If you’re shopping for a do-it-yourselfer this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve gathered the perfect gifts for the weekend warrior in your life, covering everything from power tools to hand tools to accessories—and even some ingeniously designed work support systems. So, make your list and check it twice, but rest assured your favorite DIYer would love any—or all—of the products shown.
Making long, perfectly straight cuts with a circular saw can be frustratingly difficult, unless you’ve got the new WORX Cordless ExacTrack Circular Saw. Built into the saw shoe is a guide that pivots up and out of the way, allowing you to clamp a straightedge directly on the cut line. There’s no need to measure the offset distance from the blade to the edge of the shoe. Simply raise the ExacTrack guide and steer the saw along the straightedge. The blade will then cut flush against the straightedge and right on the line.
DeWalt recently introduced a new pin nailer that boasts the industry’s best combination of features, performance, and capabilities. (In case you’re wondering, a pin nailer is an air-powered tool that shoots super-thin headless nails, called pins. The 23-gauge pins are so tiny that you often don’t even have to fill the resulting holes with putty.)
Pin nailers are ideal for attaching thin wood edge banding, small-diameter moldings, cabinet trim, and picture frames. DeWalt's nailer accepts pins ranging in length from 5/8 to two inches, which is pretty impressive considering that most pin nailers can only shoot pins up to about 1-3/8 inch long. This is also the only pin nailer with a tool-free jam-release mechanism that allows you to quickly remove jammed pins without having to mess with a wrench or screwdriver.
Of all the handsaws available today, few are as versatile, practical, or easy-to-use as the Japanese pull saw. This type of saw features a flexible blade that’s equipped with tiny, ultra-sharp teeth that cut on the pull stroke. And because you pull the blade through the wood rather than push it, the blade can be made super-thin, resulting in very quick, smooth cuts.
Pull saws are ideal for making clean cuts that are perfectly flush with the surface—such as when you're trimming wood plugs, cutting door casings, or sawing overlapping pieces of house trim. The problem is that most pull saws cost $40 to $50. But this saw costs just $8. At that price, you can buy yourself one, too.
This ain't your grandfather's track horse. Or even your father's. The Kreg KWS500 is a versatile, portable, super-strong work support that’s made of sturdy steel and aluminum. Its four legs easily adjust to six different heights and fold flat for convenient storage and transport. The horizontal aluminum track has a keyhole slot that accepts a Kreg Bench Clamp or sacrificial 2x4 to protect the track when sawing and routing. And it can support an impressive 1,100 pounds.
Encourage your DIYer to keep the worksite neat and tidy with a new wet/dry vacuum from Vacmaster. The 12-gallon VBV1210 has a virtually indestructible polypropylene tank, 5-hp motor, 12-foot power cord, locking hose, and an extra-large drainage port for emptying wet spills. But that’s not all: This wet/dry vac has a detachable leaf blower that produces wind speeds up to 240 mph. How’s that for versatility?
Get a grip with these pocket-size needle-nose pliers from Gerber. Made from aluminum and stainless steel, the 22-41471 model features a butterfly-opening design that conceals a treasure trove of tools hidden in its open-frame handles, including two knife blades, two screwdrivers, a wood saw, bottle opener, scissors, and lanyard hole. It comes with a ballistic nylon sheathe with a belt loop.
Say goodbye to weak headlamps. The Harugo 5000 leaves all of them in the dark with its three ultra-bright LED lamps that pump out an amazing 5,000 lumens of light. It has four brightness settings, adjustable no-slip head strap, and rear-mount battery pack that holds two lithium-ion batteries. The Harugo 5000 headlamp is ideal when working in the dark, but also for hiking, cycling, fishing, camping, hunting, and jogging.
Keep powered up and fully charged while on the road with Stanley’s new 140-watt Power Inverter. The affordable, compact inverter has two AC outlets and a USB port. Simply plug the inverter into your vehicle’s 12-volt accessory outlet and you’re ready to run and recharge cell phones, tablets, laptops, handheld gaming devices, and nearly any other electronic devices you can fit in the car. It comes with a mounting kit for easily attaching the inverter to your vehicle.
Doing home projects can get frustrating, so any DIYer will appreciate an ultra-durable bluetooth speaker to pass the time and calm frustrations. The LifeJacket 2 is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. It even floats, if your plumbing project takes an unfortunate turn. Plus, it's truly hands-free, with a speakerphone and the ability to take voice commands. That can be essential when your hands are occupied with other things.
Anyone who works in their garage or basement likely shares a similar complaint: poor lighting. Instead of endlessly moving trouble lights around to different workstations, you can screw this ultra-bright light directly into a standard ceiling light socket. The LED light panels are adjustable, so you can easily direct the light to just the right spot. And since they are LED, they will not pop the circuit breaker when they you try to run a saw with the lights on.
