Happy DIY Holiday Gift Guide
'Tis the year for thrifty giving. So this season we've got do-it-yourself gifts for the
house, garden, and workshop
For the garage-sale and flea-market shopper: all the tools and materials for dressing up worn frames and furniture with faux gold leaf.
About $25; Woodworker's Supply, Inc.
Help him (or her) get one step closer to building that patio bench, planter, or playhouse with a plan and step-by-step instructions.
U-Bild plans, About $10 each; Woodcraft
Handy for every kitchen drawer, this ratchet-style screwdriver comes with, and stores, eight double-sided bits (both Phillips and flathead)—a total of 16 to choose from.
About $20; Lee Valley
If one little light isn't enough, try three to cast a glow on things. This triple-headed LED light puts out plenty of light as one unit or as three separate flashlights, lasting up to 5 hours on just a few AA batteries.
3-in-1 Tripod LED Flashlight, about $30; Stanley.
For the woodworking grill-meister: This kit comes with templates for cutting wood handles, like the bubinga one shown at left, on a band or scroll saw. Or hand-carve them from a branch, like the one at right. Then attach them to the kit's stainless-steel spatula, tongs, and fork.
About $30; Rockler
Get all ages in on the remodeling action: "Our House: Party!" for Wii lets you compete to see who can finish tool-centered tasks fastest.
About $40; Majesco Entertainment
Know an aspiring decorative painter? Here's a color palette right out of Craftsman magazine, circa 1905, with 14 premixed paints and four stencil brushes.
Stencil kit, about $50 (stencils, not included, about $32 each); Michael FitzSimmons Decorative Arts
The legs on this Stanley work light bend and twist to fit in tight spots, like under a sink, or hang from a pipe. Its detachable magnetic head is good for checking out the furnace, too. The 20 LEDs burn for up to six hours on a single charge.
About $30; Baccus Global
Those with a serious green thumb will treasure having a place to record their landscape's ups and downs.
Ten-year journal, with plan grids, maintenance tips, and gardening advice, about $40; Lee Valley
This pocket-size Brook & Hunter 11-in-1 makes driving stakes, cutting back perennials, and plucking weeds ultraconvenient.
About $48; The New York Botanical Garden Shop
For the fix-it family member: This fully outfitted socket-wrench set has every size you'll ever need to turn a nut or tune up a car. How can you be sure? The laser-etched markings on the sleek black sockets are much easier to read than those on a chrome set.
69-Piece Black Chrome Socket Set, about $70; Stanley.
Toyama's Japanese-style forged-steel shears have smooth grips and spring-loaded hinges to keep constant clipping from wearing out hands.
About $58 (6 inch), about $84 (8 inch); Japan Woodworker
For fans of vintage furniture: This 15-piece pie safe set includes copper, tin, or brass blanks; piercing tools; folk art-inspired patterns for the panels; and complete plans for the cabinet.
About $96 (with copper blanks); Country Accents
Sometimes all you need is a little step up. This handy rolling library stool has a rubber gasket that locks it in place when in use—and it's good looking enough to leave out.
About $68; Design Within Reach
A mere 10½ inches wide, this job-site radio is tough enough to withstand getting knocked around and has a watertight compartment for a portable music player.
About $99; Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
For the architecturally attuned grown-up who misses building with those little plastic bricks: a new set for constructing Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
About $100; The LEGO Group
Inspire a veggie gardener to preserve next summer's harvest with this nine-piece canning kit, complete with step-by-step DVD and recipe book (jars not included).
About $130; Fagor Pressure Cookers and Appliances
It'll do some good for the plant world—and yield some sweet rewards. Get started with this English Garden Hive Kit, which includes a copper-top eight-frame cypress hive, instructional DVD and book, protective gloves,
veil, smoker, and more.
About $180; Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Four superuseful tools from Porter Cable come prepackaged with a nice price tag:
18-volt drill/driver, reciprocating saw, 6½-inch circular saw and 5-volt flashlight, 60-minute charger and two nicad batteries included;
About $160; Lowe's