This smattering of gifts isn’t for people like us. It’s for those who mould wood into smooth works of art. For those who know that an olive ring isn’t something you’d put on your pizza. For the DIY delectables that get the job done without needing a trip to A&E.
1) WOHNGEIST TOOL SET (£2000)
Don your Tyrolean and hop in the Beemer: this German-made wood-and-leather tool set is the ultimate in premium put-together pieces.
With 24 tools held in place by the magic of magnets, this handy carry-case contains everything you could possibly need to enable your ultra-organised shelf-building dreams. Whether you’re a master craftsman or you just like pretty packages, WohnGeist’s whacker set is a whopper.
Buy the WohnGeist tool set here
2) LEGO ARCHITECTURE STUDIO (£150)
Lego’s Trevi Fountain Architecture set (£40) is kind of cool, with its blue water and humorously statuesque minifigs. But that’s mere child’s play: you are a connoisseur of construction, a foreman of form, the father-figure to function. Nothing will fulfil your far-flung fine-art architectural thirst but this Studio set.
It contains a whopping 1210 monochromatic bricks. A 272-page guidebook includes tips and exercises for “helping you learn the fundamentals of architectural design in a Lego context.” What fun! And this is no layman’s pamphlet: it includes content by REX, Sou Fujimoto Architects, MAD Architects as well as Tham & Videgard Arkitekter. Nope, us neither, but by Boxing Day you’ll be dropping these guys into conversations like you were born with a silver set square in your mouth.
Buy the Lego Architecture set here
3) PYGMY TITANIUM MULTI-TOOL (US$24)
When a DIY disaster strikes, laying your hands on an FAA-compliant 7/16” wrench that doubles up as a Phillips head screwdriver and pry tip with nail notch can be a nightmare.
Unless you have one of the sonic variety to hand, the next best thing is this dinky driver. It might look like a deadly throwing star (and could probably be used as one), but it works best when going at the nearest bolted bit of kit and is small enough to slot in your sock.*
*Sock-slotting not recommended
Pre-order the Pygmy titanium micro multitool here
4) IFIXIT 54 BIT DRIVER KIT (£15)
At the end of time, when the awards ceremony for Man’s Greatest Inventions comes round to the DIY category, the driver will surely be among the nominees. From tightening screws to budging bolts, it’s bona fide put-together brilliance.
What’s better than one driver? Why, a 54 bit driver kit, of course. Straight from the iFixit team – you know, the ones who always prise apart the shiniest new tech – it packs a rubber-handled driver and more nickel-plated bits than you can shake a socket at, perfect for building (or breaking) your Christmas haul. There’s even a flexible shaft extension with a magnetic tip (stop tittering).
Buy ifixit’s 54 bit driver kit here
5) DREMEL MICRO (£97)
Acknowledged masters of making the thing that just makes other things easier, Dremel’s micro packs smaller, more efficient lithium-ion batteries. It’s also speed adjustable between 5000rpm and 25,000rpm, with an LED light to illuminate your workspace and an LED fuel gauge to stop you getting caught unawares with a half-finished, er, thing.
Buy the Dremel Micro here