One of my favorite YouTube makers is the ever-clever Chris Notap. I always appreciate this type of catch-all, creative channel where a gifted creator explores whatever strikes their fancy.
In this video, Chris lists ten gift ideas for any handyman or woman. But I think they are great tool suggestions for any type of DIYer.
His selections include several flashlights, keychain tweezers, ear protection headphones with Bluetooth, a Fluke voltage tester, and more. He sold me on the tweezers.
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