Gift Guide: DIY

Whether you're a weekend warrior or in the midst of a renovation, the right DIY gear is a gift that keeps on giving. Charge up and drill into our guide.

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Husqvarna Automower 305

Cost: $2000 Where to get it: Husqvarna Why it's a good choice: Because the notion of a robot lawn mower is awesome, but at $2000 it's going to be hard to buy one for yourself.

Electric planer

Cost: $100-$200 Where to get it: Hardware stores, online and offline Why it's a good choice: A planer is one of those DIY tools you won't necessarily buy first (the drill always comes first) but which proves very useful once you've got it. Mine proved its worth purely through shaving stuck doors so they could close again.

LEGO Robie House

Cost: $279.99 Where to get it: LEGO Store Why it's a good choice: We've said it before, and we'll say it again: DIY projects don't always have to be practical.


Fixa Toolkit

Cost: $12.99 Where to get it: IKEA Why it's a good choice: It wouldn't be a Lifehacker gift guide without an IKEA option. Ultimately, I'd want to replace all these tools with more expensive versions, but if you want a set for starting out, or as a backup for the holiday home, this gives you the basics.

Paint stirrer

Cost: $5-$10 Where to get it: Local hardware store Why it's a good choice: All too often, people mix paint by shaking the can around and then use a stick (or brush handle). If you use a proper paint stirring stick, you'll get much better results.

Cost: From £11.50 Where to get it: Sugru Why it's a good choice: Sugru is awesome mouldable silicone that is useful for dozens of projects -- but the product is made in and sold from the UK, so your recipient probably hasn't run into it down at the local hardware store.


    Surely a lawn mowing robot is the antithesis of DIY. This device (or others like it) seems to have appeared in a number of Allure gift guides this week.

    Sugru, so basicaly Playdoh

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