Gifts for Woodworkers – Great Christmas Gift Ideas

Confused over what to get that special woodworker in your life?
Check out our list of gifts for woodworkers we are sure you will find something for everyone no matter how picky they are. 

Gifts for Woodworkers​

Gifts for woodworkers are not too difficult to come up with if you are an experienced woodworker. If you are not however, then we have compiled a list of the best gifts for woodworkers no matter what their skill level or experience.


Waxed Canvas Shop Apron

A new shop apron is a great gift for a woodworker. Keeping your clothes clean whilst you work is something that is often overlooked. Woodworking creates a lot of dust and dirt and often there is oil and wood finishing oils and varnishes involved. These can make a big mess out of your clothes. One simple solution is a traditional style shop apron. 

An apron is not only great for protecting your clothes but they usually come with enough pockets to pretty much have any hand tool or smaller accessories like measuring tape and pencils. The added bonus is that these types of woodworking items are usually the ones you lose regularly because they are small, with all the pockets on an apron they are always to hand.

Specifications

  • Built from 16 oz canvas
  • Reinforced pockets, rivets and grommets 
  • Multiple pockets for lots of storage
  • Water resistant
  • Comes in a gift box

DeWalt Impact Driver Set

An impact driver may look like a small hand drill but it differs in one regard: power to drive screws in to just about anything. Impact drivers are used by tradesmen and home DIY'ers to drive in screws to wood with ease. They take all of the pain and hassle out of using a conventional drill or manual screw driver.

Impact drivers pack a lot of power and torque. They allow you to drive lots of screws into wood quickly and easily. Speed is one of their best assets. If your loved one has a lot of projects that require screws for the fixings then this will be a sure fire winner of a Christmas or birthday gift for a woodworker. 

Specifications

  • Small and lightweight
  • ​Comes with battery and charging unit
  • Suitable for professionals and hobbyists 
  • 3 year limited warranty

Craftsman Screwdriver Bit Set

A set of high quality bits for an electric screw driver or an impact driver is one way to make sure you have all possible bits and heads available to you in one easy to use organised storage location.

Getting stuck in the middle without the right bit head for you driver is a real pain and can mean wasted time as you try to find the bit either at the bottom​ of your tool box, counter top or even worse somewhere on the floor. 

The Craftsman brand is known for producing high quality durable bits and the are one of the top names that you can trust.​

Specifications

  • 208 pieces
  • Molded carry case
  • Labelled slots so they go back in the right place everytime

Porter Cable 8-Tool Combo Kit

Gifts for woodworkers don't come more generous than this! The Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo kit has practically every power tool the budding woodworker could need. 

This combo kit is a great way to fit out a home woodworking shop. Or as a way to replace old and tired tools that might be lurking/broken in the garage. It has practically everything you would need for the majority of home woodworking projects or DIY jobs about the house.​

Power by a 20V lithium ion battery each of these tools can deliver a lot of power without the need of an annoying power chord. Although this gift is probably the priciest on our list if is certainly something that will not only be really appreciated but also not forgotten.​

Specifications

  • 8 Power Tools all accepting the same battery pack
  • Comes with 2 batteries
  • Drill Driver, Impact Driver, Circular Saw, Tiger Saw, Jigsaw, Multi-Tool, Grinder and Flash Light
  • 3 year limited warranty

Rockwell JawHorse Support Station

Sometimes when you are working away in the garage or your wood shop on your own you need that extra pair of hands just for a few minutes and all just to hold and piece of wood steady so it can be cut or fastened/glued to another.

The solution is a JawHorse. They are part sawhorse part, portable workbench, part woodworking clamp. Whatever they are they are extremely handy to have in a wood shop. In fact two of these can replace all of the above individual tools in just about any situation. 

The JawHorse is like a second pair of hands in your shop that will never get tired! They also have a very convenient foot pedal that allows you to control the clamping mechanism hands free. Perfect for those projects that have a lot of pieces that may need to be maneuvered and locked in place whilst they are being cut or fixed together.

Specifications

  • Clamps can excert 1 metric tonne of force
  • Solid steel construction can support up to 600 lbs of load safely 
  • Hands free foot pedal operated clamping mechanism is like a second pair of hands
  • Quickly folds down for easy storage

Precision Combination Square

There is one sure fire way to mess up a woodworking project and that's sloppy measurements. The LaSquare Precision Combination Square and Ruler is one way to make sure your measurements and right angle marks are through are precise.

A great little gift that can surely help increase the quality of those home projects. It is precision engineered from stainless steel and contains durable ​etched graduations that are easy to see and read.

