Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and if you're like either of us, you have a DIY partner in crime you'd like to shower with gifts and adoration that show just how much you care for them. 

But the thing is, the cliched dozen long stem roses, box of chocolates, or flashy jewelry you typically see given on Valentine's Day just doesn't tend to play well with the home project enthusiast you likely call your significant other. Don't worry, we've got your back. 

If you're looking for a perfect gift or two for Valentine's Day that won't break the bank but is sure to make your renovation partner's heart smile, we've got a great list of 10 tools for under $10 that will surely make you the construction Cupid of your relationship. 

1. Stanley 10-Inch Molding Bar

While your love may be the glue and nails that keep you and your significant other inseparable through all of your renovation projects, all you really need is a good pry bar to come between the bad molding and other items you need to demo in your life. This 10" Molding Pry Bar has been a staple in my tool bucket since day one, and has been responsible for the majority of our various hand demolition projects. You've got the flat pry bar on one side, and the cat's paw nail puller on the other. It really can't be beat for a handy demolition tool. 

2. Paint Brush Comb

Life and relationships can be messy, but few things are messier than a paintbrush full of paint. This paint brush comb can make your post paint project brush cleaning process many times easier, freeing you up to spend more time cleaning the other messy parts of your life. Best of all, using this brush cleaner helps keeps your brushes useful longer, which saves on money and time in the long run, a sure fire way to make one of life's most common messes and little less messy. 

3. Magnetic Torpedo Level

Approaching your partner with a level head in all situations is an important item that very few of us are particularly good at all the time. However, hanging a level picture on the wall, or making sure a table leg is plumb is far more achievable when you have the right tool at hand. This handy torpedo level makes any quick level check job easy, and it's shock resistant body helps protect the sensitive bubbles from getting knocked out of whack. 

4. Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver

While getting your partner to change their ways may be a more difficult item to tackle, getting a tool that can adapt in any situation and change quickly as needed is far more doable. This ratcheting screwdriver is an absolute must as it is completely flexible in the situation it's needed. It beats the pants off of a traditional screwdriver as you can set it to work as a traditional fixed driver, or into a tightening (righty-tighty) scenario, or loosening (lefty-loosy) scenario. This is one of the single tools I reach for most commonly when I'm working on projects around our house. And best of all, I didn't even use the obvious "screw" metaphor when relating this to Valentine's Day. 

5. 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer

Not everything in life needs to be a complete renovation and overhaul, and sometimes you just need to hang a picture on the wall to make your significant other's eyes light up. When life doesn't require your 16 ounce hammer, why not grab this little guy that will do the job just as well. The molded grip on the hammer and appropriate balance makes this the perfect convenient tool for those little jobs around the house.

6. Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape

If your partner is truly ready to make sure your relationship can go the distance, you'll definitely need some way to measure it, so why not do it in 25' increments using this no-nonsense tape measure? Sometimes it's the tried and true devices that seem to work the best, and this tape does it's one job and does it well. The metal body is rugged and will stand up to abuse while ensuring no confusion on measurements, and the classic tape body design is tried and true on the job site.

7. 8 Inch Pencil Holder / Divider Scriber

Accommodating the undulations in life without panic is key to a long and happy relationship, and accommodating the undulations in floors, walls, or ceilings by first scribing and then cutting your trim to accept these irregular surfaces is key to a successful woodworking/moulding project. This simple pencil scribe will help you disguise the gaps and irregular surfaces in your projects like a pro.

8. Cushion Grip Nail Set, 3-Piece

Making sure you've really driven the point home during an argument is a natural part of a partnership, but you must do it with delicate poise to ensure you're not doing unnecessary damage. Hey, we all fight, and there's no shame in that. The good news, using this three piece nail set tool set in your projects will allow you to always drive the nail's point, and the head, just where you need it to go without messing up the surface with unsightly hammer marks. 

9. 16 oz Brass Plumb Bob

We already covered the ways you can keep a level head (and project) in your DIY life, but sometimes making something plumb is just as important. Besides, what's a Valentine's Day without something shiny and gold? This brass plumb bob is one of those tools that comes in handy more than you'd realize once you have it on hand. Just run a string through the top and you've got yourself an indispensable tool you'll wonder how you've lived without.

10. DeWalt Safety Glasses

We all know the saying, "Love is blind." But, maybe that's just because Love wasn't wearing the right safety equipment when they were using their circular saw or air nailer. Don't be like love, and buy yourself this great set of stylish and practical safety glasses. Whether you've got sawdust falling in your face, or something being deliberately thrown in your direction, these glasses will make sure you don't end up blind like Love too often is.

And there you have it. Our top 10 items for under $10 that are sure to make your DIY loved one swoon this coming Valentine's Day. After all, there's no better way to the heart of a passionate DIYer than through the gifts of practical tools. And the best news of all, if you give these gifts to the one you love, maybe they'll even use them to build something special for you.

Comments 4


Melissa Cherico Daihl
1/30/2015 at 2:04 PM
I made your bookmark idea last year for co-workers...I think the most expensive part was that I had them laminated so that they would last longer, but it was such a cute, inexpensive handmade gift. Great ideas!
1/30/2015 at 4:56 PM

I love this post so much :D

2/1/2015 at 8:42 PM

Alex, you win the prize for the most puns per post LOL!

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