DIY Pete’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Finding the perfect gift is never easy. That's why I've compiled a Holiday Gift Guide with ideas for all sorts of things… Like tools, electronics, fitness equipment, games, outdoor gear, watches, and so on. Many of the items I own, and if not they were chosen carefully making sure the feedback and reviews were excellent. You are helping support more DIY videos, tutorials, and DIY inspiration by purchasing through the links below, which are affiliate links meaning the site will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Was $299, now $249 through December. This awesome 6-tool kit will turn chores into hobbies. It includes a drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact driver, JobPlus multi-tool, work light, two batteries and a charger.
Special buy $149 while supplies last. Every DIYer will want this powerful new tool! With up to 750 in. lbs. of torque, you can power through tough drilling and driving applications with ease. The kit includes a battery and charger.
Special buy $99 while supplies last. The perfect gift for anyone who owns RYOBI Power Tools, these lithium+ high capacity batteries provide four times more run time and work with over 50 RYOBI ONE+ tools.
Every home needs a basic tool set with sockets, wrenches, pliers, and screw drivers. Crescent is well known in the industry and makes a high quality tool set that will last for years.
The Kreg Jig is one of my favorite woodworking tools out in the shop. It creates pocket holes so you can hide the screws in the joints of your furniture.
A 2000 PSI pressure washer is perfect for washing the car, cleaning the sidewalk, removing dirt from your siding, and all sorts of cleaning projects. This washer has a long electrical cord and hose real. Simply plug it in, hook up a hose, and you are good to go.
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.
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.
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!
This Ryobi radio set 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. They 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!
Carhartt bib overalls are great! I love my Carhartt pants, shirts, overalls, and everything from them. These are awesome pants for that DIYer in your life.
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.
Nest Thermostat – I've had a Nest Thermostat for a couple years now and absolutely love it. I can adjust the temperature of my home from the Nest App on a phone from anywhere. It's also convenient for checking on your home while traveling to ensure the heat is on and pipes aren't freezing. You can check out my Nest review and installation video here.
Nest Camera – The Nest camera uses the same App as the Nest Thermostat and is an excellent way to check in on your home while away. I have one up at my cabin and another at my home. Check to see if you've had visitors, if a package was delivered, or if you are going to need to shovel snow when you return. This camera is a lifesaver.
Ring Video Door Bell Camera and Door Bell – This little doorbell has a built in camera that will ring your smartphone when the button is pushed. You'll instantly be connected with whomever is at your door via video. It can also be used as a security camera.
Schlage Touchscreen Lock – Never carry a house key again. This stylish keypad lock allows up to 30 individual codes so you can set one for yourself and other codes for cleaners, dog walkers, and so on. Check out my review and installation video here.
Amazon Alexa Echo Dot – This is a pretty nifty device and personal assistant. My older brother and his wife recommended the Echo dot to me and I've been thrilled with it. Simply ask it to play music, call an Uber, get the weather, or tell you the news. This is similar to Siri, but hooks up to stereo and will respond or go to work for you anytime you say the word “Alexa.”
Drones are a fantastic tool for getting aerial footage. When I ordered my first DJI Drone I was worried about crashing it, but after flying for the first time I realized how easy it really is. Make sure to get it registered with the FAA and to take the courses necessary if you are looking to film for commercial purposes. The extra battery and a carrying case are musts.
This little lamp is super bright. The convenient usb charging ports makes it a breeze to charge your phone or small electronic device. Perfect for the desk or a nightstand.
Whenever you add a subwoofer to a sound system it instantly makes a night and day difference. The Polk subwoofers have great base.
Need the brains for all of your audio and video needs? This device will do the job. It has plenty of hdmi ports and even has bluetooth. It will do a solid job powering your home entertainment system.
Thinking about ditching cable? If so, this little antenna is sleek and can be taped to the wall behind the tv so it is out of site. No more ugly bunny ear antennas! It will pick up most of the main networks ( NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox ) and others in high definition.
Gifts for the Office
I didn't realize how handy vinyl plotters are until I bought one to make marketing materials for my businesses including decals for vehicles, stickers, signs, and stencils. One of these machines will pay off in a heartbeat. You can order all of the materials from a site named USCutter. The Titan 2 is a solid little machine. If you think you want something a little more commercial grade I'd recommend the Graphtec CE-6000.
