Need some gift ideas for the handy person in your home? “Today” contributor and do-it- yourself expert Lou Manfredini share his top gift picks to make him, or her, happy.
I have to tell you, I love what I do because I get to see the latest and greatest items and I love to share them. I have spent some time looking for neat items to help the how-to-person in your life get organized, work easier, and have a little fun too. Here are my picks for the holiday how-to gifts for 2005.
Check out the line of sturdy tool bags from duluthtrading.com. The Jail House, The Big House and The Super Max are made of 1200-denier fabric that resists rips, tears, snags and abrasions, and includes an ergonomic friendly shoulder strap and two zippered storage areas to keep tools free from dust and debris — they cost $55 to $80.
The Stanley Metal Rolling Workshop is a great gift to keep all of the tools in your collection at hand. With the portability of plastic and the strength of steel, this 3-in-1 set-up can hold everything, and it’s under $90. To find it, go to stanleytools.com
The Strait-Line X3 Laser Level is a two wall line-leveling system. It sticks on the wall with non-marking 3M Command strips, and makes projects like hanging shelves, pictures or even installing a drop ceiling a snap. It costs less than $40, and you can find a retailer at strait-line.com.
Since lasers are becoming more affordable, you can purchase the Irwin Laser Guide for your how-to honey’s power Miter saw. These discs install next to the blade and will help deliver accurate laser lines for precision cutting. They cost under $30 at Irwintools.com.
The New Skil iXO cordless palm screwdriver uses a lithium ion battery and will hold a charge for up to 18 months. It’s powerful enough for most household tasks and small enough to keep in a drawer. At $39.99 this is a great gift; check it out at skil.com.
Step up in style with the retro Kik-Step from Cramer. This heavy-duty, stylish step stool is one you can keep on the main floor to reach that top shelf in the kitchen or make changing ceiling lightbulbs a breeze. It can hold up to 500 pounds and will roll where you want it. It comes in 10 colors and retails for $65. Find them at kikstep.com.
Have some fun
The Bosch Power Box is one tough work radio. It not only plays music but will charge your cordless tools and batteries, interface with an iPod, play CDs — and it has a remote control. You will find it at boschtools.com for around $179.
The Black & Decker Storm Station is an emergency radio and TV inverter to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. There’s a rectangle flashlight, a plug to charge your cell phone and a room light. It retails for around $99 at blackanddecker.com.
And finally, a gift stocking made of fire hose material. Santa can stuff this one full of presents and it will never break. It’s priced at $20 from duluthtrading.com.
Happy holidays, and have a safe and healthy New Year!
"Mr. Fix-It" Lou Manfredini is a regular contributor to "Today." Visit his Web site at www.hammerandnail.com.