Gift guide for DIY dads and grads


— Father’s Day and graduation season are the perfect opportunities to beef up your gift recipient’s garage — and high-quality tools are a must for anyone — from DIY novices to professional handymen.

“A quality tool goes a long way toward getting a job done quickly and efficiently,” says Jon DeArment, president and COO, Channellock, Inc., a leading manufacturer of tools. “Damaged gear can slow down work and be dangerous to the user.”

Here are a few gifts to consider:

• Every one needs a good set of screwdrivers designed to withstand the rigors of daily use. This is a great gift idea for different budgets, since screwdrivers can typically be purchased individually or in sets. A good-quality option should feature a tube and bits that pull out and reverse easily to configure the driver needed for each job.

• No home should be without a versatile plier. Consider one durable enough that Dad may be able to pass it on to you one day. For example, the American-made CHANNELLOCK Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove plier features laser heat-treated teeth to provide a better grip and a reinforcing edge to minimize stress breakage.

• Replace a clunky old wrench with something better. Look for a thinner wrench that can get into hard to reach areas, while also featuring greater jaw capacity to support larger nuts and bolts.

• Looking to go big? Consider a comprehensive set of go-to tools useful for different tasks. Take the guesswork out of the equation with a great gift set, such as the Tool Roll-3 PC Professional Plier Set with Tool Roll. Put together by Channellock, this set includes all the most popular tools — a lap joint cutting plier, two different sizes of their iconic Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers, a slip joint plier and a long nose plier. These gifts are available at local retail stores and online at

Whatever tools you choose this Dad and grad season, the biggest joy will be hanging out and completing a project together with your gift.