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Some people leave all the home improvements to the professionals, while there are those who have a do-it-yourself mentality. So those home improvers definitely need the perfect gift for their next project.
We researched tons of brands that offer decorating and organizational tools, as well as tool kits for home improvers of all levels. Our list includes a 65-piece tool set from Stanley, a stylish leather tool bag, renovation budget spreadsheet from Etsy, and more.
Here are the best gifts for home improvers.
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit with Screwdriver and Wrench Set
Perfect for that first-time homeowner, the Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit has all the must-haves including a hammer, measuring tape, pliers, utility knife, box cutter, hex wrenches, level, and much more. It also comes with a set of 10 non-slip screwdrivers and a 6-inch adjustable wrench. No need for a tool box, either, since everything comes secured in a blow-molded plastic case.
RAK Magnetic Wristband with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws
Juggling bolts and screws while holding a hammer or drill can be tricky and even a bit dangerous. This simple, but genius product helps a bit. The wristband has 10 magnets to securely hold nuts or screws. The material is durable nylon and the interior has breathable mesh. The adjustable elastic strap also provides comfort for wrists of all sizes.
Etsy Home Renovation Budget Spreadsheet Organizer
For the super organized handy person, or the one who wants to be a bit more organized, gift this renovation spreadsheet. It's a downloadable digital file and comes complete with sections to track budget (estimated vs. actual), paint colors, and it's even color coded for certain rooms. There are also extra lines to fill in as needed for specific projects.
Garrett Wade Portable Leather Tool Bag
A nylon or even metal tool bag is great, but for that same durability with a few more style points, Garrett Wade's leather bag is fashionable and functional. The bag measures 15 x 7 x 7 inches and is that great in-between size so it fits the essentials, but isn't so large that it looks like an eyesore or becomes a dumping ground for random items. Choose from colors like black, tan, or deep red and the metal accents on the straps look stylish.
Arrow GT30LI Single Temp Cordless Glue Gun
A good glue gun is usually in the craft kit for many DIYers and this cordless option from Arrow adds major convenience. A single, full charge (via the USB base) provides 30 minutes of usage and there's a 10-minute automatic shut off when the device isn't being used. The top of the gun has indicators that show the battery and heat levels.
Target Opalhouse Canary Peel & Stick Removable Wallpaper
There was a time when wallpapering any space was something most people let to the professionals. But now, the home market has quite a few wallpaper options that are easy to apply and renter-friendly. This floral and canary print wallpaper nixes the need for glue or paste. Just peel and stick. The wallpaper can be repositioned without leaving any residue and it's steam and moisture resistant. This can also be used to upcycle furniture or on stair risers.
Lawnbright Lawn Care Subscription
Home improvement isn't just solely for the interior, but the outside of the house as well. Try this Lawnbright subscription to keep your favorite homeowner's yard looking immaculate. After filling out a survey and providing a lawn sample, every two months they'll receive organic products based on their specific needs. There are even specialists on hand via phone or text for extra lawn care assistance.
Family Handyman 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home
Whether they're a handy pro or looking to get more hands on, this book is sure to provide tons of value. "100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know" covers the basics of plumbing, choosing proper flooring, and even how to wash windows. Even for someone who may not plan to take on a ton of home projects, having general knowledge of how stuff works can be pretty empowering and even save some money in the long run.
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
A Dremmel is one of the most versatile tool-box staples around, and for good reason: it can cut, carve, engrave, grind, sharpen, clean, polish, sand—you name it. The two-speed 7700 comes with 15 accessories to accomplish all those tasks. It’s also cordless, with a rechargeable battery that only needs a few hours for a full charge. It can also be purchased with an automotive kit that features 10 car-friendly accessories.
Little Giant 15' Aluminum Multi-Use Ladder, Type IA
The Little Giant 17-foot Revolution Multi-Use Ladder has several functions in one: extendable A-frame ladder, staircase ladder, extension ladder, 90-degree ladder, scaffold system, and more—there are up to 24 configurations. Holding up to 300 pounds, the Revolution XE ladder has wide rungs, wide-flared legs, and deep treads that increase stability and traction. Tip and glide wheels allow for easy transport, and it folds compactly for storage with just a 8-inch-wide profile.
Leatherman Wingman Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Scissors
Why search the tool box when you can just reach into your pocket? The Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool features 14 tools in one small package, including two pairs of pliers, a combo knife, wire strippers, three screwdrivers, scissors, and more. The Wingman is made of stainless steel and weighs only 7 ounces, so it's durable and can go just about anywhere. It can also be opened with one hand, a must for the multitasker.
Google Nest Learning Thermostat
This one is definitely a bit of a splurge, but so worth it for the right person. The Nest programmable thermostat can easily be controlled remotely from phones and tablets. But it also self-programs, figuring out what temperatures you like and at what times, and senses when you’re gone to automatically turn down the temperature and save energy. The sleek round case and high-resolution color display are also a major aesthetic upgrade from most thermostats.
What to Look for in a Gift for Home Improvers
Kit or Single Tool
For someone just starting out in home renovation, or for a first-time homeowner, a tool kit with essentials such as hammer, pliers, and measuring tape lays a good foundation. For more advanced hobby renovators, there are specialized kits for sanding, painting, woodworking, tiling, etc. The alternative to a tool kit is an individual tool, which can be basic or highly specialized, depending on the home improver’s skill level and what the person already has, as well as the project that is being tackled.
Even home improvers with a well-appointed workbench won’t say no to a nifty accessory that makes jobs easier and helps them stay organized—from a well laid-out tool bag or tool belt, a sturdy tablet case, a rugged and versatile ladder, or a wrist band that puts nails and screws within easy reach, to digital gifts such as home renovation planning software.
Gifts for home renovators aren’t necessarily about function only, they can also convey style. Decorative hardware such as hooks, or interior decorating materials such as paint or wallpaper, can make highly personalized gifts.
What do you buy the handyman who has everything?
Even the best tools can wear out over time, or they become outdated, making an upgraded, improved model a welcome addition to a tool chest. You can look for a newer, safer, more powerful, or more energy-efficient model that your home renovator could use to replace a worn or an outdated tool. The variety of work gloves, safety glasses and masks has also vastly increased, offering many specialized choices depending on the type of task and project.
What do you get someone who likes to fix things?
That very much depends on the person's skill level and what tools and equipment they already have. A basic toolkit includes a screwdriver set, claw hammer, pliers, level, cordless drill, tape measure, clamps, utility blades, worklight, flashlight, or headlamp, saw, work gloves, glue gun, and wire cutters.
What do you get a DIYer?
Check out the above list for the best gift ideas for home improvers and find out what they already have so you don’t duplicate. If in doubt about the exact tool, a gift card to a specialized tool and equipment store would give your gift recipient a chance to browse and select. Or, give a book about something that can serve as an inspiration for new projects, or an incentive to acquire new skills, such as woodworking. You can also give a gift subscription to a magazine for home improvement and remodeling aspects.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional research was done by Nadia Hassani, a master gardener with over 20 years of gardening experience.