Every so often, our DIY skills are called upon. Armed with nothing but a hammer, a roll of duct tape, and an unsettlingly dangerous level of false confidence, we set to work, inevitably creating a larger problem than the one we intended to fix.
This smattering of gifts isn't for people like us. They're for those who mould wood into smooth works of art. For those who know that an olive ring isn't something you'd put on your pizza. For the DIY-ers that get the job done without needing a trip to A&E.
Wearing your hard hat? Good. Then off we go:
Lego Architecture Studio (£150)
The Trevi Fountain Architecture set (£40)is kind of cool, with its blue water and humorously statuesque minifigs. But that is child’s play! You are a serious connoisseur of architecture. A foreman of form, the father-figure to function. And so it is this set that will best occupy you.
It contains a whopping 1210 monochromatic bricks. A 272-page guidebook includes tips and exercises for “helping you learn the fundamentals of architectural design in a Lego context.” What fun! And this is no layman’s pamphlet: it includes content by REX, Sou Fujimoto Architects, MAD Architects as well as Tham & Videgard Arkitekter. Nope, us neither, but by Boxing Day you’ll be dropping these guys into conversations like you were born with a silver set square in your mouth.
Buy the Lego Architecture set here
Dremel Micro (£107)
Acknowledged masters of the device that solves the age-old problem of wishing you had a thing that would just make doing that thing easier, Dremel has revealed a new version with smaller, more efficient lithium-ion batteries. It’s speed adjustable between 5000rpm and 25,000rpm, with an LED light to illuminate your workspace and a LED fuel gauge to stop you getting caught unawares with a half-finished, er, thing.
Buy the Dremel Micro here
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Pure POP (£60)
Whatever you listen to while doing a laborious, repetitive DIY task – be it your own music or the radio – will end up boiling your blood. Even old oh-so-listenable favourites, like U2’s Zooropa, will seem like a wood saw on your soul. Fortunately, this DAB radio range gives you access to zillions of digital radio stations, from spoken word to nu-metal. And a big easily-stabbable off-switch on top.
Buy the Pure POP here
Pencil by 53 (£50)
For time immemorial It has been de rigeur for dashing DIYers to keep some kind of scribe tucked behind their ear. A stick, a chisel, a pencil, a Sharpie – but this is 2014. Analogue mark-makers are no good – better to have this pencilicious stylus so you can draw and re-draw your wild ideas on a tablet. Just don’t try and write on a 2x4 with it.
Buy the Pencil by 53 here