Holiday Gift Guide 2022: For the DIYer

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They say not to rely on tools to do a job well, but it sure makes doing the job easier! There’s always a tool out there that could save time, energy or sanity and we’re here to share some of our favorites, and some that are on our wish list. One of the best choices we’ve made in our DIY journey is to invest in tools early. Our collection continues to serve us project after project and we can’t thank our past selves enough for thinking of our future selves!

Collage of 12 gift ideas for the DIYer

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1. Zibra Paint Brushes

These make the perfect gift for the serial painter in your life. I love the variety of brush shapes that make cutting in and painting tricky angles and surfaces easy as pie!

2. Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 520PRO

This is on my wish list as an upgrade! We have a small pocket hole jig – the R3 – and it’s been an amazing tool for things like cabinetry and tables. The 520PRO offers more versatility than the R3, including a built-in clamp!

3. Trim Buddy

I thought this was such a clever little gadget. This would be awesome for the DIYer who’s regularly installing trim and wants to do it to perfection, with ease.

4. Air Compressor and Nail Gun Set

I bought this for Matt for his birthday a few years ago and it’s probably one of the most used set of tools in our collection. Not only is the air compressor handy for the tools (since, you know, it’s required to power them), but we’ve purchased additional attachments to use it for pumping air and cleaning out dust! Cordless nail guns can be expensive, so if you don’t want the hefty price tag this is a great solution.

5. MicroZip Sander

Sometimes there are no power tools for the job, and you’ve got to bust out the hand tools. This makes detail sanding a breeze!

6. Plywood Carrier

This is on the wish list this year. Plywood sheets are heavy and awkward to carry, no matter how strong or tall you are. We’re big fans of working smarter not harder and this fits the bill!

7. LED Shop Light

Matt stumbled upon these on Amazon and bought one to try. We immediately bought three more to replace all of the lightbulbs in our garage and it was like night and day – literally. The light increased threefold in our workspace and made it so much easier to work at night.

8. Pushblock

When we bought our table saw last year, we spent a lot of time watching videos and learning how to properly use it to ensure we were being safe. These pushblocks make maneuvering wood on the table saw much easier and safer. Highly recommend!

9. Caulk Savers

We used to put screws in the tops of our caulk tubes when we were done using them but they weren’t empty. It never worked. The caulk always dried out. Then we discovered these red caps. Haven’t had a dried out tube of caulk since. These would make a great stocking stuffer!

10. Safety Glasses

Cute and safe? Sign me up! We have several pairs of these so they’re always in reach.

11. Irwin Quick Grip Clamps

Every DIYer can always use one more clamp. These come in so handy for more reasons than I can count. There’s no such thing as having too many!

12. Kreg Featherboard

Another item on my wish list this year. These fit and lock into the table saw slot to hold a board up against the fence. They also prevent kickback which can be fatal. I’m all for a well-designed tool that makes a job safer. Give the gift of safety!

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