Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for 2008

By: Danny Lipford

Tool gifts wrapped under Christmas tree.

From the latest in innovative power tools to some cool stocking stuffers, here are 10 must have tools for the DIYer on your holiday shopping list. What self-respecting home improvement enthusiast wouldn’t go gaga to find these innovative gizmos under the tree on Christmas morning!

Tools Under $20

Home Accents Remote Plug

Allows you to control everything from lamps to Christmas tree lights to outside holiday decorations at the push of a button by remote control. Plugs into any standard wall outlet to control electrical devices that draw less than 1,000 watts.

The remote plug is available at The Home Depot for less than $10.

McGuire-Nicholas Drill Holster

This universal drill holster is perfect for the quick draw DIYer on your shopping list. It can hold a corded or cordless drill and may be used either left or right handed. The heavy duty nylon fabric has an adjustable hook and loop strap to fine-tune the fit. It comes with a quick release safety strap to provide added security and a handy pocket that can hold an assortment of bits.

Available from the The Home Depot for under $15.

Rapid Shark Utility Knife

The electrical DIYer on your list will drool over this versatile tool that combines a utility knife, wire stripper, wire cutter, and crimper all in one compact tool. The special patented serrated blades last longer and make cutting even thick material a breeze.

The Rapid Shark is available at hardware stores and home centers for under $20.

Husky Ultra Flex Gel Kneepads

These super soft kneepads are great for everything from roofing to laying floors. The extra thick closed cell foam padding has a gel center to make working on your knees a breeze. A soft outer shell protects and grips smooth surfaces without scratching.

Husky Ultra Flex Kneepads are available at The Home Depot for under $20.

Tools Under $50

Black & Decker Gecko Grip Level

This 24” level has soft rubber pads that grip securely to surfaces without marring. In addition, it comes with a built-in, removable 9” torpedo level and stud finder, so you’ll never have to spend time hunting for them again.

The Black & Decker Gecko Grip Level is available at home improvement centers and hardware stores for around $25.

Duluth Trading Company Trunk Bag

Every car needs a basic tool kit and jumper cables for emergencies, and this tool bag is the perfect size and shape to store them. Made from 1200-denier polyester fabric, it comes with a plethora of pockets to hold tools, as well as a dedicated space for jumper cables.

The Ultimate Trunk Bag makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list and is available from Duluth Trading Company for under $30.

Dremel Precision Multi-Vise

This handy precision vise attaches to work surfaces up to 2½” thick. The cushioned jaws can grip even the most delicate objects and expand to over 7” wide. They can also be removed from the base to work as a stand alone bar clamp. A locking ball and socket base allows the clamp to rotate 360° and tilt up to 50º in any direction for easy positioning.

The Dremel Multi-Vise is available online, at home centers, and hardware stores for around $30.

Skil Cordless Power Cutter

This cordless cutter weighs less than one pound and comes with a Lithium-Ion battery that can hold a charge for up to 18 months. It can be used to cut everything from carpet and fabric to cardboard and plastic. The 1½” diameter hardened steel blade automatically sharpens while it cuts, so it’s always ready to go.

The Skil Power Cutter is available at home centers and hardware stores for under $50.

PowerShot Pro Stapler/Nailer

The forward action design of this stapler puts the pressure where it belongs to reduce user fatigue and limit kickback. It handles staples from 1/4” to 9/16” and can also drive small brads. The PowerShot Pro is perfect for everything from screening to upholstery to insulation.

It’s available at The Home Depot for under $50.

Tools over $100

Ryobi AutoShift 18-volt Drill

The Ryobi AutoShift cordless drill takes the guesswork out of drilling by automatically selecting the right speed for the job. It comes with a ½” capacity chuck and operates at speeds from 0-1450 RPM. The 24 position clutch makes it the perfect choice for driving screws as well as drilling. The Ryobi AutoShift drill comes with two Lithium-Ion batteries, charger, and case.

It’s available at The Home Depot for under $200.

So there you have it, ten cool tools priced to fit any budget that are sure to bring joy to the DIYer on your list. Who knows, it might just inspire them to tackle that pet project you’ve had in mind. . . .

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  • jeff Says:
    December 25th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Black and Decker really has some neat tools in their lineup and they are really reasonably priced. I like the alligator chainsaw, very cool!


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