50 Awesome Gifts for DIYers Under $50
You don’t have to spend a lot to find a great gift, as long as you stick to this list of 50 gifts under $50.
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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 a 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.
Here at Family Handyman, 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!
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.
Husky Ratcheting 30-Piece Screwdriver
Get everything you need from a screwdriver with this Husky 30-piece ratcheting screwdriver. It features five slotted bits, four Phillips bits, three TORX bits, seven tamper resistant TORX bits, three hex bits and four square bits.
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.
To put a little pop of color into your camping experience, these mint green roasting sticks are a fun choice among camping gadgets. The stainless steel sticks are so sturdy they come with a lifetime warranty. The sticks are also highly-rated, with 79 percent of Amazon buyers awarding five stars.
During camping trips you have to find creative ways to stay entertained. This portable cornhole game is the perfect way to do so. It comes with two boards and eight bean bags.
Extra Hand, Anyone?
Ever held a flashlight in your teeth to make a plumbing or auto repair? Well, these flashlight holders can save your teeth and your neck.
Both holders feature a nine-inch flexible neck that bends 90 degrees and rotates 360 degrees. The spring clamp version can be secured to any object up to two inches thick. The magnetic version has a powerful disc magnet that can cling to appliances, vehicles and many flat metal surfaces. You can even stick this version to a drill press table to illuminate your work.
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Black+Decker Snake Wand
Though the Black+Decker Snake Wand may look a little gimmicky, it’s actually a useful product. This hose attachment features nine spray settings and enough handle length to comfortable water hanging plants and other hard-to-reach vegetation.
If you’re a truck or SUV driver, the extra reach will help you spray down the top of your vehicle easily, as well as underneath without too much bending. We also found this attachment useful for filling buckets quickly — you’re far enough away to avoid any splash back.
Check out our Stuff We Love video on this product.
Grow Healthier Plants in Handy Fabric Pots
These Smart Pot fabric containers have a lot going for them. Plants don’t get root-bound, and the roots prune themselves when they get near the air outside the pot (called “air pruning” — who knew?).
You can grow anything you want in fabric pots — flowers, herbs and veggies — and the permeable weave makes them a perfect compost container. They won’t crack in the winter, they last for years and they’re made in the U.S.
MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband
Aside from just looking cool, this magnetic wristband is especially handy. No more loading up your mouth with screws as you complete something. If you’d rather not wear it and risk sweaty wrists, just strap it onto something nearby.
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice
If your DIYer works in the wintery elements, outfit them with these traction cleats from Yaktrax. The zinc coating prevents rust, and these cleats are safe in temperatures as low as minus-41 degrees F. Yaktrax will help prevent falls in snowy and icy conditions.
T50RED Pro Staple Gun and Nailer
Is your sweetheart a furniture makeover master? If so, they would love the T50RED Pro Staple Gun and Nailer from Arrow Fastener. This handheld tool drives staples and nails into hard and soft surfaces with ease. It’s especially handy for upholstery projects.
DIY Wireless Charger from IKEA
A hole saw is all you need to integrate the Jyssen wireless charger from IKEA into any work surface or piece of furniture that you want! Of course, your smartphone or other device must be compatible with wireless charging. The kit also includes a USB port, so you can charge two devices at the same time. Check out five other brilliant IKEA hacks you’ll love.
Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket
Having a great throw blanket around the house is great. And if you’ve got a big household, it can seem like you’re always short one blanket. This Bedsure blanket is soft on one side and fluffy on the other.
Check out this blanket ladder idea that will look good anywhere.
VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier
A humidifier is one of those things that can get lost in the shuffle of items new homeowners should pickup, or be overlooked entirely. A quality humidifier like this one can make a big difference during the winter when dry air abounds.
Don’t have a humidifier? This trick will humidify your room.
This toy, powered by an analog timer, was designed to keep dogs active and engaged while giving them a little encouragement. Fill the toy with treats of various sizes before playtime. The inner chamber rotates and the treats fall out as the holes align, entertaining your pup for forty-five minutes at a time.
