So, you’ve waited around and now you have less than a week before Christmas. It’s ok, we have you covered with the STR Christmas Gift Guide 2019, but if you’re buying online, then you better hurry. We have ideas from every price category, starting at less than $15. But, don’t worry, we have a $15k option as well.
Christmas Gift Guide 2019 – Around $25
Grease Monkey Nitrile gloves
You don’t have to be a mechanic to appreciate some good disposal gloves. Keep the grease and grime off those hands when you’re under the hood or any other dirty work. Designed to tackle everything from an oil change to a tune-up, these Nitrile disposable gloves provide you with total dexterity and a snug fit. A latex-free construction saves your skin and protects from chemicals, liquids, and oils. No matter what, these gloves have you covered.
- 100-count box
- Latex-free construction ideal for skin sensitivities
- Chemical and water-resistant so you can take on any task
- Nitrile means these gloves provide a second-skin fit
- 1 size fits all
- Touchscreen compatible, save time without having to remove your glove
- Disposable glove made to tackle any task
- Multipurpose for any job big or small
- Provides dexterity and snug fit
- Used for a wide variety of automotive tasks
- Home Depot $12.97
Gifts Around $50
Autogeek Poorboys Wash Bucket Kit
Who doesn’t want a clean ride? Help a brother out and get them everything they need to keep their vehicle shining. Autogeek has everything you can think of when it comes to car care.
- 32 oz. Poorboy’s World Super Slick & Suds Concentrated Car Wash
- 16 oz. Poorboy’s World Quick Detailer PLUS QD+
- Professional 5 Gallon Wash Bucket- CLEAR
- The Grit Guard Insert – Yellow Gold Plush Micro-Chenille Wash Mitt
- The Guzzler Waffle Weave by Cobra, 16 x 24 inches
- 3 qty. Edgeless Microfiber Quick Detail Towel, 16 x 16 inches
- Autogeek $65.00
Ok, now we’re getting into the serious categories in the Christmas Gift Guide 2019. This is no longer work-friends or gift exchange peeps, this is getting into the serious stuff. You’re breaking out the hundies now, so play-time is over.
HART 20V Inflator & LED Light Kit
But wait a second, this one still fits in that range under $100, but it makes the giftee feel like they’re getting much more. The HART cordless inflator runs on the 20V battery platform. This thing will pump up a full-size tire in seconds.
- The 20V one battery system allows you to interchange the battery on all 20V HART products. It powers all HART 20V tools, outdoor, automotive and lifestyle items
- This product comes with a battery and charger
- Inflates a flat to full tire in under 7 minutes with operating range of 0-150 PSI
- Enhanced accuracy with an illuminated digital gauge, accurate within 1 PSI
- 20″ hose with nozzle accessories and on-board storage for inflation needs
- Mount light on 2-by material for ease of use
- LED Light outputs over 200 Lumen and has hands free use with rotating head
- Includes: Inflator, LED Light, 1.5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion Battery, Charger, Sports Needle, (2) High-Pressure Nozzles and Operator’s Manual
- Walmart $88
Ryobi P731 18V Dual Inflator – Programmable
Tired of having a flat tire, or worse yet, tired of blowing up all those pool/beach toys? The Ryobi P731 cordless inflator is just the ticket for those tired lungs. Not only will it inflate high-pressure tires and low-pressure high-volume floats, but it’s also a deflator. This Ryobi P731 will inflate a queen-sized mattress in less than a minute, then deflate it in the same amount of time. You can also set the desired amount of PSI for a tire, then let the Ryobi cordless inflator top the tire off without you standing watch. Once the desired PSI is reached, the unit will shut off.
