The best tools to give as a gift


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What are the best tools to give as a gift?

We all have this person in our life who is afraid, or maybe just ambivalent, about home repairs.

You can usually tell who it is because they have a stack of loose paintings in the corner, their drain needs a good coil, and their doorknob is about to fall. Instead of rolling your eyes or telling them about it, remember this: There’s nothing a little elbow grease, the right tools and a helpful YouTube tutorial can’t fix.

We’ve compiled a list of the most important items that the inconvenient person in your life needs to take care of their home, so you can push them in the right direction.

Looking for other gift ideas for the holiday season? Check out these gift guides:

BLACK + DECKER Home Tool and Accessory Kit: This BLACK + DECKER tool kit comes with a cordless drill, claw hammer, tape measure, utility knife, and dozens of other useful tools your loved one can use around the house. Between this 60-piece tool kit and the 109-piece accessory set, you can rest assured that your loved ones will have everything they need to complete household repairs.


Maintenance of drains: When it comes to taking care of our drains, we often forget about it until we notice cloudy water collecting in the sink or tub. Most of the time, there’s nothing a dose of Drano can’t fix, but sometimes it’s easier to remove the plug than to rinse it out. In that case, we recommend that you offer this drainage coil set, which includes six plastic drainage snakes and a stainless steel claw cleaner. It’s a dirty job, but they can handle it.

GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight

Flash light: Sometimes all it takes to do a repair is to be able to see what’s wrong. With an affordable and highly versatile GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight, your loved one can quickly shed light on any problem.

30 Foot Craftsman Tape Measure

Tape measure: How long should this curtain rod be? Is the hallway really wide enough to fit this new dresser into the bedroom? How big should the mat be? A simple tape measure, like the Craftsman 30 foot tape measure, is a must-have for any future homeowner or apartment dweller.

Gorilla band

Ribbon: Speaking of bands, we never have enough. Gorilla tape holds things together with incredible strength, painter’s tape will drastically reduce touch-ups, double-sided tape can fix that curling mat, and Teflon tape might be all your loved one needs to stop this annoying leak. Make sure they are well stocked – they will end up using it.

gorilla glue

Super glue: You may know that sawdust, a little Gorilla Glue, and a wood screw are all you need to make your chairs strong and strong again. But for your not-so-convenient sweetheart, super glue can also repair an endless array of items, from broken tiles to fractured figurines.


Lubricant: Sometimes the problem is not having to tie two elements together; it separates them. Whether it’s a squeaky hinge, a lock that won’t open, or a stuck window, often all it takes is a little lubricant to remedy the situation. A mainstay in this area is the WD-40. Not only can this oil lubricate, but it can also clean and protect.

Pro tip: Remind the user to be careful and read all precautions when applying tape, glue, and lubricants, as improper use may make a problem worse instead of correcting the situation.

anti dust mask

Individual protection equipment: The most important must-haves for any home repair job are those that keep you safe. Blistered hands, dust in the lungs, and shards in the eyes are all very real dangers. To combat them, make sure your loved one has (and uses) work gloves, a dust mask, and safety glasses.

Fancii Folding Pocket Utility Knife

Utility knife: One of the most useful tools for a not-so-handy person is a utility knife. Whether they’re trying to crack open a particularly delicate Amazon Prime box or need to make a precision cut for a craft project, the Fancii Folding Pocket Utility Knife will deliver.

Simplehuman stainless steel toilet plunger

Piston: The first time you need a plunger will be the last time you no longer have it. Diving is one of the most common repairs that a landlord or tenant does, so it pays to get the best. The simplehuman stainless steel toilet plunger will let your loved one get rid of their problems… literally.

Little Giant Ladder Systems 6 Foot Stepladder

Ladder: You cannot fix what you cannot achieve. Even if it’s just a replacement for a light bulb in the hallway ceiling, your loved one will need a ladder. The Little Giant Ladder Systems 6 foot stepladder is a sturdy model from one of the biggest names in the ladder manufacturing industry.

Pro tip: When going up or down a ladder, having at least three points of contact between your body and the ladder (two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet) will help prevent most accidents.


Hammer: Even if everything in your loved one’s house hangs with control strips. At some point, even if they never plan to drive a nail in, they’ll have to put something back in place. To do this you will need a hammer handy. And you might want to send nails to your loved one, just in case.

Klein Tools Cushion Grip Screwdriver

Multi-bit screwdriver: Each screw head is a slightly different shape, size, or depth, which means you will need more than one screwdriver. Instead of buying a set of 100 screwdrivers, the right multi-bit screwdriver will easily handle any situation your loved one may face. The Klein Tools Cushion Grip Screwdriver, for example, is an impressive 11 tools in 1.

Set of 5 craftsman pliers

Pliers: Pliers may be the best tool for less DIY enthusiasts. They are strong, adaptable to a wide variety of situations and do not require any instruction before use. They work like a powerful thumb and index finger and are just as good at holding something in place or unscrewing it. Start your loved one with an assortment so that they always have the right tool. The Craftsman 5 Piece Pliers Set should adequately cover all of their needs.

BLACK + DECKER Cordless 16V Dust Collector

Hand vacuum cleaner: After each repair, there will be some damage that needs to be cleaned up. This is what makes a tool like the BLACK + DECKER Cordless 16V Dustbuster so essential. This powerful bagless cleaner will help loved ones tidy up a repair quickly so they can admire their work. They may even be inspired to use the dust collector in other areas of the house that need it.

This First Aid Only kit

First aid kit: If you’re sending your loved one a bundle of all the tools you think you’ll need, why not add a first aid kit, just in case. This First Aid Only kit contains all the basics your loved one will need to deal with cuts, scrapes, burns, swelling and pain.

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Allen Foster writes for BestReviews. BestReviews has helped millions of consumers simplify their purchasing decisions, saving them time and money.


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