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The best (and most reasonably priced) gifts you can find for anyone who likes to work with their hands.



Tools make great gifts. Almost anybody can use them, and they make empowering presents, especially right before someone begins their next big project. Most on this carefully curated list are well under $50 and a few cost more, but all come in below $200. There’s everything here from gifts for newbies to presents for the mechanically experienced.

Once you own a pickup tool with a magnet attached to the end, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. This one fits in a stocking but extends to 30 inches and can pick up items that weigh 20 pounds.

We use this indispensible tool, sometimes several times a day, to open tough plastic packaging, which we get a lot of. At home, you can do the same, and also slice light-gauge sheet metal, cut up stuff to cram into the recycling bin, and other odd jobs.

Extracting and turning fasteners are made much easier with socket adapters. You won’t find a better performance-to-price ratio than this kit, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

The perfect gift for the new homeowner or a college grad getting her first apartment. It includes a decent selection of sockets, combination box-end wrenches, pliers, and ratchet wrenches to get the job done. It’s a lot of set for the money

Rhino does the classic folding rule one better–this version is made out of tough polyamide plastic. Its deeply embedded scales won’t wear away as readily as those painted on wood rulers do. Bonus: It has the slide-out brass scale for measuring inside dimensions.

Even if your giftee already owns a full-size shop vacuum, they’ll still find themselves turning to this one often. Don’t let its small size fool you, it’s got plenty of power and holds plenty of debris. 

If you’re looking for a tool gift for that person who owns almost every tool in existence, this product would be a good choice. It’s unlikely that they own one of these. It holds a nut or bolt in position in a hard-to-reach location so that the matching part of the fastener can be threaded into it, or on it. Anyone who has ever struggled with an impossible assembly will appreciate this thing.

Any handy person will appreciate a magnetic dish. It keeps small bolts, screws, clips, and other odds and ends from getting lost while you work. And don’t worry if they already have one—they can always use another. They’re that helpful.

This little screwdriver is a great little gift or addition to your toolbox. Its stubby size helps you get at screws that would be impossible to drive or remove with a larger tool.

This accessory kit is a good buy for the quantity and quality of the drive bits it contains. The bits are tough enough to use in both impact drivers and drill drivers, owing to their ability to flex slightly under high-torque loads. Plus, there are multiples of the most common types and sizes, because you will inevitably lose or break them.

Give the gift of clean hands to that tool-loving, paint-applying, car-fixing, plumbing-repairing person, and they might laugh a little but they’ll appreciate it. I received an identical jug years ago as a gift, and after I emptied it bought another, and then another. I’ve had cleaner hands ever since. It cleans tools, too.

Chances are, every handy person will have to cut and strip wire at some point. And they should avail themselves of this model from Klein Tools. It’s an industry legend for its sharpness, durability, and unfailing ability to deliver a safely stripped wire.

Working in the dark is impossible. There’s also no need for it with Neiko’s rechargeable work light, which costs less than 30 bucks and provides 350 lumens and five hours of run time. And because it’s an LED, it won’t burn you if you graze it.

This quiet little gem of a German-made tool is a powered screwdriver in the sense that you pump down on its handle to turn its shaft. Or lock the shaft and use it as a ratcheting screw driver. It accepts any ¼-inch hex shank bit or  small-diameter hex drill bits to make a pilot hole in soft materials.

Getting low to the ground to repair plumbing and install flooring can be hard on the knees. Protect them with this 1.5-inch-thick foam pad.

Hang a shelf, find an angle, or plumb a wall—this torpedo level will help ensure you’ve got everything lined up nice and straight.

This Craftsman set of pry bars is especially handy when getting at parts on your car that need to be levered. With four to choose from, there are options for tasks of almost any size.

This Sawzall blade set will be a boon to anyone in the midst of a big remodeling job—or expecting to tackle one soon. They may not make the actual remodeling any easier, but these blades will help demolition go a whole lot faster. 

Hooking tools on peg board is pretty simple. But it’s even easier when you add a magnetic bar holder—or two or three. These things are invaluable for storing tools and accessories neatly in the workshop.

It’s one thing to hit a part that you need to remove, it’s another thing to hit it without damaging it. This set solves that problem. Each brass pin absorbs the shock and deforms slightly, rather than destroying the part.

Forged from one piece of steel, this trim hammer is the kind of gift you buy for a first-time homeowner. They’ll never need another.

Or, if your recipient is more aesthetically minded, get them Estwing’s beautiful leather-handled, solid-steel hammer. Its 20-ounce weight can handle most jobs around the house.

Sometimes the only way to hold or remove something is to lock down on it with a stout pair of vise grips. This two-piece set, with a curved-jaw tool and a straight-jaw needle nose, is inexpensive and indispensable.

Everyone needs a pocket knife. (Just don’t forget it in your pocket when you try to go through airport security.) This small one from Case is U.S.-made and versatile for doing everything from whittling a stick to slicing a sandwich.