I use a standing desk in the office about half the time, and sit the rest of the day. Ergonomics play a huge role in your comfort level and health. This chair won't disappoint.
Sick of replacing those expensive ink cartridges every other month? It's time to try out a laser printer. Laser printers are workhorses and all about business. While this doesn't print color, the toner lasts a really long time and the scanner and copier are great.
Perfect for organization around the home and keeping track of your stuff. This little machine is super easy to use and before long you'll be the most organized person on the block.
A few months ago I realized I needed to make a change and lose some weight. After doing some google searching I came across the Six Pack Shortcuts Youtube channel which has over 4 million subscribers. I figured they must be doing something right to have so many followers. I bought their program for $97 and am currently on stage 2 of their 3 stage program. My goal was to lean up, lose belly fat, and feel better. I'm 25 workouts in and am looking much more toned. I've lost 9 pounds, am eating healthier, and feeling good. I'd recommend this to anyone who is up for a challenge and who wants to feel better. This specific program is geared towards men.
A portable mat that's big enough for anyone. This 6×6 foot mat is heavy duty and will protect your floor from sweat and the toll of our shoes. It quickly rolls up and has a bag so you can take it with you or store it in the closet.
Sometimes an adjustable workbench is necessary for workouts. If that's the case, this affordable and quality bench will do the job.
These dumbbells have rubber ends so you won't scratch up the floor. They are affordable and come in any weight you need. For my workouts I typically use 10 or 15 pound dumb bells.
Install this pull up bar in just a few minutes. It will be a great addition to your home gym.
Best socks ever! These socks wick away sweat like no other. They also don't have the stench most socks get after wearing them. They are super comfortable and last a long time. By the way, if anyone out there has problems with smelly feet or shoes I'd highly recommend Odor X spray. It cured my smelly shoe problem 100%.
Compression Shorts with Phone Pocket – Exercise Apparel ( Mens and Womens )
Workout gear that fits well with a design that works. This is a cool company that was started by a passionate entrepreneur named Terry out in New York City.
Shorts that wick away sweat and don't get in your way.
Once you go with bluetooth headphones you'll never go back to the wires! Charge them up for hours of use and easily pair with any smartphone. They are perfect for listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks while out on a run, exercising, or even while doing your grocery shopping.
Treat that special someone to new shoes for the NEW YEAR! I've been running in Brooks Ghosts the last 3 years and feel like they are a fantastic shoe.
This set is perfect if you like to pre-cook meals on Sunday and have them ready to go for the week. It's also great for leftovers. The glass Tupperware is microwavable and tough.
A smoothie maker that's easy to clean with a cup you can drink from. These two features make the Ninja my smoothie blender of choice.
How do you take a boring sandwich to the next level? You throw it in a panini press for a few minutes and out comes a gourmet sandwich that looks like something you'd get at a fancy restaurant.
Paddle boards will give you the ultimate freedom to get out on the water. These inflatable boards are made of military grade rubber and are just as durable as a raft. The boards can be deflated to fit in a backpack carrying case that can be thrown in the back of your compact car. Pretty amazing! I don't leave home without my paddle boards in the summertime anymore. I have both a 10 foot and 11 foot version from iRocker.
Need a new hobby to free your mind from stress and business? If so, I'd highly recommend giving fly fishing a try. It's a fantastic hobby. And if you need gear, look no further then Bozeman FlyWorks. Their complete lineup of gear can be found at the Bozeman Fly Works website, or if you you are an Amazon Prime member you can find it on their Amazon store as well.
If you love whitewater rafting or are an adrenaline junkie, it's time to take a kayaking course at your local university and to look into getting some gear. Kayaking is a really affordable sport once you have the initial equipment. The Dagger is my kayak of choice and what I take down the Gallatin River many a times every summer.
Want to get around town fast and have a sharp looking bicycle? Specialized makes some awesome hybrid bicycles that are perfect for cruising the streets. I wanted something faster than a mountain bike, but a bike that could go on dirt trails or gravel if it had to. The Specialized Sirrus Sport was the answer.
Yeti products aren't cheap, but they sure keep ice frozen and drinks cold for days. Their soft coolers come in a variety of sizes and are great for fishing trips, days out at the beach, and other outdoor festivities.
Yeti tumblers and koozies will keep your drink ice cold for hours. They are a fantastic gift. Make sure to write your name on the bottom in case it gets left at a friends house though. If not they will most likely claim it and call it theirs because these tumblers are amazing!