- High-pressure inflation for tires and small inflatables
- High volume inflation for large inflatables
- Onboard, easy-wrap hose storage helps keep inflator organized
- Easy to use controls allow automatic shutoff at any pressure
- Digital pressure readout for accurate inflation (+/- 1 PSI)
- Convenient switch for high and low-pressure selection
- Includes nozzles for high volume and high-pressure applications
- Cordless convenience for use in virtually any location
- Separate ports for inflation and deflation
- Included 1.3 Ah battery is compatible with all RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ products and its compact size allows use in tight areas and reduces user fatigue
- Dual Chemistry Charger: Charges 18-Volt ONE+ batteries in as little as 1 hour
- Dual Chemistry Charger: Indicator lights show status as batteries are charged and maintained
- Part of the RYOBI ONE+ World’s Largest 18-Volt Tool System*
- 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Includes: (1) P731 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Dual Function Inflator/Deflator, (1) P102 18-Volt ONE+ 1.3 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery, (1) P118 18-Volt ONE+ Dual Chemistry Charger, (1) high-pressure hose, (1) high-pressure nozzle, (1) high volume hose, (1) high volume nozzle, (1) sports ball needle, (1) Presta valve adapter, and operator’s manual
- Home Depot $89.00
Gifts for $150
SKIL PWRCore 20 Brushless 20V 1/4 Inch Hex Impact Driver Kit
SKIL is not the tool company that it used to be, and that’s a good thing. The whole SKIL lineup has been totally upgraded, from fit to function and features. If you haven’t tried one lately, don’t judge until you have. We recently reviewed this SKIL 20V Brushless Impact Driver and we were very impressed. Check out the link for our full video review of this tool. You get a USB port in each battery for charging your phone and you get a 5-year warranty.
- 20V IMPACT DRIVER KIT—Includes a PWR Core 20 2. 0Ah Lithium Battery and PWR Jump Charger.
- POWERFUL PERFORMANCE—The digital brushless motor provides efficient, high-performance power when driving through a variety of wood surfaces.
- Longer run time & battery LIFE—Industry-leading PWR core 20 Lithium battery technology wraps Each cell with cooling material to keep the battery powering on for 25% longer run time
- and 2x battery life.
- Power on the GO—Plug into the battery’s USB port wherever, whenever with PWR assist mobile charging.
- CHARGES IN 5 MINUTES—Automatic PWR Jump charges the battery from 0% to 25% in just 5 minutes, or 100% battery in 45 minutes.
- TWO SPEEDS PLUS CONTROL MODE—Control Mode helps eliminate screw cam-out and cross-threading, especially with long fasteners. Begins at low speed and once the fastener tightens, then shifts to high speed.
- Chuck type: Hex collet
- LED light: Yes, with pre-light and after-glow
- Max impact rate: 0-2400/3400
- Max torque hard joint: 1800 in. lbs
- Net weight excl. battery: 2.47 lbs (1.12 kg)
- No-load speed: 0-1700/2700
- Variable speed switch: Yes
- Voltage: 20V
- 5-year warranty
- Amazon $149
Gearwrench 1/2″ Electronic Torque Wrench with Angle
Now we’re getting to the real good stuff. We got our hands on these Gearwrench Electronic torque wrenches at the SEMA Show 2019. They took the durability and finish of their new click-stop torque wrenches and added the sexiness of the electronic controls. Furthermore, the flexible head allows for greater dexterity. Any mechanic should love to receive this.
- GearWrench #85196
- 120XP head provides a 3° ratcheting arc to turn fasteners in narrow spaces
- Low profile tube, 15° flex teardrop head, and flush-mounted on/off switch allow for better access in tight confines
- Digitally tracks torque and angle measurements. Vibrating handle, buzzer, and LCD screen alert when target torque is reached
- 3 function modes feature peak torque, angle, and peak angle for additional versatility
- 5 torque measurement units provide a readout in ft-lb, In-lb, Nm, kg-m, and kg-cm
- 10 Available preset torque settings allow you to quickly access frequently repeated applications
- Torque accuracy of +/-2% CW and +/-3% CCW between 20% and 100% of wrench capability angle settings offer +/-1% of reading of angle accuracy
- Knurled aluminum handle lets you grip comfortably, while clearly marked midpoint promotes additional accuracy
- Meets or exceeds ASME standards and specifications
- 1 year limited warranty; calibration accuracy warrantied for 90 days
- Amazon $247.20
Women’s Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Jacket
Nothing beats the chill of Winter’s air like the warm embrace of a Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket. Powered by the Milwaukee M12 battery, 2 heating zones in the chest and one on the back will keep you warm for up to 8 hours. Choose from 3 different power settings.
