The holidays are now in full swing and the days seem to go quickly leading up to the New Year. With only 14 days left before Christmas Day, friends and family are upon you and that bathroom renovation or kitchen remodel you were planning to have finished never quite got started. Not to worry, it just gives you more reason to ask Santa for all the awesome tools you’ll need to tackle seasonal projects, honey-do-lists and major renovations in the coming year.
For all you “Santas” out there who need a little guidance on the hottest power tools, must-have hand tools and helpful gadgets the handy man (or woman) in your life didn’t even know they needed, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to give the gift of getting more done.
We’ve gathered the 12 hottest tools of the season to help you cross some items off your shopping list, and start adding projects to your home improvement wish list.
01. Impact Driver
Ask any avid DIYer and they’ll tell you, an impact driver is #1 on their list of must-have power tools. The Makita LXT 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver with tons of torque, variable speed RPM and rapid charging battery can power through the toughest projects.
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02. Dremel Multi-Max
When the honey-do-list includes everything but replacing the kitchen sink, the Dremel Multi-Max is definitely in order. It’s lightweight and versatile enough to take on any task from repairs to remodeling and even restoration.
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03. Tile Saw
Building the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams is a whole lot easier with a sturdy tile saw. The Ryobi 7 In. Tile Saw is compact and portable, yet easily and accurately cuts tiles up to 1-3/8 inches thick. So now the only thing standing between you and that gorgeous slate tile is which grout color to choose.
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04. Stud Finder
This handy little tool is no joke, and anyone who’s planning to hang anything from mirrors to pictures to candlelit ornamental sconces had better have a stud finder in their tool belt. Whether searching for wood or metal, the Ryobi Tek4 Lithium 4-Volt Stud Finder is the perfect wingman – guaranteed to find that stud, up to 1-½ inches beneath the wall surface.
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05. Zip Saw
Give your full-sized tile saw a handheld back up. The Rotozip 4 In. Zip Saw delivers straight, curved and notch cuts fast and with better accuracy than traditional tools. The zip saw may be small but it’s a mighty must-have for any DIYer on your list.
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06. Angled Finish Nailer
The finishing touch to any castle is the crown molding, and the perfect tool to hang it is the Paslode Cordless 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer. Its lightweight design makes it ideal for use in tight spaces and overhead applications but you won’t want to stop there. With no cords, hoses or compressors to trip you up, you just might find yourself finishing off those baseboards too.
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You don’t have to be a Yankee or have your own workshop to appreciate having a router in your power tool arsenal. Adding decorative, one-of-a-kind touches to wood working projects is fun and easy with the Ryobi 1.5 HP Corded Router.
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08. Pocket-Hole Kit
Quite possibly the handiest tool you never knew you needed. A Kreg Pocket-Hole System comes with everything you need to create the perfect pocket holes in a wide variety of materials saving time and effort. It makes joints as easy as drill, drive, done.
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09. Dremel Trio Tool Kit
Spring projects are sure to take you outdoors and you’ll want to have this snazzy tool right along side. Build that new deck, gazebo or arbor knowing that your Dremel Trio Tool Kit will be ready to help every step of the way. Sawing, sanding, tightening – there’s nothing this powerful tool can’t do.
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10. Cordless Drill
Framing a deck? Hanging drywall? Installing a chandelier? All of these common DIY projects would be impossible without having a powerful and reliable cordless drill. The DEWALT 18-Volt Cordless Compact Drill & Driver Kit is sure to become “Tool #1” when it comes to crossing things off your weekend project list.
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11. Circular Saw
Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut plywood? It’s the smell of getting things done. Help your DIYer slice through each job with ease with the RIDGID 15 Amp 7-1/4 inch Circular Saw. It’s tough, heavy-duty and never takes a day off – unless you do.
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12. Hand Tool Set
Before electric power, there was manpower. Make sure your handyman or woman has all the hand tools they need to supplement any job. The Buffalo Pro-Series Hand Tool Set comes with a large assortment of hand tools for a variety of applications. And since you won’t want to take on any project without them close by, they’ve even included the storage bag.
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There are plenty more tools, accessories and gadgets where these came from. Check out the full assortment of Tools & Hardware available on homedepot.com. Then, tell us which tools are on your wish list this year and the projects you have planned in order to break them in.