Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For Men

Browse 15 fresh holiday gift ideas for the DIY dad, husband, boyfriend or just plain handyman.

Pocket Tool Chest

Tool Chest in Your Pocket

Designed to serve, and detailed to look slick, Sundance's handy pear wood all-in-one-tool unfolds to reveal an array of small instruments—a saw, file, bottle opener, nail cleaner, 2" ruler, 1” and 2” knives, 2 flathead screwdrivers, stainless steel pliers and 11 bits that come in their own holder. Both tool and bits fit into a leather carrying case. $28

Tired Old Ass Bath Soak

Tired Old Ass Bath Soak

Perfect for the DIY-weary, this Tired Old Ass Bath Soak from The Vermont Country Store, offers a rejuvenating blend of mineral bath salts and 100% pure essential oils, among them rosemary, eucalyptus and vetiver. Also works wonders as a foot bath if you're too pressed for time to take a full-body soak. Biodegradable, planet-friendly, and 100% natural.  $14.95

The Vermont Country Store

Craftsman Tool Cart

Craftsman 40” W 14-Drawer GRIPLATCH Tool Cart

Craftsman brand storage carts are built to last and love. This midnight blue all-steel 14–drawer chest is a refreshing change from the standard red and provides 16,362 cubic inches of storage. Ball-bearing drawer slides enable full extension and the ½" fiberboard top doubles as workspace. Comes with a 5-year limited warranty. $727.49

Dad The Builder Calendar

Dad The Builder Calendar

Help Dad stay on top of his DIY projects, and important family dates, with this 11"x17" glossy "Dad the Builder" wall calendar from Cafe Press. $8

Not-Just-for-Welding Goggles

German Not-Just-for-Welding-Anymore Goggles

Restoration Hardware’s vintage-style safety glasses were originally designed in Germany for welders. These scratch-resistant protective goggles, with plated steel rims and an adjustable strap, seal out dust, wind, snow and sparks. Perfect for the woodshop or ski slopes! $24

Dewalt Work Site Radio

Dewalt DC012 Work Site Radio

Dewalt’s DC012 MP3- and iPod-compatible portable work site radio plays tunes and, when plugged in, can charge your other 7.2v and 18v Dewalt battery packs. Featuring a protective outer cage, the 14-lb. radio is retailing now on for $156.10.

Wolverine Wellington Boots

Crawford Wolverine All Weather Steel Toe 10” Wellington

According to Wolverine wearers, these boots are sure to enter your work boot hall of fame. Praised for their rugged look, waterproof design, and day-to-day comfort, the Wolverine Wellington features leather upper, mesh lining, lightweight nylon shank, and protective toe-cap. $158

Zippo Pocket Handwarmer

Zippo Pocket Handwarmer

Slip this sleek little 4” x 2 5/8” handwarmer into your glove or pocket. Just a small amount of lighter fluid will produce enough heat to last all day. From Duluth Trading, $19.95

Skil Laser Level

Skil 30’ Beam Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser Level

Stay straight with a Skil laser level. The Skil Cross Line projects laser beams 30’, horizontally and vertically. Use with a tripod for precise results. $95.98

“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Check out this 1948 classic romantic comedy/home remodeling movie where Cary Grant gives up city life for a sprawling surburban fixer upper. Available at Target, $14.39

Stanley LED Clamping Flashlight

Stanley LED Clamping Flashlight

For projects or power outages, the Stanley LED Clamping Flashlight grips onto beams, floor joists, and tabletops, leaving your hands free. The head rotates and tilts for improved accuracy. $32.99

Vintage Cloth Tape Measure

Vintage Cloth Tape Measure

This 50' cloth tape measure pays homage to the ones found in every builder's toolbox in the late 19th century. And like those vintage measuring tools, this one is heirloom-quality, crafted with topstitched leather and featuring copper reels and fittings. From Restoration Hardware, $49.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Kit

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Kit with 18-135 mm Lens

Standout blogs have great photography and hard work is worth documenting. Canon’s EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Kit is 18MP, has a 3” LCD screen, and is lightweight and ergonomic. It takes fab photos in low light and a full-charged battery will last you about 550 snaps, or an hour and forty minutes of video. From B&H Photo, $799.00

Carhartt Traditional Coat

Carhartt Traditional Coat

Help the man in your life gear up for the harsh winter weather ahead. Get him the Men's Arctic Quilt-Lined Duck Traditional Coat from Carhartt, stuffed with 100% ring-spun cotton duck and featuring a split back and pleated elbows that ensure easy movement. Available at Tractor Supply Co. for $89.99.

Kobalt 4-Tool Combo Kit

Kobalt 4-Tool Combo Kit

Kobalt's 4-Tool 18-Volt NiCd Cordless Combo Kit will equip your guy with power tools for any project he dreams up. It includes a drill/driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw, worklight, two batteries, a charger and a handy bag for your handyman. Available at Lowe's, $169.

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If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!