other benefits include storage for five blades inside its all-metal handle and tool-free blade changing.

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dewalt dcb 1800
Dewalt Portable Power Station


The new Dewalt 1800 Watt Portable Power Station uses four cordless tool batteries to deliver AC power in any location, so your work doesn't need to be confined to an outlet. This big bucket of battery can run most corded tools with 1800 watts (15 amps) of continuous power and 3600 watts of peak power. It's runs on four or , and when plugged in it also serves as a charger.

But you'll be paying some cash for your new found freedom. The Portable Power Station runs without batteries and with three 20V Max and one Flexvolt battery included.

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Hitachi Cordless Nailer


Hitachi's popular nailers are now available in three battery-powered models. No more air hoses, compressors, or gas cartridges to deal with. A new compact 3.0Ah battery powers the entire lineup of brushless nailers. The ramp up time, shooting speed, and recoil, are all similar to a pneumatic nailer.

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Channellock E347 XLT Combination Pliers


tools are sleeker versions of its famously robust pliers, but they still live up to the company's 130-year reputation for toughness, a crisp cut, and a good grip. The E347's forward-positioned rivet increases leverage while reducing the force you need to apply. Best of all, you'll feel good using these tools: Their cutting edges and jaw surfaces are hardened with a high-energy laser, a process that eliminates the need for disposing of toxic chemicals used to quench steel.

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Makita 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless Drill/Driver and Impact Kit


The new Makita 18V LXT sub-compact brushless tools give users the size and handling of a 12-volt tool with the performance, power, and compatibility of an 18-volt. If you are seeking less bulk and weight in cordless tools for drilling, driving, and fastening, this would be a good choice. The kit includes a 1/2-inch drill/driver, impact driver, two 2.0Ah batteries, charger, and a carry bag.

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Ryobi Whole Stud Detector


From hanging pictures to installing shelves, everyone should have a stud finder. The Ryobi Whole Stud Detector will indicate where the entire stud exists, not just the edges. This helps pinpoint exactly where the center is located. It automatically scans the depth of your drywall, so there’s no need to provide that input, and it will warn you when you are over metal or near AC power.

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Pegasus Worx Workstation


Worx new Pegasus workstation is both a sawhorse and a worktable. It features built-in channels to house two 18-inch quick-clamps and four table slots for securing irregular sized workpieces. The 31-by-25-inch tabletop can support up to 300 lbs. and the sawhorse can support upwards of 1,000 lbs. It can be set up in the garage, driveway, patio, or on a worksite, and packs up easily for storage in a pickup bed or garage. All this tool goodness for just .

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12V MAX Barrel-Grip Jig Saw
Bosch 12V Barrel-Grip Jigsaw


The jigsaw is a must have power tool for DIYers, and the Bosch barrel-grip saw is the smallest you can find. It's tiny size makes it extremely lightweight and maneuverable for more accurate cuts. It's just 9.4-inches long and only 3.3 lbs.

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Kobalt 120V Electric Air Inflator


The Kobalt 120V electric air inflator can basically fill up anything from footballs and basketballs, to bicycles and cars tires, this convenient air inflator allows you to set the desired pressure and the compressor will automatically turn off once reached. You can use it at home with an outlet or on the road from a 12-volt outlet.

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dewalt flexvolt tablesaw
Dewalt Flexvolt Cordless Table Saw


Portable jobsite table saws usually used where a 120-volt outlet isn't readily available. The new Dewalt Flexvolt 8 1/4-inch table saw kit (which we wrote about a few months back) features their Flexvolt battery technology, which automatically adjusts voltage when you change tools. It's backwards compatible with their 20V Max tools, so you aren't losing any battery capabilities.

This table saw has 24-inches of rip capacity for ripping 4x8 Plywood or OSB sheets. Rack and pinion telescoping fence rails make fence adjustments smooth and accurate. , the table saw comes with battery, charger, and accessories.

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ridgid palm driver
Ridgid 12V Compact Palm Impact Driver


The new Ridgid 12V palm impact driver is compact so you can use it in tight spaces. There's no trigger, but instead the driver is activated by pressing down on the tool and delivers 400 lbs. of torque, and .

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Milwaukee Rover M12 Compact Flood Light


The Rover's new flood light can go everywhere with you. It can also adjust to your work environment, whether clamping, hanging, or sticking. It can be used in any sized workspace and provides 1,000 lumens of light while parked in "high mode." It then drops to 400 lumens in medium and a further 200 lumens of output in low mode. , it's a tough little light to beat.

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Worx Switchdriver


This 2-in-1 tool allows you to seamlessly switch between using a drill and a driver, with the flip of the head. No more wasting time constantly changing bits and adjusting the drill, or dealing with the hassle of two tools. The 20V power is more than enough for any household work, and any DIYer would love to find this under the tree.

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Dewalt 60V 2.5 gallon Cordless Air Compressor


With the advent of more powerful batteries, corded tools continue to go cordless. Cordless air compressors are a new category that is sure to grow in the next few years. Dewalt currently has the largest and most powerful cordless air compressor that is powered by their 60V Flexvolt system. Grab a hose and a battery and you are good to go!

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DeWalt 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver


is not the first battery-operated screwdriver to use gyroscopic technology, but it's the first powered by a comparatively beefy 8-volt lithium-ion pack. During our testing, we drove 242 1-1/4-inch drywall screws into a 2 x 4 before the battery died. Thanks to its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gyroscope—similar to those found in smartphones—use is simple and intuitive: Twist your wrist to the right to turn the driver clockwise. To back up, twist to the left. For brawny work, the tool reconfigures to a pistol grip.

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Makita Rear Handle Cordless Circular Saw


The new brushless rear handle circular saw from Makita is powered by two of their 18V LXT batteries for max cutting and ripping power. The blade left, rear handle design is a first in cordless tools and a welcome design change for those who dislike traditional circular saws. The saw has a die-cast magnesium base and blade guard with die-cast aluminum blade cover and motor housing, which combines durability with less weight (only 12.4 lbs. with batteries, sold separately).

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