13 Best Gifts for Home Improvers
If you’re constantly scanning the house for that next project, or you have someone on your holiday gift-giving list who is, we’ve rounded up 13 great gifts for anyone with that do-it-yourself spirit. They include must-have tools for beginners and experienced home improvers, innovative ways for home décor lovers to spruce up their surroundings, and items that make any kind of project just a little easier. While most range from roughly $25 to $75, we’ve included a few splurges on our list, too.
Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool
Why search the tool box when you can just reach into your pocket? The Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool features 14 tools in one small package, including two pairs of pliers, a combo knife, wire strippers, three screw drivers, scissors, and more. The Wingman is made of durable stainless steel and weighs only 7 ounces, so it can put up with a lot of abuse and go just about anywhere. It can also be opened with one hand—a must for the multitasker—and is backed by a 25-year warranty.
Dremel 7700 Multi Pro 7.2-Volt Rotary Tool Kit
A Dremmel is one of the most versatile tool-box staples around, and for good reason: It can cut, carve, engrave, grind, sharpen, clean, polish, sand—you name it. The two-speed 7700 comes with 15 accessories to accomplish all those tasks. It’s also cordless, with a rechargeable battery that only needs a few hours for a full charge. If you’re always tinkering in the garage, the 7700 can also be purchased with an automotive kit that features 10 car-friendly accessories.
The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual
Becoming a homeowner can be an intimidating prospect, but The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual is a book that can soothe any newbie’s nerves. Whether you don’t know the difference between a Phillips head and flathead screwdriver, you need to know how to shut off your utilities in case of an emergency, or have no idea how to tackle a common issue like fixing a broken tile or switching out a faucet, this book has the answers. There are also more than 3,000 photos and illustrations to guide you through common issues and fixes.
Occidental Leather 5500 Electrician’s Tool Pouch
When it’s time to upgrade from stuffing hammers and screwdrivers into your pockets, the Occidental Leather 5500 Electrician’s Tool Pouch offers a whopping 15 compartments to keep must-haves handy. It includes a hammer holder, flashlight loop, and tape chain, and the whole pouch is curved to fit comfortably around the hip. The thick, tough leather is engineered to withstand a lot of day-to-day wear and tear, too.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Some projects need a little more light, but holding a flashlight means you’re left with just one free hand. A good headlamp like the 200-lumen Black Diamond Spot is the answer. The main LED light is dimmable with one tap, and the light is waterproof if you find yourself working in wet conditions. There’s also a red night-vision mode and a strobe for situations where others need to see you, too.
Bosch GLM 35 Laser Measure
A measuring tape might work for small jobs, but the Bosch GLM 35 Laser Measure provides a faster, more accurate way to measure up to 120 feet. But it doesn’t stop at distance—the laser has functions for area, length, volume, continuous measurement, and addition and subtraction, too. One touch turns it on, and there’s a backlight if you’re working in dim areas. The Bosch GLM 35 is also small enough to stuff in your pocket.
Renaissance Chalk Furniture Paint Deluxe Starter Kit
Chalk paint has become a popular way for DIY enthusiasts to quickly, easily restore tired furniture or cabinets—it sticks to surfaces that haven’t been sanded or primed, and looks great in the end. The Renaissance Chalk Furniture Paint Deluxe Starter Kit gives chalk-paint novices everything they need for their first job: three brushes, two cans of finishing wax, and a quart of paint in one of more than 40 colors. The paint is non-toxic, dries in 20 minutes, and doesn’t give off the overpowering fumes of normal paint either.
New Trent Gladius iPad Case
Hauling the iPad around for tutorials on that latest DIY project? The New Trent Gladius case can give it the protection it needs, no matter how precarious a position your tablet ends up in. Like many shock-proof cases, it offers dual-layer protection that combines a hard clamshell and soft rubber to cushion drops. There’s also a built-in screen protector and a kickstand that rotates 360 degrees to accommodate any viewing angle. If that’s not enough, an adjustable leather strap can help you keep a good grip on your iPad even when you’re on the go.