Dads can be tough to buy for. So can sisters-in-law, or that cousin you see only once at year. (Coincidentally, he always manages to time his visits to the Holidays.) But if they like tools, you're in luck. This list of great gifts includes 47 tools that will definitely be appreciated, won't break the bank, and that will prove useful for years to come.
Once you own a pickup tool with a magnet attached to the end, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. This one extends to 30 inches and can pick up items that weigh up to 20 pounds. Great stocking stuffer.
Fasteners that are hard to get at or difficult to turn have met their match when you use socket adapters to extract them. You won't find a better performance to price ratio than this kit, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Handy and inexpensive, this durable saw has a thick rigid blade that for easy control. It can handle everything from tree branches to lumber.
Any handy person will appreciate a magnetic dish. It keeps small bolts, screws, clips and other doo dads from getting lost while you work. And don't worry if they already have one. They can always use another. They're that helpful.
Otherwise known as a volt pen or voltage sniffer, this tool can save a handy person’s life by telling them if the electrical wire is live or dead. Just press the button and hold it near any wire. If there's voltage, a warning tone sounds.
Deep-sockets are great to for when you need to reach a nut that has a lot of bolt projecting through it, or when you need to get at a bolt head at the bottom of a cavity. In our tests, DeWalts sets always perform very well.
When it comes to accessory kits, this is one of the best buys that exists. This 40-piece kit is tough enough to use in impact drivers or drill drivers. Plus, there are multiples of the most common types and sizes, which comes in handy when you inevitably lose them.
Every handy person will need to strip or cut wire at some point. This U.S.-made version handles all common sizes.
For anyone in the midst of a big remodeling job—or expecting to tackle one soon—this Sawzall blade set will be appreciated. And necessary. They may not make the remodeling any easier, but these blades will make demolition a whole lot faster.
Hooking tools on peg board is pretty simple. But it's even easier when you add a magnetic bar holder. Or two or three. These things are indispensable for holding tools and accessories neatly in the workshop.
Buy this trim hammer for that first-time homeowner and they’ll never need another. It’s even big enough to handle light framing.
For the more aesthetically minded gift recipients in your life, Estwing’s leather handle, solid-steel hammer is a beauty. The 20-ounce weight will handle most jobs around the house.
Everyone needs a pocket knife. (Just don't forget it in your pocket when you try to go through airport security.) This small Case knife is U.S.-made. It's a great multi-purpose choice that will do everything from whittle a spoon to slice a sandwich.
Another great pocket knife is the Opinel. Dead simple and dirt cheap, these historic folders come sharp, and in a wide variety of sides and woods. The No. 6 is the ideal size for the pocket, and the larger No. 8 is a perfect desk or workbench knife.
CRKT stands for Columbia River Knife and Tool, and that name stands for a lot in the knife business. We’ve tested plenty of CRKT knives, and we know how good they are. This rugged, no-nonsense pocket knife is the real deal for outdoors people, mechanics, and first responders.
Forget crummy slide-bar tire gauges. You love somebody? Give them a decent dial-read gauge on a hose. Believe me, they’ll thank you for it—every time they check the air pressure, whether it's on their car or yours.
The Council Tool Miner Axe is a sweet little hand tool that’s great for camping or preparing kindling at home. And it’s about as traditional as hand tools come. Bonus: It’s American made, which is amazing for the price.
No one can really say how many of these sets have been given down through the years as Christmas presents. They’re well made and will last a lifetime with decent care. All the common sizes are represented along with long-shaft types that are becoming more difficult to find.
No socket set is complete without a set of drives, adapters and universal joints. Craftsmen still leads the pack for quality and cost effectiveness.
In our rigorous testing, this Knipex mini bolt cutter cut through everything we’ve put in front of it: wire, small-diameter steel rod, small chain, bolts, nails, screws. It’s incredible for its size and tucks nicely into a stocking.
Give this to the woodcutter that you care about. You know what they say: Safety first. Even Santa wears this kit cutting firewood.
You won't find a better set for this price.
These German-made pliers are a good choice to help jump start somebody’s tool kit. It’s as ideal for the pro and it is a first-time homeowner. These pliers will never get worn out.
They'll also need pliers that grip and cut. Having tested these two piers extensively in our shop, we feel confident saying they are two of the finest hand tools ever made.
