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Gift ideas for the DIY dad

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What to buy for your favorite handyman

You know the type: the man who doesn’t need an owner’s manual or a repair shop. He's a DIY guy, and If you're lucky enough to have one, then make his holiday extra-special with some innovative (yet practical) handyman gifts.

MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband

Think about how often you've caught Mr. Fixit looking for a misplaced screw, bolt or nail. Here's a practical gift that will drastically reduce those emergency trips to the hardware store: the innovative MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband. It gives your weekend warrior a third helping hand to complete his projects with ease. (P.S.: If you love to sew, pick one up for yourself and never go searching for a dropped needle again.) $16.

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MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband


Ryobi 18-volt JobPlus Multi-Tool Kit

With just 18 volts, the JobPlus delivers tons of versatility -- cutting through drywall, metal, wood, plastic, composite and more. A universal adapter is included and can be used with multi-tool accessories from other popular brands. $69.

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Ryobi 18-volt JobPlus Multi-Tool Kit


Lollipop toolbox

Dad won't be able to fix the broken banister with these tools, but he's sure to appreciate your sweet intentions. This fun set of tool-shaped lollipops from Candy.com will make his day. $38 for three toolbox gift sets (18 lollipops).

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Lollipop Toolbox


Tool Dots tool storage system

The Tool Dots tool storage system is the workshop version of your kid's poster putty. The Tool Dot measures just half an inch in diameter yet can hold a tool weighing up to half a pound, so it saves tons of space by eliminating bulky racks, hooks and shelves. A strong adhesive backing locks the dot to the wall, and a powerful rubber-coated bumper holds the tool firmly in place. $15.

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Tool Dots Tool Storage System


Wooden tie

If you have to drag your handyman away from his projects for a night out on the town, he'll feel much more comfortable in something reminiscent of his workshop: a wooden tie. Made from redwood beams reclaimed from salvage yards in the San Francisco area, the Wood Tie is perfect for the guy who likes to keep things informal, even when he dresses up. $34.

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Wood Tie


RIDGID JobMax 3 Amp Multi-Tool

One of the year's hottest new tool systems is the RIDGID JobMax 3 Amp Multi-tool Starter Kit. This powerful system has a corded base and a variety of interchangeable tool heads. The most compact multi-tool on the market, it's ideal for cutting, sanding and scraping in the tightest areas. $129.

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RIGID JobMax 3 Amp Multi-tool Starter Kit


DIY Gifting

As you know all too well, your DIY guy likes to do things his way -- including shopping. Let him have at it with a generous gift card from the Home Depot. With his card in hand, he'll enjoy browsing in the store or online. No matter how unpredictable Mr. DIY's projects are, the Home Depot gift card is a sure thing.

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