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Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

Woodworker Gift Ideas for Christmas

You’re in for a treat today!  I’m giving you the ultimate Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers and DIYers.  So the next time someone asks you what you want for Christmas, you just send them this link and say “go crazy”.  Boom, done.

And if you’re the buyer, then know I personally own all these tools and use them in my shop.  This isn’t a list of things I think look cool.  It’s a list I’ve made from my own experience in the shop.

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Of course different gift givers need different price ranges.  No worries.  I’ve broken it down into 5 categories:  Under $10 (Stocking Stuffers), Under $25 (Small Gifts), Under $50 (The Sweet Spot), Under $100 (Now We’re Talking), and Over $100 (Makin’ it Rain).

Christmas Gift Ideas For Woodworkers

Without further ado let’s get to the ideas!

 

Under $10 – Stocking Stuffers

There are some great gems in this group and at under $10 you can give several of them to that special woodworker, or share the wealth with a slew of your favorite craftsmen.

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My number 1 pick from this group is the FastCap GluBot glue bottle.  This little guy is simply a great way to always have glue on the ready.  No shaking the glue bottle to get it to the tip, just squeeze and go.

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The Rockler Glue Brush touches almost all my projects.  It spreads glue well and being silicone the clean up is a breeze.

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A flashlight like the UltraFire Mini might seem like an odd item for woodworkers, but just remember woodworkers love searching for great deals on wood, tools, and whatever.  And a pocket size light is perfect when jumping in that dumpster looking for salvaged wood.

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Drafting triangles are awesome in the shop.  I use them all the time for quick reference when setting up angled cuts and tend to grab them for drawing straight lines as well.  Grab a 45 and a 30/60 degree one too.

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A scratch awl is a nice item to have around the shop.  I have an old one from my grandad just like this and use it for marking pilot holes before I drill them along with tons of other things.

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For precision 90 degree setups and tuning up my machines I turn to a machinist square.  This is a nice small one or upgrade to a larger set for a little more.

Under $25 – Small Gifts

Okay, we’ve stepped up the ladder a wee bit and there are some great finds under $25.  Check out these gifts that will make any woodworker’s day.

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My number one pick in the under $25 group is the 3M 6500 respirator. I have this one and love it.  A good respirator and some particulate filters (yeah they are pink, what of it) are going to keep those nasty minuscule dust particles out of your lungs.

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Keeping on the theme of great clamps, here is the Kreg Right Angle Clamp.  If you use pocket hole joinery then you need one of these…period.

bench-cookies

Who doesn’t like Christmas cookies?  Well, you can’t eat these, but the Bench Cookies are awesome for holding workpieces in place while you sand, rout, or cut them.  I use mine all the time.

1-5in sanding pads

Another item that hits every one of my projects are these 5″ Hook and Loop Sanding Pads.  They can use the same sanding discs as a 5″ random orbital sander.  You get a flexible pad for contours and curves and a flat block for flat surfaces.  I love the contoured one.

Micro Jig GRR-RIP Block

The Grr-Rip Block is a safety device that makes cutting on the tablesaw, jointer, or bandsaw so much safer.  This guy keeps your fingers away from the blades and grips the work like crazy.  I use this one on my jointer the most.

Under $50 – The Sweet Spot

It seems like $50 is a sweet spot for gift giving.  It’s a great level to find a gift that is little more than a stocking stuffer but still won’t break the bank.  Your woodworker will love these!

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I love woodworking, but man there are some boring tasks like sanding.  Instead of listening to the drone of my sander for an hour, I throw my 3M Worktunes on and listen to the radio or plug them into my cell phone and listen to my favorite podcasts.  Love these things.

Dust Right® Universal Small Port Hose Kit

I’ve been using this Rockler Dust Right Small Port hose kit and its been pretty sweet.  It fits all my small tools and my shop vac can now suck up all that dust before it hits the air.

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The Kreg R3 is a great introductory tool to get into making pocket hole joinery.  You can clamp it or screw it to almost any surface and be making pocket holes in a snap.  If you can’t go for the K4 system then the R3 is the way to go.

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It might not look like much, but the Rockler Insty Drive Countersink set is awsome.  They drill pilot holes and countersinks at the same time.  And the cool thing about them is that the drill bits are tapered, which allows your screws to have a better grip all the way along the pilot hole.

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A set of Forstner Bits is going to open up a lot of new things for you as a woodworker.  These bits can make flat bottomed holes and are also great at doing larger holes over 1/2″ that drill bit can’t take care of.  I seem to use my forstner bit set all the time.

Under $100 – Now We’re Talking

We’re getting into some serious tools in the under $100 group.  Any woodworker would have a huge smile opening one of these gifts.

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My top pick under $100 is the Kreg K4.  If you are going to use pocket hole joinery (one of the fastest and easiest joinery methods), then a Kreg K4 Jig is going to take you to the next level.  It’s head and shoulders above the cheaper Mini and R3 and allows you to quickly clamp, drill, and change workpieces.

5.5 Amp Corded Compact Router

The RIDGID Compact Router is one of my favorite little handheld tools.  It’s excellent for putting roundovers on projects and other small router work.  And as of this writing, there is even a deal going on where you can get the compact router and a sander for $99!

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The Microjig Grr-Ripper is the big brother to the Grr-Rip Block.  It’s specifically designed for use on the table saw and makes cutting much safer.  I use one every time I’m cutting small pieces and my comfort level is so much higher.  You can go for the GR-100 or the GR-200 with some extra features.

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What woodworker likes changing tablesaw blades?  Not this one!  I added a Freud 50 tooth Combination Blade to my arsenal and now I pretty much leave it on all the time.  It excels at ripping with the deep gullets and also leaves a fine finish with the high tooth count.  Best of both worlds!

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If you are a beginning DIYer or woodworker, the Kreg DIY Project Kit gets  you a lot of goodness for a small price.  It comes with the Rip Cut guide, the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig and the R3 all in one kit.  If you are just using a circular saw then the Rip Cut will help you out immensely.

Over $100 – Makin’ it Rain

The sky is the limit for the ones you love, so here are a few gifts to consider if you are trying to make it rain woodworking goodness.

Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander

My top pick in the over $100 group is the RIDGID Oscillating Spindle Sander.  Words can’t even describe how much I love this machine.  It makes rounding corners and flattening small proieces an absolute breeze.  And at $199 I think it’s a bargain, and so do others judging by the reviews!

18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit

If you need a drill and driver combo, then this RIDGID 18V Gen5X Drill/DriverCombo is a great choice.  I have these and they are built for pros and with the Lifetime Service Agreement you get free batteries for life after you register.  Just one of the reasons why I’m a huge fan of RIDGID.

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Sometimes you don’t need all the beef and power of a 18V drill.  In steps the DeWalt 12V Drill/Driver combo.  These guys are great for doing cabinet hardware installation as they are light in the hand but still pack plenty of power.  I love the smaller grip of these versus the larger Bosch 12V drill style.

GEN5X 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (5-Piece)

And for the ultimate gift for a budding woodworker, the RIDGID Gen5X 5 pc Combo Kit.  This kit gets you a Drill/Driver Combo, a Reciprocating Saw, a Circular Saw and a LED flashlight all in on amazing kit.  It’s a hefty tool kit that will power your special pro for years to come.

Now you have a great list of Christmas Gift Ideas for Woodworkers.  Go out there and buy that special Norm Abrams in your life something that they’ll love!

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  • Corey

    Awesome list. Just getting into woodworking and this really helps get me going in the right direction, in terms of tools to buy.

  • Charles Parrish

    Super Ideas! I hope Santa is a member and saw this List.