Kraft Tool is well known to generations of masons, tile setters and other trades. One reason is this sturdy, leather-bottom tool bag. It’s U.S.-made, durable and great looking.
This tool is small, but it's a brute. It has a pivoting head that locks in multiple positions and two speeds with adjustable torque. Plus, a full charge will last you at least a couple of days.
The Dremel rotary tool started the rotary tool revolution. Decades later it’s still going strong. This is a great set to help someone cut, grind, sand, shape, polish, and deburr. The Dremel can do nearly anything.
This is a serious US-made wrench set for a serious mechanic, whether professional or amateur. It’s the real McCoy, intended for industrial users who need access to nuts or bolts in cases where a socket simply won’t work.
SK is an American manufacturer and it’s tools are immaculate and almost jewel like. This metric set is one of the best buys out there in American-made mechanics tools.
This DeWalt kit is a simple, no-fail gift for the serious DIYer or pro. U.S.-made components only make it better, as far as we’re concerned, and that’s already saying something, given how good a pair of tools this is.
It's a flashlight (on the end) and a torch (in the middle). You can charge it via USB, hand crank, or the embedded solar panel on the back, and the gadget's shape lets you lean it in a way that the panels are best exposed to the sun. It's everything you need in an emergency light, plus side holder for the USB cords so you don't lose them in the wild.
Cords on routers are a nuisance, and always getting snagged on your workpiece. Makita's powerful 18V cordless router offers corded performance, with all of the advantages of a cordless tool. The electronic speed control is smooth and the safety on/off switch helps prevent accidental startup of the tool.
Known for their tough as nails coolers, YETI has taken the ubiquitous 5-gallon bucket and upgraded beyond what we thought possible. They'll love its functionality in the garage, on the dock, and anywhere else they needs a dependable hauler. Made from high density polyethylene, it's durable enough for campsite kindling and demolition cleanup, but it's also food safe and can carry your latest catch from the stream home.
Everything is going cordless, including air compressors. Ridgid is leading the way with this 18V 1-gallon air compressor that is powered by one or two batteries. It can drive up to 1,200 brad nails per charge, which is more than enough to build a side table or install baseboards.
The Yeti Roadie will keep 14 cans of your favorite drinks cold, whether you're off camping, fishing, or just hanging out with friends. The rotomolded construction is nearly indestructible and the flip up handle makes it a breeze to carry. The lid latches are made of heavy-duty rubber which will never break and the sleek design can fit behind a seat for easy access.
For a project on the go, this handy rolling tool bag can carry all of your favorite tools and accessories. It's got pockets galore inside and out, and three oversize wheels to keep it extra stable.
This DeWalt 20V cordless drill/driver kit can handle any job around the house and much more. From hanging shelves to building decks, this DeWalt has you covered. It's compact size is great for anyone in the home to use.
Keep your feet safe and comfortable in the workshop with a pair of Keen Davenport work boots. The hiking inspired fit allows for a natural snug fit, and an expanded toe box won't leave you begging to take them off. A splash of color adds a bit of style, compared to most solid boot colors, so you can wear them proudly in and out of the workshop.
The JawHorse is a neat work stand that gives dad a third hand when no one else is around. A foot pedal allows for hands-free clamping and working, and it's large enough to hold a full sheet of plywood in place for secure cutting or drilling.
These Woodpeckers made-in-the-USA woodworking rules are incredibly accurate and provide a perfect scoring guide and straight edge. Each rule features a standard scale and a center scale, great for cabinetry and furniture projects. They'll never want to use their flimsy stamped-steel rules ever again.
Bench Cookies securely lift and grip workpieces for sanding, carving, routing, drilling and sawing, and even help protect delicate tabletops. They are pretty darn versatile.
Some people may insist they can make something similar out of scrap materials. They'll quickly change their minds after using a pack of these.
Felo's Ergonomic screwdrivers are easy on the hands even when you're really torqueing down on screws. They have cushioned handles that conform to users' unique grips, making them comfortable to hold and use. Even if you have bad arthritis.
Tailgaters will especially take notice of Bosch's new Power Box 360 job-site radio. It's built like a tank, and offers just about any modern music connectivity option you will ever need. At the game, a job site or even your garage or shop, the Power Box 360 will bring music to your ears and power (10A max) to your tools.