Holiday Tool Gift Guide

2019 Holiday Tool Gift Guide

Every year we publish a holiday tool gift guide.  This year were doing the 12 days of Tool-mas! That means we’re doing 1 video each day for 12 days.  In this gift guide we highlight a different tool each day that would make a great gift of a guy and gal that you’re having  trouble buying for.

12 Videos 12 Days – Video Explanation

Maybe they’re a DIYer of maybe they’re in the trades. You can find these tools and the related videos below in this article.  The holiday gift guide is below, and we will insert each specific video after it publishes.

Tool Box Buzz 2019 Holiday Tool Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect idea for a stocking stuffer this year? Well here at Tool Box Buzz we have a few ideas for you, some of them require a much larger stocking though. With the holidays fast approaching you could be running out of time to ask that loved one what they want. This holiday tool gift guide is just the ticket.

Let us guide you to some of the hottest and most popular tools on the market today.  These are just a few of the items that we have recently reviewed here at Tool Box Buzz and thought they were definitely a perfect gift for your professional contractor, Serious Do-It-Yourselfer, or even a home owner.

There is a lot more Do-It-Yourselfers than you think…. what do I mean?

Well, EVERY Pro contractor is a DIYer when they work on a different trade function on their  own homes.

So consider this your ultimate cheat sheet to knocking out your gift shopping for the year. Click on a link below to jump directly to a purchase.

Makita 18 Volt Blower Purchase Here: $ 200

This Makita brushless cordless blower kit (XBU03SM1) is powered by one 18V LXT battery. It is has a compact and ergonomic design, weighing in at only 6.5 lbs. and measuring 32-1/2” long.

This tool is a gateway drug into more MAKITA Outdoor Power Equipment [OPE] purchases!

Makita 18V Brushless Blower –  VIDEO

Bottom line, if you are looking for a powerful workhorse, you have found it right here.
This Flexvolt blower is a no frills, powerful blower. We’ve been using it to blow off out tools at the end of the day, and to clean the jobsite. It’s a powerful blower and is useful either on a job-site or in your yard!


Kershaw 0022 ZT Knife   Purchase Here $200

The Kershaw 0022 ZT Knife is the Smallest knife Kershaw has ever made. What we noticed immediately, it’s is a impressive piece of engineering. The 0022 knife is designed by Tim Galyean and precision-built by Zero Tolerance, the 0022 practically disappears in your pocket—until it’s needed.

Designed for the MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD – the 0022 ZT Knife  is the ULTIMATE gentleman Every Day Carry knife

The 0022’s under-two-inch blade is made of CPM 20CV steel for superior hardness and corrosion resistance, as well as toughness, wear resistance, and excellent edge retention. The handle features a carbon fiber front scale with stonewashed titanium back. And even though it’s small, the 0022 is designed for hand comfort with deep finger contours to ensure a good grip.

This knife is certainly eye-catching:with its decorative pivot with a blue-anodized pivot ring and matching tube spacers, which make an attractive contrast with the dark carbon fiber.

Our favorite feature on this ZT knife is its smooth KVT ball-bearing opening makes it quick, easy—and somewhat addictive—to open and close the 0022.


Sinkevich 0462 Purchase Here $ 195.00

The Zero Tolerance 0462 Sinkevich knife is designed by Dmitry Sinkevich, is one of ZT’s top-selling knives. The blade steel is CPM S35VN for enhanced toughness and resistance to edge chipping with no loss of wear resistance.

This knife is SEXY – its well made, durable and will deliver!

This knife has an attractive two-tone finish: stonewashed on the flats and satin on the grinds. One unique feature is its carbon-fiber-and-titanium handle, which  has a pronounced ergonomic curve to fit into the hollow of the hand neatly.

 ZT Knives VIDEO


EPISTLE Model 2131  Purchase Here $50.00

The Epistle knee has a simple, lightweight utilitarian design. Simply put, it has everything you need in a pocketknife and nothing you don’t. This good-looking minimalist design is sleek, slim, and very easy to carry.

The Epistle weighs 2.1 ounces, you’ll forget this knife is in your pocket. At 50 Bucks you should get one for everyones’s stocking!

The 3-inch blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel—a solid, all-around steel that’s also easy to re-sharpen when needed. Designed with a drop-point blade shape handles most cutting tasks with ease. The blade is bead-blasted to produce a slightly darker blade finish that contrasts nicely with the lighter aluminum handle. The handle is really lightweight and feels smooth and comfortable in your hand.

The Epistle is a manual-opening knife. You can use the thumb stud to flick the blade open quickly, or treat it as a traditional pocketknife by simply moving the blade into position.

