Great Gifts for Your Home: Project Investments You'll Enjoy Now and in the Years to Come

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Now is a great time to gift your home and yourself with accessories that keep on giving value, comfort and convenience long after the holiday season has passed. Tools that ensure you're prepared for every home improvement project and fixtures that transform a room into an experience are smart investments, and will also be welcomed by the DIYers on your list. Following are a few favorites to consider during this season's shopping excursions.

Now is a great time to gift your home and yourself with accessories that keep on giving value, comfort and convenience long after the holiday season has passed. Tools that ensure you're prepared for every home improvement project and fixtures that transform a room into an experience are smart investments, and will also be welcomed by the DIYers on your list. Following are a few favorites to consider during this season's shopping excursions.

Set yourself up with spa-style comfort

No need to spend on spa getaways when you can create the same comfort at home with Moen's new Enliven three-function showerheads. Available in both handheld and fixed versions, these fixtures add luxury todaily routines with a relaxing wide spray, invigorating concentrated spray and refreshing combination spray. At any setting, the spiral-patterned spray face provides full coverage and envelops the user in a shower experience far beyond the ordinary. Enliven showerheads are easy to install, and available in a popular Chrome finish that coordinates well with any decor. Look for Enliven at your local Target store or visit www.moen.com.

Stay sharp for every project

Taking care of the tools you already have should be a top priority as the home front budget tightens, and two great helpers are ready to join your workbench. The ever-popular Drill Doctor gets you ready for every DIY endeavor with fast-and-easy sharpening of dull and broken bits. In less than 60 seconds, they'll be as good as new, and the first time you use this wonder, it will have paid for itself. What's more, you can choose from models suited to range of skill levels and tool collections.

Keep other tools in top shape with Work Sharp, also from the makers of Drill Doctor. A modern-day alternative to the benchtop grinder, it provides quick, consistent sharpening for woodworking, shop and yard tools. Multiple functions include grinding, sanding, polishing and finishing, making it easy to restore and resurface everything from lawnmower blades to putty knives. Look for both the Work Sharp and the Drill Doctor at Sears, Menards, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe's and anywhere else fine tools are sold.

Shift tools to a high gear

The new RYOBI Lithium-ion 18V Drill with AutoShift makes drilling and driving easier and faster because you don't have to choose which speed to use. The drill always starts in high speed, but then downshifts automatically when it senses a high torque application, like when driving screws or carving though hardwood. AutoShift technology improves performance and prolongs the life of the drill by automatically performing in the optimum setting. This innovative drill offers twice the performance, is twice as easy to use, and it extends motor life. Plus, it's compatible with the Ryobi One+ System Lithium-ion battery. The set makes a great gift for any DIY'r and includes a P250 AutoShift drill and bit, P113 dual chemistry charger, P104 Lithium-ion battery, P103 compact Lithium-ion battery, tool bag and an operator's manual. It is available for $199 at The Home Depot.

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.


Tom's latest book, My Home, My Money Pit: Your Guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure, is available in bookstores everywhere and online.

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