I work at home and help raise our five kids. That's one of the benefits of being an entrepreneur. The downside? I live in a zoo.
My dad still carries a farmer mentality that if it works you should keep it and never replace it. While I do find value in that thought process, I also think there is a time to break down and buy something. New tools can save you time and time, for most people, is money.
Your Dad Might be Like Mine:
During my childhood he'd work regular hours as an engineer at Ford and then come home and fix up the house. Now he manages a group of rentals they managed to purchase as their form of retirement. Eventually he'll have to hire additional help, but for now he's still strong enough to do a better job than most.
Why I'm always buying him tools:
It's for this reason that each Christmas I try to replace one of his older tools with something newer that I know he'll not only use, but will save him time and energy. In this post I'll cover some of my favorite tools on the market in 2018 and give you some home improvement gift ideas as well.
#10 Razer Back Pulverizer
It's not every day we get to take down a wall, so having a tool with multiple other functions just seems a lot more practical.
In addition to this it's an emergency essential tool that is really great at breaching in the case of an emergency. It easily breaches a door, smashes through a wall or concrete, or would even help you get out of a car.
The Pulverizer is a well-built tool and in my opinion a must-have for most men's tool bags.
#9 Kintrex IRT0421
Whether he's working on the car, fixing the furnace, or just testing the grill, an infrared thermometer is compact and easy-to-use.
This particular model, the Kintrex IRT0421, is probably the best value you'll find for this category of product in the under $50 range.
#8 Nest Thermostat
My dad isn't just into tools, he likes saving money as well. With the Nest Learning Thermostat, he can save a ton of time and money.
How? This little thermostat takes all the trouble out of constantly adjusting the thermostat when you go and come and knows when you're home and when you're not. It also keeps track of how you change the temperature during the day and automatically modifies it to your preferences.
Another feature for tech-savvy dads is the Wi-Fi option which allows you to control it right from your phone.
This product was also featured in my technology gift ideas article and is one I can't really give enough praise to. In certain parts of the country your heating and AC needs can amount to over 50% of your energy bill, so why not have something to control that?
# 7 Bosch GSL 2 Surface Laser
If your dad does a lot of floors, then this tool can save him a lot of time. It's the first surface laser specifically designed for helping you to make floors level and flat.
While this tool does take a little time to get used to, once you do it takes less skill and less time to get accurate measurements than traditional devices.
#6 Custom Leathercraft A233
Every handyman deserves his tunes. While my dad's taste is anything but modern, he does use an iPhone that works great in this Stereo Box Tool Bag.
While you might think that this tool would end up being somewhat gimmicky and not a true replacement for your tool bag, it actually does a good job of having the right amount of pockets and interior space for what you need.
#5 Dewalt DC970k - The Budget Drill Set to Own
#4 Leatherman 850022 MUT - A Must Have Tool for Shooters
If dad likes to shoot, then this is a must have. It has a wide variety of tools that are great for military, LE, or civilian shooters. These include cleaning rods, brushes, and screwdriver bits needed for making adjustments.
#3 Black and Decker Ratcheting Ready Wrench
The Black and Decker Ratcheting Ready wrench has been around for a couple years now and continues to be one of the bestselling gifts for Father's Day.
It's a great wrench for fixing up furniture or just to have around when you can't carry your wrench set.It works by allowing you to select up to 16 different sizes by swiveling the sockets to the right size.
That being said it's not an end-all for all of his wrenches and he'll probably still want to use his other ratchet set when working on the car or when he needs to get a strong turn on something.
Overall this is a great wrench for taking with you when you're not sure what a job will entail or you can't or don't want to take your ratchet set. It's another tool he'll want to keep in his car or toolbox.
#2 Stanley 94-248 Homeowner's Tool Kit
If you're looking for the perfect tool kit for a new homeowner, this is the one I'd recommend. It's one of the bestseller's in hardware online because it's inexpensive, has a wide variety of tools, and because the tools you get have Stanley quality.
#1 Swiftly Done Outdoor Solar LED
It doesn't get more simple than Swiftly Done's Outdoor LED for adding light to your Patio, deck, or garden area.
Simply peel away the back and it'll stick to any surface. This includes bricks, stucco, siding, wood, and more.
What's more is that it has an automated switch to set on for night and off for sunrise. You can even dim the light when there's no motion and to brighten when you get around 10 feet away. For under $20 it's a simple but easy-to-setup gift that can work in a variety of places.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
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kaidance on December 01, 2018:
What should be the best Christmas gift for my grandfather?