Cool Tech, Hot Tools
Get great home improvement gift ideas from The Money Pit. Our gift guide goes high-tech this year, with innovative ideas for the garage, kitchen, bathroom and more -- plus plenty of nifty tools for devoted DIYers. Click through to find something for everyone on your list this holiday season!
Chamberlain MyQ Garage
"Did I leave the garage door open?" Give someone the Chamberlain MyQ Garage, and worrying about that nagging question will become a thing of the past. Chamberlain MyQ Garage lets users control their garage door from anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi and their smartphone. Just install MyQ Garage with an existing garage door opener and download the free app. With the app, you can see whether your garage door is up or down, and open or close it from your phone. You can also receive an alert any time your garage door opens. MyQ Garage works with most garage door openers made after 1993. Its Wi-Fi hub installs in the garage with no wiring and connects to the home’s wireless router. The door sensor mounts to the garage door. The Chamberlain MyQ Home Control app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play -- it's a free app, with no monthly or ongoing service fees. Learn more at Chamberlain.com/MyQGarage.
Delta Temp2O Showerheads and Handshowers
With a Delta Temp2O handshower or showerhead, your loved ones will never again have to step into a shower that's too hot or cold. That's thanks to the built-in, color-coded technology, which helps prevent water temperature surprises. Powered by water, so they'll never need batteries, these showerheads and handshowers have a digital LED display that shows the numeric temperature of the water. Additionally, the temperature range is indicated by color: blue for below 80 degrees, magenta for 80 to 110 degrees and red for greater than 110 degrees. The WaterSense labeled 2.0 gpm showerheads and handshowers promote water conservation, and the Touch-Clean soft, rubber spray holes allow you to wipe away mineral buildup with the touch of a finger. You can also choose among six settings: full, massage, full with massage, shampoo, shampoo with massage, and drenching spray. Delta Temp2O showerheads and handshowers are available exclusively at The Home Depot.
Leviton USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Duplex Outlet
Year after year, the electronic devices in our lives just seem to multiply…and they all need to be charged. So this holiday season, give friends and family a practical gift: the Leviton USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Duplex Outlet. It’s a fast and easy way to power up tablets, smartphones, e-readers and more. The design lets you charge two USB powered electronic devices at once and still have two outlets free for other uses. It easily installs/replaces an existing outlet, and it’s compatible with Leviton Decora switches, outlets and wallplates. Plus, adapter-free charging eliminates unsightly clutter, contributing to a neat appearance on countertops, desktops or wherever you choose to charge. Learn more at www.leviton.com/usb.
Stanley FatMax Box Beam Levels
Know someone with a lot of picture-hanging or shelving projects to do? Stanley’s all-new line of easy-to-read, accurate levels will help them keep it all straight. Stanley FatMax Box Beam Levels feature three block vials for precise measurements. Large vial openings provide a bright lit vial for visibility. These FatMax levels are available in a variety of lengths and were designed for all different types of projects and working conditions. A removable end cap allows for flush and accurate transferred markings and a convenient foldout rafter hook on the 24”, 32” and 48” models provides on-site storage. To learn, more visit StanleyTools.com.
Bostitch 235 Pc. Integrated Mechanics Tools Chest
This tool chest comes fully loaded with mechanics tools: 1/2”, 3/8” and 1/4” drive sockets, ratchets and accessories as well as combination wrenches. A black chrome finish and durable platting provide rust and corrosion protection. The sockets and wrenches are laser-etched with easy-to-read markings for quick tool identification. The tools come in a durable molded case with handles for easy transport around the garage. The drawers are designed to hold specific tools, allowing for convenient organization. The set includes 49 1/4” drive tools, 58 3/8” drive tools, 15 1/2” drive tools, 14 combination wrenches and 99 specialty tools. Suggested retail is $99.99. Available for a limited time only! Visit www.Bostitch.com for more information.
Stanley American Heritage Tools
For the patriotic person on your list, Stanley offers their American Heritage line of tools. Through decades of innovation, Stanley Tools has become a trusted name in tools for professionals and consumers alike. Today, Stanley continues this tradition of innovation with a full lineup of products for those who demand the best. Every year, millions of Stanley products are made right here in America with material from all over the world, ensuring the highest standards for quality are both met and exceeded. Look for the logo “Made in the USA with Global Materials” on specially marked packages, including tape rules, utility knives, saws and blades, hammers, screwdrivers, tool boxes and other tool storage solutions. For more information, visit StanleyTools.com/Build-Your-America.
