21 Tool Gifts That Are Totally Cool

21 Tool Gifts
We picked only the tool brands we know and trust and only the best tool gifts with high customer ratings.
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We have used and we vouch for all of these recommended tool gifts:

  • No thin plastic that breaks in a year: just quality tool gifts
  • All these great presents have free shipping and most are Prime as well
  • We try to find tools gifts made in the USA or Canada whenever possible
  • They all have very high customer satisfaction ratings all around the “internets”
  • I’m a tool freak and these are my personal favorite tool gifts
Don’t miss our other tool posts:

If you are looking for a tool gift that has never been given before, there is a list of very modern and inventive tool gifts—ideas for the type of homeowner who already has everything ever invented.

If you think that giving a screw gun is a boring gift, not so. I have 4, yes, and I sue them all. Some are in a toolbox that moves around, and others are handy for quick tasks. It’s a great invention and we have listed some below of course, but we have a full post about just them and the necessary accessories.

Finally, if your gift is for someone about to do a big painting job, they would really appreciate some of the quality painting tools on our main list.

First & Best of Tool Gifts: The Big Dog: We wrote all about the vast world of the screw gun in our recent post as it’s the number one great tool for most of us handy-types, certainly one of the best gift tools for DIYers. What’s fun is all the gizmos that go with a screw gun… you`ll see my own tip-holder invention: patent pending! 

Best tool gift on the internet. Two guns, huge power. A lifetime set. Enjoy. Look and buy here.

Low budget, but a great tool for the money (mine is 5 years old and I use it all the time) – Look and buy here


Digital Stud Finder / Wire Finder

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 5 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Locator Wall Wood Beam Joist Finders Wall Detector Edge Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood Live AC Wire Metal Studs Detection
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on https://www.amazon.com/ at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Personal favorite: Jokes about stud finders write themselves: You can put it on  a belt buckle (or chest etc), and make it beep and say : “Yep, this works.” Hardy ha ha.

But seriously, you’re a great crowd.

  • Sees density changes so well it shows edges of studs: that’s very new
  • LCD shows ‘image’ of stud and beeps indicate at the center point
  • Through drywall up to 1-inch: unheard of
  • Sees live AC wires
  • 2-year warranty with 45 days money-back

These really do work and every pro has one: from plumbers to painters.

Click on image to read more and buy.

Great Tool - Magnetic Wristband
Great Tool – Magnetic Wristband

Magnetic Wristband with Strong Magnets: My 3rd hand. Magnets can hold small hammers, plyers, and probably even your beer!

Great for when your spouse can’t help: just too busy shopping online. The one you see on my wrist is an older generation, but still going strong. Save gift receipt: you have a full year to return it.

Look and buy here


Universal socket tool

Digital Vernier Caliper with LCD Screen: Not just cool looking on your peg-board. I use my grandfather’s caliper to get accurate measurements all the time. This one is steel and has a digital read-out. Grandpa, you should have invented digital! One thousand good reviews cannot be wrong about this newfangled digital style. Hmm. Kids today.

Look and buy here

caliper best tool gift


Cool tool Organizers, Big and Small: For small necessary things and one for hand tools (5-gallon bucket not included).

Look and buy:

Small organizer here and the hand tool organizer

Coolest tool - laser leveler
Coolest tool – laser leveler

Laser Leveler: I got an early model laser leveler and I originally thought “how stupid”. but it turns out to be one of the most useful gadgets I use around the house. The new type has a plumb line laser as well and can even do angles. Watch it work on YouTube. Tops the list of cool tool gifts.

Look and buy here

laser tool with cat

Multi-Angle Measuring Ruler: Template Tool & Angle Finder: I bought an angle finder last year: my porch needed support that would be both at an odd angle and askew. My older version has no hard shell case. So this is the one to get. Be sure to buy metal: plastic won’t cut the mustard. Enjoy.

Oh, that case? Of course, I made one. Duh.

Look and buy here



Waxed Canvas Tool Apron: Top of my cool tool wish list for all who read this: buy me this pleeeease!

As Marlon Brando said, “A man without a canvas tool apron can never really be a man”. A great gift for a carpenter or handyman. Like me.

