DIY Holiday Gift Guide
Find the perfect gifts for those doers and makers in your life! In this holiday gift guide you'll find the most practical, reasonably priced gifts for DIYers – from tools to books to accessories and more! Make their life easier around the shop and make your holiday shopping simpler this year. The links are affiliate links—and I even have a special coupon deal or two—so if you do end up making a purchase, I’d really appreciate it if you just start by clicking through the link on our site. Either click the product name or product image to be redirected to Amazon and more. I hope this list is helpful!
As you know by now, if you've been following the video tutorials and/or blog posts, I stand behind Ryobi products. They're great and made to such high-quality! This is a great gift idea for that DIYer in your life. A drill can be used in so many different ways on so many different projects – definitely a must-have.
Circular saws, especially high quality, cordless ones like Ryboi's are great for any DIYer. For straight cuts, long or short, the circular saw can get the job done. Circular saws are so versatile and can be used for nearly any straight cuts (or angled too for that matter)! Before I had my miter saw, I used my circular saw to cut all of my boards.
The Kreg Jig is one of my favorite tools that I feel is a must-have in any shop. The jig drills pocket holes for quick, easy joinery. The kit comes with everything you need to get started, including a carrying case. But it only comes with a handful of their special Kreg screws—you might want to make a stocking stuffer out of some extra Kreg Jig screws. I recommend Kreg Jigs to anyone/everyone!
Jig saws are super versatile and we here at DIY Projects with Pete love ours. For smaller DIY projects, a jig saw can cut wood, plastic, even metal—just swap out different blades for each material. Ryobi has a whole new series of cordless tools called ONE+ that all use the same lithium ion battery, including a jig saw. They’re all great, but I think the jig saw is one of the best tools to go cordless with because, man, I’ve come awfully close to cutting the saw’s own cord before!
Most nailers require an air compressor for their power… not these Ryobi ones, though! Nailers can make a lot of projects go a lot quicker. A cordless nailer makes a huge difference if you’re up high working on beams or roofing, when an air compressor hose could actually be dangerous to be dragging around. The Ryobi cordless nailers are part of the ONE+ series, so they have plenty of power from lithium ion batteries.
Handheld, powered sanders are so very helpful for any DIYer. They can be used beyond just woodworking and will offer ease-of-use for the user. You might want to throw in some extra sandpaper discs for a stocking stuffer, which are available in a variety of different grits, and they attach on and off the sander, easily, with a Velcro backing. Ryobi also makes a very nice, economical sander that will work great for your DIYer!
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Clamps hold things in place while you glue, screw, weld, or otherwise attach a project together somehow. Quick-grip clamps make a big difference when working by yourself, when you need to tighten things with one hand. Jack Clamps are especially helpful because they have a couple attachments that make them more versatile and useful for the DIYer on their own, from holding round pipes or dowels together, to jacking up a heavy item up to 300 lbs. Jack Clamps are such a great DIY product that I’ve partnered with the company to offer an exclusive $5 coupon, so if you decide to purchase them, use the following code during checkout and save a few bucks! Use code: DIYPETE5
This would be your step up from a circular saw, miter saws will cut boards down to size, such as 2x4s, 4x4s, up to 2x12s, depending on the size of the blade. Most blades are 10 or 12 inches in diameter, and you can get sliding saws that slide out to increase the width of board you can cut. They’re great for any angled cuts, adjusting up to 45° on two different planes. This particular Ryobi Miter Saw is very portable and can be carried from place-to-place. Table saws are their counterpart, used for ‘ripping’ wood—cutting it down the long edge to make it more skinny, instead of just shortening it.
A Leatherman is one of those tools that just makes sense to carry. They are so versatile and offer so many tools in the small multitool that it can be carried anywhere. Be sure to grab one for a stocking stuffer for the doer in your life!
These make great stocking stuffers to compliment a Ryobi drill. Their bits are very high-quality and this kit has everything you could ever need in the shop! Grab yours today.
Around the Shop Must-Haves
Up here in Montana, it gets cold in the winters! Does it get cold where you're at? Although your DIYer might not be the first to admit it to you, they're likely freezing their tail off in the shop. Do them a favor and get them this super handy, affordable, portable heater.
I know that once you're in the shop, it's hard to get out. A mini fridge has been very convenient to have in the shop for stocking up on water and other beverages, quick snacks, etc. Keep your DIYer happy and full by getting them this affordable mini fridge.
Cleanliness is key when working out in the shop! Certain projects and certain tools will put off more dust, sawdust, debris, and more than others. I love having a shop vacuum around for when I'm running my thickness planer and other tools. It's also handy if there is a water spill/leak inside because this is a wet/dry vacuum. Overall a great purchase!
Something else that's nice to have in the shop is a quick way of making a cup of joe! I love my Keurig and have found it to be super handy for when I'm in the shop with no intention of leaving. Your DIYer is dedicated, so dedicated that he/she may stay up until wee hours of the night, like I know I have, to finish a project. Keep them fueled, keep them caffeinated. 🙂
Whatever dust, debris, mud, concrete happens out in the shop, should stay out in the shop. Help your DIYer and yourself out by ordering this very affordable boot mat. Drop this right in front of the shop door and you'll be helping everyone one. A nice gift that is for you and your DIYer.
