The festive season is here again.
You’re probably preparing for your yearly adventure into The Dusty Chamber of Forgotten Stuff (i.e. the loft or garage) to reclaim the Christmas decorations, and getting ready to cram the kitchen full of Christmas nibbles and booze. Perhaps you’ve picked out a nice big tree, and now you’re considering exactly how you’re going to get both tree and family home in your car.
With all these other things on your mind, it can be easy to push present-buying aside.
Choosing a present can be hard, after all. “I don’t really know what I want this year” means you’re left blundering around in the dark like a Rudolphless sleigh, but requests aren’t always easier. People might think it’s fine to be vague and ask for “a hammer” for Christmas, but if your knowledge of hammer types only covers early 90’s rappers and the weapons of Norse Gods then you might start to feel like the turkey isn’t the only one who’s stuffed.
It may all sound pretty hopeless, and you may be getting so desperate that you’re considering faking an Amazon receipt and saying that the present “got lost in the post.” But don’t give up just yet. Help is at hand.
Your Christmas miracle is here.
There’s no need to start a fake war with Amazon over a missing present that never existed. If you’re looking for gifts for tradesmen or DIY fanatics, then read on to discover the perfect gift that’ll make their faces light up like a Christmas tree. Who knows, you might even find a few ideas for other difficult friends and relatives!
This Top 15 guide is broken down into three different sections, to give you the best gifts in a variety of price ranges. From big-ticket items that are perfect for your nearest and dearest right through to stocking fillers that will put a smile on your Secret Santa’s face, you’ll find something for everyone right here on this page.
I want to go all out – show me your big ticket items!
The Paslode IM350 Plus Framing Nailer
Perfect for: Your son, who is training as a joiner
IM350 Plus: £551.51 inc VAT
IM360Ci: £574.80 inc VAT
This is a gas powered gun that fires nails between 51mm and 90mm in diameter into wood. It is a pretty expensive bit of kit, but it’s an absolutely necessity for any joiner. It makes nailing tasks, especially repetitive ones, so much quicker and easier to complete that it’s worth its weight in gold!
If you want to splash out even more this Christmas, there is the new IM360Ci Paslode framing nailer to consider. It has a whole host of new features that improve usability and reliability, and the new Lithium-ion batteries improve power-to-weight ratio and provide longer runtime. It has yet to outstrip the IM350 Plus in popularity though, so it is perhaps a little more of a risk.
Get The IM350-Plus Here
Get the IM360Ci Here
The Metabo TS254 Table Saw
Perfect for: Your woodworker Father, who has a small workshop or needs to be very mobile in his work.
Cost: £544.00 inc VAT
Plus, for a limited time only, get a 2nd blade free when you buy from us!
This has been one of the biggest success tool stories in recent years. Demand was so high for these saws that Metabo worked around the clock to manufacture as many as they could, but still the backorder list kept growing. And when you look at the machine, it’s easy to see why.
The legs are actually attached to the saw body. This may not sound like a big deal, but it’s a real bonus for anyone who is very mobile in their work or works in a small space. The legs simply fold into and unfold away from the body, eliminating the time-consuming process of deconstructing a saw and stand package. These legs take up far less space than a stand too, which makes this saw ideal for anyone who has limited space in their workshop.
Despite its compact design, this 250mm table saw is still very powerful and packed with all the usability and safety features that any tradesman or hobbyist would expect from a professional piece of kit.
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A Cordless 18v Power Tool Kit
Perfect for: almost anyone!
Pre-made kits start at: £330.00 inc VAT
The majority of tradesmen and DIYers will have need of the basic 18v combi drill and impact driver twinpack, so this is always a good choice. The tools will come with all the basic accessories, and inside a single case that is nice and easy to transport (and wrap!). You can get kits that cost less than the £330 stated above but you have to lose power and runtime, which is why these tools often make the better present.
Almost every brand will have one available, which means that you should check whether your giftee already has a particular brand of tool in their kit. This is not just about brand preference, though – buying more tools from the same brand means better compatibility with pre-existing and future tools.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can give the Metabo Pick&Mix a go. This allows you to build a completely customised cordless kit – tools, batteries, and storage – to suit whatever purpose. So if you know exactly what your giftee needs, then this might be the right choice for you!
