Holiday Gift Guide: Tools

Do you have a friend or family member who loves to work on handyman weekend projects out in the garage? Are you looking for a gift for someone who's starting off on their own for the first time and doesn't have any tools? We've compiled a list of great tools that may be exactly what you are looking for this year. 

Tool Sets

Denali 12V Lithium Ion 23-Piece Tool Kit

This type of tool set is an excellent gift for a student who's heading off to college or someone who's moving into their first apartment. Basically, the Denali tool kit includes 23 basic hand tools that are most commonly used around the home, shop, and garage. In addition, all tools can be stored in the included nylon bag, thus eliminating the need for a garage or other workroom.

The 12-volt lithium-ion drill/driver features an adjustable clutch with 22 torque settings, ideal for small home projects like putting together furniture or hanging up pictures around an apartment.

Other pieces in the kit include the drill charger, a hammer, a small level, three types of pliers, a wrench, a tape measure, a utility knife, and a 13-piece drill bit set. While the Denali tool kit retails for $100, look for deals around the $50 price point.

Denali Tool Set

DEWALT DCK435C 18-Volt Compact 4-Tool Combo Kit

Potentially a great gift for the serious handyman, the Dewalt 18-Volt NiCad 4-Tool Combo Kit features a compact hammer drill/driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw and pivoting-head flashlight to provide a versatile set of tools for a host of applications.

The included NiCad batteries charge in as little as 1 hour on the provided charger, and a carrying case is also included for ready transport in case you need to work in a remote location. 

More specifically, the set includes a 1/2 in., 18V cordless compact hammerdrill with 1/2 in. single sleeve ratcheting chuck which reduces bit slippage, an 18V impact driver with 1,170 in-lbs of torque and 0-2,400 RPMs, an 18V cordless reciprocating saw with keyless blade clamp which allows for quick blade change without touching blade or reciprocating shaft and an 18V pivoting head flashlight which allows light to be projected in any direction.

Regarding deals on the Dewalt 18-Volt NiCad 4-Tool Combo Kit, look for a price point between $275 and $300. 

Dewalt Tool Set

Craftsman 309 pc. Mechanics Tool Set

Definitely an amazing gift for anyone who needs a full set of tools and does quite a bit of automotive work in their spare time, the Craftsman 309-piece tool set includes wrenches, sockets, hex keys, extensions and much more.

With this set, you receive metric, standard, inch and deep well sockets that are made to fit three ratchets. Because changing sockets can slow you down, these ratchets use a release mechanism that releases sockets faster to help you work much more efficiently.

In total, this set includes 42 wrenches, 196 sockets, 3 quick release ratchets, 40 hex keys, 5 extensions, 1 magnetic handle, a 10-piece screwdriver bit set and a 12-piece nut driver bit set. 

With this type of extensive tool set, the person receiving the gift definitely needs a great tool storage unit to  house and protect all the tools. 

Regarding price point, the Craftsman 309-piece tool set retails for $400. However, deals on the set can be found in the $160 to $180 price range.

Craftsman Tool Set

Power Drills

Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Drill/Driver

An ideal gift as a starter drill for someone who's setting out on their own for the first time, this Craftsman power drill is useful for small jobs within the home or out in the garage.

The Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Drill/Driver features a 1/2" keyless chuck and a 2-speed gearbox for optimal drilling. Featuring a tension adjusting torque clutch for precision driving, this drill helps strip fewer screws and bolts by delivering 24 individual settings that deliver the right amount of torque you need to get the job done.

The Craftsman drill comes with a high endurance 19.2 volt battery that charges to full in just under an hour. In addition, additional batteries can be purchased so that you will have a fully charged battery ready to go if working long hours during the day.

Regarding deals on the Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Drill/Driver (MSRP: $80), look for sales in the $35 to $40 price range. In addition, Craftsman also sells a version of the drill with two batteries around $80 as well as a version that includes an impact driver around the $70 to $80 range.

Crafstman Power Drill

Bosch DDB180-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver

Offering a compact and lightweight design, the Bosch DDB180-02 18-volt 3/8-inch cordless drill/driver gives you high-quality results on the job while helping you work for longer periods of time with less fatigue. 

Featuring Durashield housing to guard against wear and tear, the DDB180-02 utilizes an 18-volt lithium-ion battery that provides 35 percent more runtime and two times the recharge cycles of competitors. It includes two Slim Pack 18-volt lithium-ion batteries, and the DDB180-02 can drive approximately 160 3-inch screws per battery charge.

