Power tools aren't a go-to present idea like fancy chocolates, novelty mugs and conventional tech are, but they should be. Buy someone a genuinely useful power tool and no matter what, they'll come to appreciate it. Whether it be assembling flat-pack furniture, hanging a door or even rebuilding an engine, a good-quality power tool will save them time, effort and sometimes even money. As such, we've been flicking through the tool catalogues to select what we'd want to open on a special occasion.
The best power tool gift ideas
Bosch Electric Screwdriver IXO
The best electric screwdriver gift
Everyone owns a set of screwdrivers. Not everyone owns an electric screwdriver that can take the effort out of screwing together just about anything. That's why an electric screwdriver makes such a good gift, screwdrivers are probably your most used tool and a simple upgrade like this will be immediately noticed. This Bosch IXO looks fantastic, features variable speed control, a selection of attachments and a battery indicator. It's a great gift idea.
WORX WG630E.1 18V (20V MAX) 4.0Ah Cordless Brushless Hydroshot Portable Pressure Cleaner
The best power tool gift for car cleaners
How annoying is it having to lug the pressure washer out of the garage every time you go to wash your car? And that's not to mention faffing with extension cables and hose pipes. Thankfully there has been a rise in cordless pressure cleaners in the past few years and this Worx is one of our favourites. Featuring an impressive battery life and lightweight design, this pressure cleaner is really easy to use and a perfect gift for someone who's always cleaning their car.
Draper 13785 Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner
Best power tool gift for cleaning
Regular vacuum cleaners can be reduced to a (dust)bag of bolts when tasked with cleaning a mucky garage. A proper wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be used to not only suck up big chunks of debris but can be used on liquids too. This solid option from Draper has a 20-litre capacity, a bunch of attachments and can be used to unblock a drain. A great gift for someone who's always in the garage.
Ryobi R18P-0 ONE+ Cordless Polisher
The best power tool gift for an amateur detailer
A great tool for entering the world of car polishing, this cordless option from Ryobi features easily adjustable rpm so there's no need to worry about damaging a car's paintwork. It's well made too and can also be used for polishing wood and even restoring a car's tired headlights. The bonus with this particular model is that there are 150 other Ryobi power tools that you can swap the batteries into at a moments notice.
Sealey LED108C Cordless Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Portable Floodlight
The best power tool gift for night-time mechanics
Working on your car is best done in good lighting, a difficulty when winter hits and daylight is limited. An inspection lamp can only go so far for lighting needs which is why a good quality floodlight is a perfect gift idea for anyone who loves working on their cars in the evenings. This floodlight is weatherproof, features 108 LEDs for light, and can be charged either in a three-pin plug or a car 12V socket.
Don't forget about those in need
While we love giving to friends and loved ones, it's also important we don't forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps consider giving a gift to one of the UK's homeless youth through Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.