Give him a gift he can use all year round for projects, honey-do tasks and hobbies. Avoid cheap, knock-off tools that break or wear out quickly, and go for time-tested brand-name tools that have earned a reputation for sturdy dependability. A quality tool is always a welcome addition to his workshop. He’ll appreciate the craftsmanship of a well-built tool that makes his project easier, and you’ll appreciate having everything around the house and yard in good repair.
Best New Tools for Christmas 2013 – Home Improvement Gift Ideas
Shop-Vac 9633400 6.5-Peak HP Ultra Pro Series Wet or Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, 12-Gallon
This Ultra Pro Series shop vac comes to the rescue to help him tackle any mess. An array of helpful attachments allows him to tailor the tool to the task at hand. Pieces include a utility nozzle, floor nozzle, extension wands, crevice tool, blower nozzle and concentrator nozzle. An 8-foot long hose and 18-foot extension cord help him reach far into the corner of the yard or garage. He’ll use this shop vac to clean up wet messes from plumbing problems, dry messes from woodworking or construction projects. He can use the blower feature to sweep leaves in the yard or clean out gutters. The twelve gallon tank holds enough waste that he won’t constantly be stopping to empty it. It’s designed to run quietly so as not to disturb the neighbors. Comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.
HDE Temperature Gun Infrared Thermometer w/Laser Sight
This is a tool that’s as fun as it is functional. He’ll love being able to test the temperature of everything around him, from the leather seats in his car to the turtle’s terrarium. Point the red laser at whatever he wants to measure, and press the trigger to get an accurate temperature reading to show on the display. This tool is useful to determine spots that need more insulation or caulking, diagnose air conditioning or heating issues or check the temperature on appliance. And, it’s just plain fun to use. It measures temperatures from -26 to 716 Fahrenheit (or measure in Celsius, if he prefers) and uses a 9-volt battery. Available in red or yellow.
Dewalt DCD980L22 20-Volt Li-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit
When he’s got a big project, this cordless drill/driver kit will come in handy. 20-volt lithium-ion batteries are long-lasting to keep him productive. Three speeds allow him to tailor the amount of power to the project at hand. This tool is made of the quality construction that Dewalt is well-known for. Gear housing is full metal, and carbide inserts keep bits from slipping, which prevents premature wear. Perfectly balanced design and an easy to grip handle prevent muscle fatigue throughout the task. Included with the drill/driver is a charger, batteries, a 360 degree side handle and a plastic storage/carrying case to keep everything organized.
Dewalt DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compact Miter Saw
The Dewalt 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compact Miter saw is perfect for just about any woodworking project. The alignment system and LED work light is designed to provide continual accuracy for precise jobs such as cabinetry or finish work, and the bevel moves from 0 to 45 degrees in both directions. Miter cuts can be adjusted 60 degrees to the right and 50 to the left. For rougher projects such as framing, the rugged 15 AMP motor offer 3,800 rpms that enable the blade to slice through thick lumber as smoothly as butter. Size capacity allows for 6 3/4” vertical and 13 7/8” horizontal. A dust bag is included to collect 75 percent of the sawdust generated, keeping his workshop clean. Also included: a carbide blade and blade wrench and a vertical material clamp.
Joby Gorillatorch Blade Tactical Flashilight
This handy light illuminates any dark space for easier project completion. The Joby Gorillatorch is perfect for under-the-sink plumbing jobs, crawl spaces, small, dark furnace rooms or anywhere where space is tight and lighting is limited. The 130-lumen LED flashlight fits onto the mounting bracket on the tripod. The flexible legs of the tripod wrap around pipes or other objects to allow the light to be mounted in any position. It has magnetic feet to secure it to a metallic surface — perfect for working on his car. This little tool can be precisely adjusted so that the light shines exactly where he needs it most. The flashlight beam has adjustments as well — from spotlight to flood. It’s also water resistant — great for wet, messy plumbing jobs. Runs on a USB rechargeable battery for hours of use.
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece General Homeowner’s Tool Set
Get him started with all the basic hand tools he needs to complete small home improvement tasks. This compact, lightweight set by Stanley offers a large array of high-quality hand tools, organized in a hard plastic case with carrying handle to take him from project to project. Make him a honey-do list and a glass of iced tea and get him going! He can hang pictures with the 13-ounce hammer, torpedo level and 16-foot tape measure, fix the faucet with the long nose and slip joint pliers and tighten the doorknob with the phillips or standard screwdriver. Other tools include a set of 8 SAE and 8 metric hex keys, allen wrenches and ratchet set.
Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff
Are his power tools causing hearing damage? Some tools reach up to 125 decibels — a level that OSHA states causes damage quickly. Protect his ears while he’s working on projects with the Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff. This ear protection offers comfortable ear cups and an adjustable headband so he won’t have to fiddle with it while he’s working. It automatically seals out noise louder than 82 decibels, but a volume control allows him to hear conversations when his tools aren’t running. The earmuff also comes with an external audio input that allows him to hook it to an iPod or other device and listen to music while he works. If he forgets to turn off the power supply after he’s done working, the auto shut-off will kick in after four hours to preserve the battery charge. The earmuff folds up into a small, compact package.