Christmas Gift Ideas for DIY and Tool Users 2016

christmas gift guide for diy enthusiasts

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Ho, ho, ho. It's that time of year again! Time to break out the decorations, buy the tree and start putting together a list of gifts to buy for that power-tool-loving friend or family member, to suit everyone's budget.

As always Toolstop is here to help, so we're delighted to present you with our Xmas Gift List for 2016, perfect for DIY enthusiasts, workshop hobbyists, mums, and professional tradespeople.

We're pretty sure you'll find something for that loved one in your life. Or more likely, for yourself.

Our suggestions are just a small sampling from the loads and loads of gifts available right now, so click here to see everything in Santa's workshop...

Toolstop's Heart Rated Gift Guide

This year the team has hand-picked gifts that are going to be able to tell your loved one just how much you love them. We've created a rating system; the more hearts the more lurve you're putting on display. Mushy? Yep. But supremely helpful!

So, if you want to tell a loved one, a good friend, a partner, or even someone you've just got your eye on, how you feel about them this Christmas, use our simple guide below!

2 stars

There are some people in our lives that we kinda like, but there's definitely room for improvement on their part. Our Two Hearts rated gifts can pass that message onto them! See them all here.

OX 5m Pro Heavy Duty Tape Measure

ox measuring tape
Few tools are as widely used across the world as a tape measure.

OX recognise that and build their tapes to last the test of time. Durability, reliability and innovation are the words they think when designing a new line of tapes. OX has enhanced it's reputation as a leading tape rule manufacturer with the launch of the new Pro Series short tape, which boasts an impressive 2.8M stand out whilst remaining an extremely compact design.

This is the ideal budget gift for anyone who ever needs to take measurements! Add it to your Christmas Shopping Basket here.

Stanley FMST1-71180 FatMax Open Mouth Rigid Toolbag

Stanley FMST1-71180 FatMax Open Mouth Rigid Toolbag 20in
Everyone needs a good quality tool bag, and this choice from Stanely is not only on budget, but it's a top brand and it has all the space and compartments you'll need for your power tools, hand tools and accessories.

It benefits from an open mouth design which allows for easy access to tools, whilst the multiple internal and external pockets provide maximum organisation potential.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

three hearts

We're moving up in the "feels" stakes now. These gifts are for ideal for kids to buy for their fathers. See all the Three Heart rated gifts here.

You'll be saying, "ok dad, you're doing a great job in the parenting stakes, we're tolerating you. Here, have a gift that you'll able to use to fix our bunk beds and that shelf in mum's kitchen."

Makita P-71897 Super Heavyweight Champion Belt Set

Makita P-71897 Super Heavyweight Champion Belt Set
This is the perfect gift to make the recipient feel like a champion, a super-hero, a heavyweight of the building site!

Makita's belt set is the ultimate tool belt system with a drill holster, fixing pouch, hammer holder and mobile phone holder all hanging on a padded heavy duty belt.

It features perfectly positioned wide mouthed deep pockets to hold plenty of fixings and provide quick tool recognition, while the inner of the belt is fully padded by 3D mesh breathable material for extra comfort when carrying heavy tools. Fits waist sizes from 29 inch to 46 inch, so you don't need to worry about dad's post-Christmas belly being an issue.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here

Dewalt DWE6423 Random Orbit Sander

Dewalt DWE6423 Random Orbit Sander
For those who don't know, if you're going to buy a sander as a gift, you want to get a random orbit sander. It works faster, does a better job and has low vibration. So, it's a great Xmas present for an enthusiastic DIYer, especially if you're hoping they'll sand your dining room chairs for you...

It has a 280W motor which produces up to 12,000 orbits per minute, making it powerful enough for quick and efficient stock removal. It comes with a dust bag and some paper to get your loved one started on those sanding jobs!

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

Bahco S81MIX Socket & Pliers Set 1/2 and 1/4 Inch Drive 81 Piece Kit

Bahco S81MIX
Everyone loves a set of tools, and this 81 piece kit from hand tool masters Bahco is truly a thing of beauty.

