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Looking for those ideal gifts to put in your family stockings this Christmas? Small tools make great holiday gifts, and some can help you complete that unfinished room, woodworking project or other home improvement project.
Make sure you don't run out of batteries for your kids' toys and electronic gadgets this Christmas. Stock up on the batteries you need. Although rechargeable batteries cost more, they're cheaper in the long run because they can be used many times. Battery chargers also make great gifts.
Inspire your kids to create their own crafts and build their own creations with tools and a building kit. Buy age-appropriate tools for your children, and properly supervise their projects.
Markers, crayons, pencils and other writing supplies fit neatly into stockings. You can also include school or arts and craft supplies, like calculators, protractors, chalk and marking tools, digital plan-measuring tools, compasses, levels and squares, and tape measures.
Can't seem to finish that wood chair, coffee table or entry table you've been working on for weeks? There's no time like the holidays to finish that project. You might be missing the right tool. Sanding paper, wrenches, hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, framing squares, masking tape, wood glue, spray adhesives and laminate sheets are ideal stocking-stuffer presents. Installing wall shelves? Hanging pictures in your room? Small stud finders will make the job easier and find the edges of wood or metal studs. Woodworking clamps for your shop wall also make great holiday gifts.
December doesn't mean it's too late to grill. A grill brush, spatula, fork, basting brush and tongs are neat holiday tokens. Protect your grill during the winter with a vinyl grill cover.
Small, portable tools can do the job a whole toolbox can do. Handy multipurpose or multitools expand the concept of the Swiss Army knife into the 21st century, providing wood or metal files, large or small bit drivers, wire strippers, wire cutters and even saws. Newer portable LED (light-emitting diode) flashlights the size of pens can provide high-intensity light for hours of battery life.
For the DIYer (do-it-yourselfer) working to complete that home electrical project, consider rough electrical tools, crimpers and cutters, test meters and electrical tape for a stocking gift. If you're installing a new ceiling fan or replacing a light switch, purchase a good digital multimeter to finish the job. Is a flat-screen TV under your tree this Christmas? Make sure you have the right cables, plugs, wall plates, splitters and theater connection kit to enjoy your gift.