5 Best Inexpensive Tool Gifts For Dad

What can I gift my dad on Father's Day? Find out the 5 best tool gift ideas for dads that won't cost a fortune.

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What gift can I give my dad for Father’s Day or Christmas? I know that is what you are wondering now that the gifting period is around the corner. It is not easy to find the best gift for dad but one thing for sure is that you can never go wrong with tools.

Any man likes to have some handy tools that he can use to carry out simple home improvement projects and car repairs. Even if your favorite man is not a handy person, the masculinity in him will always challenge him to attempt to repair things by himself before inviting a professional. That’s why it is the man of the house (if there is one) who figures out how to mount the new TV on the wall or fit new appliances.

So, why not gift the special man who brought you up with a cool tool this gifting season? Just to show him that you appreciate his presence and impact on your life?

In this article, I share with you the 5 best tool gift ideas for a dad or any important male in your life that he will find extremely useful in his daily endeavors.

Multi tool – Perfect for the outdoor dad

A multi tool is a hand tool that combines multiple functions in a single unit. It can have as little as three functions and as many as 20 different functions or more. A multitool is also known as a survival tool because it helps tackle so many small problems on the go that otherwise would require an entire toolbox.

leatherman wave plus multi tool pliers
Leatherman Wave Plus

Outdoor activities have so many surprises. That’s why gifting outdoorsmen with a multitool can be the best thing. Your outdoor dad can use it to cut twigs on the way and tighten things up among other things. If he loves cycling, then the multitool pliers would be handy for fixing the bicycle on the go. If he loves fishing but finds himself on a river without a fishing hook, he can craft one with a multitool very easily.

For a camping dad, a multi tool with pliers and cutters can have a million uses including cutting, sharpening, and gripping. In short, multi tools have so many uses than you can imagine.

Leatherman is one of the best multi-tool pliers brands. There is a variety to select from but the Leatherman Wave+ is the most versatile model, IMO. It has 18 tools, including combination pliers, scissors, saw, knife, and screwdrivers.

But note that that small multi tools are only useful for light-duty tasks and are best carried in the pocket or holster. They cannot replace the main tools he keeps in the toolbox.

Magnetic pickup tool or sweeper – Perfect for old dads

If your dad is old, he’s probably a baby boomer. And baby boomer dads are mostly handy people who like fixing things around the house. Unfortunately, this age group struggles quite a lot with back problems. Therefore, gifting them with a tool that would eliminate bending over would be such a relief. That’s how magnetic sweepers and pickup tools come in handy.

If your dad likes to assemble or fix faulty appliances and electronics, a magnetic pickup tool would be ideal. This is a light-duty tool for picking up screws and other fasteners. The best one has an LED light for illuminating dark spaces and an extendable handle. My favorite is the Cranach magnetic pickup tool with light.

If the old man loves outdoor repairs such as remodeling the house or fixing the fence, then a magnetic sweeper would be the best gift for him. It is a heavy duty magnetic pickup tool for picking large and many objects at a time. Your father can use it to collect nails that fall on the ground. The best magnetic sweepers have a release feature and wheels for rolling the magnetic bar over the ground.

Woodworking tool – Best for the woodworking daddy

If your dad is a woodworker or likes woodworking, the best gift for him is a woodworking tool. You do not have to buy him an expensive power tool. There are so many inexpensive yet thoughtful woodworking tool gifts you can get for under $50.

Tools such as a pocket hole jig, woodworking clamps, wood moisture meter, and work apron are inexpensive yet very useful. Woodworkers never have enough of them. Being a woodworker myself, I never have enough C-clamps and woodworking pencils. So, I am sure your dad will appreciate them even if he has them already.

However, you should know that professional woodworkers are picky with tools. So, if you do not want to be hurt when your woodworking dad fails to use a fancy tool you bought him, just buy what he has already. Buy an exact match of a small tool he loves so that he can alternate them. It is better than buying something he will never use.

Universal socket grip – for typical dad home repairs

This is a handy socket wrench that accepts different types and sizes of fasteners. It eliminates the need for a whole set of socket wrenches. You can use it to fasten nuts, bolts, and fasteners such as J-hooks that have unconventional heads. For example, I use the socket wrench to drive small J-hooks into the wood frame for hanging art.

A universal socket wrench is a very handy little tool that any dad should have for installing and removing fasteners during the typical dad home repair projects. The Cranach chrome vanadium universal socket wrench is one of the best and it comes with an adapter bit ready to fit in your drill or driver.

Home repair kit – for the handy dad

If you are lucky to have a handy dad (I believe most are if not all), then he deserves a homeowner’s home repair kit. The kit includes all the important basic hand tools including a hammer, pliers, and common wrenches needed to fix common household problems.

The repair kits are inexpensive, typically costing less than $50. They also come in a nice plastic molded package to keep everything in place when not being used. The repair kit is best for handy dads that do not have a basic tool kit yet. Here is a review of the best home repair kits for homeowners for under $50.