It's a comprehensive assortment of tools all contained in the one carry case. With 1/4 and 1/2 inch drive sockets, ratchets and extension bars, 3 different types of pliers and a 30 piece bitset your father wont be struggling for a tool ever again.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here

4 hearts
There are some people that really need to feel from us that, this Xmas, they're very special. This could be a husband or partner who's had a fantastic year, they've gone above and beyond what we expected from them.

It could be our father or grandfather, it could be our son. It could be our wife or girlfriend. And this next gift is especially ideal if they're looking to take up a new hobby in the New Year!

Click to see all of our Four Heart rated gifts here!

Makita DMR104 Job Site Radio Stereo with DAB and FM

Makita DMR104
Everyone likes music while they work, so this is a very special gift for the professional tradesperson in your life.

The DMR104 gives your loved one the flexibility of listening to their favourite FM channels as well as digital channels when they're working on the job site. It's rugged and showerproof and packing a punch in terms of loudness which will be are sure to turn heads when its turned on.

It works from the mains with the supplied adaptor but it can also be powered by a Makita power tool battery.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

Bosch BGL4PETGB Animal GL-40 Vacuum Cleaner

Moving away from tools, here's a great gift from one of the most famous power tool manufacturers in the world! Tick loads of boxes by giving the gift of a Bosch vacuum cleaner this Christmas!

The BGL4PETGB vacuums faster than your pet loses hair, so it's perfect for friends or family who have pets at home! It was rated Best Vac for cleaning performance on hard floors by Which? magazine,  and it benefits from PowerProtect System for long-lasting cleaning performance.

Additionally, it features an AirBumper to protect your furniture and walls from knocks and bumps and a washable HEPA filter, making it suitable for allergy sufferers.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

OX Pro Chippies Toolbag

OX Pro Chippies Toolbag
What do you buy for the chippie in your life that already has everything? Well, we recommend you demonstrate your love for them buy getting them a whole new kit!

OX Pro chippies kit includes a tough but ergonomic tote case that includes professional grade tools such as hammers, clamps, saws, gloves and even a face mask!

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

Gifts That Speak a Million Words

5 hearts

We all have people in our lives that deserve that something a wee bit special this Christmas. People to whom we want to make a statement, whether a statement of unbridled adoration, undying love, or just simple appreciation.

So if you're a woman and you want to hint that it's time to get a ring on your finger, or if you're a guy who wants to thank his pal for being a "top bloke", you can't go wrong with gifts like those in our Five Hearts list!

These gifts are in our Five Hearts category, see them all here.

Dewalt DCD740C1 18V XR li-ion Cordless 2-Speed Angle Drill

Dewalt DCD740C1
Show your love this year with the gift of a high-end power tool! Not only is it from power tool giants Dewalt, it's part of the XR battery platform, which guarantees amazing performance and durability.

This is also an angle drill, which opens up a whole world of practicality for whoever receives this as a gift, allowing them to work in tight, confined spaces without any stress or hassle!

It features two speeds and a multi-grip trigger, while the motor spins the chuck at up to 1800rpm while providing up to 35Nm of torque.

The drill comes bundled in a heavy duty kit box with a battery, quick charger and the warranty covers it for 3 years when registered online.

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

Hitachi KC18DGL/JE 18V Combi Drill + Impact Driver Twin Pack

Hitachi KC18DGL/JE 18V Combi Drill + Impact Driver Twin Pack
This is a gift that will not only show your love this Christmas, but will also demonstrate that you understand the needs of a professional tradesperson!

Hitachi's 18v twin pack includes DV18DGL combi-drill, which is one of the most powerful and robust on the market right now, offering 55Nm of torque - perfect for driving long screws into tough material - and the motor spins the chuck at up to 1,400rpm. And in hammer mode, when it's needed to punch holes into masonry, it gives you up to 19,600 blows per minute! It's a beast.

It's partnered with the WH18DGL impact driver. This has up to 145Nm of torque available to the 1/4" hex chuck, and a fan cooled motor.

In the carry case, along with the tools, is two 5Ah 18v batteries and a fast charger. This kit will geniunely improve the day job of the tradesperson in your life!

Add it to your Christmass Shopping Basket here.

So that's a selection of gifts from our Christmas range, all of which are offering you great savings and the chance to really show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life.

What's on YOUR Christmas gift list this year? Tell us in the comments section below.

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