Tool Gift Guide: 5 Tools We Actually Use

You’ve got tools to buy this season? Here on the 10th floor of the DoItYourself building, we’ve been keeping our own DIY chops up and we try out new tools whenever we can. So for the DIYer on your gift list, here are 5 that made the cut.

Impact Driver

Tool Gift Guide – Our Top 5 Tools of the Year

The Panasonic ¼-inch hex cordless impact driver quickly became the workhorse of the shop, becoming indispensable in hanging cabinets, building furniture, creating a faux fireplace and everything else it was asked to do. It drives screws with ease, turns tight nuts and bolts, and drills hardwood and metal without stopping to catch its breath. And the battery holds its charge for a long time too.

Paint Sprayer

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With the HomeRight Heavy Duty Paint Sprayer Titanium Series we painted 30 feet of fence with this in no time at all. The sprayer is pretty intuitive and easy to use, cleanup was easy and the coverage was even and thorough. Most important, months later the paint job still looks good.

Drill Driver

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Honestly, we were a little skeptical of the Craftsman® Bolt-On™ 20 Volt MAX Lithium Ion Drill/Driver Kit at first, as maybe it was being asked to do too much at once. But this turns out to be a legit drill driver that’s earned its place on numerous household jobs, from installing cabinet hardware to hanging wine racks. And, it’s a platform for numerous attachments.

Oscillating Tool

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The Dremel Multi-Max is a tool we’ve wanted to play with for a long time, and we weren’t disappointed. The multiple blade options have made it perfect for trimming molding and picture frames, cutting out rusted and frozen screws in tight spaces, and cutting away wall to wall carpet to exposed an old hardwood floor.


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When you’ve finally set your other tools aside, the Krups BeerTender is a welcome addition to the shop. You have to plan ahead and refrigerate the mini-keg before you load it up, but once you do the unit keeps your beer cold and fresh for up to two months (not that it will last that long). It’s the perfect way to reward yourself and your helpers for a job well done.