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Gift Guide: Keep it simple with a Sawzall or a socket set


I was going to buy a used car but, if I won the lottery, I’d splurge and buy two used cars.

Okay, bad comedy aside, the point is I’m rather humble and practical when it comes to selecting presents. So, my “no limit” gift to a friend would be the pro-grade Milwaukee M18 Cordless Sawzall, $499 at Milwaukee dealers ( It comes with two batteries, a charger and a bag.

That is actually splurging, because the corded Milwaukee equivalent is just $149 at Home Depot; but cordless is infinitely more convenient. I’d give it to a mechanic friend who could really use a top-notch cutting tool/toy.

Gifts under $100

GPS units are an essential tool any driver could use. One of the few models in this price range is Magellan’s basic unit with an 11 cm screen for $99 at

But until Dec. 6, Magellan’s premium 3030 model with a 12 cm screen, lifetime map updates, junction views and highway lane assist, is on sale for $99 at Canadian Tire. After that, the regular price will be $200.

Gifts under $50

Stanley’s pro-grade 19-piece socket set, with snazzy black chrome finish, is a great gift for gearheads. It’s $49 (but often on sale for much less), exclusively at Canadian Tire.

Stanley also makes a cool and handy, mini-tripod LED flashlight ($18 at Lowe’s, RONA, Canadian Tire). It’s just 15 cm long and can store in your glovebox. Use as a normal flashlight or open the tripod base, tilt the head, and use it hands-free.