Vampliers Patented Screw Extraction Plier
Suck out stripped out screws with a pair of Vampliers. These feature vertical and horizontal serrations on the inside jaws, which make it easier to grab a corroded or rusted out screw. Made from extra-durable carbon steel, these pliers are strong, too.
Find out how to remove a lightbulb with pliers.
Luxury Cat Hammock
Hammocks for humans are certainly trendy right now, so why shouldn’t your kitty be able to enjoy one, too? Keep your cat relaxed and spoiled with this easy-to-assemble luxury cat hammock. It features a wood base with anchors to reduce swaying, making it the perfect peaceful spot for your pet. Better yet, this product comes with a feathery toy.
Cleaning computer keyboards and other technology is sometimes difficult because of all the nooks and crannies. Cyber Clean can reach those tricky spots and pull dirt out. It’s great on cellphones, which accumulate dust and lint all the time. This putty-like cleaning agent can be used again and again by folding it over after each use.
CLC Custom Leathercraft 5023 Deluxe Cordless Poly Drill Holster
The CLC Custom Leathercraft 5023 Deluxe Cordless Poly Drill Holster is designed to carry most cordless drills plus and additional items. The holster comes with three medium pouches, good for flashlights, and six small loops for drill bits. It’s double stitched to provide longevity and prevent fraying.
There are sling carriers for babies, so why not something similar for small dogs? Oh wait, it exists! This doggy carrier comes in multiple colors and can hold up to 12 pounds, so you can carry your puppy to the park hands-free.
DeWalt Right Angle Attachment
When you’ve tried attacking a problem from several angles without a solution, DeWalt’s got your covered with its Right Angle Attachment tool. It will get into tighter areas to drive screws and drill holes.
Magnetic Barbecue Light Set
Still need to install some outdoor lighting? Add these magnetic barbecue lights to your grill to help you cook dinner in the dark. The lights work on most grills, except those made from stainless steel. They have a flexible neck so they can be adjusted to give off light right where you need it.
Flexible Cutting Board
A lot of people like to use their cutting board to dump ingredients into the dish they’re preparing, so having a flexible cutting board like this one is super convenient. The real wood look makes it look good in your kitchen, too.
Cuisinart Nonstick Reusable Grilling Sheets
When you think of grilling tools, grate-covering sheets may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but these Cuisinart Nonstick Reusable Grilling Sheets will give you a whole new way of cooking with your grill. Cook eggs, chopped veggies, pancakes and more while preserving the delicious flavor (and sear marks) of the grill. Wash these sheets on the top shelf of your dishwasher and reuse them again and again.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Here’s a quick way to make your home smarter. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug allows you to control your lights and appliances from your phone or even with your voice through Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. There’s no subscription to sign up for, so all you need is WiFi and you’ll never come home to a dark house again.
BladeBrush and Cutlery Cleaner
Washing knives in the sink has its perils but this device from BladeBrush can put minds at ease. The stiff bristles scrub blades clean without risking any contact with human skin.
Oster Rechargeable Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller
No more passing around a bottle of wine to see who can actually pull the cork with this wine opener. You also don’t have to worry about someone complaining about warm wine, because the chiller will keep it cool.
If you ever find yourself without a corkscrew, try any of these 10 ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.
Tile Key Finder
Tile is the latest to tackle the age-old question of, where did I leave my keys? Tile’s device will find them within a 200-foot range. It attaches to your key ring and other objects. It plays a sound until you find it, or you can track the location on your phone. Plus, the Tile device will add you to a lost-and-found community through its app.
Fantom Magnetic Hold-Open Doorstop
This magnetic door eliminates trip hazards around the house. The striker plate has a hold open dimple in the middle and a turned down stop lip on one side only. The lip prevents the door from heading over the door sleeve and the dimple holds the door in place. No more worrying about swinging doors or having to jam a doorstop under a door.