Now that Halloween is over and I have recovered from my annual Halloween party, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas.
One of my favorite things to do is to go find all of the cool tools that seem to be everywhere this time of year. There are always a bunch of new ones that I haven’t seen before (and some things that have been around for a while, but I just realized would be handy).
By some miracle, my wishlist this year doesn’t have anything over $20! Perfect if you’re looking for stocking stuffers, trying to cut back on gift giving expenses, or if you just want an inexpensive “gift” for yourself 🙂
Keep reading to see my list of perfect gifts for the DIYer.
I love having a multi-use tool stored in a convenient location (like a kitchen drawer). That way I don’t have to run out to the garage to get tools for a small job.
The problem is that most of the time my small jobs involve a hammer (eg. hanging a picture), and I have never found a multi-use tool that came with one. Until now!
Besides being able to hammer with it, the hammer end gives you a better grip when you need to screw something in.
It also comes with a flexible extension that lets you get into tight spaces easier.
And there’s a utility knife. Talk about your multi-purpose tool!
I don’t know why I haven’t seen this invention earlier. Having nails or screws available right on your wrist is so much better than digging through pockets to find them!
And since it’s magnetic, you could also store screwdriver or drill bits that you will be needing.
This measuring tape with a built-in pencil would be great for measuring lengths of wood to cut. No more looking for the pencil or searching for it after it has dropped on the floor!
Just move the tape measure back and forth to make a line at the correct distance.
This uses graphite leads (something similar to mechanical pencils) which you can re-order when they run down.
It will also let you do edge slide marking. Just run the end of the measuring tape along the edge of the board it will mark all the way along at the distance you set.
And you can make arcs and circles easily. Pin the end to the center of the circle and draw away!
If only I had a pair of these when I was taking down the old pantry in my kitchen. The rounded edge gives you that extra leverage you need to pull out those big ones!
Really sharp scissors! Need I say more?
These scissors will cut everything from paper to rope to wire.
I can’t count the number of times that I have needed to hold a flashlight and do some kind of work (usually electrical) at the same time. Having one of these flashlights with a magnetic base would make things so much easier! One less thing to hold on to.
To me, this tool falls under the category of having the right tool for the job. I have always tried to use the compass and protractor method of finding angles (like I did in when I was building the angled bookshelves in my bonus room).
This tool would have made that job so much easier! Just match it up with the angle on the wall and you know what angle to cut!
Since I’m planning on installing a chair railing around my hallway that has weird angles, this tool will definitely be finding its way into my toolbox!
The scribing tool is somewhat similar to the compass that we used to use in school (and that I still use for some of my DIY projects).
The difference is that the end of it bends which makes it so much easier to get the measurement correct. And in this case, even use it to take a measurement.
I love mechanical pencils. When I’m drawing with a pencil, I won’t use anything else. So the idea of having a mechanical carpenter pencil is perfect! No more trying to find pencil sharpener for the lead that just broke. And it comes with an eraser!
This pocket-sized knife sharpener will sharpen pretty much any kind of blade you have.
Just pick the right slot on the sharpener for the material that your blade is made of and sharpen away!
Hopefully you have found some inexpensive gift ideas for the DIYer on your Christmas list! If you are looking for some bigger gift ideas, check out our DIYer tools gift guide.
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