Specifications

  • American made from stainless steel to exacting standards and tolerances 
  • Precisionau ground head from solid aluminum 
  • Tempered stainless steel ruler blade

Bosch 7 Amp Jigsaw

Jigsaw's are great for quickly and accurately cutting your way through sheets of wood. This Bosch 7 Amp is one of the best jigsaws available,a pretty powerful piece of kit and is a top woodworking gift for any DIYer. It features a tool-less blade changing system for quick and easy swapping of different blades.

It's 7 Amp motor can be controlled to suit the wood blade thanks to a accelerator trigger and the max power can be limited via a dial.

It has 4 different orbital settings for the blade action ranging from smooth to aggressive. ​Can be purchased with or without blade sets.

Specifications

  • Tool-less blade changing
  • Cuts wood up to 5-7/8 inches thick
  • Carrying case included
  • 1 year warranty

VonHaus 10 Piece Premium Chisel Set

A sharp set of wood chisels should be a given for any self respecting woodworker. This VonHaus set of wood chisels come in a classically styled wooden case. It features 8 different sized wood chisels a honing guide and an aluminum oxide sharpening stone.

A very presentable and practical woodworking gift.​

Specifications

  • 10 piece set
  • Chrome vanadium steel alloy blades
  • Rubber grips with metal strike caps
  • Beautiful wooden storage case

Bosch Random Orbital Sander

Never heard of a random orbital sander before? How does it differ from a regular belt sander? Well if works in a tight elliptical swirling motion. The added advantage of this motion is that you can sand across the grain of the wood unlike a traditional sander.

A random orbit sander is unusable by just about anyone. They can be used to strip off heavy varnishes/paint or to remove small scratches and also be used for fine detail finishing work before you apply the wet treatment to the wood.​

Specifications

  • Accepts standard 5 inch sanding disks
  • Microfilter system
  • Connects to any standard wood shop vacuum
  • Variable speed
  • 1 year warranty

3M reusable Respirator

Sanding and drilling can create a lot of dust in any wood shop. And one thing is for sure without the proper safety equipment that dusk is going to make its way into your throat and lungs. Protect your loved one by giving then a respirator to filter out even the smallest of dust particles.

The reusable respirator from 3M is designed to filter out as much as possible from the air whilst also helping to reduce moisture build up and fogging.   

Specifications

  • Built from tough yet comfortable silicon
  • Harness is dual mode: standard or drop down
  • Special valve helps direct moisture away to reduce fogging
  • Comes in various sizes

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a must for any garage or home for that matter. Any place where there are lots of saws, off cuts of wood and power tools will ultimately result in some kind of minor accident eventually.

Having a good well stocked first aid kit to hand is something that you should always have around. This first aid kit contains 326 pieces and is rated for up to 100 people so it's more than enough for your garage.

It can be stored easily in any easy to access location or ideally is wall mountable so that it is to hand when it is really needed. Gifts for woodworkers don't come with as much piece off mind as this one.

Specifications

  • 326 pieces
  • FDA approved manufacturing facility
  • Meets OSHA and ANSI 2009 guidelines
  • Suitable for up to 100 people
  • Wall mountable

Digital Angle/Height Finder Tool

Like the precision metal ruler and square above in our list of gifts for woodworkers using a tool to help you accurately measure your angles and wood heights will help give you cleanest cuts and truest measurements.

This combo contains a digital angle finder and a digital depth/height gauge. A perfect little gift for a woodworker who has everything, because chances are they may not have these in their tool box.

Specifications

  • Digital angle measuring tool
  • Digital height guage
  • Locking screw to keep angle set
  • Batteries included

Wen Belt & Disk Sander

Sanding small objects for detailed finishing work can be a real pain of you only have a hand sander. This two in one belt and disk sander from Wen is ideal as it can be bench mounted so you can use both hands to get a more accurate sanding finish.

​The main belt driven sander can be tilted from 0 through 90 degrees meaning that you can adjust the angle to suit any heavy or awkward pieces of wood that you may not be able to lift and hold at table height. A great gift for a woodworker but make sure they have a bench on which they can mount it.

Specifications

  • 2 in 1 belt and disk sander
  • 4.3 Amp motor
  • Simple quick release lever for quick changing of sand paper
  • Belt tilts from 0 to 90 degrees

Digital Laser Level

An old school level that has a bubble as the gauge is great for things like fences outdoors but when it comes to getting a perfectly level reading for an indoor project or some piece of furniture then a digital laser level is where it's at. 

This laser level comes with an easy to read digital output that is readable in either degrees, % or in inches/foot. ​It has a laser output that is useful if you need to make reading over long distances and is visible up to about 100 meters. 

Specifications

  • Digital readout for accurate readings
  • Laser dot output to make ling distance readings
  • ​Stores last nine measurements
  • Available in 3 different lengths

Dewalt Professional Knee Pads

Gift ideas for woodworkers need not be complicated. If you know a roofer or someone that is constantly fixing boards or lumbar on the ground then how about this knee pads?

