Finish your shopping list with home gift ideas
Finding the perfect holiday presents for friends and family can be intimidating, but advice from the experts can turn any shopper into a skilled gift-giver.
That’s why home improvement expert Danny Lipford and his “Today’s Homeowner” co-hosts are revealing their top picks for this season. From classics to trends, Danny, Allen and Chelsea share last-minute gift ideas for the home enthusiast, DIYer or handy person in your life.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf has three very practical gift ideas to suit the crafty people on your list as well as those who have an appreciation for saving money. First, she recommends a clip-on levelfor stenciling. Chelsea recently completed a stencil project in her own home using this gadget and it helped to keep everything on track. As an added bonus, it runs about $13 and fits perfectly in a stocking.
Next, Chelsea suggests picking up the Black + Decker Matrix Drill/Driver. “The best thing about the Matrix system is that it offers a variety of attachments that are interchangeable,” she said. “Being able to pop off a drill head and add on a sander, router, or trim saw saves time and makes it one of my favorite go-to tools.”
Last, Chelsea sings the praises of the CÔR™ Wi-Fi Thermostat from Carrier, which helps save on energy bills year-round. This smart-home thermostat can be programmed, controlled and monitored remotely from mobile devices and operates intuitively to optimize home comfort and minimize energy use.
Anyone who’s ever tried hanging something on the wall will appreciate Allen Lyle’s first suggestion: The ProSensor 710 stud-detectorfrom Franklin Sensors. Allen says, “Not all stud finders are created equal. This one is exceptional because it has a wide surface area and immediately indicates the presence and exact position of a stud with LED lights. There’s no need to slide it across the wall.”
At about $50, this handy tool pays for itself by helping DIYers nail the right spot every time and avoid costly drywall repair. Also on Allen’s wish list is a WORX 20 Switchdriver Cordless Drill & Driver. He’s impressed with this tool because it offers two rotating chucks that can accommodate different bits simultaneously, along with a powerful 20 volts. Anyone working with a drill knows how frustrating it can be to have to put a halt on a project to change bits.
And finally, Allen hopes Santa will leave Generac’s iQ2000 inverter power generator under his tree. Great for tailgating, hunting and camping trips, or even to run small household appliances in the event of a power outage, the iQ2000 is quiet, versatile and convenient.
With 36 years of professional remodeling experience, Danny Lipford, host of “Today’s Homeowner,” has seen plenty of innovation in the world of tools and gadgets, but he still stands by the basics. For the new homeowner on your list, Danny recommends a starter tool kit containing the essentials for basic maintenance tasks around the home. View Danny’s “Tool University” video tutorial and article for details on putting a starter tool kit together.
Danny also suggests the Dremel® Multi-Max™ Oscillating Tool System. This multi-tool ranges from $40-$150 and is perfect for labor-intensive jobs such as grout removal, grinding, scraping and more. It offers a powerful motor and an extra-wide angle of oscillation which maintains speed and improves cutting ability, even on tough and dense materials.
Danny’s last gift suggestion is a portable Bluetooth speaker from JBL. Danny brings his personal speaker everywhere – on the boat,camping and tailgating. But he especially loves to crank up the tunes while working on a project. “All projects, and life in general, go better with a little music in the mix,” he says. “I’ve always found my JBL speaker to be durable and easy to travel with, and think it would make a great holiday gift for just about anyone.”
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