- Includes: (1) M12 heated women’s AXIS jacket-only (233-20), (1) REDLITHIUM CP2.0 battery pack (48-11-2420), (1) M12 compact charger and power source (48-59-1201)
- 100% Polyester insulation keeps heat in, doesn’t add bulk
- Compressible design makes layering comfortable and easy
- Wind and water-resistant
- Reinforced high-wear zones protect from abrasion and tears
- Washer and dryer safe
- Adjustable waist with drop tail extended back
- (2) outer zip pockets, (1) inner zip pocket, (1) low-profile battery pocket
- Home Depot $219
HART 20-Volt Brushless Drill and Impact Combo Kit
The HART 20V brushless drill and impact driver combo kit delivers with a brushless 1/2″ drill and brushless impact driver. The impact driver pounds out 2200 in-lbs of force while the 1/2″ drill includes a 2-speed gearbox capable of 1800 RPM. A 24-position clutch allows you to customize the desired drive force for the particular application.
- The 20V one battery system allows you to interchange the battery on all 20V HART products. It powers all HART 20V tools, outdoor, automotive and lifestyle items
- This product comes with 2 batteries and a charger
- Up to 30% More Power*
- Up to 20% Faster*
- Longer Motor Life
- Portable storage bag included for easy transport of tools
- Includes: 1/2″ Drill, 1/4″ Impact Driver, (2) 2Ah 20V Lithium-Ion Battery, Fast Charger, (2) Double-Ended Bit, (2) Belt Clip, Storage Bag and Operator’s Manual
- Disclaimer: *Results achieved when using a 4.0Ah Battery (not included)
- Walmart $178
Gifts Around $300
Flex PXE 80 Polisher Kit
If you have a detailer in your life, then this Flex PXE 80 polisherFlex PXE 80 polisher is a must. By the way, they will also love you forever. Since this is a brand new tool, there’s an excellent chance your loved one is yet to have it. We got a chance to try it out at the SEMA Show recently, and this little 12-volt tool surprised everyone, Pros included, with the power it lays down. This micro-beast converts from a rotary polisher to dual action in just seconds.
- FLEX PXE 80 12-EC KIT includes:
- PXE 80 12-EC
- 1 each of the adapters (1 rotary, 1 orbital 3mm, and 1 orbital 12mm)
- 1 each of the backing plates (1- 1″ sticky, 1- 1″ Velcro and 1- 3″ Velcro)
- 2 – 2.5 Amp batteries
- 1 charger
- 1 Bag
- Flex PXE 80 polisher
Whoever you’re buying for at this level sure is a lucky gal or guy. This is where the STR Christmas Gift Guide 2019 gets a lot of fun. These are the things we all wish to have, along with most others.
Milwaukee M18 Extended Anvil Impact Wrench
It’s fair to say that Milwaukee is leading the pack with it comes to impact tools, such as impact wrenches. Building on their solid High Torque platform, they recently added the M18 Extended Anvil version. This tool is built for that wheel and tire specialist. Instead of adding torque, this latest impact is actually limited. You get 4 customizable drive control modes to keep from stripping fasteners or warping wheels. Milwaukee let us play with one when we were at the Milwaukee New Product Symposium a few months ago.