A jacket that is warm — but not bulky and can be stuffed into a small pocket in your pack. Patagonia makes really nice jackets that are stylish and comfortable.
With this vest you'll fit right in while hanging out in any mountain town. Arcteryx products are made of the highest quality materials and are great gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your family.
Can't keep track of those expensive sunglasses? Do you need something to keep your glasses safe while out on the lake? Croakies are perfect for this and are available in all sorts of designs and colors.
The secret to getting an ice sphere or cube crystal clear is one directional freezing. This means the ice cube is only able to cure from one direction ( in this case being from the top down ). All sides are insulated except the top. I originally funded this as a kickstarter project and have been using it for almost 2 years. It creates the perfect crystal clear ice spheres every time. Everyone will comment on the classy ice and how cool it is. Perfect for the whisky connoisseur or for anyone who likes to make fancy drinks.
The Aeropress makes one of the best cups of coffee in my opinion. They are easy to use and simple to clean. In addition to using mine at home, it's also my favorite way to make coffee while out camping because it packs into the carrying bag and it cleans up easily.
Trying to keep the car organized is always a challenge. This back seat organizer made by my good friend Andrew's company has large oversized pockets and plenty of organization to get your vehicle in order and in ship shape.
The noise cancelling headphones are hard to go without once you try them. They'll block out the background noise so you can focus on whatever you need to be working on. They are fantastic for travel and while on the airlines. They'll help minimize the chance of hearing annoying conversations or little ones who are not happy travelers 🙂
Would you like to inspire someone to travel? Have them check out my friend Jackie's resources at TravelingJackie.com. She has a free Travel Podcast There are even group travel trips planned for 2017. So stay in the loop!
Automobile Gift Ideas
It's hard to believe this small device can charge a big car or pickup truck multiple times… But it is true! This little charger can be a lifesaver when you need it most.
Jumping a vehicle can be a pain. Especially trying to get the running vehicle close enough to the vehicle that won't start just so you can hook up the cables. That's where the 25 foot cables come in handy. Simply pull on any side of the vehicle or to the back or front. These cables are plenty long to make whatever parking situation you are in work!
WeatherTech makes mats that are custom cut to fit just about every vehicle perfectly. They'll protect your vehicle's carpet or factory mats from dirt, snow, rain, coffee spills, and other grime. Well worth the investment in my opinion!
This bluetooth hands free kit is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a vehicle with the bluetooth built in. Simply pair the kit with your phone and then push the button to tell it to dial.
I recently went from a Chevy Avalanche to a Toyota Tundra pickup and one of the big things I had to give up was built in storage. After doing some research on storage for pickups I came across this storage container. It's absolutely awesome for storing tow ropes, jumper cables, straps, and other necessities. It takes 10 minutes to install and has a quick release if you need to remove it. Definitely a great storage option. They make them for all brands of pickups.
CB radios are all the rage for Jeepers, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts needing to communicate in the backcountry. My buddy Pat has one of the top CB radio stores around. Check 'em out!
If you are an internet entrepreneur, video editor, or designer you won't regret investing in a 15 inch Macbook. This computer is super powerful, slim, and has a lot of screen real estate. I do all my video editing for my DIY Projects Youtube channel using a 15 inch Macbook Pro and Final Cut X.
iPads are super convenient for checking email, browsing the web, and reading books using the Kindle App.
Hate running out of battery when you need it most? Get an Anker charger to recharge your smart phone or USB device.
Finding the perfect leather watch strap to fit your style isn't easy. That's where Rob Montana comes in. His company has been making beautiful watch straps for years and will work with you to help you find the perfect strap. Many celebrities and athletes seek Rob out for his custom leather creations.
Skagen makes downright SEXY watches at an affordable price. This slim profile watch looks classy and you'll get all sorts of compliments.
No one knows beards better then Eric Bandholz. Eric is a good friend of mine with a massive beard and a YT channel and online store that sells more beard products then I'd know what to do with. The beard oils smell great and will make any beard soft.
It may feel like you are going back in time, but using shaving soap is getting popular again and definitely adds to the shaving experience. I've been using The Blades Grim products for a couple years now and they are great for getting a nice clean shave.
You can tell a lot about someone by their shoes. Allen Edmonds is a go to brand for classy shoes that are durable and made to last. These are sure to catch the attention of whomever you are in a conversation with next.
