Christmas 2009 is going to be a great year for the handyman in your life, as more and more people are looking to do-it-yourself (DIY) home renovations and additions. From laser levelers with stud finder and measurement capabilities to specialized tool kits for plumbing, electrical or word work, the handyman in your life will surely have many new gadgets dancing in their heads this Christmas season. For the homeowner, the variety of tools that would make their lives easier grows exponentially with every year, but even renters need some tools and gadgets now and then.
The best gift ideas for the handyman for Christmas, 2009 would include, but in no way be limited to;
1) Spray painter. Makes painting larger areas, like walls or doors, quicker, less messy and uses much less paint for a good, clean painting. Smaller nozzles allow for painting in finer detail, around windows and other glass or off-color painted surfaces.
2) Wet vac. The ultimate handyman cleanup tool, the wet vac is an industrial strength vacuum cleaner that can suck up wet and dry garbage, nails, chunks of plaster and sawdust, amongst most other things that need to be cleaned up. The stronger the wet vac, the more suction, so try for a mid-range wet vac for a starter handyman.
3) Solar panel kit. Allows the handyman to setup, hook up, and define the usages for the power that the solar panel(s) provide. Maybe the wet vac? Power can be stored in car batteries, or other specialized batteries, connected serially, for future use, or as a backup to the electrical circuit breaker panel. When there is a power outage, you should have at least an hour’s worth of electricity to prepare for the duration of the power outage with the smaller models.
4) Multimeter. For the handyman that likes to tinker with the electrical side of things, a digital multimeter is an essential tool. Ideal as a stocking stuffer if you are getting him (or her) that solar panel kit as well, or as a stand-alone gift for the handyman who does not know the electrical side of handyman work all that well.
5) Saws-all. The saws-all is the ultimate saw, able to cut through, well, “all”. From wood to concrete, and ideal for cutting holes in the roof (they are needed, sometimes, like when installing solar panels or a new wood stove). Circular or jig saws are great for the woodworking handyman, as the saws-all is not exactly a finer detail cutting instrument.
6) Plumbing snake. All drains get plugged eventually, and a trip to the store, late at night, with a cranky family really needing you to hurry up can be avoided with a plumbers snake. Better than a bottle of drain cleaner, as it will clean out the worst of the worst of the plumbing blockages immediately.
7) Hand saw and cutting block set. For the woodworking fanatics, or the handyman who loves the feel of wood and prefers hand tools over electric tools, a hand saw set can come with up to 8 different types of blades, for different detail and cutting strengths.
8) Workbench. Every handyman needs a workbench in their basement, shed or garage. A “Work-Mate” portable work bench is great for smaller places, and has places for storing different tools built into their design. With clamps and a press included, the work-mate work bench is a great Christmas gift for every handyman. Cork boards can be given as stocking stuffers, to arrange all hand tools on.
9) Tool organizing system. Again, the cork-board is great for hanging on a wall, so that all of the hand tools can be organized and in plain sight. Screwdriver holders, parts cabinets with hundreds of little plastic trays for storing all sorts of small things that can be helpful to the handyman are also great gift ideas for every handyman, as they always end up collecting lots of little doodads, thingamigigs and doohickies.
10) A generator. The ultimate tool for every handyman, the generator ensures that they will have power even during the worst winter storms and summer gails. Preferably a gas run model, generators can be hooked up to the electrical panel, so that the chosen portions of the home will not do without power when the electricity is cut from the home. A place is needed to store the generator, as it is a gasoline engine, which requires an exhaust leading outside. If there is no shed or garage, and the generator will be in the basement, make sure you add an exhaust kit as a stocking stuffer!
From powerful and dependable cordless drills that can be used as screwdrivers or ratchets for those heavy jobs, to light and rechargeable electric screwdrivers, there are many tools that the repair-savvy home owner or renter will dance in delight to see under the tree on Christmas morning. No matter what tools, accessories or storage units that you do end up buying your favorite handyman for Christmas 2009, they will delight in using it over and over.