The 11 Gifts FHM Editors Wish They Were Getting This Year
Don't know what to get the DIYer on your list this season? Take it from Family Handyman editors, your recipient will love these editor-approved gift ideas.
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Don’t know what to get the DIYer on your list this season? Take it from Family Handyman editors, your recipient will love these editor-approved gift ideas.
iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop
Despite all attempts at not turning into my mother, at the ripe age of 25 I have discovered the joy of cleaning. With more time at home, the compulsion to tackle messes and enjoy a clean space has become an important part of each day. That being said, mopping is a task that I quite literally sweep under the rug, which is why the iRobot Braava Robot Mop is at the top of my list.
It’s a robot mop that gets into every nook and cranny of your home with precision jet spray and a vibrating cleaning head that erases all dirt and stains. With multiple settings like wet mopping, damp mopping and dry sweeping there’s little this robot can’t do. The best part, I don’t have to lift a finger! — Lindsay Effertz, Social Media Editor and Clean Freak. Get a professional-level home cleaning with these secret cleaning tips from the pros.
Skil PWRCore Brushless Drill/Driver
I have a really nice powerful 18-volt drill/driver combo that I use when I’m involved with a big job, but I rarely need it and it’s been collecting dust on a shelf. For quick jobs around the house I’d rather reach for something smaller and lighter, and this one has become my first choice. It by no means feels cheap when using it, and it is powerful enough to hang with my 18-volt drill in a pinch. My favorite part is that it’s under $60! — Mike Berner, Associate Editor, Carpenter and Trier of any Trade. While you’re at it, make this drill dock to go with this gift.
Bissell Little Green Portable Spot and Stain Cleaner
This year, I got an adorable puppy. Which means, I also got not-so-adorable pet stains on my carpets and couch. While we’re working on house breaking, I’m obsessed with the Bissell Little Green Portable Spot and Stain Cleaner. It’s a combination vacuum and upholstery steam cleaner in one simple to use device. It’s not the biggest machine by Bissell, but I like that the smaller size makes it convenient to store and carry. The dual water tanks are big enough to tackle spot cleaning pet messes from the carpeted stairs to the back of his crate. Woof! — Megan Wood, Commerce Affiliate Marketing Editor and New Puppy Parent. Got a beloved pet? Here are 40 pet projects to show them some love.
Channellock Tongue and Groove Pliers
Fifty bucks for pliers?! Seems crazy. But they’re the biggest ones on the market and occasionally they save the day. Mine gather dust for months; then I have some oddball situation (usually plumbing or auto repair) and they allow me to grab, twist, turn, bend or break some stubborn, frustrating thingamajig. — Gary Wentz.
BioBag Resealable Compostable Sandwich Bags
I really love these compostable sandwich bags by BioBag. Single-use plastic bags and Tupperware that may or may not make it home from school weren’t cutting it for us. With these resealable bags, the food is tightly sealed and the kids can just toss them into the compost bin at school when they’re done. More convenient for us and better for the earth! — Amy Novak, Executive Digital Editor and Organization Fanatic. Check out our favorite composting tips.
135-Piece Basic Home Tool Set
Stanley Swivel-Lock Utility Knife
There’s nothing fancy about this Stanley utility knife, but that’s why I like it. You can change blades quickly and it can take a beating. — Gary Wentz.
Improved Hedge Trimmer
This Worx hedge trimmer has a unique feature: a rotating handle so you can cut vertically without contorting your torso. It takes just a few seconds to twist it the other way for horizontal trimming. This 24-in. trimmer includes two 20-volt batteries and a double charging station to charge both at once. — Mike Berner, Associate Editor, Carpenter and Trier of any Trade.
Greenworks 40-volt Cordless Lawn Mower
I was tired of the maintenance involved with my lawn mower: gas, spark plug, oil changes, etc. Initially, I was concerned about having enough battery life to finish my yard in one charge, but this mower comes with both a 2Ah and a 4Ah battery, so I could keep mowing forever. It’s much quieter than my old gas mower, and the bagging feature works really well. — Brad Holden. Plus: Do you know the most efficient way to mow your grass? We have you covered.