The DDB180-02 works at two speeds, 400 RPM and 1,300 RPM, and provides 400 inch/pounds of torque, which is enough to drive most common fasteners and drill bits. In addition, the Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) feature automatically switches the motor off when it stalls, helping to prevent it from burning out.

Regarding deals on this Bosch power drill (MSRP: $300), watch for a price drop around the $100 price point. Otherwise, the standard sale point on this drill is around $150.  

Bosch Power Drill

Cutting Tools 

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw

Great for moving around the garage or a job site, the compact DEWALT 10-Inch table saw features the Site-Pro Modular Guarding System for application-specific setups that result in quick, accurate cuts. It pairs a portable design with a powerful 15 amp motor and large 16-inch rip capacity. This saw comes with blade guards, a miter gauge, a push stick, and a dependable 10-inch, 24-tooth carbide blade to get your project started right away.

Using a 15 amp, high-torque motor, the DEWALT table saw delivers the power you need for tough jobs like cutting hardwood and pressure-treated lumber. The saw's 10-inch blade spins at a no-load speed of 3,850 rpm for quick, clean cuts as well.

At just 45 pounds, this table saw is portable enough to bring out when needed and can be stored fairly easily. Regarding deals on the DEWALT table saw (MSRP $700), look for a $300 price point.

DEWALT Table Saw

Rockwell RK7321 BladeRunner with Wall Mount

Definitely ideal for creating a clean cut through wood, metal, plastic, aluminum, or ceramic tile, the BladeRunner is easy to take along on job sites or house projects. The BladeRunner is compatible with any T-shank jigsaw blade; simply change the blade when working with a new material.

A low-friction stainless steel tabletop and dust port make both cutting and cleanup easy. Ideal for a multiple variety of cuts, the BladeRunner is a versatile cutting machine. Its cutting capacities are: up to 1-1/2 inches (wood), up to 1-1/4 inches (PVC), up to 3/8-inch (aluminum), up to 1/8 inch (steel), and up to 3-8 inch (ceramic tile).

Simply mount the cutter to the wall with the included wall mount, or on any benchtop surface. At just over 13 pounds, the BladeRunner is easy to transport from job to job around the home or to remote areas. Regarding deals, the price point on the Rockwell Bladerunner typically hovers between $140 to $150.

Rockwell Bladerunner

Dremel 4000-3/34 120-Volt Rotary Tool Kit

The Dremel 4000-3/34 High-Performance Rotary Tool Kit contains the Dremel 4000, which provides the highest performance and the most versatility of all Dremel rotary tools.

The Dremel 4000's motor delivers performance at all speeds from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM, and electronic feedback circuitry maintains a constant tool speed under load. Its slim, ergonomic body provides a 360-degree grip zone in every position for improved precision, while a variable-speed slide allows for both fast speed adjustment and consistency at your selected speed. A strategically placed on/off switch won't interfere with the grip during use.

Powerful, user-friendly, and built to last, this handy little tool helps you complete a range of crafting, hobby, and artisan projects. It comes with 34 accessories, three attachments, and a carrying case. Look for deals on this rotary tool around the $75 range.

Dremel Rotary Tool


Craftsman Evolv Basic 5-Drawer Tool Center

Ideal for the weekend handyman, this storage unit is suitable for an area near the workbench inside the garage. The Craftsman Evolv tool center is the ideal storage solution for all your general household tools & supplies. The bulk storage area provides ample space for larger household items like paint cans and cleaning supplies.

With 9,976 cubic inches of storage inside the steel construction, the standard steel drawer slides provide easy drawer operation and hold up to 25 lbs. of tools or household items per drawer.

In addition, there's a keyed locking system to keep tools secure. This can be helpful when you want to keep dangerous tools locked away from children or the storage unit locked while working in a remote location. 

The casters on the bottom of the unit support up to 300 pounds of tools and household items within the entire tool center. The unit itself weighs approximately 72 pounds and assembly is required. Craftsman also sells drawer liners for this storage unit in order to protect tools that are being placed within the drawers.

Regarding price, look for sales on the tool center around the $60 to $70 range. If you want to give a storage unit to a more serious mechanic that works with tools on a daily basis, look for larger units that can store an increased wieght level in addition to having ball-bearing slides to help open drawers.

Craftsman Evolv