Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for 2012

By: Danny Lipford

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We’ve scoured the tool aisles at the home center to bring you some great ideas for all the DIYers on your Christmas shopping list. From drills and drivers to saws and work stands, we’ve got you covered.

With prices from under $10 to over $100, you’re sure to find something that will bring a smile to every home improvement enthusiast on your list!

Tool Gifts Under $20

Husky Bucket Jockey

Husky Bucket JockeyMore convenient than a traditional toolbox, the Husky Bucket Jockey fits around any standard 5-gallon plastic bucket to turn it into a portable tool carrier in seconds!

Made from heavy duty, 600 denier, water resistant material, the Bucket Jockey has 47 storage pockets to hold all your tools, along with a drill holster with room for 28 drill bits. Add a Husky Bucket Storage Seat Organizer on top to keep nails and screws handy.

Under $10 at The Home Depot.

Defiant LED Headlight

Defiant LED HeadlightNow you’ll never be in the dark again when tackling DIY projects! The Defiant Headlight is the perfect solution for working in hard to see places like attics, inside cabinets, or under the house.

Seven LED bulbs provide 17 lumens of light right where you need it. The headlight also has a blinking red safety mode and green map option. The headlight has adjustable straps and can keep shining for up to 7½ hours on 3 AAA alkaline batteries.

Under $10 at The Home Depot.

Stanley Professional Organizer

Stanley Professional OrganizerNow you can keep all your nails, screws, and other hardware neatly organized and easily accessible on a moment’s notice with the Stanley Professional Organizer.

Constructed of unbreakable polyester material with a clear, latching polycarbonate lid. The Stanley Organizer has 10 removable, 4” deep compartments in three different sizes. It’s perfect for electrical or craft supplies, too.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

Milwaukee Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Milwaukee Non-Contact Voltage TesterEven if you’re not a do-it-yourself electrician, every toolbox needs a voltage tester to make sure the power is off when working around switches, light fixtures, and wall outlets.

Unlike standard contact voltage testers, non-contact testers can detect whether a wire is live simply by holding the tester near the wire without cutting into it. The Milwaukee Non-Contact Voltage Tester has a range of 50 to 1,000 volts, runs off of two AA batteries, and has a built-in LED work light.

Under $20 at The Home Depot.

Tool Gifts Under $50

3M Tekk Professional Earmuffs

3M Tekk Professional EarmuffsWhether you’re cutting the grass or routing molding, protecting your hearing from loud noise is very important. These hearing protectors from 3M have a noise reduction rating of 30 decibels, the highest available.

The adjustable, steel wire headband won’t break like plastic headbands, and the super soft, foam filled cups conform to your head and fit comfortably around glasses.

Under $25 at The Home Depot.

Black & Decker MAX Gyro Driver

Black & Decker MAX Gyro DriverWith no trigger to push or switch for forward and reverse, this unique cordless, screwdriver has got to be the coolest new tool around!

To use, simply turn your hand in the direction you want the screw to go, and the built-in gyroscope starts the driver in that direction. Twist your wrist more or less to increase or decrease the speed of the driver. Comes with an LED work light and lithium-ion battery that holds a charge for up to 18 months.

Under $40 at Walmart.

Tool Gifts Over $50

Rockwell JawStand

Rockwell JawStandThis adjustable, multipurpose stand is great for supporting work on table or miter saws, but the pivoting clamping jaws also make it perfect for holding a door or sheet of plywood steady while planing or cutting. The JawStand can even act as a second set of hands when hanging drywall on a ceiling.

The low-friction top has a built-in level and pivots up to 90°. The stand is adjustable from 25” to 41” high, with markings on the shaft for easy alignment.

Under $70 at The Home Depot.

Black & Decker Matrix Drill/Driver

Black & Decker Matrix Drill/DriverThe Black & Decker Matrix is much more than just a drill/driver! The Quick Connect system allow you to remove the drill from the power unit in seconds and attach any of the six optional accessories to convert the Matrix into an impact driver, oscillating cutter, circular trim saw, sander, jig saw, or router.

The cordless drill/driver has a long lasting lithium-ion battery and is available in 12-volt and 20-volt models.

Under $70 at The Home Depot.

Dremel Saw-Max

Dremel Saw-MaxThe powerful 6-amp, 17,000 rpm motor and worm drive gear on the Dremel Saw-Max allow the 3” diameter, interchangeable wheels to cut through everything from wood and plastic to metal and tile—it’ll even cut masonry and concrete!

The ergonomic design makes one-hand operation a snap, and allows for straight, plunge, or flush cuts. The Dremel Saw-Max comes with multipurpose, metal, and tile wheels for use on a variety of materials.

Under $130 at The Home Depot.

DeWALT Compact Reciprocating Saw

DeWALT Compact Reciprocating SawThe DeWALT Compact Reciprocating Saw takes cutting in tight places to another level, since it’s 20% shorter than standard reciprocating saws. The 10-amp motor and 2,800 strokes per minute blade speed allow you to power through the toughest jobs.

The shoe can be fixed or pivot. Best of all, the blade can be changed in seconds without a key and installed to cut in any of four directions.

Under $130 at The Home Depot.

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  • Suzanne Luttrell Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    My question is, how do you ever really know that the carpenter you hired is going to do what he said he would do without taking shortcuts or is actually as good as he said he is!? Because most of us have no clue what is going on under a carpenters hands! If he isn’t in the BBB, should we run?

    Merry Christmas!

    Suzanne



  • Suzanne Luttrell Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I like the “Top 10 Tool Gifts of 2012” list. Thanks!


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