Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Home Builders
These small gifts under $40 all solve common job-site problems and should be popular with all sorts of handy folks.
Good gifts don’t need to be expensive. Here are 10 tools that won’t break the bank but will fit in a stocking.
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|Neiko Drill Chuck with Quick Change Hex Shank
Even if you own a cordless drill with a chuck, today’s impact drivers are so compact and convenient that you might be tempted to leave your drill at home. If you pick up one of these chuck adapters, you could actually ditch the drill for most jobs. ($14)
|Zenith Industries Trim Puller
Salvaging the original trim when remodeling is a great way to save money or maintain the original character of a house, but it’s tough to avoid breaking or marring molding if all you’ve got is a typical pry bar. That’s where this super-slim trim puller comes in and saves the day. ($28)
|IRWIN VISE-GRIP Original Locking Pliers with Wire Cutter Set
No tool kit should be without a pair of clamping pliers, and you can never have too many of them, so this set of VICE-GRIPs makes a great gift for anyone–even if they already own some. ($23)
|Ryobi 18V Portable Cordless Power Inflator
Hopefully you won’t need a tire inflator on a regular basis, but when you do, you want it to work. Buying seldom-used tools that share batteries with your regular tool kit means you’ll likely have a charged battery when you need it.($37)
Note: make sure your gift recipient already has some 18V Ryobi batteries–or make one of their combo tool kits one of your big holiday gifts.
|Ironclad FUG Framer Gloves
This pair of gloves are perfect for handling tools and intricate parts, all while keeping your hands safe. With open fingers on the thumb, index, and middle finger, Framer Gloves are meant for dexterity. The knuckles are rubberized and the palm, thumb and covered fingers are reinforced. This easily adjustable pair of gloves is a great addition for anyone who works with their hands. ($18)
|Post-it Extreme Notes
These aren’t your everyday Post-its. Unlike their predecessor, Post-it Extreme are made with ultra-strong Dura-Hold™ Paper and Adhesive which allow them to perform in the toughest conditions. This product sticks to virtually any textured surface in both hot and cold climates, and are water resistant. Each pad has 45 sheets. ($5)
|Collins Miter Spring Pliers and 4 Miter Clamp Kit
Every carpenter wants clean, tight joints when installing molding, building doors, or doing any other project that involves clamping and gluing miters. These classic pinch clamps are the perfect tool for holding miters in perfect alignment with little to no fuss or mess. ($28)
|TAJIMA Chalk Box
Does the person you’re shopping for ever do framing or sheathing or any work that involves laying things out? If so, this auto-retracting chalk line will make their day. ($24)
|DEWALT 12V/20V MAX USB Charger
You keep your tools charged, but how about your electronics? DEWALT’s USB Charger can handle job-site conditions and uses all DEWALT slide style battery packs. This charging station has two ports and indicates how much power is left in your battery. Battery is not included. ($32)
Shinwa No. 780 Sliding Bevel Gauge
The Shinwa No. 780 Sliding Bevel Gauge has several smart features that make it more durable and more convenient to use than typical angle-measuring tools. It has a cast-aluminum handle and a stainless-steel blade for a lifetime of service. Another intelligent feature is the blade, which is not centered in the handle, so you can use the tool with thinner stock than standard bevels.
This product is available in 8″ and 10″ sizes. ($24)