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Check out the Metabo Pick&Mix Here
Okay so maybe all out is a bit much – let’s take the budget down a notch…
The Bosch GSB18V-Li Combi Drill with Wireless Charging
Perfect for: Anyone who uses cordless tools in a static
workshop or production environment.
18v 2.0Ah Kit: £202.80 inc VAT
This is brand new technology for the power tool market, allowing the user to charge batteries without removing them from the tool as they would normally have to do.
Wireless charging means that the user can top up the battery whilst they’re working. Instead of putting the tool down on a work surface they simply put it down battery-first onto the wireless charging pad, which then tops up the charge during the break in usage.
This means that instead of swapping constantly between multiple batteries, they only need one single back-up battery!
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10.8v Cordless Twin/Triple Packs
Kits start at: £129.95
These are great little tools that are useful for a variety of small jobs or jobs in tight spaces, such as installing cupboards. They are so lightweight that your giftee can clip them to their belt in comfort, keeping them handy for any situation. Despite their small size, they still pack a powerful enough punch to complete a range of tasks.
As with the 18v twin packs, there is a lot of choice here – Panasonic, Makita, DeWalt, and Bosch – so it’s worth considering if the giftee already has a particular brand of cordless power tools in their kit.
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Cordless from: £166.80 inc VAT
Mains-powered from: £117.00 inc VAT
Available both corded and cordless, these oscillating multi-tools are capable of performing a huge variety of tasks thanks to the immense range of blades available. They work by turning the blade by a fraction around a spindle, creating a very tight cutting or sanding action. This makes them very precise, and capable of performing small and delicate tasks.
Sawing and cutting wood, metal, grout, tile, concrete, plastic, putty, marble, soft materials, and more. Sanding paint, wood, and stone. Rasping mortar and adhesives. Cleaning and polishing a range of surfaces. This tool does it all, so it’s ideal for a person who does it all! Or most of it, at least…
Get Cordless Here
Get Mains-Powered Here
Buckler safety wellies: £64.40 (VAT-free)
Buckler safety sneakers: £54.95 (VAT-free)
Other safety styles from: £52.25 (VAT-free)
Safety boots are hugely important when working on site, as they protect you from dropped items, sharp items on the floor, and from slipping on substances such as water or oil. These boots are the best of the best, providing the wearer with excellent levels of safety as well as all-day comfort.
There are many different styles available. The most popular, especially at this time of year, is the Buckbootz range of wellie boots. There are also safety sneakers available, for a more stylish look, as well as the usual styles like dealer and rigger.
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Hand Tool Sets
From: £30.00 inc VAT
Most hobbyists and tradesmen will have sets of hand tools as well as power tools. The likely suspects are spanners, socketry, screwdrivers, chisels, pliers, and files.
So take a poke about in the garage or their tool boxes, see what they use, and buy them a shiny new set!
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DeWalt Mini MAC Accessory Set
Cost: £42.00 inc VAT
This is a great accessory set that contains a range of tools for all sorts of different drilling and screwdriving tasks. Brad point wood bits, flat bits, PZ/PH/SL/T screwdriver bits, magnetic bit holder, and drive guide all come in their own compartments within a tough and compact case.
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Show me those stocking fillers!
CT1 sealant and adhesive: From £10.80 inc VAT
This is a sealant like no other. Strong and flexible, it even works underwater.
Check out the full feature list to see why this unique product is #1 on our wishlists!
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Buckler protective gloves: £11.99 inc VAT
Lightweight and comfortable but still highly protective, anyone who uses protective gloves
will love this present! These gloves may seem a bit pricey at first, but they’re well worth it.
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Faithfull 61 piece screwdriver set: £10.68 inc VAT
This is a great little set of the most common screwdriver bit types and sizes,
packaged in a tough little case for easy transportation.
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Quality tool boxes: from £11.53 inc VAT
Okay, so these are closer to the stocking itself than something that can fill it,
but they’re still a good idea for anyone from a tradesman to the casual DIY-er.
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LED penlight: £11.94 inc VAT
A super-bright light in a compact yet durable package.
Supplied at a great price, with batteries.
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So there we have it!
By now you must have some great ideas for gifts for tradesmen and DIYers in your life, and maybe you even got some ideas for your own wishlist!
Now all you need to do is make sure that you order everything in time for Christmas. The clock’s ticking, so you’d better get a move on. Otherwise next thing you know you’ll be in the supermarket on Christmas Eve, fighting other last-minute shoppers for the last box of knock-off chocolates!