If your dad likes to putter around the house, fixing this and that, bring him into the 21st century with one - or several - of these five high-tech handyman tools. Any would make an excellent Christmas gift for a dad.
Craftsman Bolt-On Modular Tool System
If dad has collected electric tools over the years, and none are in great shape, this gift allows you to help him rebuild his collection. You simply buy the $120 starter kit, which includes a 20V drill/driver, and any other add-ons in your budget. Among those available are a jigsaw, sander and oscillating tools at $30 to $40 each.
Black & Decker All-In-One SureGrip Laser Level
This level attaches to a wall for up to two hours, displaying a laser line to show level: red for not level and green for level. It even has an audio signal for accurate leveling when dad can't see the line. It won't leave behind a mark, thanks to the rubber suction cup with silicone ring. Dad will never struggle with hanging pictures, shelves or mirrors again. Nor will he need to measure distance between multiple items because the level does that for him.
The Forehead Bonfire
Firefighters and plumbers alike use this headlamp , making it the perfect choice for a home handyman. It features the latest LED technology and puts 300 lumens of focusable light on his forehead. The headlamp also proves lightweight and easy to wear. Give Dad the ability to put down the flashlight and go hands-free. It costs around $30.
Nest Learning Thermostat
If the dad on your holiday shopping list strives to improve the energy efficiency of his home, the second-generation Nest will be a welcome gift. Easy to install, it remembers temperatures and programs itself, and the thermostat saves energy by automatically turning itself down when no one is home. He also can access it via his smartphone, laptop or tablet. The manufacturer says it can deliver savings of up to 20 percent on heating and cooling bills when used correctly. It's a pricier gift at around $250, but it will pay for itself over time.
Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer
This time of year, dinnertime typically takes place after dark, making it difficult to tell doneness without a little help. This digital thermometer displays temperature via an LCD screen as well as audio alerts. And since it operates via Wi-Fi, dad can wander up to 330 feet away and still be making sure the meat doesn't get overcooked. It even comes with eight different meat settings: beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, pork, turkey, chicken and fish.
These gift ideas also work for other men in your life, such as a brother or nephew, as well as any handywomen. If at anytime during the holiday season, or year-round, you or the dad in your life find a task beyond a certain skill level, your professional handyman will be more than happy to step in.
Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service now online.