The Best Mother’s Day Gift Guide Ever

Gift Guide

Cool Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and guys, we know you haven’t even thought about a gift to buy your Mom, your wife, or your girlfriend (hopefully, you’re buying for your wife OR your girlfriend, but that’s another story).  Never fear, Tool Skool’s Gift Guide is here to give you some “out-of-the-tool-box” ideas for gifts that any woman on your list would be thrilled to receive. So forget the flowers.  They die anyway.  Who knows, you might decide you like a few of these too.

Keen Westport Travel & Touring Bag

Okay guys, you work hard.  You might make your living on a jobsite, or maybe you do a lot of work around the house.  The women in your life are very active too.  They are busy with a lot of tasks to get done every day.  So if there was a purse or bag out there that made her life easier, wouldn’t you want her to have it?

You may not understand that a woman’s purse is an important and valuable tool.  Think of it like you think of your tool bag.  You want everything you need for your job to be organized, and easy to find at a moment’s notice.  Well, that’s how the active and busy woman in your life feels to.  That’s why you need to keep reading and either share this post with the women in your life, or you just need to be the nice guy that she wants you to be and buy her one of these.

Keen Bag Featured

It has plenty of pockets for all her stuff, just like your tool bag. She’ll love it!

Read the review HERE

Check price/availablity HERE

SKIL  iXO Vivo Corkscrew Kit

The SKIL iXO cordless screwdriver is a perfect tool for light-duty household projects, like installing window coverings, removing the battery compartment covers from toys, removing or installing light switch plates, etc.

Now,  SKIL has taken this handy cool tool to the next level and made it perfect for any party!  Mom will love her new SKIL iXO Vivo Corkscrew Kit.  And guys, we bet you’ll be kind of fond of it too!  The Vivo accessory attaches to the iXO and makes opening a bottle of wine as easy as removing a screw (which you can also do with the iXO cordless screwdriver included in the kit).

Tool Skool will be getting one of these to review soon, but what could possibly be wrong with it?  I mean, it’s a tool that opens wine.  What’s not to love?

In the meantime, you can check out Marc Lyman’s video review ( HERE.

And you can read more about it HERE.

Skil Vivo

Included in the Kit: The iXO driver, the corkscrew attachment, a Skil-branded bottle stop, a foil cutter, charger, and several driver bits. Around $50

To Purchase on CLICK HERE

For more info: CLICK HERE


We just recently got this tool to review.  I knew that SKIL had a version, but wanted to try the Rockwell Tools version, as the handle appeared a bit different and potentially more ergonomic.  I’m still in the process of testing it out, but so far, I love it every bit as much as I love the SKIL version and so, guys, I offer this as an idea for you to give dear ole Mom.

If you haven’t already gathered, it’s a 3.6V Lithium-Ion Cordless Cutter, and man does it cut!  According to the package, it cuts cardboard (check, it does that with ease), carpet, leather, wire, and can be used for trimming in the garden, but where it REALLY excels is on those stupid, hard-to-open thermoformed plastic packages that nearly everything comes in these days.

Give one of these cutters to Mom to keep in the kitchen drawer and she’ll sing your praises every time she easily cuts throw one of those pesky packages.  (Hint: Guys, you are gonna like this tool so much, you should buy another one to keep in your shop.) Pricing well below $50.

Rockwell ZipSnip

ZipSnip cuts through plastic packaging like butter!

To Purchase on CLICK HERE

(Also available in big box stores.)


Milwaukee M12 Cordless Power Port – 2349-20

If Mom is always on the go and her phone is her lifeline, check this out.  You’ve heard it before (in fact, you probably thought you’d never hear the end of it) when her battery dies, and we all know, when Momma ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy.  So, here’s a gift that will make her happy, therefore making your life just a little more peaceful.

More than likely, you already have some of the Milwaukee M12 tools in your shop.  If you don’t, then you should.  The cordless power port uses the M12 rechargeable battery, and it has both DC and USB ports.  To read the review of this tool: CLICK HERE.

She can give her phone a boost while she’s out doing what Moms do best which is running here, there and everywhere. For under $30 (battery and charger sold separately – but hey, that gives YOU and excuse to buy more batteries), it’s a bargain!

Milwaukee M12 Cordless Power Powert

Milwaukee M12 Cordless Power Port has DC and USB Ports.

