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Tools To Give As Gifts

The holiday season is always a great time of year for gifts for the handy people in your life.

The Early Show's own resident handyman, Danny Lipford, the host of "Today's Homeowner," shared several tool gift ideas Wednesday.

"There are so many great ideas and, usually, a simple trip to your home center will provide you with a multitude of ideas," Lipford says.

"I started with a list of a dozen great ideas and narrowed them down to these few. Some are new and some are practical.

"The item descriptions are taken directly from the Web pages where they can also be purchased online. These are listed in ascending order of price range."

Swivel Driver Magnetic Screwdriver $14.00
Duluth Trading Company

From the throttle body that's wedged underneath a manifold to that thermo-couple that's hidden deep inside your new high-efficiency furnace, "modern marvels" of compact engineering usually mean big space hassles for you when it comes to repair time. But instead of getting frustrated, grab the Swivel Driver Magnetic Screwdriver. The swivel head angles up to 45 degrees, functions like a universal drive so you can get into tight spaces. You can also lock the head for traditional use. Magnetic tip holds all standard replaceable screw tips - the helpful folks at Pratt-Read include 6 of them: 3/16" and 1/4" slotted, #1 and #2 Phillips plus T10 and T15 Torx. Bits store in handle when not in use. Durable chrome vanadium alloy construction and comfortable handle.

2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler $42.00
Campbell Hausfeld

Drives both 18gauge brad nails and 1/4 in. crown staples 1/2in. to 1-1/4in. length. Control the depth of drive in various types of wood. Quickly remove nail jams to reduce downtime. No-mar tip will not dent the work surface. Kit includes 1-1/4 in. Brad Nailer / 1/4 in. Crown Stapler, 1 in. brad nails (1,000 pcs), 1 in. staples (1,000 pcs), 1/4 in. industrial plug - 1/4 in NPT, (2) allen wrenches, bottle of nailer oil, and high impact carry case.

Tool Box Grill $44.99
Sears Catalog/Online Only

As portable as your tool box, but a lot more fun. This model has 170 sq. in. of cooking space and a domed lid to accommodate larger items such as poultry or vegetables. No mess design controls grease and ash drippings. Built-in heat shield and sturdy legs make this suitable for tabletop cooking.

Fire Hose Work Pants $49.50
Duluth Trading Company

Our exclusive Fire Hose fabric makes these the most durable and comfortable work pants you'll put on. It's the same 100% cotton canvas that once wrapped rubber fire hoses, responding to call after call, dragged up and down stairs, pulled through windows, yanked around sharp corners. We located a supplier for that fabric, and specially washed it to make it soft and comfortable. Then we gave it a water and stain-resistant treatment. 11-oz. Fire Hose 100% cotton canvas pants feature a generous cut, a hidden gusset in the crotch to eliminate binding, and hardworking features like the mid-leg utility pockets, with flaps that tuck or can be secured with a hook-and-loop closure. Plus, the utility pocket has its own outer pocket for your cell phone. Back pockets feature the same tuckable flaps for easy access, and all pockets are reinforced with rivets and bar tacks. Extra deep slant side pockets are lined with heavyweight twill to resist tears and snags. Right side belt loop extender keeps keys handy. Supreme toughness, function and comfort in one pair of pants.

Leatherman Hybrid Horticultural Tool $59.85
Duluth Trading Company

11 essential tools for arborist, botanist and landscape professional alike, all in one unit. The Leatherman Hybrid Multi-tool puts compact utility in the palm of your hand, allowing you to carry nearly every tool you need for the greenhouse, orchard or garden on your belt at all times. The user-friendly design lets you access the tools quickly and safely, even allows open or closed placement in the included belt sheath. Here's the complete list of tools:

Bypass pruners - some of the most powerful we've ever used , Soft-wire cutters, Grafting knife Bark lifter, 3-¼" wood saw, Weed remover, Sprinkler tool, 3" ruler Phillips screwdriver, Flat screwdriver, Bottle opener, Durable stainless steel construction with non-slip, ergonomic handles is suitable for professional use, also a must-have for the serious home gardener. Nylon sheath has both a belt clip and a 3-1/2" belt loop. Tool measures 4-3/4" long when folded, 8-1/2" long when extended as pruners.

Air Wave Cordless Air Compressor $79.99
Campbell Hausfeld

This 1.5 gallon air compressor is the ideal tool for work and recreation! The cordless design enables the user to work away from the home or garage, and is a great tool for camping and other recreational activities. Ideal uses are inflation, nailing, stapling, airbrushing and more. On-board radio and power source feature offer even greater functionality.

10-inch Portable Table Saw $229.00
From Ryobi Tools
Can be purchased at The Home Depot

This table saw with a 10 In. blade runs at 4,800 rpm and comes complete with a folding leg stand on wheels, so you can easily transport your tool and expertise wherever it is needed. Onboard storage for the rip fence and miter gauge add a desirable level of convenience and the outfeed support feature lets you cut long material less awkwardly. This unit also includes a dust collection port that can connect to any 2-1/2 In. vacuum hose to help keep your work area cleaner and safer.

Of course, Lipford points out, if you find it too hard to make a decision about which gift to buy, you can always give what every handy person would love: a gift card from their favorite home center, in any amount you choose.