RYOBI P1819 6 Piece Combo Kit  Purchase Here $179

Doing something ONE-TIME does not make you a carpenter but this kit will ensure you get lots of practice getting to that esteemed “carpenter status!”

Ryobi 6-Piece Tool Set – VIDEO

The RYOBI 6-Tool Combo Kit comes with (2) 1.5 Ah Batteries, Charger, and Tool Bag ad he following six tools:

  1. Reciprocating saw
  2. Impact driver
  3. 5-1/2 in. circular saw
  4. 1/2 in. drill
  5. Multi-Tool with sanding adapter.
  6. Worklight

This kit is a “perfect starter kit” for the homeowner, DIYer or apprentice carpenter looking to get into a set of tools on one battery platform for $200 and that’s exactly why we included it in the holiday tool gift guide.

Milwaukee M12 Surge -wood framing

Milwaukee FUEL M12 SURGE Impact Driver    Purchase Here $ 199

Featuring a FLUID-DRIVE™ Hydraulic Powertrain, the hydraulic driver will let you experience operation up to 2X quieter with less vibration.

The Final Impact For me, I prefer working smarter!!

That means using the right tool for the application at hand. Using a lighter, quieter tool that has less vibration makes sense. If you work construction, don’t wait,  purchase the best noise protection device you can, and use the best tools you can. Work smarter, and protect yourself, no matter how loud it gets at work.

Compact size gives access in tight spaces and allows for easy transport on a tool belt and easy fitting into your job site tool bag.

Milwaukee M12 Surge Impact Driver – VIDEO

This impact driver’s 4-Mode DRIVE CONTROL gives you greater control over output speed and power for greater versatility in a wide range of applications. Self-Tapping Screw Mode reduces walking when you are self-tapping screws as well as reduces overdriving, breaking and stripping out screws.



Milwaukee USB Rechargeable Headlamp   Purchase Here $ 69.00

This USB rechargeable headlamp delivers 600-lumens of output. The flood light headlamp features an ultra-thin light head that provides an unobstructed view with 125° of flood beam coverage.

As a LOVER OF LUMENN we can tell you that t his is a fantastic headlamp for anyone in any trade or walk of life. This light is useful at work, camping, hiking or doing repairs around the house.

Milwaukee USB Rechargeable Headlamp – VIDEO

The Milwaukee headlamp has four light output modes: High, Medium, Low and Eco for 25+ hours of runtime to maximize light output or extend runtime. Rated at IP54 rated for water and dust resistance and can withstand up to 2M drops, 2,000 recharges and 3X faster charging via USB. that’s convienient!

The headlamp is designed with a battery pack in the rear for maximum maneuverability in tight spaces and a balanced design for all-day use. Hardhat claps are included to clamp not a hardhat.


OLFA MX Utility Knives Purchase Here $ 15.00

Both the MX-L and the MX-AL feature an 8mm heavy-duty die-cast aluminum knife body.  These sleek die-cast aluminum handles have an integrated rubber wraparound anti-slip grip. This metal knife is truly heavy-duty while still looking sharp and stylish. The oversized, ergonomic handle contours to the hand, making this knife your new go-to cutting tool.

As a utility knife OLFA really delivers with a blade specifically designed for industrial tasks. The OLFA blades are ultra sharp, designed for heavy duty applications, and nothing is faster than a snap to restore a sharp edge. The performance and speed of these blades are invaluable in the field.


A rugged stainless steel blade channel extends the full length of the handle to support heavy-duty cutting. My favorite knife is the auto-lock blade slider which allows for quick and easy one-touch blade extension into multiple cutting depths. You can feel and hear as the knife clicks into pre-set detents for correct blade placement. The blade locks into pre-set detents for a secure hold during pushing and pulling movements for dependable cutting.

The snap off blade knife is often viewed as a light duty, almost throw away tool. This is NOT the case with the superior quality  blades and the rugged construction of the OLFA line of snap off blade utility knives, the creator of the snap-off blade!



Milwaukee FUEL 18-Volt Compact Router  Purchase Here $ 179

The Milwaukee M18 FUEL Compact Router combines power, speed and accurate depth adjustments to deliver clean accurate cuts in a variety of materials and applications. The compact router delivers the power of corded 1.25 horsepower trim routers and best-in-class 31,000 RPM providing you with power and speed for clean, quality cuts in hard materials.

When routing we found the router was the perfect weight and was well balanced. It cuts beautifully, and had plenty of power to handle small to medium routing applications. This router is easy to operate, has great visibility, and power. Any carpenter will WANT this router …. it’s a Great Gift!

