Lifehacker Gift Guide: DIY

We love a good do-it-yourself project here at Lifehacker. Here's some gift ideas for anyone else you know with the handyperson gene.


Swann Video Doorbell

Cost: $299 Where to get it: DSE Why it's a good choice: A great project for the week between Christmas and New Year — rig yourself up a video answering system for the front door to keep away unwanted relatives.

Makita 10.8V LXT Mobile Drill

Cost: $238 Where to get it: Just Tools Why it's a good choice: Any self-respecting DIY-er will have a cordless drill, but a model sporting LED lights and a lithium ion battery is an impressive upgrade.

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

Cost: $167 Where to get it: Shop around Why it's a good choice: Because sometimes DIY projects should be fun, not practical.


IKEA As-Is Raid

Cost: Depends Where to get it: IKEA Why it's a good choice: IKEA's As-Is section — leftover bits, display models, random scurf — is like DIY heaven. Choose some items and challenge your recipient to convert them into something useful. Picture by Ario

5 Tray Tool Box

Cost: $36.10 Where to get it: Trade Essentials Why it's a good choice: A tool box helps keep all your gear sorted, and the cantilevered design makes it easy to access everything. Did we mention that it's red?


Cost: £12.26 for a 12-pack Where to get it: Sugru Why it's a good choice: Here at Lifehacker, we love us some Sugru, flexible silicon you can use to repair and make all kinds of things. If you're feeling Scrooge-y, order this pack and pop a sachet into Christmas cards.

Lifehacker Gift Guide 2010


    "Makita 10.8V LXT Mobile Drill" is not a real Drill, it's a cordless screw driver with a drill setting. It has not got a Chuck to put in different sized drill bits! If you want to Drill something you will need to buy ether a special drill bit to fit in the hex socket OR buy a chuck with a hex bit, so you can use ordinary drill bits.

    OR if you just want a cordless screwdriver, lithium ion and CHEAP!

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