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Last-Minute Gifts for DIYers

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ December 10, 2010

Why wait until the last minute to find the right gift for a do-it-yourselfer? You still have two weeks! You'd be surprised how great a tool for the home improvement or remodeling aficionado can brighten up the holidays-and have lasting returns in successful projects. There are even clever stocking stuffers-like a Leatherman Tool-that mean that you care about the skills of your partner.

Places like Home Depot or Lowe's even have gift cards in case you want to be the venture capitalist behind a home improvement project. Let's have a look at several gift ideas, arranged by price range, that you can pick up online or during a quick visit to your local home improvement or hardware store.

Gifts for $10-$15

One Project Closer recommends a Neiko discount headlamp for $10. It's an inexpensive tool for getting into dark crawlspaces, basements and attics.

Or, get a stocking stuffer like the Greenlee 0153-42C 6-In-1 Multi-Tool Screwdriver, a less-than-$10 tool that comes with bit sizes including a flat-tip 3/16-Inch and 1/4-Inch, Phillips #1 and #2 and Hex 5/16-Inch and 1/4-Inch.

A Gift for $20-$50

The MSA Safety Works 817663 Multi-Purpose Respirator for $26.01 is perfect for protection during interior painting or drywall work. Amazon can have one delivered in a single day.

A Gift for $50-$75

For the DIYer that hates cords, consider the Snap-On 7.2V Cordless Screwdriver for $83.75 (charger and batteries extra).

A Gift for $100-$150

How about the Kreg K3MS K3 Master Pocket Hole Jig System, a pocket-hole joinery combination kit that comes in a single case? It's a great tool for putting up a privacy fence in your backyard for summer.

A Gift for $150-$200

The Bostitch F21PL Round Head 1-1/2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer with Positive Placement Tip and Magnesium Housing for $210 is the perfect gift for the DIYer that is confident enough to take on framing, sheathing, flooring, and bracing jobs.

These are but a few ideas to get your imagination flowing. Of course, you can spend well over $500 for many top-of-the-line tools, but that seems hardly appropriate for the season. The main thing to keep in mind is if the recipient will be offended by getting a tool for the holidays, then you have the wrong person in mind. A true DIYer will find a project to begin right away using their new toy.

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