20 Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer

Do you have someone on your Christmas list who just bought their first home? Maybe you have a newbie DIYer in your life who is building up their tool arsenal. If you're a regular reader here, you know Mr. Frugalista and I are avid DIYers.

We've put together a list of the tools that we can't live without for projects around the house. This list of 20 essential gift ideas for the beginner DIYer range anywhere from $10 - $350 and I hope you find them helpful for the new DIYer on your holiday list.

20 Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer

20 Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer

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12 Days Of Holiday Ideas Gift Guides

20 Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer

Today we start the Holiday Ideas Tour with helpful Gift Guides for those hard to buy people in your life. The nice thing about these is that you can shop in the comfort of your own home and have the gifts delivered right to your door!

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1. Step Ladder

Every DIYer, or homeowner for that matter, needs a step ladder for things like changing light bulbs to climbing up into the attic. What I like about this one is that it has three steps for those hard to reach places and the safety factor of having the bar in the front to hold you steady on the ladder.

2. Hand Tool Set

This is a great starter set with 65 essential hand tools a DIYer should have for small projects or household repairs.

3. Cordless Power Drill

This is the most used tool in our home and I don't know what we'd do without it. It comes with two rechargeable batteries so you'll always have power available and the torque to get things done!

4. Screwdriver Bit Set

Of course, screwdriver drill bits with multiple heads in different sizes are a must-have when you own a power drill. These are magnetic which any DIYer will love - no more searching the floor for fallen screws!

5. Drill Bit Set

Another essential for power drills is having an assortment of drill bits. This is a great starter kit with one of each size. They are titanium which is a good thing, especially when using those little tiny bits on the left. Ask me how I know!

6. Self-Centering Tape Measure

This is my favorite tape measure in the shop! It essentially tells you where the center of anything is without having to do the math!

7. Stud Finder

Every home needs one of these but this one works for both wood and metal studs. It features five quick and easy scanning modes to locate wood, metal studs, joists, beams, metal pipes, rebar, and live AC wire behind walls, floors, and ceilings.

8. Orbital Sander

This is the most used sander in our workshop. It's great for sanding previously stained wood down to the natural finish and smoothing rough boards.

9. Shop-Vac

Every workshop needs one of these! This one is a heavy-duty 16-gallon capacity wet/dry shop vacuum with handy attachments, including the floor wand which we use often. But it's also great for vacuuming inside the car too.

10. Mechanical Stool

When working on a project for long periods of time, the hydraulic stool will be your best friend! I've tried others but what I like most about this one is the 15-20 inch adjustable height range. Saves you from crawling on the floor for those low sections of a project.

11. Portable Air Compressor with Pneumatic Nail Guns

Every DIYer needs one of these to get the job done quicker! Its small 6-gallon capacity with convenient handle makes it portable and easy to carry to whatever room you're working in. Plus it comes with two pneumatic nailers; a brad nailer and a straight finish nailer.

12. Angle Clamps

This clamp lives by its name because you can-do those joints by yourself! They are great for framing, drilling, dowelling, making things like picture frames.

13. Clamp Kit

You can never have enough clamps! This is a great starter kit because it comes with spring clamps, three different size bar clamps, and pipe clamps.

14. Compound Sliding Miter Saw

Besides the power drill, this is the next most used tool in our workshop. What I love most about this miter saw is the sliding function so you can cut larger planks of wood. It's back fence design cuts up to 2 x 16-dimensional lumber at 90 degrees and 2 x 12 at 45 degrees.

15. Safety Goggles

These are a must to protect the eyes, especially when cutting wood with power saws.

16. Dremel Rotary Tool

This is such a handy tool to have. It grinds, cuts, sands, polishes, and engraves. But we find we use the cutting discs most often.

17. Circular Saw

This is the next best thing to a table saw. It's portable, lightweight, easy to use, and cuts nice and straight with a beam laser guide.

18. Multi-Purpose Measuring Tool

This little measuring tool is right up there with the self-centering measuring tape for me. Find your measurement, lock it in place, and quickly mark the measurement.

19. Jigsaw

Here's another saw that we couldn't do without. It's great for cutting curves, scalloped edges, and 45° angles for decorative projects. I made a scalloped tabletop with ours!

20. Long Level

There will always be a project where you need a longer level. This 48-inch plastic level won't damage walls and wood surfaces like the metal ones and it's ruled edge makes it handy for measuring too.

I hope you found some great ideas here for the new DIYer in your life. Like I mentioned earlier in the post, these are tools that are the most used in our workshop and great starter tools and kits.

If you have any questions about this gift guide, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

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20 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer

12 Days Holiday Ideas Blog Hop

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Day 2 - Survival Guides
Day 3 - Holiday Kid Activities
Day 4 - Party Games
Day 5 - Holiday Advent Calendar
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Day 7 - DIY Ornament
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Day 9 - Christmas Potluck Recipes
Day 10 - Holiday Desserts & Treats
Day 11 - Christmas Breakfast Recipes
Day 12 - Christmas Tree Tour

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  1. What a great list of DIY tools. Hubby isn't a beginner but I can see some that he'd love too.

    1. That's awesome! Nice to know that the list helps seasoned DIYers too. 😊

  2. Great gift ideas for DIYers. I think I might have to get my husband some angle clamps and the orbital sander.

    1. Glad you like these DIY ideas, Jenny and that it gave you some gift ideas for your husband. Thank you!

  3. How did I not know that there was such a thing as a Self-Centering Tape Measure!!! WHAAAAT? I need that...going on my wish list this year.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!



    1. Lynn, I hope you get one because it will be your favorite tool! No one messes with my self-centering measuring tape. LOL

  4. I've never seen that multi purpose measuring tool before...I want one! And I think I need to get one of those self centering measuring tapes too.

    1. Erlene, you'll love the multi measuring tool to lock the measurements to mark in multiple spots. I don't know how I lived without it for so long. As for the self-centering tape measure, love love love it!

  5. Hi, Marie! Great gift guide! I love that three-step step stool. We could use that in my house - we aren’t the tallest and often need help reaching stuff in our house.

    1. Thanks Lauren! We replaced our old two rung step ladder with this one earlier this year and it my favorite so far (in fact I used it today). I'm vertically challenged too so that extra rung is oh so handy.


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