Holiday Gifts for Homeowners: Ideas for giving great gear, project efficiency and spa-level luxury

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The time has come to make your holiday gift list and check it twice, and it no doubt includes a few extra-nice homeowners and workshop warriors. Shop the following favorites for gifts that will keep on giving efficiency, convenience and luxury in the new year and beyond.
Stay sharp for great resultsHelp that skilled tool guy or gal to stay on the cutting edge with the gift of a Work Sharp tool sharpener.

The time has come to make your holiday gift list and check it twice, and it no doubt includes a few extra-nice homeowners and workshop warriors. Shop the following favorites for gifts that will keep on giving efficiency, convenience and luxury in the new year and beyond.

Stay sharp for great results
Help that skilled tool guy or gal to stay on the cutting edge with the gift of a Work Sharp tool sharpener. It’s made by the folks who created the Genuine Drill Doctor, and a handy workbench addition for keeping a range of woodworking and shop tools in shape. The Work Sharp has a speedy air-cooled, dry-sharpening system with a port enabling precise and repeatable angles for chisels and plane irons. It also sports a slotted Edge-Vision™ see-through wheel for faster and easier sharpening of carving and lathe tools. Work Sharp makes sharpening simple, even if you have never sharpened before. For more information, a video demonstration and a list of all the places you can buy Work Sharp visit www.worksharptools.com.

The gift of choice
Whether a single tool or a whole room redo is on that special someone’s wish list, you can’t go wrong with a Home Depot gift card. Home Depot gift cards are available in a wide array of designs, including a new card that doubles as an interactive “how-to” DVD with ten segments on basic home repairs and improvements. Available in denominations ranging from $5 to $5,000, this convenient gift will be perfect for anyone on your list this year. If you play this card right, it could actually get done in the new year, especially if you don’t mention that the Home Depot gift card has no expiration date.

Spa-style luxury for the master bath
Give the gift of daily luxury with one of Moen’s new Inspire showerheads. The collection includes multi-setting fixed and handheld models, as well as a nine-inch-wide rainshower showerhead for the ultimate pampering experience. Select a three-setting showerhead for a “Relaxing” wide spray, “Invigorating” concentrated spray and “Refreshing” combination spray; add an energizing massage and targeted massage with the five-setting model; or go all-out with the seven-setting showerhead that includes a massaging rinse and hydrating spray. All Moen Inspire multi-setting fixtures include a spiral-patterned spray face that provides full body coverage, enveloping the user in invigorating water sprays. And with the stylish, octagonal nine-inch rainshower model, a self-pressurizing InvigoRain design overcomes the limitations of gravity-fed rainshower units to channel water out of the showerhead for maximum water force and coverage.

Easy installation adds to the holiday joy of this gift, and a range of finishes fit any master bath décor scheme: multi-function Inspire showerheads come in Chrome, White (five-setting only) or Brushed Nickel (seven-setting only), and the nine-inch rainshower is available in Chrome. Moen Inspire showerheads are available nationwide at Lowe’s for about $58, and you can find more info at www.moen.com or 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636).

Recharge with New Tech Tools
Everyone loves the convenience of cordless tools, but you want them charged and ready when it’s time to get to work. Black & Decker has taken the latest battery technology and created the new VPX System of compact, lightweight tools and home products.

By relying on lithium ion technology, the VPX system combines cordless convenience with a dependable power supply. The VPX battery is rechargeable and interchangeable between all VPX products. The lithium ion VPX battery holds its charge longer than standard rechargeables, and once you own one or two VPX batteries, you can grow a collection of VPX products to meet your individual needs.

The VPX Starter Set is a great way to get started. It includes a VPX battery and charger, screwdriver, cutsaw and flashlight for $99. Other VPX products include drills, hand vac, inflator and power source. And Black & Decker will be adding more gear to the line in 2008. Browse the VPX Starter Set and other VPX products at www.vpxsystem.com

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Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show’s podcast or sign-up for Tom’s free weeklye-newsletter, visit the program’s website.

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