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Best Work Gloves

Barebones Classic Work Glove

Best Work Gloves

Barebones Classic Work Glove

Classic is an appropriate term for these timeless gloves from Barebones. Made of soft and breathable cowhide leather, they’re great to throw on before some outdoors chores or some DIY projects in the garage. The Cognac finish is such a nice touch you’ll want to wear them beyond the work hour.

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Carhartt Work in Progress Baseball Cap

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Best Workwear gift

Carhartt Work in Progress Baseball Cap

Tools inspire work and work should be done in style. This Carhartt hat is just the thing dad will want to throw on before knocking out a project or repairing the car. It’s a one-of-a-kind item from a trusted workwear brand.

Bombas Men’s All-Purpose Performance Sock

Men's All-Purpose Performance Sock

Bombas Men’s All-Purpose Performance Sock

Not all things need to be heavy duty in DIY land but when it comes to socks, it certainly doesn’t hurt. A little extra in the way of comfort and durability go a long, long way, especially when you’re building (or demolishing) all day. Goodbye, sore feet and blisters.

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7 in. Laser Etched Aluminum Rafter Square

7 in. Laser Etched Aluminum Rafter Square

7 in. Laser Etched Aluminum Rafter Square

It’s one of those essential tools, and chances are your Dad’s already got a bunch of faded, used ones already. Update his arsenal with one he’ll never need to exchange. The laser etching ensures the makes won’t fade, and the anodized aluminum prevents agains corrosion.

FATMAX Tape Measure

FATMAX Tape Measure

All projects start with the layout and a good tape measure makes this step quick and easy. The 25-foot Fat Max from Stanley is our winner in this department, as it’s easy to read the oversized markings and 11 -oot stand out (the distance the tape will extend without breaking), which allows you to make longer measurements without needing a partner to hold the tape.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Saw Kit

M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Saw Kit

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Saw Kit

Your Dad’s had that old battered Milwaukee bag in the garage for as long as you can remember. He’s right to trust the brand, but, really, it’s time for an upgrade. This cordless saw will cut faster, last longer on a battery charge, and get the job done cleaner than any of those machines.

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Straight-Claw Hammer

Straight-Claw Hammer

Your hammer is the flagship of your tool kit, so be sure yours is comfortable and sturdy. There are many types of hammers for many different tasks but a traditional claw hammer is well-suited for all your DIY needs. This 16oz claw hammer from Estwing is nicely balanced for striking and its curved claw makes pulling nails a breeze. It is made from forged steel, which means its one solid piece, making it strong enough to handle all your projects for a lifetime.

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Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit

Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit

Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit

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Another option is this multi-tool kit. With two rechargeable batteries, your Dad can run an impact driver, reciprocating saw, drill, and light. The tools are made in the USA and come with a matching contractor bag, so no matter how good his DIY skills, he’ll at the very least look like the part.

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Mark Stock is a food, drink, and outdoors writer from Portland, Oregon. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. In addition to Men’s Health, he writes for SevenFifty Daily, Sip Northwest, The Somm Journal, The Drake, Willamette Week, Travel Oregon, and more.  

 

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