Helpful Holiday Gift Suggestions

Your local hardware store is filled with great gift ideas; to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season, think of what the receiver enjoys doing around the house!

Gift ideas abound at the Hardware Store!
Think of What The Receiver Enjoys Doing Around the House When Selecting Gifts

For the mom who grows her own flowers, a dozen cut roses may not be the gift she’d most prefer this holiday. Instead, she may appreciate plants, planters, gardening books, trellises, and tools for working the soil or some garden lighting.

So, too, the dad who prides himself on doing home improvement projects may like to pass on the new tie and handkerchiefs, in favor of helpful hand tools, ergonomically comfortable power tools or a top-of-the line paintbrush.

The past few years has seen more people becoming involved in projects around the home, either as a leisure interest, hobby or necessity. Do-it-yourselfers want their own tools, but they are particular about what they want, with women often selecting tools that are compact and designed to better fit their hands, and both genders enjoying tools that offer versatility and convenience, such as multi-purpose power tools that can either trim a bush or cut a wood pattern that requires a jigsaw. All-in-one kits such as those that include a battery, power pack and a tool that can be used interchangeably as a screwdriver, drill or sander are appreciated by the do-it-yourselfer stocking his or her workbench.

Local neighborhood hardware stores are known for having everything you need to get your job done – and the service to help you find what you need. This holiday season, consider using your hardware store’s local know-how to help you find the perfect, practical holiday gift for everyone on your list! Following are some suggested top gifts for this holiday season, that Marin Ace customers find useful around the house and garden:

  • The housewares section at Marin Ace is packed with stocking stuffers and holiday gift ideas for anyone with a kitchen. From new kitchen utensils from OXO, to holiday towels and potholders, to quality bakeware (and even the sprinkles), you’ll surely find the perfect kitchen addition for any cooks or bakers on your list.
  • Oenophiles will enjoy wine tools including the OXO Steel Wine Opener which opens your bottles of wine effortlessly, as well as the Rabbit Aerating Pourer, which aerates your wine as you pour, improving the bouquet and flavor.
  • Swiss Army Knives, and Leatherman tools always make welcome gifts, especially for the younger people on your list building their tool assortments.
  • Can you ever have too many flashlights? From headlamps to book lights for reading, flexible flashlights to heavy-duty mag lights, and great new LED technology, you’ll find the perfect flashlight to match everyone on your holiday list.
  • Great gifts for gardeners include a trowel, transplanter, cultivator, kneeling pad, and new gloves. Consider packaging garden gifts in a garden tote or in The Gardener’s Hollow Leg garden helper. Another idea for a gardener is the gift of good-quality pruning loppers for shrubs. A lopper from Fiskars is lightweight but has the power it takes to cut through even the thickest of branches. And the "bible" of Northern California Gardens, the Sunset Garden Book, has been updated for 2012 and makes a welcome, and useful, gift.
  • When most of us think of the ubiquitous Radio Flyer red wagon, we think about riding around in it as kids. But it’s also a great gift in lieu of a wheelbarrow. Radio Flyer wagons can hold up to 300 pounds of crafts, supplies and materials. Even dad can ride safely inside this unit!
  • One of the hottest areas in home improvement is refinishing furniture, with women outpacing men in that pursuit. To make the task easier and more enjoyable, give the refinisher in your family a high-quality heat gun. Ace offers a dual-temperature heat gun that can help do-it-yourselfers make her old furniture look new again.
  • Bird watchers will appreciate the gift of a new birdhouse and starter bag of birdseed. Consider attracting a specific type of bird to the backyard, for example attract more finches with a Nyger thistle feeder, or get a hummingbird feeder and nectar for more hummingbird visitors.
  • A circular saw is a great gift idea to expand a do-it-yourselfer’s tool collection. A saw from Skil is packed with safety features and can help when needing to make the perfect cut for a home project.

Please bring in your holiday gift list to Marin Ace and we’ll happily help you find the perfect, useful gift for everyone you’re shopping for this holiday season!


Marin Ace Store Information:

Store Hours:     

  •          Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  •          Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  •          (Marin Ace will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)


Address & Phone:      

  •          180 Merrydale Road, San Rafael CA 94903
  •          415/479-9393
  •          www.MarinAce.com


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Jim Davis December 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM
A great website for online holiday shopping is The Online Shopping Mall (http://jimdavisenterprises.blogspot.com). Lots of retailers with special holiday offers to help you save money. Check it out.


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