For those deep into the tool realm, it can become about more than functionality. It can become about collecting -- and tool collecting is about antiques.
Whether it's from the Renaissance or the Industrial Revolution, an antique tool can be a wonderful thing for do-it-yourselfer to explore, display and, in some cases, use. It can turn out to be a whole new angle on the hobby -- one that brings years of joy and interest, not to mention the potential for increasing value.
You can find antique tools at antiques shows, from dealers, and at online auction sites. Collecting is an art form, so you may want to check out the tutorial listed at Union Hill Antique Tools before making a purchase for your favorite DIYer.
In the end, keep in mind: It really is about the thought. Whether you're buying for a do-it-yourselfer or a pay-somebody-elser, stressing really belies the point of holiday generosity. And besides, most things can be re-gifted.
For more information on gifts, DIY and related topics, look over the links below.
- DIY Network (Nov. 11, 2010)http://www.diynetwork.com/
- Sears: Personalized Tools (Nov. 11, 2010)http://www.mysears.com/Personalized-Tools
- Union Hill Antique Tools (Nov. 11, 2010)http://www.tooltimer.com/beginners.htm