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Best Lowe’s Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

Need an awesome gift for the DIYer in your life? Then read on.

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Looking for an awesome gift for the DIYer in your life? Look no further. Lowe’s has you covered.

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Ch Hanson Stud Findervia lowes

C.H. Hanson One-Inch Scan Depth Metal and Wood Stud Finder

A good stud finder is something any enterprising DIYer should have. And they don’t get better than this one from C.H. Hanson.

No need for fancy lasers or digital displays — powerful rare earth magnets latch firmly onto fasteners behind your drywall. Just run the finder across your wall. When it latches on, use the level to find the stud.

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Kobalt Air Compressorvia lowes

Kobalt Quiet Tech 26-Gallon Air Compressor

This 26-gallon air compressor from Kobalt is enough for almost any home improvement project on your list. Power air tools to complete trim work or framing, blow up car tires and inflatables or blow out your irrigation system. What’s more, Kobalt’s Quiet Tech helps cut down on the noise that plagues most air compressors.

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Dewalt 1.25 HP trim router

DeWalt 1.25 HP Router

This 1.25 horsepower router from DeWalt is useful for all kinds of tasks — dadoes, rabbets, round-overs — and is much more maneuverable than bulkier two- and three-HP routers.

This one features variable speed, a soft-start motor with full-time electronic feedback (which keeps the bit at a constant speed while cutting) and a pair of LED lights to illuminate your work surface. All in all, it does pretty much everything you’d want a handheld router to do, and more.

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Six-Piece Wood Chisel Set

This set of high-quality wood chisels from Wen gives you a taste of what a good tool feels like. They will take a little honing out of the box, but once you put a nice edge on their high-carbon steel you’ll be shaping wood in no time. The set includes a roughing gouge, two spindle gouges, an oval skew, a round-nose scraper and a parting tool.

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Kobalt socket set

Kobalt 40-Piece Socket Set

A quality socket set is essential for anyone who wants to make simple fixes to their car and other quick repairs around the home. This 3/8-in. drive set includes shallow and deep sockets in the most common standard (SAE) and metric sizes, along with an extender and a spark plug socket. And it’s all packaged in a handy case. You’ll be sure to get long life out of this set.

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Irwin Parallel Jaw Clamp

Irwin 48-inch Parallel Jaw Clamp

The beauty of these clamps? The jaws remain perfectly parallel as you clamp, so your pieces stay square and true. This Irwin 48-inch parallel jaw bar clamp delivers up to 1,150 pounds of force with its 3-3/4-in. deep jaws.

The jaws are made of non-marring resin and also shed glue easily. Not to mention, you can remove the foot and convert it to a spreader. Once you have one, you’ll fill your shop with these clamps in all sizes.

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Kobalt household tool set

Kobalt 10-Piece Household Tool Set

This Kobalt 10-piece household tool set covers nearly any pliers-like tool you’ll likely need for basic home repairs, plus a wrench, too! If you’ve only worked with a pair of standard pliers, this set will surely open your eyes.

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Three-Drawer Toolbox

Nothing makes it easier to organize your toolbox than adding drawers – it’s truly a revelation. This heavy-duty steel three-drawer toolbox from Kobalt offers an excellent starting place for building your tool collection.

It comes with smooth ball-bearing drawer slides, a nice padded handle and a lockable hasp. It measures about 20 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 15 inches tall — big enough to fit a decent amount of tools but small enough to still be portable.

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Craftsman Tape Measurevia Lowes

Tape Measure

This Craftsman tape measure is our go-to in the shop and on the jobsite — except when we can’t find it, even though we were JUST using it.

This one’s hard to misplace. The durable rubber case is easy to hang on to, the measurements are accurate and easy-to-read, and the tape itself is sturdy with an 14-foot stand out. All in all, the 35-foot Craftsman tape measure is tough to beat.

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Bosch 65-foot Indoor Laser Distance Measurer

Measuring long distances accurately with a tape measure is tough and typically a two-person affair. But the Bosch Blaze 65-foot Laser Distance Measure makes things incredibly simple. Just point and click and you’ll know your precise distance.

