23 Great Holiday Home Gifts For Every Budget
Tools, appliances, and trinkets that are sure to please everyone on your list—all handpicked by the editors of TOH
The gift-giving season can be stressful, but we're here to take a little bit of the legwork out of your shopping. If you're favorite DIYers still have you stumped on what to put under the tree this year, here are the top picks of trusted TOH editors. Prices run the gamut—from a $5 multi-tool adapter that'll make your favorite attachments fit on any base, to an $800 miter saw for tackling new projects. So whatever your budget, you'll be able to add to your shopping list. You can also drop not-so-subtle hints by leaving your favorite products called up on the computer screen, with hopes that Santa will see.
For the tool lover, a handsome set to keep handy for making small fixes in style. Crafted from eco-friendly new-growth beechwood, each item in Areaware's collection—a LED flashlight, level, screwdriver, and ruler—measures 6 inches long. Gift the entire set, or use the tools as individual stocking stuffers.
About $95; Areaware
Dymo's LabelManager 360D is heaven on earth for the organization obsessed. This desktop model is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which means no more hunting for AAs. Create labels in a variety of fonts and text styles using the QWERTY keyboard, and save the ones you'll need to print again and again thanks to the system's 9-label memory.
About $66; Buy.com
Consider DeWalt's Magnetic Tough Case an extra set of hands on the job. Two high-strength magnets let you attach this resin wrangler to any ferrous surface. It's spacious enough to hold up to a 6 inch twist bit or a 1⅜-inch hole saw, but you'll have no problem finding things to stash inside, as it comes complete with 15 screwdriving bits.
About $20; The Home Depot
Score a few points with the coffee connoisseur in your life by gifting the Dolce Gusto Melody II. Available in red or black, this sleek countertop brewer uses Nescafe's flavor pods to whip up individual frothy beverages in mere minutes, sans barista. A custom control lever lets you determine the strength of drinks, while a height-adjustable stainless steel drip tray works to coffee cups and tall travel mugs alike.
About $130; Dolce Gusto Store
We know how you feel about overtly girly tools, but these striped hammers are effortlessly fun—and noticeably not all pink—so we figured we'd make an exception. They also come with a box of 20 colored nails.
About $26; Alice Supply Co.
Tailgating meets tools with Hans Plads' portable Tool Box Grill Pro, a powder-coated steel cooker. Choose between gas and charcoal options, both of which boast a ventless design that eliminates messy ash and grease leaks.
From $70; Hans Plads
The first sliding miter saw that doesn't use rails, Bosch's 12-inch Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw takes up less floor space. Butt it right up to the wall, and forget about its sealed bearings. They'll never need lubrication and are constantly protected from saw dust.
About $800; Bosch
No garage! No problem! OXO's Extendable Twister Snow Brush makes easy work of cleaning ice and snow off of your vehicle. Perfect for tackling any winter white that's putting the damper on your next drive, this handy tool has a retractable brush that pivots 90 degrees and can be extended 11 inches, right across the windshield, for extra easy snow removal. And its durable scraping blade promises to break and remove ice without scratching the glass.
About $18; OXO
Searching for a small nailer that can handle serious jobs as well as it does finishing work? Look no further than Milwaukee's M12 cordless palm nailer. It's the first cordless palm that's capable of driving big 16d framing nails into 2x4s at speeds comparable to a pneumatic palm nailer.
About $124; NPH Power Tools
This pair of stainless steel, 1½-inch long trick bolts will keep your handyman busy for hours. He can solve the puzzle right away, or stash them at the office when he needs a break from the grind.
About $16; Lee Valley Tools
You won't want to put Rigid's 12V lithium-ion JobMax Kit down, and, well, you don't have to. Unlike other oscillating tools, this one isn't limited to just scraping, sanding, and cutting. The set includes a right angle drill head, a right angle impact head, and a ratchet head for quick changes in close quarters applications. Save other attachments, like the auto hammer head, for next year's list. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
About $179; Ridgid
Sick of changing bits or never being able to find the one you need? The Gator Grip Universal Sockethead will fit any size nut or bolt, and it will even slide over a difficult-to-grip screw hook.
About $12; The Home Depot
Trying to remove a stripped screw can be really frustrating, so give the avid old-house renovator a GrabitPro screw extractor. With a bit that bores out the screw head and another that bites on to the screw for tightening or removal, you'll be happy you spent a couple of bucks on saving a whole lot of heartache. The set is covered by a lifetime warranty.
About $25; Alden Corporation
The perfect gift for the handyman that has it all: a handsome plumb bob. Lee Valley's latest brass version has a stainless steel tip and a black anodized aluminum case for safe-keeping. During the holidays, it doubles as a unique tree ornament.
About $27; Lee Valley Tools
Green thumbs, especially those living in small spaces, will appreciate finding The UrBin Grower under their Christmas tree. The package comes stocked with enough goods to get two self-watering containers of organic vegetables successfully growing, including mulch, dry coir, and minerals, as well as an instruction manual and a step-by-step DVD.
About $80; UrBin Grower
Finally, a present the whole family can enjoy. Make it a night in with this retro countertop Kettle Popcorn Maker. You'll never rely on the microwave for your theater-style kernels again.
About $100; JCPenney
Spendthrifts rejoice. With Flitrete's Wi-Fi touch screen model, the thermostat wars now start on the way home from work. Use your smart phone or PDA to make remote adjustments, and hit the "Save Energy" button for up to 33 percent savings on your heating and cooling bills.
About $100; The Home Depot
It's not your average multi-function family oven. De'Longhi's easy-to-use, large capacity 6-Slice Toaster Oven offers a solution to the cold pizza conundrum. It's large enough to cook an entire 12-inch pie, and a toast color selector with an automatic shut-off ensures your slices will never be burnt to a crisp.
About $60; DeLonghi
What cook couldn't use a new oven mitt? Treat yours to Built's extra long, elbow skimming Sizzler. Made of neoprene and available in three bold patterns—plus solid black—that can withstand temps up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
About $18; Built NY, Inc.
The first hands-free bit loading system, Ryobi's armband eliminates the need to keep groping around for that bit you just put down. Changing is as simple as pulling to release the bits from the band and inserting to load—no need to put the drill down. It's almost like having and extra set of hands.
About $20; Ryobi
Dremel's Multi-Max Universal Adapter promises to make shopping for your oscillating multi-tool attachments even easier. Made of steel, it'll fit onto all the major brand's bases so you can use Dremel's Quick Fit accessories—including scrapers, cutters, and grout removal blades—with whatever tool you have. Another bonus: by using slotted connections, as opposed to most brand's fully captured configurations, Dremel promises their accessory blades can be changed in half the time.
About $5; Dremel
For your pint-size preservationist, look no further than Schiffer Publishing's Saltbox House Kit. Build a model out of printed, pre-cut, sturdy art board, then personalize the inside and outside with crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
About $15; Schiffer Books