Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For DIY Dads

From an artisan-crafted leather iPhone cover to a hands-free flashlight, here are some great gift suggestions for the DIY dad.

  1. Tool Chest Pocket Knife

    Tool Chest Pocket Knife

    Turn any dad into MacGyver with an all-in-one Tool Chest In Your Pocket. In addition to unfolding into stainless steel pliers, the polished pear-wood handles hold a saw, file, 2" ruler, 1" and 2" knives, bottle opener, nail cleaner and two flathead screwdrivers with assorted bits. Fits neatly into a full-grain leather belt pouch. Sundance; $28.00


  2. Tool Bag

    Tool Bag

    The 20" Husky Pro Tool Bag is sure to make the DIY Dad feel like a pro.  Made of durable, water-resistant fabric, the bag can accommodate a workshop of tools with its 32 internal and 11 external pockets, and spacious storage bays. The steel handle and PVC grip pivot to either side;  an optional padded shoulder strap is included. Home Depot; $39.97  

    Home Depot

  3. Wood ties

    Wood ties

    The DIY Dad certainly deserves a distinctive tie and this one is certain to garner attention. These lightweight Wood Ties are made from reclaimed redwood—nail holes, knots and all—and held together with an elastic cord; the same cord that goes around the neck.  Available in two sizes (and bow ties, too!). Wood Thumb; $39.99

    Wood Thumb

  4. Stud Finder

    Stud Finder

    Though your Dad may have spent his hey day knocking on walls and finding studs with gut instincts, the simplicity and ease of the CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder will convert him to getting a little help whether's he's installing floating shelves or making his own wood wall treatment. As long as you're prepared for his "I'm such a Stud" jokes, it's a perfect stocking stuffer for any DIYer. Amazon. $9.35.

  5. Stanley Lunchbox

    Stanley Lunchbox

    Set Dad on his way to the workshop or office with a classic lunch box. This Stanley model features a 1.1-quart insulated vacuum bottle that snaps and locks into place and a cooler sectioned to keep food organized and cold.  The locking lid reverses into a lap tray. Amazon; $59.99


  6. Artisan Leather iPhone Case

    Artisan Leather iPhone Case

    Forget the belt this year, and get Dad something else in leather—like this Artisan-Crafted iPhone Case. Using bark and leaf pigments to give it its rich Chestnut coloring, each vegetable-tanned leather case is top-stitched for a smart, old-world tailored look. Restoration Hardware;  $30

    Restoration Hardware

  7. Houses of the Presidents

    Houses of the Presidents

    If your Dad is an architecture or history buff (or ideally both) "Houses of the Presidents" is certain to be a welcome gift. Author Hugh Howard (co-author of numerous Bob Vila books) weaves together personal, presidential and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived; with original photography by Roger Strauss III. Amazon; $25.00

    Little, Brown and Company

  8. Tripod Flashlight

    Tripod Flashlight

    If your handyman Dad is in need of some illumination, consider this Stanley Freestanding LED Flashlight.  Featuring a 0.5-watt LED with 30 lumens of bright white light, the hands-free aluminum tripod base provides a strong focused light, with infinite adjustable head positions.  Lowes; $17.08 


  9. Stainless Steel Wallet

    Stainless Steel Wallet

    Made of the same ultra thin stainless steel fabric used in advanced aerospace applications, this lightweight Stainless Steel Wallet won't stain or stretch (just like the kitchen sink). Thin enough to carry in a front pocket, it features six credit card slots and five pockets. Sharper Image; $79.99

    Sharper Image

  10. Pegboard Bins

    Pegboard Bins

    Having the tools is one thing; finding them is another. Give the gift of organization with these commercial-grade Yellow BinKits from Triton. Sold as a set of eight—four small and four large—each bin comes with hanging hardware to clip and lock easily to pegboard backing. Amazon; $23.80


  11. Polaroid Today

    Polaroid Today

    There will be no more embarrassing moments of Dad reminiscing about the days of Polaroid with the company's new Z2300 Digital Camera with integrated ZINK® Technology printer.  The camera, which houses a 10 megapixel image sensor and large 3.0" LCD display screen, allows the user to capture, edit, and—in less than a minute—print full color, 2" x 3" prints. Brookstone; $159.99


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