November 16, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates
Do you have a DIYer on your holiday shopping list? Not sure what to get them? No worries, today I’m sharing 48 gift ideas DIYers actually WANT!
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One of my most favorite holidays is almost here… Thanksgiving! I love it. All of it. The parade on TV, turkey roasting in the oven, homemade stuffing, apple pie and… the sale papers! I make most of my gifts, so I’m not really a Black Friday shopper, but I do enjoy flipping through the flyers and checking out the bargains. In preparation for those of you who are Black Friday shoppers, I’ve prepared my list of 48 gift ideas DIYers actually WANT!
How to use gift guide
The gift guide is broken into six categories: Safety Gifts, Measuring and Marking Gifts, Building and Assembly Gifts, Wood Cutting Gifts, Finishing Gifts and Gifts for the DIYer who has EVERYTHING!
The list includes items I own or have used. I’ve noted those items by saying “LOVE IT!”
Gift Ideas DIYers Actually WANT!
I don’t pick up a tool without first putting on a pair of safety glasses and you shouldn’t either. At bare minimum DIYers should have a pair like the 3M Safety Glasses.
Just like safety glasses, I don’t start a power tool without earmuffs. Not only will they save your hearing, these 3M earmuffs are comfy on the ears. LOVE IT!
Equally important as eye protection and hearing protection is protecting yourself against inhaling sawdust with a dust mask like this 3M Particulate Respirator.
From keeping wood chips and sawdust off your shirt, to keeping your most commonly used tools at hand, an apron is a great addition to your DIY furniture building. I use mine anytime I’m working in my shop. LOVE IT!
Measuring and Marking Gifts
If you’re going to make any project, you’ll definitely need a tape measure and this FatMax is not only accurate, but fits well in your hand. LOVE IT!
Kreg Multi-Mark Tool
This tool is indispensable! I use it on nearly EVERY project. The Kreg Multi-Mark is great for setting the depth of a saw blade, marking measurements and more. LOVE IT!
Here’s another item I use on EVERY project. With a Pencil Pull you’ll never lose your pencil again and it’s always right where you need it. LOVE IT!
Building and Assembly Gifts
From furniture to home decor projects, chances are you’ll need glue to assemble your project. But this isn’t just any wood glue. Have you ever glued a project, then stained it only to find you had some glue squeeze out and the stain won’t cover the glue? Well, this is Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max and the glue is STAINABLE when dry!
If you want to build furniture, then you NEED a Kreg Jig. With the Kreg Jig furniture building is quick, easy and the finished product looks nothing less than professional. I use the Kreg Jig on nearly every furniture project I build. Be sure to check out my quick start guide for how to set up and use a Kreg Jig. LOVE IT!
The Kreg R3 makes pocket holes just like the Kreg K4. But it’s smaller size makes it perfect for smaller projects.
Pocket hole screws are specifically designed to work with pocket holes. Substituting any other screw will yield in an undesirable joint. Don’t skimp on your screws! If you’re buying a Kreg Jig as a gift, pocket screws are a must and this pocket screw assortment is the perfect place to start. LOVE IT!
Kreg Plug Cutter
Anyone who uses the Kreg Jig will be asking for this KREG Pocket Hole Plug Cutter this year! Just released, this tool cuts plugs to fill pocket holes. The best part is you can cut the plug from the species of wood you’re using for your project. You can also match the grain of the wood surrounding the pocket hole, so the joint will appear seamless. This tool makes the pocket hole even more perfect!
You’ll need a drill to use the Kreg Jig and nothing beats the convenience of a cordless drill. This DEWALT Drill features an easy to operate keyless chuck and it’s super durable. I can’t count the number of times I’ve dropped mine and it’s still going! LOVE IT!
Ask any DIYer and everyone of them will tell you the same thing. You can NEVER have too many clamps and it’s a good idea to have a mix of clamps.
Do you know the science behind clamping? What’s the best position for clamps? How many clamps do you really need? Check out my 6 Tips to Clamp Your DIY Project Like a Pro and find out.
These Bessey Bar Clamps easy to use and will last a lifetime. I have a few in every size. LOVE IT!
These Quick-Grip Spring Clamps are great for clamping small parts during assembly. LOVE IT!
C-clamps are great for general clamping and holding jigs in place.
Countersink Drill Bits
There’s no comparison between just drilling a screw into wood and pre-drilling with a countersink drill bit. Just screwing into wood crushes the wood fibers and yields an amateur look. Using a countersink bit creates a “seat” for the screw head and yields a clean, professional look.
I haven’t a clue how people build without a brad nailer. Have you ever tried to keep two pieces of wood in position while you tap, tap, tap the nail with a hammer only to discover the pieces of wood moved? It’s maddening! With one quick “pop” a brad nailer drives the nail right where you want it. I’ve only used a pneumatic brad nailer, but this cordless version seems like a great option. Unlike its pneumatic counter part, it doesn’t require an air compressor and an air hose, which saves money, storage space and you don’t have to drag a hose around.
Wood Cutting Gifts
Miter Box and Saw
If you’re new to DIY or don’t have a lot of room to store tools, a miter box and saw is a great wood cutting option.
