I should know, I speak from years of personal experience. Someone who is handy for the most part knows how the current challenge facing them can be remedied, but not entirely. There is always that unknown X factor – the make-it-up as you go component that can make or break a do-it-yourself project. That’s what keeps it interesting, both from the handyman’s perspective and those unlucky enough to be around him during the heat of the project.
Being handy is a cornerstone of a green lifestyle – it is an effective way to constantly chip-away at your personal carbon footprint. Without it, you’re at the mercy of the carbon-belching service providing marketplace – all those out of tune white service vans that clog our roadways.
As a friend or relative to a handy person, the best thing you can do (other than stay clear !) is put the right tool in their tool kit.
There is the ageless adage of the right tool for the right job. Approaching a fix-it or improve-it challenge with the wrong tools can quickly make matters worse and necessitate calling in a professional.
These gifts for a green handyman will help your handy-person reduce their carbon footprint but extending the life of many things in the home, or making those home appliances run efficiently, and most importantly taking a white panel van off the highway, out of that ever-present as the service person snakes his way to and from your home.
Green Blizzard is always looking for new ideas on how our readers can reduce their carbon footprint. Typically these carbon reducing green living tips revolve around consuming less fuel and energy, monitoring overall consumer consumption, being smarter about consumption decisions, or seeking the longest reasonable usefulness out of a durable good – that’s our rationale for recommending these gifts for a green handyman – no matter what the season or occasion. Better yet, give one of this gifts as a surprise with no particular reason, other than a thank you.
If you have a green gardener on your hands, check out the Green Blizzard recommendation for that advocation – Practical Gift Ideas For A Gardener.
So, if you are looking for a thoughtful and practical holiday or birthday gift idea for that special fix-it friend or family member, the staff at Green Blizzard suggest these gift ideas for a green handyman. Gifts that will keep giving for years, maybe even generations.
Head Lamp – If project involves plumbing, electrical, or disassembly, good light seeing is key. These new miner type LED headbands are invaluable. Your little handy-person will be singing your praises during every project, or at least its ambitious start!. Energizer and Petzi make great LED headlamps.
Protective Eye Wear – Ever wonder why the handy-person is squinting during the project? Its because they’re concerned that a fragment or droplet of some liquid will plop into their eyes.
Give them a smart gift to make them more comfortable in an uncomfortable situation, lightweight protective eye-wear. Spend a little more and get the clearer, anti-fog versions from either Dewalt or Pyramex.
Work Gloves – Gloves are critical to any after-the-job recovery. Its amazing have amateur hands get banged-up and look like they were dragged through a briar-patch. Gloves with flexibility and grip are best. Consider either these Custom Leathercraft or CAT products. Or every hardware stores has a great selection.
Project Tool Tote – A green handyman will love this carryall – its like airport luggage with wheels. Most projects typically require a lot of walking back and forth, setting up, cleaning-up, or fetching another tool or something leave behind. A tool tote makes sure that the necessary tools are nearby. For our female handy-women, we recommend, the Komen Tool Tote, or this fit-in-everything Leathercraft tote for the guys.
Cordless Driver/Drill – These new powerful cordless drills are highly appreciated by both amateurs and professionals- by saving time, energy and frustration. Dewalt has a wide variety of products, but Green Blizzard recommends this particular Dewalt (from personal experience, or this Milwaukee, as well as this Black and Decker.
Wrenches – For the typical handyman, a small assortment of wrenches will do the trick. Forget the 100 piece socket wrench sets or anything with more than 5 pieces. This are handy for a car rebuild. For most typical projects they will collect dust. A well-built adjustable wrench (Stanley) is useful, coupled with a few different sized Channelock wrenches
Wheel-barrow – Being handy is a physical activity – lots of lifting and elbow grease. A versatile and durable wheel barrel is the cornerstone to any garden shed. Probably the most important tool in the tool shed. In this case, for any committed gardener it is advantageous to over-buy and select the more heavy-duty, better built model.
Or the very popular heavy duty four wheel version, Gorilla, will help avoid back strain and can maneuver across all types of terrain.
An everyday workhorse is a strong poly version made by Marathon. For any budding green gardener, a wheelbarrow is worth its weight in gold.
Compost Bin – Handy men often prune and plant. If you are an urban dweller, composting is best divided into parts. Use an open bin composting for plant cutting and an enclosed composting tumbler for kitchen waste. We experimented with combining the kitchen waste with the lawn cuttings it was a mistake – it simply provide a smorgasbord for the local rodents. Bulk cuttings can be composted in a simple round bin and turned with a garden fork every few months. It does not need to be fancy, simply durable with air holes. Here’s a simple version of a compost bin
Aerator – If you have any lawn around your gardens, a foot aerator is critical because all the foot traffic will compress the soil in which the grass is trying to flourish. We’ve been using a two prong aerator now for several years at the
GreenBlizzard HQ and are amazed at how healthy the grass looks without any fertilizer and or watering. The other nearby lawns are parched and brown in the warmer months, whereas our’s is green and vibrant looking. These foot aerators keep the soil loose, so the root system can grow to a healthy depth and better weather harsh conditions. It’s an investment that will quickly pay for itself. There’s a four prong aerator version and a roller version for larger lawns.