Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For Women

15 great gift ideas for the DIY women in your life.

  1. GPS Navigator

    Garmin nüvi 2495LMT Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator

    A great garage sale companion, the 4.3” touch and voice-activated Garmin nüvi GPS is a friendly navigator who will guide you almost anywhere if you ask it nicely. Upgrades include free lifetime map updates, traffic avoidance system, real-life view of exits and junctions, horizontal or vertical orientation, and more. $229.99

  2. Gadget Charger for the Car

    Gadget Charger for the Car

    Not your normal 'Cup o' Joe,' this coffee cup-shaped product is a cleverly designed gadget charger that plugs into your car's DC outlet and fits conveniently into the cup holder. With two AC outlets for laptops, DVD players, phone chargers, camera chargers, and one USB port for iPods, MP3 players and cell phones, it's certain to be your favorite car companion. Available at for $49.95.

  3. ShopBoss™ Hardware Snip

    ShopBoss™ Hardware Snip

    Cut aluminum siding, screen, light sheet metal, 18-gauge wire with ease. The 9” ShopBox™ Hardware Snip has titanium-coated blades and built-in notches that do additional work, like wire stripping and twine cutting, not to mention bottle opening. Made by Fiskars, available exclusively at Wal-mart.

  4. Candy-Cane-Colored Duck Tape

    Candy-Cane-Colored Duck Tape

    Once the makeshift tool of plumbers' tape-sealing small leaks, Duct tape has gotten a fashionable makeover. Spurred on by the popularity of Duct tape wallets and other personal accessories, the super sticky handyman staple is now a craft closet basic. Available in lots of patterns and colors as well as in flat sheets. Available at in 10-yard rolls for about $4.99.

  5. Craftsman NEXTEC Vacuum

    Craftsman NEXTEC 12.0 VOLT Vacuum

    This ultra lightweight and portable Craftsman vacuum 'sucks' in a good way. The 4' hose is designed to clean around blinds, furniture, cars, and draperies. The Gore filter is reusable and dishwasher-safe. Lithium-ion battery sold separately. $44.99

  6. Container Store Gift Card

    Container Store Gift Card

    There's no better DIY project than getting organized.  An ORGANIZE gift card to The Container Store will not only provide motivation, but help start the New Year fresh with a storage solution for everything.

  7. Garden Tote & Tools

    Garden Tote & Tools

    Stainless-steel pruners, a trowel, and a fork come with this durable, easy-to-clean and pocket-filled garden tote from Red Envelope. Add a special touch by personalizing the nylon/canvas bag for your favorite gardener. $69.95.

  8. Woolrich Chamois Shirt

    Woolrich Chamois Shirt

    Destined to become your favorite button-down, Woolrich’s soft, washable chamois is especially warm and cuddly. Made to contour your body, order up a size for a looser look or to wear as a jacket. Available in 5 colors, shown in charcoal. $59.

  9. Kate's Papier Journals

    Kate's Papier Journals

    Planning and reflecting on those tough DIY projects is a necessity, so a hardcover journal from Kate's Paperie will keep details on record. Covered in custom-printed fabrics, each journal contains 120 blank sheets of eco-friendly and wood-free paper, so you can jot down thoughts guilt-free. $12.50—$25.00

  10. Sony Bloggie

    Sony Bloggie

    Sony's Bloggie makes sharing details of your home improvement projects a breeze. It records up to 2 hours of HD video, takes 5-megapixel stills, and features a flip-out USB arm for self-recording. $169.99

  11. Do-it-Herself Dare to Repair

    Do-it-Herself Dare to Repair

    For the gal with the independent spirit, check out Dare to Repair , a do-it-herself book for women who'd rather not rely on a super or contractor for home fixes. This read breaks down the breakdowns that inevitably happen in many homes, and gives even novice handywomen the knowledge needed to do solo repairs.

  12. Gorillatorch


    Light up the work site with this Gorillatorch from L.L.Bean. It uses the same "mount anywhere" technology as camera tripods, and features a very bright 65-lumen light. $29.95

  13. Kitchen Drawer Tool Set

    Kitchen Drawer Tool Set

    Keep it simple with this Kitchen Drawer Tool Set from Restoration Hardware. It features all the tool essentials, like screwdrivers and a bit driver, and is small enough to keep readily available in your kitchen drawer. $28

  14. Stress & Tension Mineral Bath Soak

    Stress & Tension Mineral Bath Soak

    Wind down after a hard days' work with Village Naturals Therapy Stress & Tension Mineral Bath Soak. The formula is enriched with vitamins, skin-softening ingredients and aromatherapy vapors to help you relax, and the nearly all-natural concoction is sure to give sore muscles some much-needed TLC. Available at Amazon for $6.95.

  15. The Money Pit

    The Money Pit

    There's great fun in watching newlyweds Tom Hanks and Shelley Long come to grips with the pitfalls of restoring an older home. Of course, if you've undergone major renovations yourself, the tale may hit too close to home! Available on DVD through Amazon for $5.49.

  16. Don't Miss!


    Money-saving, time-saving—and yes, sometimes even life-saving—the latest and greatest smart home technologies span from self-programming thermostats to voice-activated TV controls to video doorbells and beyond. Raise your home's IQ!