Practical Christmas Gifts 2016: Tools

Tools make ideal and practical Christmas Gifts

Just because most dwellings in Hoboken are apartments (and you have “landlords” that do the fixin’), does not mean that a good set of tools in unnecessary. Which is why tools make perfect and practical Christmas Gifts.

So what could most Hobokenites use? These go beyond the basic manual tools like screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and wrenches.

Compact power drill

Power drills and screwdrivers come in many varieties. Some have fixed bit sizes, and others are adjustable. If you only have space for one, we recommend the adjustable kind. This allows you to use larger drill bits, as well as standard hex-bit driver heads.

Milwaukee is our brand of choice. The M12 drill driver is perfect – and kits can be had for under $100.

Keep in mind that if you plan on expanding your tools in the future, it’s prudent to stay within the same line (for battery and charger simplification). So browse the other tools to see if they’re compatible with your future plans.

Don’t forget the bits, either. We’ve tried them all. Dewalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita – but our winner is Irwin Bits. They last the longest.

A good step ladder or stool

Most apartment buildings have a general purpose ladder somewhere on the premises, but often are unnecessary or too cumbersome for minor needs. Which is why every unit could benefit from a compact step latter or step stool.

They’re unobtrusive, and can easily be stored in a closet or even behind a piece of furniture.

A standard two-step stool is great due to the wider platforms and more stable working environment. For older apartments with higher ceilings, a compact retractable ladder might be a better option. They also make taller step stools as well. Gorilla is a good brand.

And you might use these to hang pictures, etc – so always have a good supply of fasteners and picture hooks on hand.

Other miscellaneous necessities

We’ve already covered flashlights and scissors and knives in the past – but what else could a capable apartment need?

A reliable tape measure – we again like the Milwaukee tape measures the best.

A good power inflator – has a multitude of uses. For your bicycle tires and especially if you own a car. We like the Ryobi P731 the best. Has the necessary gauges, and automatically fills your tires to the pressure of your choice. The only drawback is that it has its own set of batteries and charger.

Yes, it’s true that more and more people are becoming almost completely inept at doing ANYTHING themselves (or at least without the aid of online tutorials or videos). But there are still plenty of folks that have the confidence to take care of themselves.

Happy shopping!

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