Gift Guide for the Do-It-Yourselfer: 2011


Not everyone wants to buy pre-packaged and assembled products. Some of us want to destroy what we have and rebuild it from scratch. These masters of their castle might not know plumb and level if it falls on their head, but when something breaks, they grab tools and fix it. If you need to buy a gift for one of these hard-handed heroes Discovery's Holiday Gift Guide 2011: for the DIYer contains the perfect gift ideas to keep them from breaking up your favorite bench to shim their new window frame.

No do-it-yourselfer can be without the most essential piece of equipment hanging from their ladder: a cordless drill driver. If you're looking to pursuade your DIYer to build a new bathroom vanity, or just hang up the bikes in the garage: the a Black & Decker 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver is a superb bargaining chip. Cordless means freedom to build without having an outlet nearby, and the lithium battery will  hold a charge for 18 months.

Plus, this premium drill sports a keyless chuck for fast bit changes, and an 11 position clutch will help them drive screws perfectly every time. If that weren't enough, this Black & Decker beauty has an LED work light so your drillmaster can see what they're doing, even under the sink. With this tool there will be no excuse for a lack of light, power or perfection.

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Attaching one thing to another is only half of the fun of a do-it-yourself project. Sometimes, he'll just have to tear stuff down. The aptly named Annihilator from the Dead On Store will help him do just what its namesake promises. Just because your builder wants to destruct rather than construct doesn't mean he can't use the proper tool.

The Annihilator is a multipurpose de-constructor referred to as the “ultimate wrecking bar.” It will quickly earn its place as a go-to tool for DIYers who want to quickly undo what some other person took great pains to build. You can put the Dead On Annihilator Ultimate Wrecking Bar in the palms of his calloused hands for only $57.

Once your favorite This Old House enthusiast has the best tools, you might want to pass her a copy of the New Complete Do It Yourself Manual. While a quick Google search might solve some questions, a book doesn't need a recharge or an internet connection, and has the best (professionally checked) answers.

Make sure you look her in the eye and tell her to read everything before she starts tearing into the floor. The Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual is only $23, and if your drywall developer needs a little extra help try 1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints and Tips too for only $14.

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With these three gifts your homecrafter will surely let out a powerful grunt like Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor; just make sure you keep an eye out for falling drywall. If you're still on the lookout for items to fill up a tool chest, check out the full Holiday Gift Guide 2011: For the DIYer for more ideas.

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