Know somebody who's planning a kitchen makeover, or maybe smack in the middle of the job and learning some amazing things to do with a barbecue?
Come holiday time, a truly handy gift can be most appreciated. Here, a handful that say, "This will help you finish your kitchen beautifully." Chances are, one (or more) of them will bring a smile to the face of your favorite DIYer -- and maybe even lighten the load of that kitchen overhaul.
First, for the giftee in the planning stages...
Kitchen Design Tools
Designing a new kitchen is not for sissies -- space considerations, aesthetics, structural restraints and functionality all come into play. In other words, your giftee could probably use some assistance.
If you're looking to spend huge, send the holiday gift of a kitchen designer. Otherwise, a magazine subscription is a near-sure bet. A year of a home-design publication like This Old House, Fine Homebuilding, Home and Garden, Signature Kitchens and Baths, or Good Housekeeping are gifts that will keep on giving even after the job is done.
Up next, for the giftee in the demolition stage.
Tools to Gut a Kitchen
Tearing a kitchen down to studs is a big job, and you can help.
If your giftee is going at it alone, he or she probably already has a whole bunch of tools -- but there are always newer, better and more exciting ones out there. A few kitchen-gutting gift options include:
- Set of pry bars with ergonomic handles
- Reciprocating saw
- Heavy-duty nail puller
- Sledgehammer with steel-reinforced handle
Once the gutting stage is complete, a whole new range of gift options opens up…
Kitchen Plumbing Tools
For the plumping stage of a kitchen remodel, there are any number of gifts that can prove useful and very much appreciated. Even basic plumbing tools can be taken up a notch to the professional level.
A few nice plumping options include:
Up next, the gift of woodworking (and installation).
Kitchen Cabinet Tools
Whether your giftee is going all-the-way DIY or "just" doing the installation, cabinet work is an area that lends itself easily to generous giving. While cabinetry is a matter of taste and skill, there are certain universal tools that a kitchen-cabinet remodeler can't do without, regardless of taste and experience level. A few of these include:
- Assorted woodworking tools (digital protractor, block plane, router, clamps, etc.)
- Cabinet jack (for lifting assembled cabinets)
- Cabinet levels
And finally, gifts for the finish.
Kitchen Finishing Tools
In any remodel, finishing is where the real attention to detail (and patience) pays off big -- and even the most detail-oriented DIYer can use a little help in the way of fine tools.
Consider these options when doing your holiday shopping:
- Finish saw (for very fine cuts)
- Air compressor and brad nailer (for trim finishing)
- Tile cutter (for the backsplash)
- Floor or countertop polisher
Ultimately, choosing tools for a DIYer can be a bit like choosing shoes for a fashion lover -- it can be a little scary. If you want a gift that's truly guaranteed to please, you may want to go with a gift certificate to a home store, as your giftee will be making multiple trips there. A kitchen remodel seldom goes exactly as planned.
For more information on kitchen renovation, home design, DIY and related topics, look over the links on the next page.
- Ace Hardware: Plumbing. (Nov. 8, 2010)http://www.acehardware.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2568452
- The Family Handyman: Kitchens. (Nov. 8, 2010)http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Indoor-Projects/Kitchens
- Snyder, Tim. "How to Plumb and Level a Cabinet." This Old House. (Nov. 8, 2010)http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,20220589,00.html
- Ward, Logan. "50 Tools Everyone Should Own (With Tips!)." Popular Mechanics. April 24, 2009. (Nov. 8, 2010)http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/hand-tools/4314786