A power miter saw is a great upgrade to a miter box. The Hitachi Miter Saw is a great option for a DIYer just starting out, a second miter saw or a saw to take with you to a buddy’s house to help with a DIY project. Be sure to check out my Hitachi miter saw review and setup tips. LOVE IT!
A great upgrade to a single bevel miter saw is a double bevel compound miter saw. This Bosch Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw has all the bells and whistles.
Cordless Circular Saw
A circular saw is a handy tool for projects that are difficult to cut on a table saw. Projects like cutting plywood, etc. Pair a cordless circular saw with a circular saw crosscut jig and you’ll be making perfectly straight cuts in no time! LOVE IT!
A table saw is a great addition to the workshop and gives a lot more flexibility when working with different sizes of wood. If you only work with common 1x material, it’s great to be able to rip the lumber to different widths. For instance you can rip a 1×4 from 3-1/2” to 2-3/4”. Or cut a piece of plywood. A Skil was my first table saw. I had mine for more than ten years and made many projects with it.
A push stick is a must have when working with a table saw. It keeps your hands safe and far away from the blade. LOVE IT!
A router takes a common piece of wood to a professional look by adding a decorative edge. A router can also cut dadoes, or slots in wood, plus many more options.
You’ll need some router bits to go with that new router and this router bit assortment is a great option.
A great upgrade for a router is a router table. The base plate of this Bench Dog table fits many style routers without the need for drilling mounting holes.
Random Orbit Sander
I hesitate to use the term “hate”, but I hate sanding! A random orbit sander makes a dreaded job a little easier. In my opinion a random orbit sander is a better option than a square 1/4-sheet sander. 1/4-sheet sanders only orbit in one direction which creates figure “8s” on the wood. Random orbit sanders orbit in many directions and in my opinion produce a better sanded finish. For some great sanding secrets check out my How to Sand Your DIY Project for a Flawless Finish. LOVE IT!
Random Orbit Sander Sandpaper
You’ll need some sandpaper to go with that Random Orbit Sander and this sandpaper assortment in 60, 80, 120, 150 and 220 grits is a great place to start.
We have all done this. We place a workpiece we need to sand on our workbench, start the electric sander, place the sander on the wood and start chasing the wood around our workbench! There has to be a better way and there is. When I sand the parts for my projects I do it on a non-slip pad. The rubber grips to the parts and minimizes the “chase game” around the workbench. Sure, the parts still move a bit, but nothing like they do without the pad. Plus you can also use it with your router and sanding block too. LOVE IT!
The first secret ingredient for my chippy paint finish is chalk paint. Chalk paint sticks to nearly every surface and for most surfaces you don’t even have to apply a primer. How amazing is that?! LOVE IT!
I love painting, but my carpal tunnel wrist doesn’t. The weight of this stubby handle paint brush is less than it’s long handled counterpart. The lower weight saves my wrist, so I can keep painting. Here I’m painting my DIY window screen. LOVE IT!
Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain is my favorite stain for my furniture projects. I love the one coat coverage, quick dry time and rich color. My favorite colors are Kona, Dark Walnut and Early American. Looking for an easy top coat for your projects? Check out my DIY finish I use on nearly every project. LOVE IT!
I like to have a supply of these gloves on hand to keep wood stain off my hands or anytime I’m working on a messy project. LOVE IT!
This one is pretty self explanatory… a Shop-Vac beats a broom and dust pan for clean up any day!
Gifts for the DIYer who has EVERYTHING!
What DIYer wouldn’t want a branding iron to permanently imprint their name on their projects?!
Credit Card Survival Tool
This handy credit card sized tool fits in your wallet and packs 11 tools in one. Some features include a flat screwdriver, ruler, 4 positions wrench for various sizes of bolts and nuts, a saw blade and more.
Right Angle Attachment
Need to get into a tight space? This right angle attachment will get you there! I think any DIYer would appreciate this tool!
Multipurpose Laser Level
This multipurpose laser level is great for hanging pictures, installing shelving, laying flooring, and hanging wallpaper. Plus, it features an 8 foot tape measure.
The convenience of magnetic, precision screwdrivers in one small pocket tool. Great for toy assembly, battery compartments, eye glasses, electronics, and more.
It’s a pen, a tablet or phone stylus, it’s a ruler, a screwdriver and a bubble level. Plus it fits in your pocket. This screwdriver multitool has it all!
Now this is the ultimate gift for the DIYer who has everything! This bracelet features multiple tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. It adjusts to accommodate any size wrist and is fully customizable with the links you need most. Your friends will think you’re “MacGyver” with this bracelet!
Get your tools within two days with Amazon Prime. How cool is that?! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve order a tool, Kreg screws or stain on a Wednesday, so I’ll have the package in time to finish a project on the weekend. LOVE IT!
Amazon Gift Card
Still don’t know what to get the DIYer on your list? How about an Amazon gift card. Then they can choose exactly what they want. LOVE IT!
Thank you for stopping by to check out my 48 Gift Ideas DIYers Actually WANT! Do you have a favorite gift idea? Please share it in the comments.