Oscillating Multi Tools for the Holidays
It’s getting colder outside, which means one thing: gift season. If you want to avoid shopping during the crazy-busy lead up to the holidays, when malls turn into war zones and shipping takes weeks longer than usual, it’s a good idea to start thinking about this now. And what better way to satisfy everyone on your list than with oscillating multi tools and accessories?
I’m not crazy, I swear. Oscillating multi tools are shockingly versatile, making them useful for beginners and the highly tool-savvy. Plus, if you factor in blades, you have a potential price range of about $5 to hundreds of dollars, so you can get something appropriate for everyone. Take a look at these ideas – who knows, you might just get your holiday shopping done early.
Multi Tool Owners
Obviously, multi tool owners are the only people you can buy blades for. But, since blades need replacing every now and then and come in such a wide assortment, they are excellent gifts for multi tool owners.
You can either get this group a few blades that wear out fast as replacement, like circular blades, or splurge on a top-of-the line blade with more longevity. Blades (when packaged properly) can even make great stocking stuffers! Plus, their small size makes them easy to wrap.
Here are some good blade gift ideas for various people on your list. The prices listed are the lowest available on the market:
$6: Specialty oscillating multi tool blade. Good for stockings or for a causal acquaintance, like a co-worker.
$25: Titanium-coated bi-metal multi tool blade + flat round diamond multi tool blade. A nice set of deluxe blades that won’t wear out too quickly.
$60: A full set of essential multi blades, such as scrapers, Japan blades, and circular blades. Great for someone who uses their oscillating multi tool often and needs to replace blades with some frequency.
Oscillating Multi Tools for Non-Owners
You probably won’t be buying an oscillating multi tool for Joe at the office, but these tools can make great gifts for loved (or even just liked) ones. Even better, they come in such a large price range that a solid model costs about as much as a fancy bottle of wine.
$50: Chicago 67537. Despite the dirt-cheap price, this three-pound multi tool does a respectable job cutting, removing grout, and handling other typical oscillating multi tool tasks. A nice choice for a good friend, perhaps someone who is into DUI or has just moved to a new home. Also makes a perfect wedding gift.
$80: Skil 1400-02. Still very cheap for an oscillating multi tool, the Skil nevertheless gets positive points because of its relatively quick and reliable performance. The tool is also easy to grip and would delight a sibling or other family member with aspirations of home improvement.
$200: Fein FMM25OQ. While there are some models in the $150 range, if you are going to go big, you might as well go big. A Fein MultiMaster is a serious gift that is sure to please a significant other, parent, or adult child. The Fein MultiMaster consistently gets the best ratings on the market for its powerful motor, speed, and overall ease of use. The only possible drawback could be that at 4 pounds, it may be more difficult for some people to use for long periods of time.
As you can see, oscillating multi tools and blades have phenomenal potential as gifts. As an added bonus, you can always get yourself some new blades while you’re shopping. So get those tools bought fast, and prepare to sit back and relax while everyone else panics about getting last-minute gifts.
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