Milwaukee FUEL M18 Router – VIDEO

This cordless compact router cuts up to 250ft of 3/8″ round-overs in red-oak, providing you with all-day run time with fewer trips to the charger. We loved the micro-adjust dial and macro-adjust button, providing you with fast and accurate depth adjustments for highly accurate work. A variable-speed dial with speed from 10,000 to 31,000 RPM gives you control in all applications. The compact router also features a sturdy 4″ sub-base plate providing you with stability, and dual-LED lights illuminate your work surface. Check out our Cordless Router Head-to-Head here.

Bosch Flexiclick   Purchase Link  $ 160

The Bosch FlexiClick screwdriver’s 5 in 1 design delivers outstanding versatility in a compact, high quality drill/driver.  The included key less chuck attachment provides locked in drilling for difficult materials.

A innovative and true problem-solving tool for anyone who works int he trades or workshop!

Bosch Flexi-Click – VIDEO

An LED light illuminates dark work areas effectively and afterglow function keeps the light on for 10 seconds after the tool is off. there is a right angle attachment designed for tight work spaces and works with the other three attachments – we loved that feature! Lastly, the offset angle attachment offers precise screw driving very close to edges; rotates to 16 positions without. This tool is a problem solver!


Bosch 360-Degree Green Beam 3 Plane Laser   Purchase Here $ 540.00

The Bosch GLL3-330CG Three-Plane Leveling and Alignment-Line Laser is both a complete level as well as a plumb alignment laser. It has 3 green laser lines in 360° laser planes, one horizontal and two vertical.

This is a PRO laser for a professional contractor, it’s a problem-solver and an investment, one that will pay for itself in short time.

Bosch 360 Green Laser – VIDEO

The Tool Box Buzz crew prefers the green laser because it is 4X brighter than standard red beams. The leveling laser has a working range of up to 200 Ft. diameter and the pulse mode extends the range up to 330 Ft. [using LR8 or LR6 receiver]

DEWALT 20V Air Inflator Purchase Here:  $ 99.00

This Corded/Cordless Air Inflator can run on any one of three power sources:

  • 20V battery
  • 12V DC
  • 110V AC

It features a high-pressure rubber hose for durability. The threaded chuck and included onboard accessories make it easy to inflate items from tires to footballs. Setting desired air pressure is simple with the digital gauge, and the auto-shutoff provides accurate inflation.

This is a tool that crosses all trades an skill levels of users. From the job-site, side of the road tire change or backyard pool party – Super Useful!


The high-volume hose allows fast inflation of mattresses and other inflatables with the push of a button. Move the hose to the deflation port for quick and easy take down. An onboard LED light helps to light up your work area or a tire change on the side of the road.

The 12V DC cord length is 13.75 FT long allowing you to reach all four tires on your vehicle. At 5.5 lbs this tool is light enough to store in your vehicle. If you have any loved ones on the Dewalt 20V Max platform, this tool is a slam dunk gift and that’s why we included it in this year’s holiday tool gift guide.


SKIL PWRCore 12 Circular Saw Kit Purchase Here $110

Show off your SKIL with this great value, great tool, and great gift!!

The SKIL 12v cordless circular saw kit includes everything you need to get started on your DIY projects with a Brushless 12V 5-1/2 Circular Saw, a fast-charging PWRCore 12 Lithium Battery with PWRAssist Mobile Charging, and a PWRJump Charger.

SKIL PWRCore Circular Saw – VIDEO

The battery charger has a cool feature allowing you to perform a “quick charge.”  The charger will charge the battery from 0% to 25% in just 5 minutes, providing enough power to blast through 100 screws (based on 2.0Ah battery).


Metabo HPT KC18DBFL2T 18V Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit Purchase Here $399

The Metabo HPT KC18DBFL2T Combo kit is equipped with Brushless motor technology for maximum runtime and durability, and powered by lithium ion battery technology for fade free power and extended battery life. The DV18DBFL2T hammer drill produces up to 620 in-lbs. of torque and is equipped with a ½” ratcheting metal chuck to minimize bit slippage.

This is the kit you’ll reach for every day as you walk into a job site or project! Solid tools at a decent value.

Metabo HTP Combo Drill + Impact Driver – VIDEO

The WH18DBFL2T impact driver puts out up to 1, 522 in-lbs. of torque and up to 3, 100 RPM/3, 400 BPM, and is remarkably lightweight at only 2. 9 lbs. with Metabo HPT’s BSL1830C battery. Both tools are equipped with a brushless motor producing up to 30% more runtime per full battery charge. Paired with superior ergonomics and a lightweight design, these tools will help you produce more work with less downtime.



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Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob Robillard

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