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The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for the Handyman

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Whether wrenching on vehicles or performing basic around-the-house maintenance, certain individuals possess a distinct ability to work with their hands. And while it’s incredibly helpful to have this type of person in your life — especially when repairs and fixes are needed — it can be difficult to shop for these individuals when the holiday season rolls around. Recognizing this reality, we’ve scoured the tool and DIY segments to deliver this handpicked guide to the best gifts for the handyman.

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Leatherman SURGE Multi-Tool

Weighing in at only 12.5oz, the Leatherman SURGE Multi-Tool is an ultra-utilitarian EDC item that manages to cram more than 20 tools and functions into a compact 4.5” package. This includes regular and needlenose pliers, locking 420HC serrated and straight blades, a slew of bit drivers, and spring-action scissors, just to name a few of this multi-tool’s many functions. 

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Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm

The Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm is a soothing, unscented formula that was engineered to address dry and cracked hands and knuckles.

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Field Notes Heavy Duty Memo-Sized Work Book 2-Pack

Made in America, the Field Notes Heavy Duty Memo-Sized Work Book 2-Pack is comprised of a pair of 3.5” x 5.5” 80-page work notebooks — one of which features ruled paper while the other sports double graph grid paper. 

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Mechanixwear Coldwork Original Glove

A winterized version of what’s unquestionably the most popular mechanic glove on the market, the Mechanixwear Coldwork Original is a touchscreen-friendly glove with a heavyweight fleece construction, a TPR closure, a water-resistant SoftShell, an Armortex thumb saddle reinforcement, and 40 grams of 3M Thinsulate insulation. 

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Dango Permanent Marker

Precision-machined from a solid block of anodized, aerospace-grade 6061 aluminum billet, the Dango Permanent Marker is a hardwearing everyday carry item that houses a standard Sharpie fine point permanent marker. 

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The James Brand Palmer Utility Knife

Offered in half a dozen color options, The James Brand Palmer Utility Knife is a modern and fashion-forward take on a slide-locking box-cutter that features a patented locking mechanism and custom (replaceable) TJB-branded 2.4” utility blades. 

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Backdrop Paint One-Gallon

Based in Los Angeles, Backdrop is an independent brand that produces premium, low-odor, low-VOC, Green Wise-certified water-based paints in a variety of low-sheen and semi-matte colors — almost a dozen of which are available in one-gallon cans. 

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IFixit Pro Tech Electronics Repair Kit

Made from an amalgamation of 6150 Steel, poly-canvas, anodized aluminum, and recycled ABS plastic, the IFixit Pro Tech Electronics Repair Kit is an 87-piece setup designed specifically for repairing — and tinkering on — smartphones, laptops, and other modern electronics. 

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BioLite HeadLamp 800 PRO

Perfect for wrenching under the hood or making repairs in dimly-lit areas, the BioLite HeadLamp 800 PRO is a compact but potent wearable torch that boasts a 443’ throw, an 800-lumen maximum output, six beam modes, and a 3,000-mAh Li-Ion battery that affords up to 150 hours of burn time. 

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CAT Rugged Wireless Speaker

Backed by a lifetime warranty, the CAT Rugged Wireless Speaker is an ultra-rugged, waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof Bluetooth speaker that features soft-touch control buttons, booming bass, and “all-over” TPE bumper guards. 

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Wiha 10 Piece SoftFinish Cushion Grip Screwdriver Tray Set

Engineered in Black Forest, Germany, the Wiha 10 Piece SoftFinish Cushion Grip Screwdriver Tray Set is comprised of ten regular (slotted) and Phillips head drivers with SoftFinish handles. The entire tool set is also sold in a three-layer laminated foam organization/storage tray. 

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Blackout Original HARDCORE Hammer 2.0

Designed and crafted in America, the Blackout Original HARDCORE Hammer 2.0 is a second-generation tool that sports a 21oz investment-cast 4140 American steel head with a patented waffled insert that’s mated to an 18” matte black-finished Grade-A American hickory handle with an engraved Hardcore Hammers logo. 

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Sold with an included 550 paracord with a titanium lanyard bead, the BIG IDEA DESIGN Ti EDC Wrench is an ultra-pocketable, one-hand-operational tool that features a solid titanium construction, a removable pocket clip, and a clever universal wrench design that can accommodate 25 different SAE and metric sizes.

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HOTO 12V Brushless Drill Tool Set

The HOTO 12V Brushless Drill Tool Set is an all-in-one bundle that includes HOTO’s smart drill alongside four metalworking bits, four woodworking bits, an adjustable spanner, a self-locking tape measure, a magnetic hammer, a carrying case with a hidden buckle design, and 10 S2-steel screwdriver bits. 

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Filson Standard Toolbox With Removable Tray

A Filson-exclusive limited-edition release, the Filson Standard Toolbox With Removable Tray is made in America from heavy-duty 20- and 22-gauge steel and features a full-length piano-style hinge, a removable tray with organizing dividers, and a forest green powder-coated finish. 

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White’s Foreman Boot

Made by one of America’s oldest and most respected heritage footwear brands, White’s Boots’ Foreman Boot is an heirloom-quality item that features a hand-stitched, stitchdown construction and a hand-bottomed outsole that’s completely resoleable/rebuildable.