Gifts for woodworkers: Over $25
Our favorite gift suggestions over $25 that will be welcome in any woodshop this holiday season.
We polled our Instagram audience asking for gift ideas for woodworkers this holiday season, and they delivered. We tried to only include ideas that would be welcomed into any woodshop–no specialty tools here. Here are our favorite suggestions above $25. Don’t expect to see really large-ticket items. Woodworkers are picky about their tools and want very specific makes and models. If you’re looking to get a big present, ask for specifics, or do what my wife likes to do, which is set aside money for me to choose the specific tool I want. We prefer to buy from small makers if we can. Many of these boutique dealers have a waiting list, so she will contact the maker and save a spot in line for me once I choose the specifics.
Woodpeckers’ diminutive DelVe square packs a big punch. It has well-thought-out features, and its small size makes it the perfect choice for many tasks. This tool will likely become attached to your woodworker’s hip like a favorite pocket knife. Woodpeckers really packed an incredible amount of functionality into this little square!
Clamps, more clamps! Yup, but these have a trick up their sleeve. One end of this clamp is shaped like the male half of a sliding dovetail, and fits into a dovetail groove. If your favorite woodworker likes to build jigs, these clamps become worth their weight in gold. The best part is, they function perfectly well as regular old clamps too, so there is no chance they’ll go unused.
It’s kind of absurd. It’s an $85 hammer which at first glance reminds you of something you can buy in your local hardware store for $20. I know. You’re wrong. Sometimes tools take on a deeper meaning. Sometimes they are there to remind you that beautiful things can be simple, and beautiful things can be functional. The fit and finish on this mallet is perfect, and it reminds the user to put that kind of care into everything they do. I splurged on one of these mallets awhile back, and it brings me joy every time I use it. Other mallets can do the same things this mallet can–except put a smile on my face.