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New Tools for the Handy-Person Who Has Everything, or Not Enough of Anything.

These new tools and new tool gift ideas are my pet collection: everytime a see a cool new tool, I put it here. These are our favorite top tools for the handy-person who has everything, or not enough of anything.
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I bet you didn’t even know some of these new tools existed. Neither did I. Enjoy the best of the modern new tools on the market.

We have another tool post that covers some very cool ideas for tool gifts, and of course the number one gift tool: the champion of handy-gifts: the screw gun (we need several of course). If you want to give painting tools that people would probably never buy themselves, we have an entire list all set to go.

Feel a need to get in the mood?
Watch the men-are-pigs classic comedy:
Tools. U-uuu. O-ooo. 

Thanks Tim

Craftsman Man-Cave Funny Accessories

BBQ tools – very fun

Glasses/Coasters with logo

These are more along the line of gag-gifts, but you know they will hang around for decades. There is also a bottle opener that looks like a Craftsman screwdriver: very nice.

Ring Doorbell

Not strictly speaking a tool, but very handy. We just installed ours. If someone approaches or rings your doorbell and you are on the beach in Tahiti, they people will not know you are not home while you chat with them. What a great invention. We are very happy with ours: we are adding another to the back door. We also pay extra for the plan that saves video for a year: a cloud storage service. Bad guys know this too.

Auto-Leveling Laser / Stud Finder

Gives a perfectly flat laser line on the wall: so helpful to me. Detects studs of wood, metal, studs and live A/C wires. This was given to me as a house-warming gift. I thought, “Meh”… But it has become essential to me: it is a great invention. Reasonable price.

King of all new tools: Thermal Imaging Camera

Pricey. Find heat leaks with the infrared camera. This inspection camera is like a temperature gun but better: it shows great detail, it also finds water leaks, electrical hot spots, and insulation gaps letting in cold (or hot) air. Compact size works as good as the big ones.

Digital Level: beeps when level !

You had me at beeps. 

The most unique of all the unique tools here. The laser makes it infinitely long and it recalls the last 9 angles you measured. Much higher accuracy than bubbles. Tripod screw mount. Backlit LCD display. , but the small is the best deal.

We also love this laser tape measure. Oh, baby. I want it.     

(If you have an iPhone, you can also get ‘the app for that’. 
Maybe you prefer Android: not to worry – they have it too!

Bio-Shield Ultraviolet-C Lamp Fixture

Watch a video showing the ways to install it into your air recirculation system. While this germicidal lamp fixture for the HVAC system will not replace a hay fever prescription or kill mold where it grows, it does kill micro-organisms before they can be distributed across the air supply in the house. Cost is not low, but it’s worth it if you need it.

Scepter SmartControl Fuel Cans

Prevents fuel spills either in transport or while pouring. Depending on size.

 Sun Joe 1500 PSI Pressure Washer

These are essential tools for home washing, car washing, clean driveways, outdoor furniture, and not to mention that we have shown how we prep to paint with them: 95% of the work is done with water! 1500 PSI is plenty for most, but   does every a gasoline unit can do.

It’s not loud and messy like gas-powered washers. Be sure to get the rotating nozzle of course. We explained why in this post about deck painting. This unit is quality worth a lot more than it costs. Any homeowner will love this totally unique gift.

Channellock’s extra wide wrench

Reversible jaw. Cool new tool idea. For tool geeks only.

Magnetic Tool Belt

The reason I use these rather than a technician’s belt is that it’s easy to put big tools like screw guns in and get them out quickly. The new part? Magnetic exterior to hold metal thingys. Great.

Clamping Power Strip

Smart idea in new tools: Clamp your power strip where you need it. Duh. I should have invented this. Pivoting rubberized grips grab on to just about anything. By Stanley—it’s quality.

All-Terrain Vise: fits on your trailer hitch!

Whoever thought of this should win the Nobel Prize for top tools. I want it—Now.

Tracksaw: table saw perfection anywhere

A very cool new tool, but makes an awesome gift. We like lots of power, so we don’t generally go for cordless anymore as there is usually a long cord handy, so we love this track-saw. A great brand name in Dewalt (company website) but still less expensive than other good ones. Pricey, but worth it. You need the track sold separately.


Work light you can’t knock over

Wobbles, but won’t fall down. 85Watt. Cool Fluorescent. 27″ high. Great new tool.… or go old school here).

