|tactical knives: very manly!|
The clothes might make the man, but a good knife makes him even manlier. Every guy should have at least one good quality all-around pocket knife. My personal preference is a “tactical knife”: a folding knife with locking blade and a pocket clip. Don’t settle for some “Made in China” knife; get a good brand-name like Benchmade, SOG, Gerber, Spyderco, Case, Victorinox, Kershaw or Buck. The best local place to get a quality knife is Ross Cutlery, located at 310 S. Broadway in Downtown L.A. Or check out Smoky Mountain Knife Works (www.smkw.com), a reputable on-line dealer of fine cutlery. Expect to pay between $50-120 for a good piece.
|Lowes has this unit for $80|
Black and Decker (B&D) makes some of the best units. Look for at least 12 volts, and a kit that comes with a removable battery and separate charger instead of the charger that plugs directly into the drill. Lowes has an 18 volt B&D unit that comes with 2 batteries, a charger and a bag for under $80.
|sears.com unit for $85|
Wet-Dry Vacuum Cleaners.
Great for cleaning up after projects, or sucking up the water in the bathroom floor after your toddler stuffed the toilet with grocery bags and flushed it 5 times. Lowes has a 16 gallon, 6.5 hp. Shop-Vac unit for $109. If you are looking for something smaller; Sears has a 6 gallon, 2.5hp unit for under $40.
|Sale: $100 mechanic's tool set at Sears|
When it comes to quality hand tools, Sears’ Craftsman is the best you can get at the retail level. Most are made in the USA and have a lifetime warranty. Every guy should have at least a basic “mechanic’s set” with wrenches, screwdrivers and a socket set. This week (12/4/11) Sears has a 154pc set for $100 and a 182pc set for $140. Both come with a tool box.
Portable Tool Boxes
|3-drawer steel tool chest $79|
Guys have tools, and we need a place to put them and keep them organized. Sears has this 3-drawer steel unit for under $70. Similar unit in plastic goes for about $50. Lowes has a great unit for about $30.
Harbor Freight Tools
My dad calls them the “cheap tool store”. Although I usually don’t purchase their hand tools for everyday use, this is a great place to get specialty tools that will only be used for one or two projects. I have been impressed by their product variety and value for your money. The closest one is located at 3660 E Foothill Blvd in Pasadena, or online at www.harborfreight.com. Check the Sunday paper coupons for an insert full of specials at the store, like an air compressor for under $40.
Hopefully this list will help you pick a great present for the special guys in your life. Remember: giving him power tools is a great way to encourage your guy to do that project you’ve been waiting for. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Shopping!