With Eleven House in process and my current house loaded with boxes that I pulled from the storage unit (saving me $60 per month, but making me a little crazy with the mess), I have pushed the holiday celebrations to the side. I just sent off two big boxes of family decorations to my two sons. I want to travel lighter, and I would rather gift these items now.
But time marches on, and we’re already into December! Here are a few ideas for gifts for that DIYer in your life:
Like your normal pen and pencil, they get lost. I buy them by the handful, and I still find myself reaching for a regular pencil or a sharpie (gasp) to make a mark. A carpenter’s pencil is a pencil that is rectangular instead of round (so it doesn’t roll off the workbench) and allows you to make thick or thin lines depending on how you hold the pencil. They are tough, and you can mark on rough surfaces with them. You can find them in building supply stores, or online. If you want to make your gift extra special, order some in easy-to-spot neon or with custom lettering.
Drill bits and screwdriver bits
Drill bits and screwdriver bits, like carpenter’s pencils, have a way of disappearing. I often find them hiding in the dryer, after I have carried them in my pocket all day. They also break. Look for standard sizes in little boxes, like these Irwin drill bits.
Bill Spaid has extra large hands, and mine are extra small. Most of the small sized work gloves out there have fingers that are an inch or so longer than my fingers, which interferes with nail setting and other projects. If you know the person’s hand size and brand preference, get him or her a few extra pairs of gloves that fit perfectly. Here’s a primer on glove sizes. DIYers should always wear gloves – they won’t find your fingerprints at the scene of the crime.
It’s hard to buy tools for the DIYer. It’s like buying makeup for someone – everyone has their own list of favorites. But sometimes a new version of a tool shows up and it might be a fun addition to the workshop. Here’s a recent list from Popular Mechanics. The charging station is awesome.
We DIYers sometimes live in a bubble. We plan alone, buy materials alone, work alone – but some projects are best done with a helper. But here’s the deal: you have to offer the help instead of waiting for a request. DIYers are a proud bunch. I can tell you from experience that I am elated when someone offers to help me at Eleven House. It’s a big house with a little budget and a lot of small projects. It is more fun to build a wall or run electric with a companion.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezey. The ultimate DIY for a DIYER. Team this up with any of the above and you’ve made someone pretty darn happy.