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8 Best Home Improvement Gifts for Dad 

Posted June 3, 2021
Blog Category: Holiday

For dads (or all the father figures in your life) who like to tinker and fix around the house, Father’s Day is the perfect time to treat them to the latest gadget or upgrade a worn-out tool in their set. This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 20th, so be sure to order your gifts at least a week or two in advance to ensure they arrive on time.
Here are our favorite home improvement gifts for dads, with links for easy shopping.

1. Cordless Drill Kit

A power drill is a staple of any toolkit, handy for small at-home installations or repairs as well as larger woodworking or DIY projects. If your dad is still relying on screwdrivers or an ancient cordless drill that doesn’t live up to the job, consider upgrading his drill kit. This is a gift that can save him hours of time and be put to good use for years to come.
Shop the DeWalt cordless/brushless compact drill from Home Depot. Includes batteries, charger and tool bag. Price at time of publication: $99.

2. Propane Gas Grill

With Father’s Day coinciding with the first week of summer, there’s no better way to kick off a season of warm weather and backyard barbeques than with a deluxe propane gas grill. You can even celebrate the day by breaking in the new grill — taking the work of dad’s hands, of course.
Shop the Char-Broil Classic 280 two-burner propane gas grill with side burner from Amazon. Includes 280-square inches of cooking space with in-line stainless steel burners as well as a side burner. Price at time of publication: $159.99.
To upgrade to a larger grill, try the Char-Broil four-burner propane gas grill with side burner from Lowes. Price at time of publication: $199.

3. Leather Tool Belt

Elevate your dad’s tool organization system by getting him a leather tool belt designed with premium materials that can withstand heavy use. Tool belts can help him work faster by keeping his DIY essentials within reach, save on space (toolboxes and tool backpacks can be bulky and take over a work table) and store small items in a single place so he’ll never misplace them.
Shop Occidental Leather’s line of tool belts (available for lefties, too). Top-grade leather and copper rivets for durable use. Prices vary; select your state to see where you can buy items.

4. Point and Line Laser Level

Manually laying a leveling tool against the wall and drawing marks is imprecise, time-consuming and frustrating. This year, get your dad a laser leveling tool, which emits a beam of light on any wall to give him a straight-line reference — freeing up his hands to actually do the hanging. No more lopsided pictures or walking back and forth to see whether an item was mounted evenly.
Shop the Bosch laser self-leveling tool from Home Depot. Can be used from up to 30 feet away and attached to multiple surfaces. Price at time of publication: $59.67.

5. Wine Fridge

For the dad who loves a glass of good wine with dinner, investing in a wine cooler or fridge can take his amateur sommelier dreams to the next level and preserve the quality of his collection. This is also an easy gift that, in a way, keeps on giving — you can feel good about buying him new varieties to add to the fridge. Wine coolers tend to run on the expensive side, so consider splitting this one with your siblings or other family members.
Shop the Frigidaire 24-bottle freestanding wine cooler from Lowe’s. See-through door and LED lighting make it easy to find what you need, with adjustable temperature settings to create the perfect conditions for your wine.

6. Circular Saw

A circular saw is a woodworking essential for the carpenter dad. It’s a power tool that cuts materials ranging from concrete board to lumber with a round blade that can be mounted to a table or held in your hand. To make the gift extra personal, come up with a couple of backyard pallet projects to work on with your dad.
Shop the RYOBI 7.25-inch circular saw from Home Depot. Includes a blade, blade wrench and a six-foot cord. Price at the time of publication: $49.97.

7. Digital Tape Measure

A tape measure can come in handy for just about any home improvement project, but you can transform measuring into an exact science by getting your dad a digital tape measure. Many models don’t use tape (which can develop kinks over time and lose their accuracy) and instead have laser technology that makes readings exact, every single time.
Shop the Bosch laser distance measurer from Lowe’s. Features up to 65-feet of measuring distance and backlit screen to use at any time of day or night. Price at time of publication: $39.98.

8. A Subscription to the Handy Box

The Handy Box offers a one-time as well as three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions for their mystery box full of popular and exclusive gadgets and tools to surprise your dad. You can also browse their catalog for individual products, too, if you’d like to order separate items and build your own surprise box for him at home. Price at the time of publication: $39.99 for a one-time box.
Other Home Improvement Gifts for Dad

There are plenty of other great gifts for handy dads, including:

  • An upgraded toolbox to help him consolidate his gadgets
  • An oscillating tool to help him consolidate several space-eating tools
  • A cordless lawn mower and other landscaping tools to transform his backyard
  • A leaf mulcher to prepare trimmings for composting

For more home improvement gifts, ideas and more, check out our blog!