Are you a DIYer? Do you know one? From saving money to working constructively with your hands (especially if you sit at a computer all day), doing things yourself has a ton of advantages. And that is why it’s becoming increasingly more common. I’ve included ten awesome gifts for that DIYer in your life.
Instructables Pro Membership ($1.95/mo – $39.99/2 years)
Instructables is hands down the go-to DIY website on the Internet. Whether you’re searching for ways to repurpose an old item, looking for a common fix or something more obscure, you’re likely to find a solution here. Of course, it’s not just for finding DIY projects, but also posting them. Whatever the need is, an Instructables Pro membership is perfect for that Internet-savvy DIYer.
So what are the benefits of an Instructables Pro account? Well, aside from helping to fund an awesome website and promoting DIY, Pro members are able to download and save projects as PDFs and eBooks, view the entire set of steps in a single page, and don’t get served any ads. Added benefits include discounts on products from Sugru, ThinkGeek, Monkeylectric, etc.
You can pay annually ($1.95/mo) or quarterly ($3.99/mo). The best value, though, is paying upfront for 2 years, which is just $39.99.
Sugru is quite a popular solution on Instructables for all kinds of repairs and modifications. It’s become a great way for creating homemade cases for tablets, smartphones, and even the Raspberry Pi. But that’s far from it’s only use. It’s so diverse, the only limit is your own imagination and creativity. In addition for the DIYer, it also makes a great gift to add to anyone’s tech toolbox for things like repairing broken plastic parts and mounting routers or other gadgets.
Have you tried working with your hands while holding a torch? It isn’t easy. You could use a clunky lantern, but that doesn’t necessarily direct the light where you exactly need it. The Light Vision 2 eyewear from 3M not only protects your eyes, but comes with two independently moveable LED lights. There are also two models that include a diopter, where part of the lens can magnify, which cost $22.48, as opposed to the normal pair which runs $10.99.
How many times have you been working on a project, perhaps building a computer, creating a workstation, or repairing something in your house that requires you to keep track of screws, nuts, washers and other small metal parts? It can be quite cumbersome and they can get lost pretty quickly. The MagnoGrip wristband is a quick, inexpensive way to solve that problem.
Having access to a good pair of earmuffs is crucial for any hardware-enthused DIYer. It’s also important (and just plain convenient) to hear your surroundings too. This electronic earmuff by Howard Leight allows you to hear other sounds around you, while blocking out loud sudden sounds. There’s also an AUX input that you can plug your phone or music player into for listening to tunes while you’re working.
Ever heard of an unorganized DIYer? Neither have I. Most are pretty neat and organized – it just goes with the terrain. So having a portable way of making labels just makes sense for them. Features include auto-off power saver and 195 symbols and clipart. The DYMO LabelManager 160 uses DYMO D1 labels in 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ widths.
DeWalt Inspection Camera Kit ($245)
This is by far one of the coolest gifts a DIYer could get. We’ve all been there – trying to see back into a tight spot with little to no light. DeWalt created a solution: a 3x zoom inspection camera capable of reaching into tight spots with a 3-foot long cable. It also includes a hook and magnet to retrieve any pieces and parts, a removable and wireless 3.5″ screen, and a microSD card slot to capture photo and video.
Larger circular saws definitely have their purpose, but for smaller (and often not-so-small) DIY projects, the Rockwell VersaCut is more than competent. Although it’s equipped with a powerful 4-amp motor, its slim ergonomic design allows easy one-handed use, making it perfect for any DIYer. It also features a laser guide and depth of cut indicator. Included are three different blades for cutting wood, aluminum and PVC, and ceramic tile and cement board. Lastly, it features a dust extraction adapter to keep the cut line dust-free.
Take a look at this thorough video review by ToolSelect.
Regular cordless drills are nice, but often times their low-powered motors just wouldn’t be enough when building a piece of furniture and even some simple repairs and mods. That’s where a quality impact driver comes in. The Porter-Cable comes with a high performance transmission, while being compact at only 6 inches in length. It features an LED work light for improved accuracy in dark work areas and a battery fuel gauge that displays the remaining charge of the lithium ion battery.
BOSTITCH 3-Tool Compressor Combo Kit ($234.99)
An air compressor always comes in handy, but this isn’t your ordinary compressor. It also includes three tools: a straight finish nailer, a brad nailer and a stapler. It comes with an oil-free pump requiring less maintenance and a 150 max PSI 6 gallon tank with a ball-type drain valve for easy drainage. It’s made out of an impact-resistant composite and has tool-free adjustable exhausts to direct air away from the user.
Whether the DIYer that you know is a well-seasoned veteran of the hobby, or just beginning, there’s something here that’s sure to excite every kind and skill level. Now it’s your turn to pick – what are your favorite tools? Do you know of one that wasn’t listed?
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