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The Best Gifts for Woodworkers

Woodworking Gift Ideas for Christmas

Gifts for Woodworkers and DIYers are a hot topic this time of year and I’m going to help you out today.  So when a loved one asks you for your woodworking Christmas gifts list, 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 and these ideas for gifts for woodworkers are sure to help you find some gems for your special woodworker or DIY enthusiast.

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Of course different gift givers need different price ranges.  No worries.  I’ve broken the gifts for woodworkers list 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).

Gifts for Woodworkers and Woodworking Gift Ideas

Without further ado let’s get to the sweet woodworking gift ideas!

Gifts for Woodworkers Under $10 – Stocking Stuffers

There are some great inexpensive gifts for a woodworker 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!

glu bot

My number one pick for woodworking gift ideas under $10 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.

glue brush

A silicone glue brush touches almost all my projects.  It spreads glue well and being silicone the clean up is a breeze.  It’s one of the great small woodworking Christmas gifts.

Spring tools combination nail set

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and that’s true for this spring loaded nail set.  Just put the nail set in place, pull back the other side and release.  Do that a few times and you’ll have the perfect spot to place your nail.

comfort grip spray handle

If you’ve ever sprayed more than one can of spray paint at a time or even spray lacquer or polyurethane than you’ve gotten those hand cramps and that indention in your finger.  No longer!  This Comfort Spray Paint Grip makes spraying any aerosol can a breeze and gives you the feel of a real HVLP sprayer.  Highly recommend this woodworker gift!

Flip Top Tool Stand Plans

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can also pickup any of my project build plans for under $10.  My most popular builds are the Flip Top Tool StandMobile Miter Saw Stand, and the Mobile Wood Storage Cart.  What’s better than woodworking gift ideas that will keep giving back in the shop!?!

Gifts for Woodworkers 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 for woodworkers that will surely brighten their day.

self centering bits

My number one pick in the woodworking gift ideas under $25 group are these self-centering drill bits.  If you’ve ever mounting drawer slides, hinges, brackets or anything that needs a centered pilot hole, then your job would have been easier with one of these tools.  The bits register in the metal opening of your hardware and drill a perfectly centered hole.  You’ll wonder how you lived without them.

Gluing up and clamping mitered joints on frames, boxes, etc. is always a pain.  You have to get the pressure just right or things move and slip.  But one day I found out about this web clamp and my mitered glue ups have been better ever since.  It’s one of those woodworking tools that is the perfect match for a specific job.

Hauling plywood, MDF and other sheet goods is never fun.  But the Kreg Panel Carrier makes it so much easier.  It’s simple to use, small to store and best of all, it’ll save your back.

Kreg Multipurpose Project Blocks

I really like the Kreg Multipurpose Project Blocks because they do double duty.  In puck form, they’re good for holding a board or project for sanding.  But give them a little twist and you’re ready to use them as finishing painter’s pyraminds.

Pica Dry Pencil

The Pica Dry Pencil isn’t your average mechanical pencil, and it’s perfect in the shop.  What sets the Pica apart?  The lead is thicker and stronger so it’s less prone to breaking.  And the built-in sharpener gives you a nice tip for precision marking.

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.

Gifts for Woodworkers Under $50 – The Sweet Spot

It seems like $50 is a sweet spot for gifts for woodworkers.  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 Christmas gifts!

The Kreg R3 is my top pick for woodworking gift ideas under $50. It’s 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 K5 or the K4 system then the R3 is the way to go.

kreg face clamp

One of the great all purpose clamps I have is this Kreg Face Clamp. If you use pocket hole joinery then you need one of these…period.  And if you want to spend a little more you can get the auto adjusting one or really go all out and get the larger auto adjusting one.