Pick-up truck toolbox: fits over truck tire hump

What a great new tool idea: use the dead space. Getting great reviews: be sure to get the right one for your vehicle.

Headband flashlight: great new work tool

Sold as a flashlight for power outages, but I use mine to put the light where I need it: like a third hand.

Spray Insulation Dispensing Gun

Great Stuff (company website) spray gets hard fast. Without this, you have to use an entire can at once, but we want a can always ready for a splash. I use Great stuff enough.

Moving Back Saver Straps

So many people get a permanent injury when lifting. This lowers the center of gravity: still you lift with your legs, remember? Saftey equipment is always worth it.

Furniture Slides Moving System

When I first saw this I freaked! Why did I not invent this? So easy and safe. Watch a quick video of how they work. Cool.  Well-made.

Tie-down straps too!

Don’t get the ratchet kind; they break and rust. These kick butt.

Fire Safety Tools:

  • Ladder

Hopefully not the best gift you will ever give. A home can be replaced: we should all have these under the bed. Has an amazing rating.


Add a Carbon Monoxide detector: you should have one. I had a friend who almost diedfrom CO.


  • Automatic fire suppression

Once I forgot my beans on the stovetop. Wish I had this. I raced home. Black, but not flaming. Wshoo. Every stove hood should have it: it detects fires. You can read more from a non-profit site.

Nice to have several small ones and a big boy as well.

Jump Starter and Compressor

Get the 1000 Peak Amp as it gives a lot of juice in some bad situations. Air pump for all kinds of things at home as well.

Compressor only (portable): awesome rating, Good for portables.

New Type of Clamp

Make a clamp of any length with just a 2×4. Stanley quality. They sure come up with great new tools. Great invention.



Tool Bag, Durable Folding Stool

As the bluesman say, “Lordy I wish I was in heaven sittin’ down”. Ah.


One Gun: Every possible angle

Great screw-gun: Only need moderate power? 12 volts is all the power most of us need. But it’s the attachments that make this one special. Great idea.  Video review shows it well. 

Cordless Drill

Very helpful to have more power. But we have found Black and Decker to be the cream of the companies. It’s obviously one of the must have tools. Get real power (20 volts) That’s more than you need for small jobs .

Or get a household version (3.6v),  worth every penny.

Corded Drill

When you need to really work hard, a cordless screwdriver does not make the grade. This one has a level: very helpful. The opening on most drills is 3/8 inch which is fine for most uses, but some larger bits have a 1/2 inch diameter so you need another tool. We like this one. This is for large jobs and real power.

PS…Give the titanium drills that we mentioned we mentioned in our post all about drills and screw-guns.

Perfect Extension Cord

Lighted, 3 slots, 50-feet, indoor-outdoor—I would   Me want.


Magnetizer for screwdrivers and bits

Like having a 3rd hand, or helper. A very cool tool gadget: it de-magnetizes too since sometimes you don’t want the effect. Great reviews. Makes it a great add-on gift.

Complete homeowners tool box

Not technically a new tools idea, but it’ll never get old. Buy quality as low-cost tools tend to chip and snap just before you start swearing! This Stanley has an amazing rating… we recommend highly.

Drones: Not just for fun

Tops the list of most unique tools. These are very helpful for looking at gutters, roofs and spying on the neighborhood! This one has almost 5,000 excellent ratings: very tough. On your wish list for sure.


For one that takes great photos, spend a good bit more. King of the new tools.

Super-stable ShopVac

There are less expensive wet/dry shop vacumes, but we like the stability of the offset wheels (does not tip over easily like most) and we love the brand: DeWalt has never let us down.

Strong garage shelves

Not really new, but essential. I assembled these in no time. Maybe not a gift, but we love it.

Share your tool idea:

assorted old and new tools in workshop There you have some of the best tools and cool tools on the market: these have made the grade in a very competitive tool market.

We want to spread the word of the best tools and gadgets and all of the top tools that people love and we want them here. We receive mail from folks who are doing the annual shopping for tool gifts and if you are one of them, please let us know what you want to see.

Let us know the best tool in your life and if you see any new hand tools or new power tools, we`d love to list them here. What’s your favorite top tool brand? Please send us your gift list ideas for 2019.

In particular, I’m a big fan of cool hand tools and just cool new unique tools in general so please send me any of your top unique tools on your list. If you think we need to add some new plumbing tools – new woodworking tools – new tools – whatever — let us know in the comments.



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