Tools Your Wife Wants for Christmas: A Post To Pass Along To The Santa In Your Life

Hey ladies! If you want a tool or 2 for Christmas, all you need to do is send your husband over to this post! I’ll take it from there! 

Dear Husband of (insert your wife’s name),

Sit down man, we’re going to have a chat.

You lucky dog you, do you know what your wife wants for Christmas?? TOOLS! You’re here because she wants tools. Do you know how great that is? Just think of all of the fun Saturdays you’re going to spend bonding over projects while your kids eat fruit loops off the floor and cry because their egg surprise video on youtube keeps glitching out!

Or don’t cause that totally kills the vibe I’m trying to build.

Your wife may have sent you here because she’s nervous that she’ll get a “you’ll drill your eye out” response when she tells you that she wants a driver set, but I’m here to tell you not to be the mom on A Christmas Story.

Face it. You probably couldn’t pull the hair off anyway.

Let me be the first to tell you that we’re not talking about a pink electric screwdriver that comes with matching nail polish. We’re talking REAL TOOLS. Tools that you’ll probably claim as your own. Tools that you can secretly buy for yourself and give them to your wife as a front, just like my husband does (I’m on to you Court).

Of all of the tools in the world, I’ve narrowed it down to my 5 must haves for completing every project Pinterest can throw at her. These are the actual tools that I use (and opinions on others that I don’t use) so you can bet that when I recommend it its because I believe that it’s the freaking best. Most of what we use now is Rigid because their lifetime warranty can’t be beat, but if you’re a Milwaukee family I can respect that too. Just as long as youre not a Harbor Freight family, in which case we need to stage an intervention.

So lets get into it!


Tool #1: Drill and Impact Driver set

Ok so I know that this is technically 2 tools, but they usually come as a package so in my mind that means one really great tool. I use this more than anything else, hands down. I love the Impact Driver because its lightweight and powerful. Something to pay attention to when you’re buying one, is if the tool is Brushless, this newer tech is great at saving battery life, it’s more powerful, and the life of your tool is greatly extended.

I use and recommend: Rigid 18-Vold Gen5X Brushless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

Tool #2: Compound Miter Saw

I have 2 different miter saws. A Ryobi 12″ and a Bosch Dual Bevel. While we love and use the Bosch almost exclusively it is kind of a beast and way more expensive than the Ryobi that works really well too. You don’t have to have a massive miter saw with an articulating arm and 9000 horsepower. This is not a Tim Taylor grunting “More POWER!” moment, especially if you guys are more of a DIYers and not professional framers. The inexpensive miter saws will cut 95% of your projects juuuuust fine. I recommend starting with something inexpensive and upgrading when you’re ready.

I use and recommend:
Beginner: Ryobi 12″ Compound Miter Saw
Advanced: Bosch 15 Amp Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Tool #3: Finish Nailer

2 words. SHIP LAP. A pneumatic nailer is mass critical to your wife fulfilling all of her Joanna Gaines hopes and dreams.  When we bought our nailer my husband did a ton of research and we ended up with a Hitachi. It’s pretty awesome, and I can attest to its durability, my husband Court has knocked it off of a latter on multiple occasions and it still works like a charm. That being said, I’m asking Santa for a a Rigid HYPERDRIVE for Christmas, it’s a cordless, compressor-less, nailer that would make my life so much better, I’ve tried the Ryobi Airstrike and it clogs up after every 5th nail so I’m hoping that Rigid will be better.

I use and recommend:
Cordless: Rigid HYPERDRIVE 18-Volt 18-Gauge 2-1/8 in. Brushless Brad Nailer
Corded: Hitachi Finish Nailer

Tool #4: Orbital Sander

Refinishing furniture is all fun and games until you give yourself carpal tunnel. Having an orbital sander is an absolute necessity. Spend a little more and get one with more power, its worth it!!

I use and recommend: Rigid Cordless Sander


Tool #5: Table Saw We use our table saw so much, we absolutely love it, that being said, this guy is more of a bonus. I wouldn’t get a table saw until after I already had the other tools previously listed.

I use and recommend: Rigid Professional Table Saw



I expect to be getting a lot of happy wife emails after Christmas because of this post. You should make sure that your beautiful wife is one of them and not screw this up, like the time I screwed up Christmas by giving my husband a housekeeper. 

Man you’re one lucky guy. Also, you’re welcome.

You know what for.

Love, Mandi


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