From the Family Handyman Editors: The Best Gifts Ever
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Don’t know what to get the DIYer on your list this season? Take it from Family Handyman editors, they’ll LOVE these.
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 only $80! — Mike Berner. While you’re at it, make this drill dock to go with this gift.
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. Plus, have you seen these genius hand tool hacks?
It takes a lot of time and effort to clean a driveway with a pressure washer nozzle. You can cut both in half by using a pressure washer surface cleaner like this one from Ryobi. It’s a game changer. — Jason Ingolfsland. Did you know there are things you shouldn’t pressure wash around the house? Learn more about it here.
Grilling gurus will love this high-tech meat thermometer from Meater. It has a longer Bluetooth to WiFi range extension, and it will alert you via the app when your food is done. So you can spend more time chatting with your dinner guests than watching your food cook. — Nick Gerhardt. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop grilling! Here are 11 tips you need to know about winter grilling.
This tool set has pretty much all of the tools that I need while living in an apartment. Plus, this set comes with a tool bag, so everything is in one easy-to-find place. — Elizabeth Johnson. These are the 11 tools we think every homeowner needs.
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. Check out another utility knife that’s pretty cool.
The compact size and ergonomic grip are what I love most about this small jigsaw. It’s super-handy for making quick cuts, and it doesn’t require much storage space in my garage. Since I have other Milwaukee M12 tools, this saw was a perfect gift! — Jenny Stanley. Check out more gifts for handywomen here.
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. While we’re on the topic of landscaping, be sure you know these 18 things you should never do to your lawn.
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 2 AH and a 4 AH 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? Find out now.
Every DIYer should own an oscillating tool, and this is my favorite. The oscillating angle can be set to 3.4 degrees for precision work or to 5 degrees for aggressive cutting. Even aside from that feature, it’s a great tool. Lots of power. — Gary Wentz. And here are five unique blades you can buy for your oscillating tool.