Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for 2010

By: Danny Lipford

Christmas tree with gifts next to fireplace
I’ve got some great tool ideas, from work gloves to cordless screwdrivers, which will brighten up Christmas morning or a special birthday for the do-it-yourself, home improvement enthusiast on your gift list. With prices from under $20 to less than $100, these gifts won’t break your budget either!

Tool Gifts Under $20

Firm Grip Work Gloves

Firm Grip Work GlovesFrom building a fence to raking the yard, what homeowner on your gift list doesn’t need a good pair of work gloves? Firm Grip high performance work gloves are available in eight styles, from utility to heavy duty to extreme, with either slip-on or hook-and-loop wrist fasteners. Materials range from natural goatskin to a washable, micro-fiber, synthetic, suede leather. Foam padding and fabric backing make Firm Grip gloves easy on your hands.

From $10 to $20 at The Home Depot.

Sand Box Sandpaper Index File

Sand Box Sandpaper Index FileThe Sand Box sandpaper index file from Jointec is the perfect way to keep all your loose sheets of sandpaper organized to make them easy to find. The eight tabbed, fiberboard dividers are self-leveling and weighted to keep sheets of sandpaper flat and prevent curling. The Sandbox sandpaper holder can be mounted on the wall of your shop and comes with printed labels along with a sandpaper grit reference guide. Additional dividers are available.

Under $15 at Woodcraft.

McGuire-Nicholas Polyester Tool Belt

McGuire-Nicholas Polyester Tool BeltThis rugged tool belt and nail apron from McGuire-Nicholas is perfect for the do-it-yourself carpenter on your list. Made from heavy-duty, 600-denier, polyester fabric with nylon reinforced pockets; it comes with two large pockets, two nail pouches, tape measure and hammer holders, and numerous pockets for small tools. The quick release buckle fits waists up to 48”.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

Bucket Head Wet/Dry Shop Vac

Bucket Head Wet/Dry Shop VacThe Bucket Head wet/dry shop vac powerhead turns a standard 5-gallon plastic bucket (not included) into an inexpensive wet/dry shop vac that’s perfect for your home or garage. The 1.5 HP motor provides plenty of power, and the hose can be reversed to allow it to double as a blower. The Bucket Head includes a 4’ long by 1¼” diameter flexible hose. Watch our Best New Products video to find out more about this tool.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

Husky Tool Tote Bag

Husky Tool Tote BagKeep all your hand tools organized and ready to go with this reinforced, all purpose, portable tool tote bag from Husky. The 600-denier fabric on the bag is water resistant and includes seven inside pockets and 16 outside pockets. The 10” wide by 9″ deep bag stands 11” tall. The Husky Tool Tote Bag comes with a foam covered steel handle and shoulder strap to make carrying easy.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

DIY Project Calculator for Dummies

DIY Project Calculator for DummiesStandard calculators can be hard to use for home improvement projects since they often involve fractional measurements in feet and inches. The DIY Project Calculator takes the hassle out of calculating measurements and can also be used to estimate the materials needed for home improvement projects such as painting, wallpaper, carpet, concrete, and tile. The cost function allows you to put in the price of the materials to see how much the job will cost.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

Tool Gifts Under $50

Black & Decker CompactFit Cordless Screwdriver

Black & Decker CompactFit Cordless ScrewdriverThe Black & Decker CompactFit cordless screwdriver has the bit mounted at the top of the driver, making it perfect for working in close quarters and hard to reach areas. The lithium-ion battery holds a charge longer and provides extra power, allowing you to tackle both large and small jobs with ease, while an LED work light means you’ll never be left in the dark. Watch our Best New Products video on this tool.

Under $30 at The Home Depot.

Tool Gifts Over $50

Homelite EZ Clean Pressure Washer Attachment

Homelite EZ Clean Pressure Washer AttachmentThe Homelite EZ Clean Surface Cleaner makes fast and easy work of cleaning a deck, patio, sidewalk, or other flat horizontal surfaces with a pressure washer. Simply attach the 15″ diameter EZ Clean attachment to a standard pressure washer wand, and the dual nozzles under the disk spin at 1,500 RPM to clean surfaces with up to over 3,000 PSI of pressure to remove dirt and grime in no time. Watch our Best New Products video on this tool.

Under $70 at The Home Depot.

Ridgid Fuego Reciprocating Saw

Ridgid Fuego Reciprocating SawReciprocating saws are perfect for cutting in hard to reach locations, but they can be difficult to control when operating. A stabilizing metal foot, light weight, and short cutting stroke make cutting with the Ridgid Fuego reciprocating saw a breeze. The metal foot around the blade stabilizes the saw to allow for one handed operation, and changing blades is a snap. Watch our Best New Products video on this tool.

Under $80 at The Home Depot.

Ryobi 6-Port SuperCharger Battery Charger

Ryobi 6-Port SuperCharger Battery ChargerNow you can keep the batteries for your Ryobi 18-volt cordless tools charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice. The Ryobi 6-Port SuperCharger uses Intelliport™ Technology to turn the charger on when it detects the battery need charging, then off once it’s done. That not only saves energy, but can extend the life of your batteries. The SuperCharger works with both Lithium-ion and NiCd Ryobi batteries. Watch our Best New Products video on this tool.

Under $80 at The Home Depot.

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