Kneeling all day as you work on a site with power tools can take a heavy toll on your knees . Wearing a good set of knee pads can alleviate all of the stress and pain that can be forced onto the knee joint and knee cap be kneeling for extended periods of time. 

Specifications

  • Durable build from ballistic poly material
  • Non-skid
  • Cushioned gel helps reduce impact on the knee
  • Easily adjustable and comfortable for all day use 

Freud Forstner Drill Bit Set

Forstner drill bits are used to make perfectly flat bottomed holes in wood. They are usually used in a drill press as they require a lot of force to get the best possible cut from them. So I wouldn't get these for someone who only has a hand drill. 

However if the person you are buying a gift for does have a drill press then these will make a great gift. ​They come packaged in a purpose built wooden case with specific dividers for each bit. The case is small enough to be stored in a drawer or stacked neatly on a work bench.

Specifications

  • 7 piece Forstner drill bit set
  • Comes in high quality wooden case
  • 1 year manufacturers warranty

X-Acto Manual Pencil Sharpener

Pencils will always be used for marking out different pieces or for writing down material lists. Have a sharp pencil makes sure you can mark out with the greatest possible accuracy and neatness.

This ​manual handle driven pencil sharpener from X-Acto is great. It has an old school and can be mounted to a wall or workbench. It is capable of sharpening up to 8 different pencil sizes.

The is a pretty cheap gift for a woodworker and is great as a stocking filler. Yet it is something that a lot of DIY'ers would love to have bolted to the benches purely for the look of it!​

Specifications

  • Bench or wall mountable
  • Can sharpen up to 8 different pencils
  • Dual helical cutters give perfect and reliable sharpening every time 

Bessey 24 Inch Clutch Clamp

Clamps, you can never have enough woodworking clamps. All woodworking shops and garages can benefit from having more clamps about to help stabilize and secure wood and metal pieces and as they are being worked on or whilst waiting for glue to set.

Bessey is one of the most respected manufacturers of wood working clamps. These clutch style bar clamps are ​top quality and ultra reliable.  

Specifications

  • Cast iron with powder coated finish
  • 2 piece clutch system
  • Pads on both top and bottom

Jet Air Filter

There is no doubt about it woodworking produces a lot of shavings and dust. The shavings can be simply swept up after you are finished and are harmless. The dust however is another matter.

Sanding in particular creates a lot of very fine dust that can hang in the air. Breathing in this dust is harmful for you lungs. One way to avoid breathing it in is to wear a dusk mask.

Another method is to install an air filtration system into your wood shop. This programmable air filter from Jet is one of the best air filters out there. All you need to do is hang it from the center of the ceiling and switch it on.

It can filter a large portion of some of the smallest dust particles. Is programmable and is remote controlled.​

Specifications

  • Programmable and remote controlled
  • Can cope with dust particles down to 5 microns thick
  • Can also be mounted on a workbench
  • 5 year warranty

3M Ear Muffs

Just like dust noise is one of the least obvious health dangers associated with woodworking.

Protecting your ears from the high noise levels that power tools produce is something that every woodworker should be aware of. ​It is not until we are much older that we start to notice a deteriation in our hearing.

A quality set of ear protectors can help defend the ears from exposure to damaging noises.​

These ear muffs from 3M are just the ticket and make a great gift for a woodworker that is using power tools on a regular basis.​

Specifications

  • 30dB noise level protection
  • Available in 3 different styles
  • Twin cup design

Akro-Mills Hardware Cabinet

Keeping your work space clean and well organized is a sure fire way to help with your productivity and enjoyment in your wood shop or garage. 

Screws, nails and drill bit heads can be a pain if they are laying about your garage in different places or even worse on the floor. Take the pain out of storage with this durable and easy to use plastic cabinet.

It has 12 larger sized drawers and 32 small sized drawers and is easy to store either on top of a workbench or neatly hidden away under it.

Specifications

  • High impact Polystyrene construction
  • 12 large drawers
  • 32 small drawers
  • Perfect for keeping nails and screws organized
  • Available in red or black

Optimus Shop Heater

​Working in a cold garage can take all the fun and enjoyment out of your hobby. Why not install a heater? 

Working in the cold is no fun ​and working with hand tools when your fingers and hands are cold is certainly no fun. Adding a bit of ambient heat to you garage is a sure fire way to increase your comfort levels during the fall and winter seasons.

This wall or ceiling mounted heater ​from Optimus has a soft halogen light that helps to brighten up the place included.

A great Christmas gift for a woodworker that lives in a colder climate.

Specifications

  • 750 watt heat output
  • Can be mounted on wall or ceiling
  • heat and light operate independent to each other

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