Anson belts are awesome for so many reasons. First, you can mix and match. This means you can pick out any buckle you'd like, pair it with the belt color and style of your choice, and then custom cut the length to fit your waste. Second, the belt has a micro adjustment track system. After a big meal you might loosen the belt a couple clicks. After you leave the gym you might tighten is a few clicks. I don't think I'll ever own another brand of belt.
Up your style by getting a high quality leather briefcase to carry your documents, computer, and work stuff.
Fanatics is my store of choice for ordering apparel for my favorite sports teams. My teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, and Minnesota Wild. You may wonder how it's possible to cheer for so many teams that always choke… We midwesterners have just gotten used to it… 🙂
Gift Baskets and Food Gift Ideas
I love cold brew. This is seriously my favorite Cold Brew coffee on the planet for a lot of reasons. I should mention my brother started the company and so that has a big pull 🙂 But seriously, it is great coffee, has a fantastic startup story, and is an innovative company. They have all sorts of gear and SWAG on their website. They also have a DIY cold brewing kit which is awesome.
Beef jerky always puts me in a good mood…. And gifting jerky from People's Choice Beef Jerky will put a smile on your friend or family members face as well! Who would have thought jerky could have so many amazing flavors? I love this family run beef jerky company and would recommend their gift boxes to anyone.
Looking for a unique gift to give your good friend or family member? If so, look no further. SignsofTheMountains.com makes the highest of quality personalized aluminum signs. Ski trail signs, fishing access signs, cabin signs, and more. Their quick turnaround is second to none. I started this company in 2011, and it is now owned by my good friend and skiing buddy James of Bozeman, Montana.
Audio books are super convenient and give you the ability to kill 2 birds with one stone. You can get in your daily run or commute and listen to a book at the same time. You will be surprised how fast you'll go through books once you try out audible. Click the link to get the first book for free!
Russell Brunson is a genius in the world of online business. His book Dotcom Secrets will teach you all about creating funnels for your business to create more leads and conversions. I've learned a great deal from Russell and will be going to his conference called Funnel Hacking Live this year in Dallas. This book is free but you'll need to pay shipping.
My father recommended this book to me and since reading it I've gifted the book to many of my friends. Who would have thought there was such an art to chopping wood and stacking wood piles? This is a very neat book.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy is all about being consistent and learning to focus. This is one of my all time favorite books I recommend to everyone.
Need more ideas for great business books? Check out my post with over 35 book recommendations!
Every year I walk into numerous office supply stores to try and find the perfect planner. Not any more. For the last two years I've been using the Arc Planner System from Staples. You can customize exactly what you want in the planner and can move pages around easily using their simple binder system. You can order it online, but I'd recommend going into your local Staples so you can see all the options and pages they have to customize your planner.
GoPros are extremely convenient cameras for capturing footage from action sports, adventures, and while traveling.
The Canon 70D is a solid camera that will take amazing photos. In addition to photos, it does 1080 video as well. I've been using this camera the last couple years to film all the videos for my Youtube channel DIY Projects with Pete.
Mirrorless cameras take great photos and are so much easier to travel with then a big and bulky DSLR. So many of my blogging and journalist friends swear by these compact little cameras.
I create video content for my business and it is very important that I have good quality audio and the freedom to walk around without wires. These little lavalier mics are not cheap, but they've been my best investment in stepping up the quality of my video's audio.
The factory microphones built in any video camera are less then optimal. Rode is a leader in the audio industry and this is the perfect mic to enhance the audio in your video creations.
Audio is extremely important for retaining listeners to whatever you create. The Audio Technica ATR 2100 mic is affordable, has excellent sound, and can be plugged into any laptop via USB. It's how I record all voiceover and podcasts. This would make a fantastic gift!
The Ape camera case engineers have thought of everything. This case can hold multiple cameras, microphones, filters, and batteries. It even has a spot for a 15 inch laptop and all kinds of accessories.
A heavy duty tripod without the expensive price. I use this on a daily basis to hold my DSLR for photos and video. It's not great for traveling because it is somewhat heavy. Dolica makes a light tripod if you plan to put a full size tripod in a suitcase.
Gifts for Pilots and Aspiring Pilots
Learning to fly has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments I've ever done. If you know someone interested in Aviation I'd highly recommend gifting them with an introductory flight to see if it's something they'd enjoy. Introductory flights are usually under $100 and are sometimes free. Check with your local flight school or call a local FBO. I went through Summit Aviation in Bozeman, Montana for my instrument rating.
