You don’t have to spend a lot to find a great gift, as long as you stick to this list of 10 gifts under $50.
Magnetic Pickup Tool
Give the gift of longer reach with this magnetic pickup tool. Ideal for picking up small metal bits and pieces, this extendable magnetic arm will be greatly appreciated by anyone who has had to fish a missing screw from under a workbench.
Glass Bottle Cutter Kit
Some advanced DIY projects require glass cutting, a task that can be legitimately dangerous if it’s not tackled with the right tools. This glass bottle cutting kit makes the entire enterprise much safer, giving users an apparatus to make controlled, precise cuts.
KAIWEETS Digital Multimeter
Even an inexperienced DIYer can go from knowing a little about electricity to troubleshooting batteries and dead electrical circuits with this digital multimeter from KAIWEETs. Using a digital multimeter is not nearly as complicated as all the numbers and symbols on its screen might suggest, and it’s a great way to learn more about electrical currents and how they work.
DeWalt Tough System Tool Storage Organizer
When you give someone a new storage system, what you’re really giving them is peace of mind. This DeWalt storage organizer can be a new home for all the loosely sorted collections of nails, screws and other small bits littered around a workshop. That clears up clutter and lets you work more effectively.
We’re big fans of attempting to cram as many tools into as small of a package as possible. This snowflake-shaped multi-tool is compact enough to slip onto your key ring, and contains basically any tool you need to twist, screw or open something.
Ryobi Hot Glue Gun
Hot glue guns aren’t just made for arts and crafts. A high-quality glue gun can be the difference-maker in a workshop, whether you’re using it to attach a temporary fence to your table saw or gluing two parts together for sanding. This glue gun from Ryobi will fit right in with the other tools on your shelf!
DeWalt Stud Finder
Nobody likes struggling with an inaccurate, over-sensitive and hard-to-use stud finder. This stud-finder from DeWalt is simple and effective. There’s even a large hole in its center so when you track down that elusive stud, you can mark exactly where it is — no guesswork required.
Ryobi 90-Piece Drill Bit Set
This handy 90-piece drill bit set from Ryobi will help complete a lot of projects whether they are wood, metal, plastic or masonry in nature. It’s pretty much the essential starter kit, containing drill attachments ranging from Phillips head screwdrivers to hole saws.
When it comes to tools for dealing with leaves, this Portland blower/mulcher is almost indispensable. Use it as a blower to clear away leaves or grass clippings. Then, with the flip of a switch, vacuum hard-to-reach lawn waste, shred it and drop the mulch into a bag for easy disposal. It almost makes leaf collection fun! Need tips on how to make yard work easier? Here is a great thread for helpful tools to cut down time in the yard.
Clearing Garden Tools
These versatile garden tools are designed for trimming shoots and stems, cutting vines, severing roots and sawing branches. If you’ve got an overgrown garden — or one filled with coarse ornamental grasses needing to be cut back — try a 13-in. or 18-in. billhook saw. Each has a rust-resistant curved blade for quick pull cuts, and a coarse saw edge for removing tough branches and grasses.
A powered screwdriver can alleviate any troubles you run into with a regular screwdriver. This Black+Decker Roto-BIT Storage Screwdriver makes life easier. The screwdriver includes eight bits, a magnet to hold additional screws and an LED light to help illuminate your work.
The Only Tool Set You Need
You probably don’t have a complete set of sockets and wrenches in your tool bag or the emergency vehicle kit under your truck seat. And you don’t have to if your tool bag contains the new Crescent Pass-Thru Adjustable Wrench Set. This compact tool kit features 10 spline-style sockets that work with hex, square and external Torx fasteners, from 10mm to 19mm and 3/8-in. to 23/32-in.
URPOWER Two-in-one Waterproof 4 LED Solar Spotlight
These solar lights are a great addition to any home, and can be helpful for new homeowners eager to show off their backyard patio at night. These lights are powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, and can light up to six to nine hours on a full charge.
The American Red Cross Blackout Buddy
In the event of a blackout, the American Red Cross has a device that will ease your worries. The Blackout Buddy is an emergency LED flashlight, blackout alert and nightlight all rolled into one, lighting up automatically in the event of a power outage. It can be used as a flashlight at any time and its battery will run up to four hours.
For the DIYer Whose Basement Is Never Finished
Check out this great gift for basement remodelers (and anyone else who drives lots of concrete screws): the Irwin 1881131 Impact Performance Series Concrete Screw Drill-Drive Installation Set. This nine-piece set contains everything Dad or Mom needs to drive the most common concrete screw sizes: four drill bits, a drive sleeve, two hex drive bits and two Phillips drive bits. The drive sleeve makes it simple to shift from drilling to driving in seconds.
Portable Mini Vise
The Irwin three-inch Clamp-On Vise attaches to any makeshift workbench. It’s small and light in weight, but not lightweight when it comes to clamping. It’s a great tool for holding spade bits for sharpening, steel conduit or chain for cutting, and strike plates for filing. It also grips hard-to-hold bolts for cutting, steel angle for bending…the list goes on.
If you don’t feel like buying a ton of sockets, this universal socket can adjust to any size or shape. Ranging from seven to 19 mm, this socket will grab hex nuts, screw eyes, hooks, a tension screw and a bolt head. It can even work with a power drill with an adapter, which isn’t included.
OxyLED Motion Sensor Light
The nice thing about the OxyLED motion sensor light is that it only turns on when you need it, and will only stay on for as long as you need it. It can be mounted just about anywhere. It’s battery operated, which means it’s one less thing to have to worry about being an energy vampire.
A Mini Air Jack
Pry bars are great for lifting windows, appliances or cabinets to level them. But they’re also great at leaving scratches. And sometimes you need three hands to lift, align, level and shim all at the same time.
The AirShim Inflatable Pry Bar & Leveling Tool solves all that. This 6-in. x 6-in. bladder inflates with the squeeze of a bulb, up to about 2-1/2-in. thick. A push of a button deflates it. The manufacturer says each one can support 300 lbs. There’s also a Pro XL model that can handle 500 lbs.