This model, made for indoor use (think room dimensions to estimate materials for a remodeling job), is well worth it. You’ll probably find yourself using the Bosch Blaze Laser Distance Measure for all kinds of measuring tasks, too.

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Foldable Ruler

There are times when a tape measure is overkill and a yardstick isn’t accurate enough. Those times call for a folding ruler, a tool that actually pre-dates tape measures.

This Lufkin Folding Ruler measures up to six feet, more than enough for most shop projects. It includes a sliding brass extension to precisely measure interior dimensions. The ruler is well-marked on both sides in 1/16-in. increments with 16-inch stud center markings. It neatly folds up to fit in your pocket.

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Bosch 10-Inch 15-amp Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The Bosch 10-Inch Axial Glide Sliding Compound Miter Saw is one of our favorite shop tools. It’s a premium saw with 12-in. horizontal cut capacity and 5-1/4-in. horizontal capacity. But the coolest part is the axial glide system which gives it a much smaller footprint. The saw can live against a wall, unlike most sliding compound miter saws.

On top of it, the most important controls are accessible on the front of the saw with locking detents for the most common angles.

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Shop Vac 14 Gallon

No home should be without a wet/dry shop vacuum, and this one hits the sweet spot of price and performance. The Shop Vac 14 Gallon 6.5 HP Peak shop vacuum is big enough to handle tough jobs like vacuuming up construction debris, unclogging a drain, cleaning out a car, etc. without being overkill for most homeowners.

It’s relatively compact, with a clear tank so you can see how full it is. It comes with various on-board attachments for cleaning out all those nooks and crevices.

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DeWalt Atomic DrillCourtesy of The Home Depot

DeWalt 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Combo Kit

This American-made drill/driver and impact driver kit from DeWalt is definitely pro-level quality. Tons of power, good ergonomics and all the right appointments make them a pleasure to use.

The drill/driver comes with a two-speed transmission, variable-speed trigger and well-placed LED lights to illuminate your work. The impact driver is a real powerhouse at a surprisingly light weight with three LED lights. You’ll find yourself reaching for both often.

The kit comes with the drill/driver, impact driver, two 1.5-Ah lithium-ion batteries, charger and case. It should provide you with years of trouble-free drilling and driving service.

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Kohler Moxie shower headvia lowes

Kohler Moxie Shower Head

A shower head with a built-in bluetooth speaker? That’s exactly what you get with the Kohler Moxie.

This five-inch, 1.75 gallons per minute (GPM) shower head installs quickly and easily in most showers. The speaker gets about seven hours of play time per charge. It detaches quickly to recharge or use by itself in any room. The sound is surprisingly good, especially compared to a classic shower radio or a boombox cranked up nearby.

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Dremel Toolvia lowes

Dremel Cordless Rotary Tool

You’ll be surprised how many uses you’ll find for a rotary tool around the house. The Dremel comes with a full kit of attachments for drilling, cutting, grinding and sanding, as well as a charger.

It’s cordless, lightweight and easy to maneuver, whether you’re engraving some wood or cutting off a bolt. At about $100, the Dremel Micro is a no-brainer.

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Steel Saw Horse

What do you get when you combine a saw horse with a heavy-duty vise? You get the Wen Steel Saw Horse!

The ultimate mobile support and clamping system, this saw horse provides up to 2,200 lbs. of clamping and holding pressure. Made from high-quality steel, it can support up to 600 lbs. with a 40-inch clamping capacity. And when you’re done, it folds up for storage.

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Kobalt 18-Piece Oscillating Tool Kit

The 18-piece cordless Kobalt Oscillating Tool Kit is a must for anyone tackling a remodeling project. Easily cutting out pieces of trim, removing tile, cutting into walls — this oscillating tool does it all.

The kit includes the multi-tool, nine sanding papers, a base plate set, three plunge cut blades, scraper blade, grout removal blade, flush-cut blade and a soft bag.

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Black and Decker Workmate 225

The Black and Decker Workmate has been a staple of DIYers’ workshops for decades. This heavyweight steel version holds up to 450 lbs. The key feature is the split clamping table with multiple dog holes to clamp all kinds of projects in place. And when you need extra room, the workmate folds up for storage.