The lift headset bag is small enough to toss in the back seat while training, and big enough to hold your iPad, headset, maps, radio, and accessories.
Does your favorite pilot need a new headset? If so, the Bose A20 headset it the top of the line headset that every pilot dreams to own.
Give the gift of aviation by inspiring someone to learn about flying using a computer simulator. I use the new xPlane 11 simulator along with rudder pedals and a yoke. CH products makes affordable accessories. I like Saitek as well, but they are more expensive. Sometimes Saitek products can be found affordably on eBay.
Home Made Gifts
If you have time, home made gifts are always the best. Gift your favorite someone with a photo book of your last big adventure, trip overseas, or year in review. The hardcover books will be a talking point that can sit on the coffee table for years.
Fun and Games
This is a fun game that requires strategy to be able to take over the board. It's perfect for dinner parties or get togethers with friends and family.
Cornhole is a fun game that is excellent for barbecues and get togethers out in the yard. This set has it all including a carrying case. If you are into DIY projects and would prefer to make your own boards please check out my video tutorial and free plans here. http://www.diypete.com/cornhole-board-plans/
The new glass on the Vortex Diamondback binoculars for 2016 makes these a great addition to take with you out on a hunt or to have in the truck while site seeing. They are a good size and not too bulky.
If you are serious about hunting or not being seen out in the wilderness then Sitka makes the best gear I've found. It will keep you warm and dry for years out in the field.
Game cameras are a fun item to have on your property to see what's running around your home. We have a cabin up in the mountains of Montana and I've seen moose, mountain lion, elk, and black bear on our camera. This trail camera can take photos or video.
Gifts for the Home
Know someone with newborns or little ones around the home? Bibs and Binkies is your best bet for a top notch shopping experience for baby stuff. They are owned by my good friends Dustin and Rachel. Both are young parents and awesome folks.
This cool calendar will get all sorts of comments when placed on your desk or counter. It is fun to change the date each day. Magnets keep the ball for the day and month in place.
The wicks on these candles are made of hardwood and crackle like the sound of a fireplace. In addition, the scents this company comes out with are great.
I go in the sauna about 3 or 4 times a week after working out. You feel so good after relaxing in the sauna. This specific model works with a normal plugin and has all the bells and whistles. You can even hook up your phone to the speakers and listen to audible books, podcasts, or music.
A notebook that is waterproof so you can write your ideas down while in the shower. I love it and use it all the time.
Eames lounge chairs are a classic. Their sleek modern design will look great in your home.
Part of being productive and healthy is getting a good nights rest. If you are due for a new mattress take a look online as there are all sorts of options. This mattress is a favorite.
With the push of a button this standing desk can be adjusted to any height. Break up your day by standing for a portion in between sitting. Standing desks aren't for everyone, but I sure enjoy mine. To save some money you can build the top yourself if you have some woodworking skills. Check out the link for a video on how I made the top for my desk.
An anti fatigue mat is a must if you are using a standing desk. This mat has plenty of cushion to keep your joints and feet comfortable.
Business Software and Websites
Want to help get your friend or family started with business? If so, please check out the following recommendations I have that will get them get up and running fast.
No matter what type of business you have, a website is important. For the bloggers out there I'd recommend getting setup with a domain and hosting through Bluehost. With a simple one click integration you'll be able to set wordpress up easily.
It's important to get started on the right foot by keeping track of your income and expenses. Freshbooks is excellent software to do this. Xero Accounting or Quickbooks are other options if you want to stick with a product you may already know.
The best converting lead generation and funnel system software available.
Looking to sell things online? Need an online marketplace for your creations? Check out Shopify, it is simple and quick to setup a professional looking site.
Do you have a friend or family member struggling with Alcohol? Chances are you may know someone. Please help them out by sending them the link to RecoveryElevator.com. My good friend Paul's FREE podcast is a great resource to help out. He also provides a membership community for recovering alcoholics.
When all else fails, order a gift certificate for those hard to buy for folks. Many gift cards can be delivered instantly via email if needed.
Thanks so much for checking out this year's Holiday Gift Guide! I hope it provides some ideas on gifts for friends, family, or even yourself 🙂 Make 2017 amazing and best of luck with your projects! Cheers from Montana. – Pete