This one is a new item on my gifts for woodworkers list, the Cabinet Hardware Jig from Kreg.  Basically if your woodworker is going to be mounting any kind of drawer pulls, knobs or handles then they can use this.  It makes repeatable mounting of cabinet hardware a breeze.

flush cut trim saw

A good Flush Cut Saw comes in handy for so many different applications when trying to trim dowels or long joints or even just standard crosscutting.  This one is my favorite and it might fluctuate above $25 sometimes on Amazon, but here is another saw that is cheaper if you need to hit that budget.

countersink bit

This might be my favorite tool on the list.  It’s a premium countersink bit with a non-marring depth stop.  And yes, I know it’s expensive for what it is, but it’s also amazing to use.  You’ll never drill another pilot hole too deep or too shallow.  This will be their new favorite tool very quickly.

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.

Gifts for Woodworkers Under $100 – Now We’re Talking

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

My top pick for woodworking gift ideas 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.

This is a pretty cool accessory that will help woodworkers keep dust down in their shops.  It’s an iVac Automated Vacuum Switch.  I use this exact switch on my Mobile Miter Saw Stand and it works by triggering a shop vac to turn on when the tool is in use then turn off 2 seconds after the tool turns off.  Automated dust collection means they’ll actually use it!

bosch colt compact router

The Bosch Colt Compact Router is one of my favorite little handheld tools.  It’s excellent for putting roundovers on projects and other small router work.  And here is a quality set of router bits if they need some to get started.

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.

You’ll see a lot of Kreg products on this list because I love them and use them all the time.  The Accu-Cut track is a newer addition to my arsenal and it’s a very affordable track saw alternative.  This track pairs up with any circular saw to give you guided cuts to break down plywood or cut large glue ups to size.  It’s been a great adding to my woodworking toolkit.

Dustopper Pro

I hate dust… which is why I love the Dustopper Pro.  It seperates dust and debris from the air, preventing clogs and extending the life of your shop vac filters.  This is a simple addition to any shop vac that makes a huge difference.

isotunes xtra 2.0

These are probably at the top of the list for “Best way to make Sanding Fun”.  Wearing a pair of Iso Tunes Bluetooth Earbuds will protect your ears, take phone calls, and let you listen to your favorite music or podcasts.  And use code: FTBT at checkout for $10 off!

Gifts for Woodworkers Over $100 – Makin’ it Rain

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

Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander

My top pick in the woodworking gift ideas 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 projects an absolute breeze.

Milwaukee surge m12

My favorite lightweight and quiet driver is the Milwaukee Surge M12 Hydraulic Impact Driver.  It’s small but packs a punch.  And the best thing about it is how quiet it is.  You’ve never heard an impact driver this quiet and your ears will thank you!

Bambu Lab P1S 3D Printer

Surprised to see a 3D printer on a woodworking gift guide?  3D printers have earned their spot because they’re so dang useful.  With a 3D printers you can make so many things like; router templates, drilling guides, jigs, custom hose adaptors, push blocks, and more.

My 3D printer recommendation is the Bambu Lab P1S.  The P1S is easy to set up, a breeze to use and you’ll get great results.

worksharp 3000 sharpening system

Sharpening chisels, plane blades, and other cutting tools is always a chore.  Not with the Worksharp 3000!  This sharpening system makes sharpening your blades a breeze.  I’ve had mine for many years and it works great!

dewalt combo kit 9 piece 20v

And for the ultimate gift for a budding woodworker, the DeWalt 20v 9 Tool Combo Kit.  This kit gets you a Drill/Driver Combo, a Reciprocating Saw, a Circular Saw, Oscillating Tool, Right Angle Drill, Grinder, a Radio 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 Abram in your life something that they’ll love!  And if you’re still looking for more gifts for woodworkers than check out My Tools page where I list out a lot more of the actual tools I use in my shop.


  • Krishan Vara says:

    Awesome. Food for thought for a Xmas present to me, from me. A question though… what tool(s) would yo brecommend for measuring and cutting angles…?

  • Charles Parrish says:

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

  • Corey says:

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