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Dremel Digilab 3D Printer

The Dremel Digilab 3D Printer is an easy-to-use printer for tinkerers of all ages. Everything you need to start 3D printing comes with the unit, including software.

The printer features a 6-in. x 10-in. x 6.7-in. (402 cu. in.) build volume, which opens up a world of 3D printing possibilities — including some really useful things for your house or workshop.

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Welding Kit

This welding kit from Lincoln Electric will have you joining pieces of metal in no time. The kit includes a welder, face shield, gloves and everything else you need to start welding right out of the box — just add shielding gas. Plus, it’s powered by a regular 120-volt, 40-amp outlet.

This flux-cored wire feed welder will weld up to 5/16-in. thick steel. That makes it perfect for repairs, welding together metal furniture bases and parts, and nearly anything else you put your mind to.

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Kobalt 10-inch Portable Table Saw

For easy completion of jobsite and workshop tasks, this 10-inch table saw is ideal. The 15-amp motor generates 5,000 revolutions per minutes (RPM). It also features a versatile fence with drawer slide rails for precise adjustment.

A 2-1/2-in. dust collection port conveniently fits a vacuum or dust collector, ensuring your workspace stays clean. The quick-folding stand lets you easily transport the saw around the jobsite, or provides a compact way to stow the table in your workshop.

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Ego Power Cordless Chainsawvia lowes

Ego Power+ 56-volt 18-inch Brushless Cordless Electric Chainsaw

Cordless chainsaws have caught up to their gas-powered brethren in recent years, and the Ego Power+ 56-volt lithium 18-in. brushless electric chainsaw is one of the best. The 11,000 RPM saw assures some of the cleanest cuts of any electric saw.

You can’t clear a whole forest with this saw. But for a homeowner trimming branches and making cuts around the yard, it can’t be beat.

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Metabo HPT Screwdrivervia lowes

Cordless Screwdriver

Bigger isn’t always better, and the Metabo HPT Hex Drive Screwdriver is an excellent example. This driver replaces a basic screwdriver for simple tasks around the house — think tightening knobs and drawer hardware or installing hinges. Not to mention, it easily fits in tight spaces to deal with those tricky to drive screws.

If you have trouble driving screws the old-fashioned way, or just want to do it faster, the Metabo HPT is for you.

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Google Nest Hub Maxvia lowes

Google Nest Hub Max Smart Speaker

Who couldn’t use a personal assistant? With simple voice commands, the Google Nest Hub Max provides information about traffic, weather, sports, finance and news.

This cloud-connected assistant lets you stream videos, set alarms, play music and ask for directions, all from the comfort of your home. You can also control most of your connected devices through its simple interfaces.

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Roomba Robotic Vacuum

Wouldn’t it be grand to come home to a spotless floor every day? With the Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum, you can.

This smart vacuum just goes about its job 75 minutes at a time, cleaning your floors while avoiding obstacles, then heading back to its base station to recharge. The Roomba’s filter captures 99 percent of allergens down to 10 microns. And you can control it from an app on your smartphone.

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Google Nest WiFi AC2200 Mesh System Router

Need better WiFi? Then you need the Google Nest Mesh System.

Mesh routers work differently that regular routers, creating connections between all three routers to blanket your home with a strong signal. Setup is a breeze with Google’s app, and you can control your WiFi from anywhere you have a connection on your phone. It also lets you create secure guest networks, turn internet access on and off and check signal strength.

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Smart Light Switch Starter Kit

This Caseta smart light switch starter kit by Lutron gives you easy and reliable control of your lights, shades and temperature from its free app. It provides superior dimming performance with LED bulbs and controls your lights from wherever you are in the house or garage. You can also set your lights to automatically adjust with the seasons so you and your family will always arrive to a well-lit home.

The Lutron smart light switch is compatible with almost everything, including smart home devices from Amazon, Apple, Google, Ring, Serena and Sonos.

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Google Nest

Google Nest Thermostat

A smart thermostat is key to an energy efficient home. The Nest Learning Thermostat with built-in WiFi helps you automate temperature control in your home and track data on how much energy you’re using.

