iFixit Gift Guide
Finding really useful gifts for the tool junkies in your life isn't easy. For years I'd resort to a case of beer to thank the friend that helped change my oil or re-wire my trailer lights. Boring! To help you think beyond that box of cans, iFixit has assembled a list of cool gifts for those repair minded people in your life.
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Our featured gift or the serious repair tech, the Pro Tech Toolkit is loaded with the most important tools for a great electronics workstation, and can be added onto later with our toolkit expansion packages.
Pro Tech Toolkit Includes:
- 54 Bit Driver Kit - all the bits needed for repairs on small electronics
- 2x Plastic Opening Tools - soft plastic prying tools
- Precision Tweezers Set - assortment of steel precision tweezers
- Anti-Static Wrist Strap - protection for circuits against static electricity
- Small Suction Cup - suction cup for holding onto things lacking handles
- Spudger - handy tool for poking, prying, flipping, and opening
- Metal Spudger Set - assortment of metal poking and prying tools
- iFixit 6 Inch Metal Ruler - steel ruler for easily measuring parts
- iFixit Pro Tech Tool Roll - cloth roll designed to hold the Pro Tech Toolkit
Buy it now: $59.95
Designed by fixers, for fixers, the 8”x10” Magnetic Project Mat solves the age-old problem of "Where'd that screw go?" Spacious and secure, the mat will magnetically catch screws and then lets you write directly on the surface with the included correctable pen.
Buy it now: $12.95
We take the health and safety of your iPhone very seriously. As much as we love repair, we value maintenance and proper care even more. The best products are those that don't need to be repaired, and the best way to prevent a repair is to keep you iPhone as well maintained as possible. With iFixitCare for iPhone, we provide all the things you need to keep you iPhone running in tip-top shape, from proactive solutions (screen protector) to reactive solutions (thirsty bag).
- iPhone 4/4S or 5 Epic Screen Protector
- iPhone 4/4S or 5 Liberation Kit
- Thirsty Bag
- appleJuce Screen Cleaner
Our popular Home Tech Toolkit includes all the hard to find tools needed for most basic DIY iPod, iPhone, & laptop repairs. On sale from $29.70 to $24.95! All wrapped up in our "What can You Fix?" bag, the Home Tech Toolkit comes to you ready to stuff stockings.
Home Tech Basic Toolkit Includes:
- 26 Bit Driver Kit - 26 bits to fit the most common screws used in modern electronics, a magnetic bit driver handle, extension, and metal tweezers.
- Plastic Opening Tools - Made of soft plastic, these help pry open the trickiest enclosures scratch-free.
- Spudger - Apple's "Black Stick" tool. ESD safe, great for poking, prying, manipulating, and opening. It'sl also heat-resistant for soldering applications.
- Small Suction Cup - Makes quick work of lifting front panels off of phones and media players.
- Metal Spudger - Metal poking and prying tool for when plastic just doesn't cut it.
Buy it now: $24.95
Awesome Gifts Under $25 ¶
We packed in the 26 most common screw driver bits needed for electronics repair, combined with a grippy magnetic driver handle, extension, and tweezers in our 26 Bit Driver Kit.
Even the case this set comes in is cool. Release the push button latch, and a minor engineering feat of spring loaded unfolding lifts the lid and raises the bits up into an easy to access position.
If 26 bits isn't enough, our 54 Bit Driver Kit will thrill your lucky tool junkie with more than twice the bits! A snazzy swivel top machined aluminum driver handle with o-ring grips, a 6" flexible extension, and enough bits to tackle everything from specialized pentalobe or Torx security screws to good old slot and phillips screws.
For the person who could really use some help, give 'em a hand, or two very small hands and a magnifying glass. These Helping Hands are just the thing for folks who work small miracles in electronics, models, and grain-of-rice art. Two spring clips hold small stuff steady for soldering, painting, and nit picking while the magnifying glass gives a clear view.