This will quickly become a DIYer's most-used item. It fits over most five-gallon buckets and, with 60 pockets of various sizes, holds whatever tools you'll need for a project. It will especially come in handy when you have to travel to a project. Maybe your friend needs help, and every tool he owns fits in a small drawer. In that case, you're going to need to bring your own tools, and you're going to want to bring them in this.
Floor space is a premium for any DIYer. Scrap wood that they will use some day frequently lurks propped up in garage corners, just waiting for the right vibration or bump so that it can fall on and scratch up the car. The PortaMate gives you six sets of brackets to organize lumber, or you can add your own wooden shelves and store anything you want. It can hold up to 600 pounds. Best of all, the slim profile means it will fit in most garages without taking up the space you need for your car.
Most of the tool belts we've seen on people are dilapidated, frequently held together by duct tape. That's because no one wants to buy themselves a new one. So you can do it for them. DeWalt's apron fits waists from 29" to 46", and it's made of durable top-grain leather, so it should be a long time before it requires any duct tape.
You can’t measure electricity with a ruler. You need a multimeter to read its force (voltage), flow (current or amps), and resistance to that flow (ohms). A multimeter need not cost a fortune. Extech meters range from $20 to $120.
The 15-amp Super Sawzall ($200), the tool that invented the category, pumps a long straight blade back and forth using a locomotive-like drivetrain. It cuts anything you put in front of it, from a tree branch or root to a cast-iron pipe to a 2x4 bristling with framing nails.
A fallen bolt or screw need not be given up as lost. You can retrieve it with this, a powerful rare-earth magnet on the end of a small telescoping pole. It will repay its price the first time you retrieve something.
When you’re fitting one molding to another or tile around a molding or pipe, you can easily transfer the shape with a contour gauge—hundreds of stainless-steel pins set firmly in a gauge block. Press the pins against the shape and they slide back in the block, revealing the contour.
Slide the tool over the tubing and bring up its cutter wheel, then lightly tighten. Make a rotation and tighten again. Repeat until you score through. Ridgid’s 151 costs $45 but you’ll never wear it out.
Well cared for, it will see you through a lifetime of amateur use or many years as a professional. As I’ve said to my colleagues, the Stortz ($12) will ruin you for any other paint scraper.
If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it. A pivoting mirror on the end of a small telescoping pole reaches into places to help you find a drip, a loose or missing part inside an appliance, or a burned wire. For $12, it’s a great stocking stuffer and cheap insurance.
The right-angle drive attachment consists of a chuck that turns at 90 degrees relative to its driveshaft. Insert that driveshaft in a cordless drill. Now you can drill or drive in a seemingly impossible space, such as between two balusters.
Take a powerful spring and attach a hardened steel center punch to one end and a steel striking block at the other. When you pull back the striking block and let go, you deliver a powerful thwack, but precisely. Spring Tools work great in tight spots where you can’t swing a hammer, as when you need to mark a hole near the corner of the oddly shaped bracket you have to install because the manufacturer’s hole is in a useless position.
A bevel gauge copies an angle from one piece of wood (or metal) to another. I bought the old-timer shown here at a flea market decades ago; a new one costs $3 to $30, depending on how nice you want it. Flip its thumb lever to loosen the blade, pivot its blade, and lock it by pivoting the lever back.
Holds a hacksaw or reciprocating saw blade and works in a tight spot, like in a vanity under a sink, where there isn’t space to work with a traditional hacksaw.
The EdgeCraft Diamond File 420 can take the sharp edge off a piece of glass, soften a jagged edge on ceramic tile, or quickly tune up the edge on an axe (working toward its edge or away).
In addition to what the label says, a three-ounce can can flush metal shavings off a threaded hole or rod, coat plastic snow shovels to prevent snow from sticking, inhibit rust on metal work surfaces, lubricate the nut on a pipe wrench, clean the groove in a chainsaw bar manually, and lubricate the sliding surfaces on an extension ladder—and a thousand more things.
A club hammer is a one-hand sledge with a head that weighs three to four pounds fastened to a short handle. Use it to bust a hole in a block wall, for example, or when you need a heavy hitter for striking stone chisels. The Vaughan three-pounder strikes with an admirable amount of venom.
Always. But make sure yours have a Z87.1 safety rating.
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 it's a perfectly priced and perfectly sized stocking stuffer.
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.
Next time you're working through a DIY punch list, give your pockets a well-earned rest 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.
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.
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.
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.
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-size workpieces. The 31-by-25-inch tabletop can support up to 300 lb and the sawhorse can support upward of 1,000 lb. 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.
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 size 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.
is not the first battery-operated screwdriver to use gyroscopic technology, but it's the first powered by a comparatively beefy eight-volt lithium-ion pack. During our testing, we drove 242 1-1/4-inch drywall screws into a 2x4 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.
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's 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 lb with batteries, sold separately).