The Holiday Gift Guide: The Tinkerer

Five great gifts for home improvers and DIYers, no matter your budget

for the tinkerer

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Practice Lock Picking Set
Curious Smith • $35

This kit doesn’t come with the tools to pick any lock (who do you think we are?), rather six transparent locks to try your hand at MacGyvering them open. We don’t condone using your new skills for nefarious purposes, but it’s one helluva bar trick.

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Torch 250 Flashlight
Goal Zero • $80

The tinkerer occupies a unique position in society, simultaneously siding with the “don’t make ‘em like they used to” crowd and the younger generation hungry for newfangled tools. The Torch 250 bridges the gap, upgrading the humble flashlight with a solar panel, USB-charger and hand crank.

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SolarHome 620 MIDNIGHT
BioLite • $150

Turn any structure — your van, shipping container, geodesic dome — into an off-grid home with this limited-edition BioLite kit. Think of it as Solar Power 101, with a 6W solar panel, three hanging lights and a control box that acts as a light, USB charge out and MP3/radio.

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Sterling Silver Swiss Army Knife w/ Free Engraving
Victorinox • $210

Victorinox’s “Classic SD” knife makes for a damn handy keychain, and when done in gleaming sterling silver with your name/initials/credo engraved on it, the exact kind of keychain you’ll eventually pass down to your son, he to his, so on and so forth until the robots enslave us and confiscate it.

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The Gerstner 25X Tool Chest
Best Made Co. • $1248

For how much you wax poetic about your tool set, you’d think they’d have better digs than a banged up plastic box. Gerstner & Sons is the Ferrari of tool chests, and Best Made Co. commissioned this statuesque specimen in American cherry, polished brass and felt lining.

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