While we're on the subject of clear views, take a look through our Jeweler's Loupe with LED illumination. It will make things look twenty times larger while shedding some light on the subject with two bright white LEDs. Folks who work with electronics will get a close look at those tiny components and cold solder joints. Flip the small switch and the ultraviolet LED will thrill rock hounds and forensic sleuths as it reveals the fluorescent secrets in minerals and important documents.
Water damage, a leading cause of electronic device death, ruins the lives of up to 40% of cellphone owners. Left untreated, that dunk in the toilet or splash of coffee can kill all those irreplaceable contacts, photos, videos, and emails. The Thirsty Bag dries out your phone fast and completely, giving it the best chance to work again. Time is of the essence when fixing a wet phone, so keep a Thirsty Bag on hand for your electronics first aid kit or gift wrap one for the gizmo fanatic who is all thumbs.
It took us forever to find a good soldering station that wasn't hundreds of dollars! Packing lots of power for it's size, this soldering station features an adjustable temperature range that handles lead-free solder perfectly. We use these same stations in the shop at iFixit for everything from building robots to refurbishing electronics. Bonus—they'll think you spent at least three times as much on this little gem!
This multimeter is the just right size with all the right features. Easy to read display with backlight brings the hidden world of electrons to light. Continuity tester with buzzer makes testing circuits quick and easy. This Digital Multimeter even has a transistor test function for the more advanced technician or electrical engineer on your list.
An indispensable tool for the serious technician on your gift list. With our Digital Caliper, your favorite splitter-of-hairs will measure things down to .001" (.01 mm). Those are some really small hairs to split and all for under $20. Slip this sleek black case in their stocking and measuring their gratitude will run way off the scale of this caliper.
People deserve to know when a self-repair genius with mad iFixit skills enters the room. Gift this to the best DIY'er in your life. You never know when or where a repair emergency might pop-up, and the iFixit 'Fix It Yourself' T-Shirt makes sure people know who to ask to save the day!
Available in men's and women's sizes.
Dress your electronics buff in a T-shirt scattered with all the doodads inside an iPhone 4, and tell the world to fear not... here's someone who can put things back together.
Available in men's and women's sizes.
Big Spenders: Gifts $30 and Up ¶
Looking for a swell gift for that special someone who fixes your stuff all year long? Below, you'll find gifts for $30 and up that will make your favorite tool nut speechless.
Love the driver, but hate the bits? We've whittled down our list of favorite bits to bring you an impressive array of screwdrivers. However, with out love of Apple products and their sneaky screws, we had to separate the screwdriver sets into two parts: one for the most common screw bits, and one with all the bits necessary to repair Apple products. This product is perfect for folks who like to have their screwdrivers handy at all times, ready for the turn of a screw at the drop of a hat.
These pliers will delight the real tool nuts on your list. They look like so many other pliers but they have a secret super power, with special teeth on the jaw tips they can grip screw heads like no other plier. This power is so revolutionary it spawned a series of cartoons featuring Neji-Saurus, the screw extracting dinosaur. Made in Japan by folks with a real fetish for fine tools, any of the three sizes of Screw Extracting Pliers will bring joy to those with stubborn screws.
The Xbox is an awesome console, but it's plagued by an all-to-common overheating issue. When the Xbox overheats, it drives home its unhappiness by displaying a glowing RED RING OF DEATH. Give the gift of life to someone whose XBox has seen better days, and help them resurrect that dead Xbox 360 with this fix-it kit! Includes a tube of Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste, screw and washer set, new thermal pads, two stick-on heat sinks, an Xbox 360 opening tool, a small flathead screwdriver, a 6-in-1 bit driver, a T8 Torx screwdriver, and a T10 Torx screwdriver.
The PlayStation 3 gets unhappy too, but it shows its displeasure with the dreaded YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH. We've got just the thing for that too. The PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit offers a chance at a new life for that jaundiced game console.
Want to make the tool junkie in your life proud? Give them a desktop Oak Gerstner Toolbox to hold all their small tools. Engineer, machinist, artist, luthier, or lepidopterologi