M18 ONE-KEY FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2 in. Impact Wrench with Extended Anvil Kit with 2 Batteries
- Controlled Torque Output
- Up to 1,100ft-lbs Nutbusting Torque
- Fully compatible with the M18 system, featuring over 200+ tools
- 4 customizable drive control modes provide multiple fastening torque outputs designed for vehicles such as sedans, light trucks and box trucks
- POWERSTATE brushless motor delivers up to 750 ft. lbs. of fastening torque and 1,100 ft. lbs. of nut-busting torque
- Enables users to perform faster tire service by removing the hassle of pneumatic hoses, compressors and torque sticks
- Part of the M18 System, featuring over 175 plus tools
- POWERSTATE brushless motor delivers maximum power and long motor life
- ONE-KEY Compatible: ability to customize, track and manage tools for increased productivity and investment protection
- Premium rubber overmold withstands corrosive materials and provides increased comfort when in use
- LED light to illuminate the work area
- Includes: one 2769-20, one 48-11-1850 two, 48-59-1812
- Home Depot $549
Lincoln Power Mig 140 MP
If you know anyone that needs a small welder or they want to learn to weld, then this is a very easy one to start with. We actually trained more than 30 young men (from 13-17) how to weld with the Lincoln Electric Power Mig 140MP at a recent Summer Merit Camp. With this machine, you can MIG, TIG, or stick weld, just by changing the leads. For less than $1,000, it’s hard to beat.
- Magnum® PRO 100L gun and 10 ft.
- .025 tapered contact tips
- .035 tapered contact tips
- Gasless nozzle for Innershield® welding
- Gas nozzle for MIG welding
- Spindle adapter for 8″ spools
- .025 -.035 in. wire diameter dual track drive roll for MIG and flux-cored welding
- Harris® Gas Regulator and 52″ hose for use with Ar/ CO2 blend gases.
- Sample spool of .025 SuperArc® L-56® premium MIG wire
- Sample) spool of .035 Innershield® NR®-211-MP flux-cored wire
- Work clamp and 10 ft. cable
- Instruction manual
- Quick Start guide
- Electrode holder 10 ft.
- Baker Gas $782
Gifts Over $1,000
Husky 72-inch Tool Chest Stainless Steel Top
This Husky box gives you 6-feet of stainless steel goodness for working or just collecting your day’s work. Six 6-inch casters support the 2,500 capacity. With 15 drawers, you’re bound to find at least one that you like.
- Full-extension soft-closing ball-bearing drawer slides support up to 120 lbs.
- All-welded steel construction with rust-resistant textured black powder coat finish
- 72 in. x 24 in. stainless steel top provides 1,728 cu. in. of work space
- Bottom deep drawers are supported by 2 sets of slides, which can accommodate heavier items
- Tubular side handles on both sides make it easy to move your cabinet around your work space
- 6 in. x 2 in. casters with stylish hubcaps (2 stationary and 4 swivels with toe brakes) can support up to 2,500 lbs.
- Dual internal keyed locking system allows you to lock right-hand drawer bank separately from other drawers providing extra security
- Integrated power strip with 6 outlets and 2 USB ports on the left-hand side of the unit
- Cord hooks for storing power cord when not in use
- Husky logos embossed on stainless steel top and bottom right-hand drawer
- Chrome bottle opener mounted on right-hand side underneath handle
- Corner guards to protect the unit from dents
- Pre-cut premium embossed drawer liners included
- Casters come pre-installed to reduce difficult assembly
- Minimal assembly: attach handles, bottle opener, and cord hooks
- Click here to learn more about exclusive Husky products
- Backed by Husky’s Limited 1-year Warranty. Click here for more information or call 1-888-HD-HUSKY for customer service and support.
- Home Depot $998
Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC Multi Process Welder
If you want the multi-process welder that truly does it all, you should definitely check out the Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC welder. Most of your standard MP welders can’t handle TIGing aluminum, but the Miller 220 can. You still get the ability to power the welder with either 120V or 240V, with the adapter plug included. Weld up to 3/8″ steel with MIG and stick, and up to 1/4″ with TIG.