It also learns your family’s routines to keep you comfortable while you’re home, and save energy while you’re not. Plus, you can check in on your home’s temperature while you’re away — perfect for those winter vacations to make sure your heat is on and your pipes aren’t freezing.

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Google Nest Cam

Home security cameras have come a long way. The Google Nest Cam is one of the best on the market. Set it up and connect to your WiFi, and you can check in on your house from anywhere in the world.

The camera can be configured to be motion activated, and you’ll receive alerts when it’s triggered. The 4K camera with 12x zoom can automatically detect and zoom in on intruders and follow their movements, giving you peace of mind while you’re away.

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Google Nest Mini

Google’s Nest Mini is a teeny-tiny personal answer box, powered by Google Assistant. You can ask it all kinds of questions: “Do I need an umbrella today?” “What’s the temperature?” “What day of the week is Christmas?” It’s a powerful and affordable little assistant that recognizes your voice and helps you manage your life hands-free.

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Kasa Smart Outdoor Plugvia lowes

Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug

The Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug connects to a short cord, so it doesn’t get in the way of other things plugged in outside. It’s an ideal way to control holiday lights and decorations from your smartphone.

You can also trigger lights and decorations to automatically turn on when you come home and turn off when you leave. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, too.

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Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Irisvia

Schlage Connect Camelot Electronic Deadbolt

Go keyless with the Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt. It’s compatible with many home automation systems, which means you can lock and unlock your door via smartphone depending on your setup. The deadbolt itself lets you set up to 30 access codes.

The illuminated keypad makes it easy to enter entry codes in the dark. Powered by four AA batteries, it comes with a backup key. Installation takes just a few minutes.

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Gorilla Tough and Wide Duct Tape

Not all duct tapes are created equal. Gorilla Tough and Wide Duct Tape is our go-to for repairs we need to last. We’ve taped and fixed seams and holes in tarps that are still going strong after years of use. It sticks to nearly anything, and it’s UV and weather resistant for outdoor and indoor use.

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Leatherman Multi-Tool

This Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool packs 17 tools into a convenient, easy-to-carry package. The rugged, stainless steel finish will give you a lifetime of worry-free service. And you’ll always have the right tool at hand for fixing loose screws, opening cans and bottles, and grabbing and holding stuff with the pliers. The wire cutters can be replaced when they wear down.

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Elite Tactical Parallax Knifevia lowes

Elite Tactical Parallax Knife

Sometimes all a DIYer needs is a good pocket knife. This Elite Tactical Parallax Knife is a high performer.

The strong blade, quick opening action and refined finish makes it an extremely useful everyday pocket tool. There’s always a package to be opened, an apple to slice, some rope to cut or some twigs to whittle. This pocket knife excels at all those tasks and more.

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Craftsman Work Seatvia lowes

Craftsman Work Seat

As silly as it sounds, this work seat on wheels is used by more people in our shop than nearly any other tool. Whether you’re working on your car, tinkering at your workbench, painting a room or just taking a load off, having this rugged stool on wheels makes a huge difference.

The segmented bottom shelf keeps your tools and parts where you need them, when you need them. Honestly, it’s some of the best money we’ve spent.

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Kobalt Retractable Air Hose Reel

Retractable Air Hose Reel

If you have a stationary compressor in your workshop or garage, do yourself a favor and get a retractable air hose reel. The Kobalt 3/8-in. Kink Free Retractable Air Hose Reel mounts near your compressor and gives you 50 feet of hose to roam.

With a quick pull, the hose retracts back into the reel, meaning no more coiling and uncoiling by hand. It’s a small luxury, but this hose reel will improve the time you spend with your compressor.

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Double Edge Pull Saw

Many people prefer pull-saws to Western-style push saws for good reason. Generally, a pull saw’s blade is thinner and it’s easier to get a cut started pulling towards yourself.

This Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw has two edges — a high tooth count edge for crosscutting and a low tooth count edge for ripping. The blade is somewhat flexible, making it easy to flushcut right to the surface of your work piece. It’s extremely sharp out of the package and slices through soft and hard woods easily.

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Shay Tilander
Shay Tilander is a senior editor at Family Handyman. When he's not enjoying family time with his wife and three boys, he loves tinkering with projects and geeking out on electronics.