Best shed gadget gifts for Christmas 2012

When your loved ones retreat to their garden fortress of solitude make sure it’s kitted out to keep them entertained in the Christmas cold

Vortex Solar Shed Light


Don’t let the winter dark stop you escaping to your shed – get a solar powered light for your sanctum sanctorum. The Vortex Solar Shed Light not only looks like a UFO when its 36 LEDs are illuminated, but does it with love for nature, totally powered by the sun.

Black&Decker Gyro Driver

£40, B&Q

Built-in gyroscopes detect the manly twist of a screwdriver and set the 3.6v motor into motion to do the rest of the work for you. There’s even an LED light to illuminate your target, plus a full charge will last you a whopping 18 months on standby.

Woodcraft app

US$10 (£6),

Know someone who likes to do his woodwork out in the shed where nobody can see how little he knows what he’s doing? This app will be welcome company – guiding him through every intricate step of planned woodwork projects with tool guides and cutting angles – and all built on bespoke 2D or 3D designs. Like giving the gift of a fancy new porch, but on a secret Santa budget.

Lifestyle Heater


No power or heat in your shed? This propane powered heater will fix it, kicking out an impressive 1.9kW of warmth with a thermostat to control the temperature. And at only 5.5in deep and 12in wide it won’t encroach on precious powertool space.

Bosch Multifunction Tool PMF 250 CES


While Bosch’s claim that this has endless possibilities might be a bit excessive, it certainly is versatile. With changing heads it’ll manage sanding, cutting, scraping, plunge cutting and grouting – so pretty much everything a man could need. Now to find one with a laser sight.

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