Easy Canvas Prints
Give the gift of custom, personalized home decor with Easy Canvas Prints. Your digital images of family, friends, weddings, vacations, babies, kids, pets and more can be turned into beautiful wall art and shared with loved ones. These are a breeze to design and order – simply visit www.easycanvasprints.com, upload a photo from your computer, Facebook or Instagram, and choose all of the design elements to create a completely customized piece of gallery-ready wall art that turns your memories into masterpieces. Plus, enjoy 50% off purchases site-wide, AND free shipping, with promo code ECP50HOLIDAY. Users can redeem it by going to easycanvasprints.com/redeem. Code expires Christmas Day. Pre-discount, canvas prices range from 8"x 8" at $39.99 to 30"x 40" at $174.50.
Grayl Water Filtration
What could be more important than safe, healthy drinking water? GRAYL is a simple, effective personal water filtration system perfect for gifting to outdoor adventurers, frequent overseas travelers or anyone you care about. In seconds, GRAYL's Water Filtration Cup makes safe, great tasting water. No prolonged waiting (gravity filters), pumping, squeezing or sucking. The interchangeable filters provide varying levels of protection. The TAP (blue) removes many chemicals and heavy metals, TRAIL (green) adds protection from bacteria and protozoan cysts, and the TRAVEL (orange) provides the ultimate defense against viruses while traveling in developing countries or highly impacted wilderness areas. GRAYL transforms personal water filtration into something that finally works: a fun, easy-to-use personal filtration cup that makes safe, clean drinking water wherever you go. Learn more at www.thegrayl.com.
Snapper Snow Blower
Know someone who’s tired of back-breaking shoveling or needs serious snow-clearing power this winter? The Snapper SS922EXD (22") 205cc Deluxe Single Stage Snow Blower with Electric Start & Snow Shredder Auger is an ideal solution. 14-serrated steel surfaces and reinforced rubber paddles chop, grind and clear away compacted snow and ice, even that nasty end-of-driveway snow buildup. The 205cc Briggs & Stratton 900 Series 4-Cycle OHV Engine is proven to withstand the toughest winter conditions. Specially designed covers provide added protection in cold weather. The auger-assisted drive system keeps the rotor in constant contact with the pavement, helping you move the snow blower forward with little effort, increasing speed and cleaning clear to the surface.
The Palit Portable Beauty Workspace
For someone with more personal products than bathroom surface area, the Palit could revolutionize their mornings. It was invented to nest on top of a pedestal sink, providing much-needed space for carrying out a daily beauty routine. The Palit is made from 100% bamboo, a natural antimicrobial, which promotes a hygienic surface for makeup, hair brushes and blow dryers, skin care items and more. The innovative design includes a silicone well that creates a dedicated heat-resistant surface for flat irons and curling irons. Circular cut-outs hold makeup brushes, lipsticks, mascaras and other slim items upright for convenient access. The Palit is portable, with a handle for easy transport that can also be used to hang it over standard door or wall hooks for storage. The ergonomic and sleek design comes in two sizes to fit over any pedestal sink. It retails for $249. Learn more about the Palit at www.thepalit.com.
Hyde PivotJet Pro
Give a gift that will save time and effort with exterior cleaning chores, and help cut down on outdoor drudgery. Say goodbye to kneeling, bending and stooping to reach tough spots. The Hyde PivotJet Pro makes any outdoor cleaning job fast and easy. Attach it to a garden hose, add cleaners or other additives to the soap reservoir, then point, shoot, and pivot the nozzle to get the best cleaning angle every time. Turn off the reservoir, and you’re back to clean water for rinsing. The slide grip pivots the nozzle up to 135°. The nozzle spray pattern adjusts from fine mist to high pressure. The free-spinning hose interface keeps the hose from kinking. A soft-touch foam grip ensures comfort, and a rubberized nozzle tip protects surfaces. Perfect for outdoor furniture, decks, gutters, siding, windows, walkways, cars and boats! Visit www.hydetools.com for more information.
GelPro Comfort Mat
Give the gift of relief to tired legs, backs and feet with the GelPro Comfort Mat. It significantly reduces the discomfort, stress and fatigue caused by standing for long periods of time with built-in dual comfort technology: Both soothing proprietary gel and energy-return foam release a cool, relaxing effect. It’s ideal for use in the kitchen, laundry room, garage workspace, and more. The mat features a stain-resistant, waterproof designer top surface. It properly conforms to your feet, offering maximum support and stability. The mat is offered in Linen Cardinal, Linen Granite Grey, Linen Khaki (pictured), Linen Truffle and Linen Sandalwood. It is valued at $119.95 and available at select Bed, Bath, and Beyond stores.