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ToolBox Diva’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t know what to give this holiday season? Here’s the ultimate gift giving guide this Christmas. Great gift ideas for the special Toolbox Diva in your life.

Hey there ToolBox Divas! Since Christmas is coming up, surely everyone is scrambling about looking for gifts to give their friends and loved ones in December. Well, we want to help you out in making your decision. Here are eight gift ideas that are sure to please this holiday season.

 

No.1: A One Year Subscription to This Old House Magazine

This Old House is probably the first DIY show (that I can recall). I watched it every weekend on PBS. I still watch it when given the opportunity. But mostly read its monthly publication. My kitchen update was even featured in it’s publication 😉.   It’s a wealth of home improvement DIY information, filled with great DIY projects and tips for homeowners.

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No.2: ISOtunes Headphones

A lot of times, the workplace (particularly a woodshop) can get really loud. Power tools aren’t exactly built to be quiet; they’re built to get the job done. While some people might not mind the noise level so much, for others it’s really annoying and they’d like a bit of a reprieve from the screech of a table saw, or the hum of an air compressor. For me, I need my jams to focus! And I can’t have the sound of a drill interrupting my Beyonce.  (Hahaha) So if you or someone you know, The ISOtunes PRO Bluetooth Earplugs are the perfect gift. These wireless headphones are noise canceling and can be used in the workplace. You can use it to just block out the noise of the environment or just listen to your favorite tunes. ISOtunes PRO Bluetooth Earplug Headphones can be found at The Home Depot online for just $89.99.

No.3: The Track Saw

A Shop Fox Track Saw is an excellent gift this Christmas. I’m not the biggest fan of taking out my table saw and getting it all setup.  In fact, it’s probably my least favorite tool.  The track saw makes making those rips cuts a breeze with minnmal setup. I also love it because I can work on the floor using a 2″ insulation foam board, providing stability and security.  The Shop Fox is the lowest priced track saw on the market at $188 on Amazon.  It is by far the best value.  With this track saw,  it’s like having a portable table saw.  You can make plunge cuts and attach a shop vacuum for dust collection.  Cuts are nice and smooth.

 

No.4: Ryobi Palm Trim Router

For all your routing needs, The Ryobi Palm Router is small, lightweight, and gives a more precise depth control.  This tiny wonder does it all from you basic edge trims of round-overs and coves to inlay grooves and flush trimming. It’s the perfect addition to your DIY toolbox. It’s cordless and powered by the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ battery. No need to worry about getting wrapped around any long cords. This router can be found at Home Depot for just $69.

 

No.5: 

Milwaukee Heated Hoodie is a great gift for that person who’s always working outdoors.  With up to 6 hours of run time, this hoddie has extended my ability to get things done will into the cold winters of the Northeast.  It is lightweight and allows you to work without the huge bulky layers.  Its powered by the Milwaukee M12 REDLITHIUM, which is small and lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like your carrying a huge weight as you walk around.  It’s machine washable and has 3 heat settings. This hoodie is not only functional but stylish. Easily transition from the garage workshop to a tailgating party or outdoor sporting event.  It’ll keep you warm on even the coldest of nights, and you’ll be looking great the entire time. Milwaukee Heated Hoodie can be purchased at The Home Depot as the Hoodie-Only or as the Heated Hoodie Kit which includes the battery and charger.

No.6: Google Home Mini

Ever felt like you needed a personal assistant to help keep things organized. Well, you can have one, sorta. Google Home Mini is a smart home system, the latest developed by Google, that can help you keep track of everything that you need to keep track of, and more! Among its features: Hands-free calling, the ability to set Reminders, the ability to set Timers, TV/Speaker streaming and control, Bluetooth audio, and it can function as a general factbook in case you have a random question one day. You can also use it to keep up with sports, or as a dictionary, or even a translator! It is quite the versatile system. Google Home Mini starts at $49, which isn’t a bad of a price to pay for a system that is so useful.

 

No. 7: The Leatherman Multi-Tool

If there is one thing that almost anyone could use, it’s a multi-tool. As it’s name implies, the Leatherman Multi-Tool is essentially multiple tools in one compact package. The Leatherman Sidekick is a 14-in-1 multi-tool: A set of needle-nose pliers, that can also be used as normal pliers and as wire cutters, a wire stripper, a saw, knife and a serrated knife, a ruler, and So Much More.  Oh and did I mention, it’s corrosion resistant and made of stainless.  It’s even a bottle/can opener.  This incredibly useful tiny tool fits in a purse or pocket and its available for under $50.

 

No. 8: Ryobi Hot Glue Gun – A.K.A. “The Beast”

Ryobi Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Possibly the most versatile tool on this list is the one that nobody really thinks about: a hot glue gun.  The reason it’s so universally useful is because it can be used to bind basically anything to anything else. Now, of course, you shouldn’t be trying to build many heavy-duty projects solely with hot glue, but for many quick fixes and small projects, hot glue is your best friend. The Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hot Glue Gun works with high-temperature adhesives. You can transition from woodworking to crafting with ease.  We affectionately call it “The Beast” because it’s always exactly what we need when trying to get the job done. We’ve used it in several projects thus far, including making planter boxes, coasters, no sew pillows, tufting and more.  The Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hot Glue Gun is available at the Home Depot for $29.97.

 

Happy Shopping! ~T.

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