Tool kit ideas to help your home DIYer

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The hol­i­days are just around the cor­ner. When you’re a con­trac­tor for 30 years, your tool kit nat­u­rally ac­cu­mu­lates to in­clude ev­ery­thing you could ever imag­ine. Whether I’m work­ing on the job site, or puttering around the house tak­ing care of my to-do list, I’ve al­ways got the right gear for the job.

The en­thu­si­as­tic DIYer in your life prob­a­bly doesn’t have a garage stocked like mine — and while they may have a good col­lec­tion, their kit is not yet com­plete.

For those of you look­ing for the per­fect some­thing for the DIYer in your life, here are a few gift ideas that they might be miss­ing.

Er­gonomic tools

Even if your DIYer al­ready has a set of tools, bet­ter qual­ity gear may be in or­der this year. An er­gonomic tool is one that helps re­duce risk of in­jury, pro­vide more com­fort to the user, and makes work more ef­fi­cient. Bet­ter de­signed hand tools can go a long way in mak­ing work smoother and less fa­tigu­ing for the user. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant if your DIYer isn’t quite as flex­i­ble as they used to be.

There are some hand tools that have gone a long way to solv­ing a lot of small problems for con­trac­tors and DIYers alike. Flex­i­ble screw­drivers make it eas­ier to se­cure those hard-to-reach ar­eas. One­handed clamps let you clamp, open and spread with just one hand — which is great when you need your other hand to se­cure your ma­te­rial. Some hand tools even in­clude a flash­light built right in that lets you shine a lit­tle light on some tough-to-see ar­eas.

Bet­ter safety gear

Ev­ery kit should have gloves, eye pro­tec­tion, hear­ing pro­tec­tion and a res­pi­ra­tor. They aren’t all cre­ated equal — and the se­ri­ous DIYer should have bet­ter qual­ity gear.

Eye gear is al­ways a ne­ces­sity, es­pe­cially when work­ing on a pro­ject where de­bris will be fly­ing. Any se­ri­ous DIYer should al­ready have eye pro­tec­tion but they may be due for an up­grade. I have a pair that I use for in­door work, and a sep­a­rate pair for out­door projects. The in­door pair is clear, while the out­door pair is tinted to pro­tect against the sun, and in­cludes an­tifog pro­tec­tion.

Eye pro­tec­tion is a no-brainer, but I of­ten find that DIYers (and even some con­trac­tors) aren’t think­ing about the dust, de­bris and fumes they’re breath­ing in as they work — or they think they can get by with a dis­pos­able dust mask. For me, if I’m work­ing in­doors, I’m wear­ing a res­pi­ra­tor. I want to make sure I’m not breath­ing in dan­ger­ous fumes.

You can pick up a re­us­able res­pi­ra­tor to pro­tect your DIYer, but don’t for­get to in­clude some ex­tra fil­ters and car­tridges. The res­pi­ra­tor won’t be help­ful if your DIYer doesn’t have all the nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als!

First aid kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any DIYer or con­trac­tor. While you hope that an ac­ci­dent never oc­curs, if it does, you need to be pre­pared. You can pick up a pre­assem­bled kit from any big box or hard­ware store, but make sure they have ev­ery­thing you need. If there are items not in­cluded in the kit, fill their stock­ing with what’s miss­ing. First aid kits should in­clude at least the fol­low­ing: ban­dages in sev­eral sizes, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, elas­tic ban­dages, gauze, tape, tweez­ers, scis­sors and safety pins.

Durable and mov­able stor­age

Does your DIYer al­ready have bet­ter tools, good-qual­ity safety gear and a fully stocked first aid kit? Think about get­ting them some­thing to or­ga­nize their tools. Not ev­ery­one has the room in their house to have shelves for their tools. Get them a por­ta­ble stor­age and or­ga­ni­za­tion sys­tem for tools and small parts.

If they have an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of tools, you can get them mod­u­lar cases that lock in to each other. They hold your gear and are durable — you can pack them up and toss them in your truck if you need to. It’s a use­ful, prac­ti­cal gift that might not seem ob­vi­ous for the tool lover in your life.

Hope­fully by now you have some new ideas about what to get the tool lover in your life. If they’ve al­ready got these items, well, when in doubt, no­body is go­ing to turn down a new ham­mer.

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If your do-it-your­selfer has an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of tools, you can get them mod­u­lar cases that lock in to each other. They hold your gear and are durable — you can pack them up and toss them in your truck if you need to. It’s a use­ful, prac­ti­cal gift that might not seem ob­vi­ous for the tool lover in your life.

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