by Paul Sanders
Father's Day is a chance to give your Dad the tools he'll need to tackle his spring and summer projects. To quickly see what your Dad needs, try checking his tool shed or garage to see what he's missing. To help get you started, here are some Father's Day gifts any handy Dad will be sure to love.
Basic hand tools: Does your Dad have all the basic hand tools for the odd jobs that turn up at home? Hammers, screwdrivers, levels, and other basic tools are good gifts for completing his set. If he doesn't have very many hand tools, give him a tool belt filled with hand tools. He'll be eager to find something that needs fixing. Make sure he has a ladder, too, and he'll make quick work of his to-do list.
Power tools: Both large-scale projects and odd fix-it jobs are just easier to finish when you have the right power tools. Power tools are always on the short list for highly coveted tool gifts, and a cordless power drill is one of the most popular power tools. One of these could help Dad get a lot done around the house. A drill bit set would complete the gift.
Garden tools: If yard care is on your dad's to-do list, make sure he has the tools he needs to get it all done right. A mulching lawn mower and a cordless lawn edger can help him keep the lawn under control. A high-powered leaf blower can make cleaning up leaves and grass clippings a snap. And if he really has some big plants to tame, he could use an electric chain saw to cut through the overgrowth. Of course, every gardener can use basic garden tools, like rakes, shovels, spades, and pruning shears.
Woodworking tools: Empower the budding carpenter in your dad with gifts like miter saws, drill bits, table saws, and jigsaws. Chisels, drill bits, ratchets, and pliers can help round out his woodworking tool set, letting him take on more intricate projects and hone his skills. Wrap a new tool with a book of woodworking project ideas to complete the gift.
Tool boxes: If your handy dad has quite a collection of tools already, get him a tool box to keep it all organized. With a good tool storage system in place, he'll be able to easily find the one tool he needs, when he needs it. A tool chest on wheels may be an upgrade from his current storage system. If he needs serious help with garage organization, look for roller cabinets that will hold everything that doesn't have a place to go.