- Multimatic 220 AC/DC
- 6.5 ft (2 m) power cord and MVP™ adapter plug for 120V and 240V
- 10 ft MDX™-100 MIG Welding Gun
- 13 ft (4 m) cable electrode holder and 25 mm Dinse-style connector
- 12.5 ft (3.8 m) Weldcraft™ A-150 (WP-17) TIG torch with 25mm Dinse-style connector
- RFCS-14 HD foot control with 20 ft (6 m) cord
- 10 ft (3 m) work cable with clamp and 25 mm Dinse-style connector
- Two Argon and AR/CO2 mix regulator/flow gauge with hoses
- Spool of Hobart® .030 in (0.8 mm) solid wire
- Two contact tips for .030 in (0.8 mm) wire
- Quick Select™ drive roll for .024 in (0.6 mm) or .030/.035 in (0.8/0.9 mm) solid wire, and .030/.035 (0.8/0.9 mm) flux-cored wire
- AK2C TIG torch accessory kit
- Material thickness gauge #229895
- Hook-and-loop cord wraps
- Miller $2,999
Bosch ADS625 Diagnostic Scan Tool
Maybe it’s time to step up your OBDII diagnostic game a bit. If you really have some money burning a hole in that pocket, this could be your ticket. The Bosch ADS625 supports all models of Domestic (US), European, and Asian vehicles. – Does this include the Yugo? – The ADS625 is a 10-inch Android-based tablet that connects wirelessly to the ODBII connector.
- ADS tools now come with Bosch Repair-Source, comprehensive vehicle service and repair information library
- Full system coverage for Domestic, Asian and European vehicles covering all makes/models
- Auto-ID VINs, read all DTC types from all controllers, view data PIDS, perform bi-directional controls, calibrations, resets, relearns provides complete diagnostic needs
- Wireless VCI allows for freedom to move anywhere in the bay and stay connected to the vehicle
- J2534 pass-thru hardware expands your diagnostics into programming
- Industry-leading full-color OE system wiring diagram access at your fingertips
- On-tool and online repair information: confirmed fixes, maintenance procedures (brake/battery/TPMS/tune-up specs/other), component locations, key reprogramming, TSBs, etc
- Fully optimized easy-to-use software and workflows for fast navigation
- OBD II cable with light and voltmeter to confirm battery voltage prior to scanning
- Ultra-crisp 10″ high-resolution display for optimum viewing in all lighting conditions
- Front & Rear 5MP Cameras enable photos for sharing and Vehicle Scan Reports
- Android 5.0, 64GB, fast processing, printing
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Firefox for full browsing capabilities
- Docking & charging station included
- Amazon $4,450
- ADS 625 tablet scan tool
- Wireless J2534 compliant VCI
- OBDII cable with light and voltmeter
- AC power adapter
- Docking and charging station
Ultimate Tool Gift $15,000
Sonic Tools USA S15 Toolbox and 958-piece Tool Set
Finishing off the Christmas Gift Guide 2019 is the Sonic S15 Toolbox with 958 tools included. Sonic Tools makes it so easy to keep an organized toolbox. Before all the custom foam companies were selling their foam kits, Sonic Tools was already laser cutting theirs and labeling them for each individual tool. When you open the drawer, there is a spot for everything. We first reviewed the Sonic Tools S10 several years ago, and it’s the go-to box in our shop. Today, there are only 2 tools missing: a 10mm socket (no joke) and some pliers. And, we have multiple teenagers using these tools from time to time. You should really check out Sonic Tools, they’re great quality for a very fair price. You can also customize any box to exactly how you want it.
The 958-piece metric kit is the most comprehensive kit designed by SONIC, fitting the S14 or S15 toolbox. The kit consists of five XD and nine medium foam inlays, filling seven drawers, covering essential 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ ratchet and socket needs, 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ torque wrenches, ten styles of wrenches, screwdrivers, and hooks, 1/2″ impact sockets, cutting tools, pliers, wire strippers, crimping pliers and jaws, hex and grips key set, socket screwdrivers and more.
- 14 drawers – 12 shallow, – 1 deep, – 1 deep and wide
- Torsion resistant through profile construction at the 4 corners
- Drawer blocking system as protection against tipping over
- 2 integrated can holder
- Integrated paper roll holder
- 4 durable, strong and sturdy rubber casters 2x swivel casters with brake and 2x fixed
- Sonic Tools USA $14,200