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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 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy Working on the computer may sound like the most relaxed job in the world, but it's quite the contrary. It's very tough on your body, which is not used to this modern type of work.... Read More ), 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)

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Instructables is hands down the go-to DIY website on the Internet. Whether you’re searching for ways to repurpose an old item Don't Throw It Out Just Yet: 6 DIY Upcycling Websites That Show How to Repurpose Waste Don't Throw It Out Just Yet: 6 DIY Upcycling Websites That Show How to Repurpose Waste I am sure if you saw the Great Pacific garbage patch, you would get an idea of the waste we throw out as a species. It is just one of the concentrations of plastic and... Read More , 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.

2.1 Instructables Pro Features

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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 ($10)

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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 How to Ruggedize Your Android Tablet How to Ruggedize Your Android Tablet Got a tablet but can't find the right protector for it? Or do you want to ruggedize your tablet on the cheap? Read More , smartphones Four Easy Sugru Recipes To Make Your Own Awesome Smartphone Case Four Easy Sugru Recipes To Make Your Own Awesome Smartphone Case Do you own an expensive phone, gadget or camera and can’t find a case? That’s a common problem nowadays with the huge variety of gizmos on the market. Fortunately, you can craft your own protective... Read More , and even the Raspberry Pi Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi As the owner of a Raspberry Pi, I’ve spent a bit of time looking for a suitable case for my versatile miniature computer. For a time I settled on the popular “punnet” design that other... Read More . 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 10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit 10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit Do you repair computers? If you do, there's a lot of household supplies you can throw in your "computer repair" bag and cheaply replace otherwise expensive chemicals and tools. For example, you can swap expensive... Read More for things like repairing broken plastic parts and mounting routers or other gadgets How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget Mounting gadgets to the wall has some key benefits; you get them out of the way, you free up space, and it looks better, too. There is an added benefit for wall mounting your wireless... Read More .

3M Light Vision 2 Protective Anti-Fog Eyewear ($20)

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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.

MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband ($12)

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How many times have you been working on a project, perhaps building a computer Build Your Own Low-Wattage PC with Three Simple Design Rules Build Your Own Low-Wattage PC with Three Simple Design Rules After a few failures and experiments building my own fanless, highly efficient computer, I can share three low-wattage builds designs that dispense with most moving parts and minimize the number of fans used. Read More , creating a workstation How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It's Like To Use How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It's Like To Use There's a current craze emerging for standing desks, literally desks that you stand at while working. Having spent the last five years as a self-employed freelance writer who spends most of his days sat at... Read More , 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.

Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff ($41.99)

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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.

DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand Held Label Maker ($28)

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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)

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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.

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Rockwell VersaCut Circular Saw ($99)

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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.

Porter-Cable Impact Driver Kit ($117)

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Regular cordless drills are nice, but often times their low-powered motors just wouldn’t be enough when building a piece of furniture Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources Few things are as satisfying and relaxing as making something new with your own hands. Programming comes close, at least for me (and I've recently offered some tips on learning to code), but it's still... Read More  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)

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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.

The Takeaway

Whether the DIYer that you know is a well-seasoned veteran of the hobby, or just beginning Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY... Read More , 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?

Photo Credit: JD Hancock via Flickr

  1. Aaron C
    December 22, 2013 at 4:24 am

    That's interesting. The thing about the U.S. is that there are such a variety of economic situations throughout the country. Even from city to city. It all just depends where you live... are those services even available there? Would it be more practical to learn to do it or hire someone? There's a lot to consider when it comes to DIY... I think anyway.

  2. Saikat B
    December 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I may be wrong, but I think the U.S. has a far more developed DIY culture than anywhere else. Probably, because labor is expensive...or culturally, because of the spirit that has come down the ages.

    • Aaron C
      December 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

      I honestly haven't physically seen any other cultures around the world, so I can't debate that, but what you say surprises me. It seems to me that DIY would appeal to all cultures across the world. The ability to adapt and to construct your ideas to solve a problem doesn't seem like it's a cultural thing, but something people posses no matter where they live.

    • Saikat B
      December 22, 2013 at 2:57 am

      Absolutely. It should, and everyone should strive for a DIY mindset. Just to give you a personal example: here in my country, labor is relatively inexpensive. So, if I have to get a tap repaired, I just call a handyman. But the economy is changing now...thus necessitating some amount of DIY learning for the simpler repair jobs around the house.

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