To purchase on CLICK HERE

For more info: CLICK HERE

Black & Decker Platinum 20V Max Cordless Hand Vac – BDH2000L

Before you skip over this item, saying “My wife (or Mom) would KILL me if I got her a vacuum for Mother’s Day”, take a minute and check out this little sucker.  The Black & Decker Platinum 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless hand vac will make her life so much easier, and she’s not as likely to get mad at you for the messes you make if she (or you) can quickly and easily clean them up.

With this lightweight, extremely portable vac, dust, dirt, pet hair, crumbs, and yes even sawdust are sucked up in a snap.  The bowl is transparent, so you can see when it needs to be emptied, and both the bowl and the filter can be washed.

I have a feeling if you choose this as your gift, in very little time you’ll be buying a second one to keep in your shop.  It’s about $90, but worth every penny!

Black & Decker Cordless Hand Vac

Black & Decker Platinum 20V Max Cordless Hand Vac has a flip-up brush and an extendable crevice tool.

To purchase on CLICK HERE

For more info: CLICK HERE

DEWALT Folding Retractable Utility Knife DWHT10035L

Brad Staggs reviewed this knife several months ago, but it’s still a favorite among both sexes in the Tool Skool Workshop.

It’s going to take a lot for another utility knife to take its place as my favorite.  I have one in my car and one in the shop.  Just today, I had a lot of boxes to go through, empty out, and break down for recycling.

This is the right tool for the job because it’s so easy to  pull out, open up, cut through the cardboard with ease, and fold back up and clip to your belt or pocket.  Mom will like the safety aspect of the knife, and you’ll think it’s cool to see a chick carrying a DEWALT knife on her belt!  For around $10, you can’t beat this gift idea!

DEWALT Folding Retractable Utility Knife

Two more perks: easy to change blades and storage in the handle

To purchase on CLICK HERE

For more info: CLICK HERE

Tomboy Tools Hammer Bottle Opener

We already suggested a gift for the woman who likes wine, and now here’s one for the beer drinking gals!  We learned about Tomboy Tools many years ago when producing shows for the DIY Network, but recently, they came out with what they call a novelty tool that may be one of my favorite tools ever, and I promise you Mom will LOVE it too!

It’s definitely a light duty hammer: perfect for hanging pictures, driving stakes in the garden, or camping.  But, Mom will be surprised out how often a small hammer is all she needs to get the job done.  She can’t pull nails with it, because instead of a claw, there is a bottle opener instead.

Every Mom needs a light duty hammer to stick in the kitchen drawer, and she can pull this one out for parties and be the toast of her friends.   For under $10, this is another “can’t go wrong” gift idea.

Tomboy Tools Hammer Bottle Opener

Beer anyone?

Order from Tomboy Tool Representative, Bobbi Sevigney: CLICK HERE

Stanley 14 in 1 Multi-Tool – STHT70695

Guys, if you don’t already have the Stanley 14 in 1 Multi-tool, you’ll need to pick up two of these.  One to give Mom, and one to keep for yourself.  Compact and lightweight (it’s a bit bigger than a pocket knife or a “Leatherman” style multi-tool), it’s the perfect size to put in the glove box of your car, a kitchen draw, or in a tool box.

Open it up and on one side, you’ll find a knife blade, saw blade, driver, file, and bottle opener (can you see a theme here?). On the other side, there are 4 sizes of sockets and 6 driver bits.  It’s like a little tool box all in one neat little package that you can wrap up and give to Mom for less than $15.  What a bargain.

Stanley 14 in 1 Multi-tool

Stanley Multi-tool folds up to fit nicely in the car or kitchen drawer.

To purchase on CLICK HERE

For more info: CLICK HERE

Spend-A-Little, Save-A-Lot Home Improvements by Brad Staggs

Does Mom live alone?  Or are you just tired of helping her with her home projects?  With this book, she’ll check them off her list like a pro.  This book is full of detailed descriptions and step-by-step pictures of energy saving tips and advise on keeping small problems from turning into big disasters.  Click the picture of the book to buy on PayPal, and if you send us a note, we’ll get the author to sign it!  Available for $15 + shipping and handling.

Spend A Little Save A Lot Home Improvements

Get your autographed copy

Flowers fade. Candy melts. But cool tools make for a happy Mom!  Have fun shopping…


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Beth Knott

Managing Editor at Tool Skool
Beth is the Managing Editor of Tool Skool, as well as a contributing reviewer. She has a long history with tools: as co-Producer of DIY Tools & Techniques, she oversaw the production of more than 200 episodes. An avid DIYer, she puts her tool collection to good use.

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