The Best Gifts for a Handyman

Let’s face it: no one really wants another boring tie, package of socks or gaudy sweater for their next birthday or holiday gift. (Sorry, but it’s true.)

Whether you’ve got a burgeoning Bob Vila or an Amy Wynn Pastor wannabe among your family or friends, choosing the best gifts for a handyman—or handywoman—is easy with this guide to the best gifts for a handyman. Focus on their favorite hobby—home improvement projects—and give them a gift that they’ll both appreciate and use.

Workbenches Are One of the Best Gifts for a Handyman

Gorilla Rack GR2102B 5-Feet Workbench with 2 Drawers, Black

2x4basics 90164 Workbench and Shelving Storage System

Coming in first and foremost on every handyperson’s list is a great workbench. The best way to help the handyperson in your life through those difficult projects is by giving them their own space in which to work. The ideal workbench not only supplies room to spread out but also provides a multifaceted workspace that stores and organizes tools, equipment and supplies. Workbenches come pre-made or, for that extra-handy handyperson, in DIY kits.

When choosing a workbench, look for features such as:

  • Easy access to equipment
  • Plenty of surface area to spread out with projects
  • Smooth, planed and durable top
  • Lots of storage
  • Customizable to fit a variety of functional and space requirements
  • Pegboards for hanging
  • Rugged construction

Handymen Love Toolboxes

Stanley 016011R Series 2000 16-Inch Tool Box

Trademark Tools 75-2050 XO Peak Deluxe Mobile Workshop and Toolbox

Every handyperson needs a place to keep their tools, a simple fact that leads to another great gift: the toolbox. Toolboxes range in size, shape and complexity from simple, lunchbox-style carriers to massive, multi-drawer models constructed from heavy duty steel. Look for features such as:

  • Rolling casters or wheels for portability
  • Drawers with ball-bearing slides
  • Socket holders
  • Wrench racks
  • Removable trays
  • Lockable drawers or chests
  • Drawer liners

Multi-Tools Always Come in Handy

Leatherman 850122 MUT Tactical Multi-Tool, Black Oxide Coating

SOG B63N-CP PowerLock Multi-Tool with V-Cutter (EOD; Black Oxide)

Multi-tools offer versatility and value that every handyperson can appreciate. Not only do these neatly-designed tools take up less space, having a multitude of tools in one neat package makes working much more convenient. Plus, the multi-tool is like a tool box your handyperson can carry in their pocket, which is a lot easier than lugging an entire tool box around.

From pliers to pruners, knives to screwdrivers, corkscrews to saw blades, multi-tools pack a gift-giving punch. Look for features like:

  • Sharp blades that make smooth cuts
  • Ergonomic grips
  • Precise plier jaws
  • Easy-to-manipulate locks

Does Your Handyman Have Enough Levels?

Empire em81.9 True Blue 9-Inch Heavy-duty Magnetic Aluminum Torpedo Level

Black & Decker BDSL10 36-Inch Gecko Grip Level with Accu Mark

Levels may not be the most glamorous gift, but everyone—not just your handyperson—could benefit from this essential tool. Straight lines are important but hard to achieve with the naked eye. Levels have a number of uses around the house, from ensuring that everything from pictures to cabinets are hung perfectly to magnetized levels for plumbing and laser levels for landscaping. Today’s levels range from digital iPhone apps to I-beam and box-beam laser levels to the old-fashioned, but still effective, traditional spirit or bubble levels.

Stud Finders Are Another Great Gift for a Handyman

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder

Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder with Metal and AC Electrical Scanning

Don’t forget about stud finders. Though every handyperson knows it’s important to hang heavy items where they can best be supported, finding that spot can be touch and go. Before stud finders came along, the easiest way to find a stud was by pounding a nail into the wall until you hit something hard. While effective, this method was time-consuming and created wall damage. Stud finders take the guesswork out of locating those supportive studs—a feat that’s essential when hanging valuables such as large screen televisions or artwork.

Holly Watson is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other great companies. She spends her free time crafting and using her workbench for around-the-house projects.

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