Look and buy here


Digital Soldering Station: For anyone who has to re-wire anything, this soldering iron gets very hot, unlike the weaker models. Hakko is a respected maker of electronic supplies making soldering irons since 1958, and all made in the USA. There are cheap knock-offs for sale even on Amazon, so I verified via Hakko Customer Service that this seller is legit. This goes with the next item if you want a tool gift supreme.

Look and buy here

soldering tool


Gadget tools – Helping Hands Third Hand. I have a small one with 2 clips and it’s never enough. I put this great tool on my wishlist: hint, hint to the webmaster.

Look and buy here


Work Light: We used to use halogen work lights: very bright, but very hot. On a cold day, it is nice to be in the heat of halogen light (until you bump it and get burned, knock the thing over and break the expensive bulb). These days, we use the more durable LED work lights. I love this light, one of the best tool presents. You might prefer one with a rechargeable battery.

The corded model is here, and the battery style is here.

Safety Tool gifts show that you really care. Us older workers no longer take chances with our health and safety as we did in our youth.

These last items in our best tool gifts list protect your hands, eyes, ears, and lungs.


Work Gloves: Always a great gift. I have a ridiculous number of work gloves: but I play music and hate breaking a nail! I keep pairs of these all over the house. Love that knuckle protector!

Also, look at the top-grade chemical protection gloves: don’t buy cheap ones as they tear and expose skin!

Sizing: large fits me snugly and I’m 6’1″. I prefer X-Large for comfort.

Look and buy work gloves here.
Look and buy chemical gloves here.



Hearing Protection Ear Muffs:

3M Peltor Optime 105 Over the Head Earmuff, Ear Protectors, Hearing Protection, NRR 30 dB
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on https://www.amazon.com/ at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Very important when you work with electrtic saws is good hearing protection. This on is real quality and not that expensive. Tell your friend’s ears what my doctor told me: if you want to be able to hear when you are older, protect your ears now.

Rating on this item: 3000 x 5 stars. Wow.

Look and buy here
Ear muffs with screw gun - cool tools for dad
Ear muffs with screw gun? Sure, both cool tools for dad


Face Shield: I bought this one when I got my chainsaw, but now I prefer it to protect my eyes every time I use any high powered saw or spray paint. They tell you to also use quality eye goggles with it (get the case to keep it from scratching).

Face shield – Look and buy here

Goggles – Look and buy here

Goggle case – Look and buy here


Respirator: Buy the mask and filters.

Then see our post on respirator mask and the variety of filters that work with it, or just get the kit shown below. It’s a gift of love and not expensive. We use two types of filters mostly: the HEPA and the chemical, as explained in the respirator article.

Mask without filters: Look and buy here

Supply kit of basic filters: Look and buy here

Portable Power Station: Allows AC power anywhere. Total protection when working with high power tools: I love my power strips: one of the most  cool tool gifts.
Look and buy here


Work Table and Sawhorse with Quick Clamps: I have the Workmate, which is ok. I wish I had the WORX. Now that’s livin’.

Look and buy here

Work table with tools



Compact Circular Saw: Don’t get the battery type–they don’t really last. You need power for this kind of tool. Add a fine tooth blade for trim cuts for a nice addition.

Look and buy here

Fine tooth blade: also not expensive – Look and buy here

saw blade tool


Multi-Use LadderWe feature many of these ladders in our post just on ladders. It is an extension ladder as well as a very stable stepladder.

Look and buy here

new homeowner gift fire escape ladder2

Dremel Rotary Tool: Great little gizmo. Fun to work with.

Look and buy here

Dremel tool for DIYers



Jig Saw: Very very useful. Don’t get the battery type, they are just not as good. Porter Cable is awesome.

Look and buy here

gift jigsaw puzzle


Reciprocating Saw: The best gadget invention in the last 50 years. Why didn’t I think of that? This is one tool I do recommend that you have the battery type as the cord is always getting in the way. Unless you have a great amount of demolition to do… this is your new baby.

Look and buy here

Cool hand tools

We have selected our favorites, but here is Amazon’s Gift Idea page: more good ideas if you don’t see the right tool gift here.


Speaking of chainsaws, I always wanted to be a lumberjack. Leaping from tree to tree…the smell of fresh-cut timber…Just like my dear Papa.


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