Another great pocket knife, this Opinel is dead simple and dirt cheap. The French brand’s classic folders come sharp and in a wide variety of sides and woods. The No. 6 is the ideal size for carrying in a pocket, or upgrade to the larger No. 8 for desk or workbench use. 

CRKT stands for Columbia River Knife and Tool, and that name stands for a lot in the knife business. We’ve tested plenty of the brand’s knives, and this rugged, no-nonsense blade is the real deal for outdoorsmen and women, mechanics, and first responders.

Forget crummy slide-bar tire gauges. If you love somebody, you’ll give them a decent dial-read gauge on a hose. Believe me, they’ll thank you for it every time they check the air pressure, whether it’s on their car or yours.

Gardening indoors and out goes on year round, whether it’s the front flower bed or repotting overgrown plants. This Fiskars tool has you covered. It’s one part trowel, one part knife, and one part root-cutting saw, with a big comfortable handle. 

This cordless tubing cutter fits in a tight spot, with as little as 1½ inches of head room. And it will make up to 200 cuts in copper, from 3/8 inch to 1-inch sizes.

Nothing marks metal, whether it’s rusty, painted, or high-carbon tool steel, like a tungsten carbide scriber. It even works on glass and can scratch your identification into other objects and possessions.

The Council Tool Miners Axe is a sweet little hand tool that’s great for preparing kindling at the campsite or house. Plus, it’s American made, which is amazing for the price.

Give somebody safety glasses and you may well save their eyesight. Magid’s take on safety eyewear is both retro and contemporary. Yet for all their cool appeal, these meet the all-important industrial ANSI Z87 safety standard.

We bet more than one of these sets has been given down through the years as Christmas presents. They’re well-made and will last a lifetime with decent care. All the common sizes are included, along with long-shaft types that are becoming more difficult to find.

No socket set is complete without drives, adapters, and universal joints. Craftsmen still leads the pack for quality and cost effectiveness.

In our rigorous testing, this Knipex mini bolt cutter chomped through everything we put in front of it: wire, small-diameter steel rod, small chain, bolts, nails, and screws. It’s incredibly powerful for its size.

Dead battery? This rechargeable tool saves the day with 1,150 amps, enough current to start a freight train. Its USB charging ports provide better than 2 amps, for silent charging while you’re at a campsite, say or if the power goes down. And safety: The two battery leads are No. 4 gauge, more than thick enough to handle high current.

Gift this to the woodcutter that you care about, or give yourself the gift of protection. You know what they say: Safety first, but especially if you happen to be cutting firewood alone in the forest.

Very few tools have earned the right to be called a classic, but the F-2 bypass pruner has. This sharp and sturdy tool provides a lifetime of clean cuts, and if you do manage to wear something out or break it, you can buy replacement parts.

Steiner’s welding jacket is a rugged garment sewn (constructed might be a better verb) from hardy fire-resistant cotton with metal snaps. It’s inexpensive protection in the shop and serves well as general workwear.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, except that you won’t find a better, more extensive set at this price.

Having tested these two pliers extensively in our shop, we feel confident saying they’re two of the finest hand tools ever made. The high-quality, simple construction makes them good for re-gifting, too, since they’re sure to stand the test of time.

Kraft Tool is well known to generations of masons, tile setters, and worker in other trades, in part because of this sturdy, leather-bottom tool bag. It’s made in the U.S., durable, and looks great.

It may be small, but Milwaukee’s electric screwdriver is a brute, with a pivoting head that locks in multiple positions and two speeds with adjustable torque. Plus, a full charge will last at least a couple of days of drilling.

Responsible for essentially starting the rotary tool revolution decades ago, this Dremel can still do nearly anything you ask of it. It’s great for cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and polishing.

A serious U.S.-made set for a serious mechanic, Klein’s wrenches are intended for industrial users who need access to nuts or bolts when a socket simply won’t work.

We like what we see happening with the newly rejuvenated Craftsman line of power tools. We tested a drill almost identical to this one (it had the hammer function, which this lacks), and found it to be a powerful, easy-handling power tool. 

We’re big fans of Wiha tools because they’re incredibly well-made. You can’t ask for better tools for turning tiny screws than this seven-piece set.

When you need to lug your tools and accessories between work sites, Husky’s handy rolling bag can carry them all. It’s got pockets galore inside and out, and three oversize wheels keep it extra stable. 

Woodpeckers’s made-in-the-USA stop fits any ruler up to 1½ inches wide. Slide it on, lock it down, and you can make dead-on accurate repeat measurements, draw a line parallel to an edge, mark out squares and rectangles, and other jobs that come up as you learn to work with it.

Black Phosphated Dry Wall Screw

Tailgaters will especially take notice of Bosch’s new Power Box 360. It’s built like a tank and offers just about any modern music connectivity option you could ever need. At the game, a job site, or even your garage or shop, it will bring music to your ears and power to your tools (via the built-in outlets).

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