As the holiday gift buying season approaches you may be wondering what to buy for that DIY fanatic on your list. Well you’re in luck! As a lifelong fixer-upper of homes and other stuff, I am uniquely qualified to offer insight into the sometimes confusing mind of a DIYer!
Here are a few ideas to get you going!
If you have access to your beloved’s current collection of cordless tools, and you know he/she is happy with them, snap a picture of the tool and battery so you can buy something from the same family of tools,
Well, of course, right? Tools are always great gifts. If you happen to know what particular tools your special person is lacking, then you’re home free. If not, here’s a list of tools that are sure to please:
Everyone loves to spray paint around! A small little spray kit such as an HVLP or a small airless sprayer can come in handy for all sorts of projects from painting furniture to painting the whole exterior!
So many tools that used to be quarantined to the radius of an extension cord have been freed to roam by the amazing increases in battery powered tool options. Full size circular saws and mitre saws are available battery operated now. And can one actually have too many cordless driver/drills? I think not. If you have access to your beloved’s current collection of cordless tools, and you know he/she is happy with them, snap a picture of the tool and battery so you can buy something from the same family of tools, which is always great because batteries are interchangeable.
Seriously, this is like the perfect gift. You can use it to vacuum out the truck, clean up messes, blow sawdust into a corner …
Let’s talk about stocking stuffers. Tape measures (I’m partial to the Fat Max), speed squares, torpedo levels, and, duh, hammers! Hand tools are always great and inexpensive gifts. You can almost just throw an “I’ll take this” sticker against the wall in the tool department and go with whatever you hit.
Are tools too obvious? Want to think outside the box? Maybe outside the box IS the box. Storage is always an issue for people who constantly tear up their homes and always buy more tools. Those big Rubbermaid Storage sheds are great. I have a big outdoor storage bench I bought on Amazon that I love. And, not to go back to tools again, but toolboxes … you can’t have too many. Plastic containers, storage racks, garage storage are all good choices.
Grills and Cooking Stuff
I never write a gifts list that doesn’t include the word “grill” at least once. But this can be especially true if you know someone who might be tearing up his or her kitchen in the year ahead. When the kitchen is a construction zone, eating out gets old and expensive. That’s why there’s George Foreman grills, charcoal grills, smokers, propane cookers, cast iron skillets and …
So, we all know about the massive wall of gift cards at every CVS, Walgreens and grocery store. Of course those make good gifts. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m talking about Orange and Blue, as in Home Depot and Lowe’s. Gift cards for those types of places can be used to purchase materials. That can make the cost of a DIY project much less intimidating! It’s a great gift. Really.
One final thought: If your DIYer is a little too busy or maybe more of a reluctant fixer-upper, maybe you can just hire someone else to do that project for them!
I’ve been a contractor for many years and I haven’t been wrapped up and put under a tree yet, but still, it makes perfect sense to me!
What did I miss? What are you considering as the perfect gift for the DIYer on your list? Happy shopping and Happy DIYing in the new year!