This Ryobi radio has been so awesome to add to my shop! It has bluetooth technology, so I can stream music from my smartphone or computer as well. It can get amazingly loud to overpower those ear muffs you're wearing and the sound of power tools. I think a radio is great for any and all shops!
Pencils come and pencils go in most shops. They also tend to get dull very quick and sure your pocket knife can come in handy for a quick sharpen, but nothing beats a good old fashion point from an actual pencil sharpener. This particular sharpener can be mounted to a wall, work station, or anywhere in the shop. Super helpful!
Books & Magazines
The Art of Manliness offers some great reads and not just for men! Be sure to check out their website if you haven't yet, beyond that – this is the greatest Art of Manliness Collection. With books teaching you skills to being a better father, dressing well, and an overall better man. This is a great collection for that special man in your life.
Ana White’s Handbuilt Home is a great book with 30 projects you can build for your home. Ana has been a huge inspiration to my DIY career and she makes do it yourself projects easy. I’d highly recommend Ana White’s book!
David Picciuto's (Drunken Woodworker) new Bandsaw Box is an excellent resource for woodworkers that are looking for unique projects that also make great gifts. David of the Drunken Woodworker has laid out a step-by-step, illustrated book that is clean and straight forward.
Cheng is the King of concrete countertops. He’s been doing concrete countertops, design, and education programs for decades and his books will give you all sorts of ideas and tips for building countertops. I have 2 of Fu Tung Chengs books and they have been invaluable.
Sure you can't always be in the shop, but for when you're not – here is some inspiration in the form of a magazine. Grab this discounted subscription for that woodworker in your life today. These make great add-on gifts and stocking stuffers!
We all need inspiration for that next project around the house that needs done. Check out the Family Handyman magazine and get that DIYer Handyman in your life a subscription at a great rate here. Click the photo or title above to purchase through Amazon.com
Clothes & Accessories
When it comes to high-quality, long-lasting workwear you simply can't beat what Carhartt has to offer! I love my Carhartt pants, shirts, overalls, and everything from them. These are great pants for that DIYer in your life.
Similar to the pants above, just more fabric are the high-quality, long-lasting workwear you simply can't beat. Carhartt bib overalls are great! I love my Carhartt pants, shirts, overalls, and everything from them. These are great pants for that DIYer in your life.
Whilst writing this post – sitting here on a cool, winter day – my employee, Scott is wearing this exact same beanie. We often wear these hats out in the shop, too. Again, you can't go wrong with any Carhartt product. This beanie will keep your noggin warm out in a cold shop or while out hunting in the woods.
A lot of people shrug off ear protection, but if your DIYer is spending long days with the miter saw or intense metal work, ear protection is definitely a good idea. I like big headphones like these because they are easy to take on and off, or just slide off of one ear so that you can still hear some things. Plus, they are not as easily misplaced nor do they get as dirty as little foam ear buds.
Sawdust and splinters, metal debris, fiberglass insulation: these are all things you don’t want in your eyes. A good pair of safety glasses keep your eyes happy and safe when you’re watching a cut-line closely or any other work where there might be flying debris involved.
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A table saw is used to make long, straight cuts, called rip cuts. A heavy duty saw makes a big difference, but a portable one like this can still work great. You can adjust both the height and angle of the blade, and you slide your board along the straight edge of the adjustable rip fence to ensure straight cuts.
An air compressor can power a bunch of different tools, or just pump up your bike or car tires really quick. I especially like my air compressor for powering nailers—this kit comes with three different nailers. Three might seem like a lot, but they all have their uses, and make life a lot easier. This smaller air compressor is easy to move around, and doesn’t take up much space in the garage or truck.
Welding and working with metal can seem like a whole different world from woodworking, but it’s actually pretty easy and fun. I had no idea how to weld, but after some reading and a few Youtube videos, I was making metal bases for my concrete tables, fixing furniture and tools, and making some neat art pieces. This electric welder is especially easy to get started on because it plugs into a regular old wall outlet, and doesn’t need gas (MIG) or any other power source. Just plug it in, make sure there is some Flux Core wire feeding out of the nozzle, and get to welding! You will definitely some safety gear to go along with this though: thick leather gloves and a welding helmet.
Once you start welding, the next big tool to get is a plasma cutter. You can cut metal up to 1/4 inch thick in any shape you want, so it’s especially good for art projects. Like the welder above, this plasma cutter also plugs into a normal wall outlet — many bigger tools like this will need a special 220V outlet, which has a larger plug and supplies a lot more power.
Hopefully this list has helped guide you in your Holiday shopping, this Holiday Gift Guide recommend the best, most affordable tools and supplies that every DIYer should have. Thanks for supporting DIY Projects with Pete by shopping through our links here. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Cheers from Montana.