Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gadgets and presents for DIY fanatics

Here's a selection of gadgets to satisfy tinkerers and fans of loud, fast-spinning machines alike

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:

Dulux PaintPod (£60)

Dulux’s system takes the headache out of redecorating your home. Fill the device with up to five litres of paint and it’ll pump it straight to the connected roller, meaning you don’t have to keep tipping from a tin into a tray. A fully-stocked PaintPod provides enough paint to coat a 3.5m by 3.5m room twice.

Gerber GDC Zip Hex Tool (£15)

No need to go hunting for those elusive Allen keys with this handy, hardy gizmo from military gear-maker Gerber. It features five Allen or ‘hex’ keys in a rotating tool that can be swiftly unclipped from a belt.

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9-in-1 Multi Tool (£2)

A credit card-sized stainless steel tool fulfilling no fewer than nine functions: tin opener, knife, screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, saw and direction ancillary indicator. A nice little stocking filler

Black & Decker 4v Max Gyro Screwdriver

Save your friend a lot of dull work by buying them this rechargeable screwdriver, which features variable speed based on the motion of the user’s wrist (it’s measured by a gyroscope). The battery, meanwhile, holds a charge for up to 18 months, and there’s a built-in LED light to keep the working area illuminated.

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