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    Great gifts for the DIYer

    Ryobi’s “18V One+ Dual Power 20-Watt LED WorkLight” delivers portable illumination for about two hours with a lithium-ion battery (sold separately with the charger for $59) that works on more than 70 of the manufacturer’s tools. The light has 1,700-plus lumens and can be switched over to electric power with an extension cord. It has a tripod setting and its head rotates 360 degrees. $69 at The Home Depot, 60 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, 781-944-6423, and other locations,


    Stihl’s “BGA 85” battery-powered hand-held blower requires no gas or cord and produces no emissions while delivering 100-mile-per-hour air to move even stubborn yard debris. The heavy-duty lithium-ion battery (this and the charger must be purchased separately for $159.99 and $79.99, respectively) powers the blower quietly, offering an instant start. For substantial yardwork, an extra battery is a must for this lightweight dynamo. $229 at Farina’s, 61 Galen St., Watertown, 617-926-1717,


    Shop-Vac’s “SVX2 Heavy Duty Wet Dry Vac” features a 14-gallon clear tank so you can see exactly what the 6.5 peak horsepower motor draws in through the 8-foot lock-on hose. With a wide base, hefty rear wheels, and nonmarking front casters, this vacuum makes it easy to move from one mess to another. $149 at Lowe’s, 729 Bridge St., Weymouth, 781-340-5964, and other locations,


    Milwaukee’s “8-in-1 Compact Ratchet Multi-Bit Driver” has an all-metal high-torque ratchet to make driving screws twice as fast with something one-third the size of a standard screwdriver. The seven chrome-plated bits ensure you’re never without the right tip, and they can also be used in your power tools. Replace a drawer full of screwdrivers with this one compact tool. $14.97 at The Home Depot, 75 Mystic Ave., Somerville, 617-623-0001, and other locations,

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    C.H. Hanson’s magnetic stud finder locates screws, nails, and metal studs — no batteries needed. This simple fits-in-your-pocket tool uses strong, long-lasting rare-earth metals, ensuring no false positives and hands-free convenience and eliminating the need for pencil marks. Makes a great stocking stuffer. $7.29 at


    Hyde’s 3-piece stainless- and carbon-steel putty knife and painters tool set includes an 8-in-1 tool perfect for prepping for paint and two sizes of putty knives for applying joint compound for drywall patches. The painters tool features an ergonomic plastic overmold grip handle with a metal bolster to apply additional force with a hammer. $27 at Grainger, 428 University Ave., Norwood, 800-472-4643, and other locations


    Klein Tools’ noncontact voltage tester detects current in cables, cords, fixtures, outlets, and switches with accuracy. A high-intensity bright-green LED light makes it clear the tester is operational and helps illuminate the work space. When voltage is detected, the light switches to red and a warning tone sounds. $16.98 at The Home Depot, 1100 Revere Beach Parkway, Chelsea, 617-887-9560, and other locations;


    Olfa’s 1-blade utility knife is a precision-cutting, multipurpose tool. The heavy-gauge stainless-steel blade can cut like a standard utility knife or be extended to slice and scrape. The high-impact handle features an auto-locking mechanism to withstand high pull force. The blade change is tool-free. $7.98 at Lowe’s, 306 Providence Highway, Dedham, 781-355-3780, and other locations;

    Rob Robillard is the Globe’s Ask the Carpenter writer. Send comments to