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DIY-lover’s gift guide — presents to add polish to home

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For gifts that keep on giving, check our list of presents for the do-it-yourself fans on your list. Winter is the perfect time for homeowners to put extra care and attention into the house. One of these thoughtful, practical pressies will help make homes more beautiful and comfortable all year long.

This is top of our wish list because who wouldn’t like a robot vacuum cleaner? Imagine never having to shove a vacuum across the carpet again, no more bumping against furniture to get into every corner. The compact RoboVac scoots around the floor of its own accord, inhaling dust and dirt for a home that is cleaner than ever.

Ibiza’s damp climate can ruin clothes, send mildew running up the walls, and make houses feel extra cold. A dehumidifier is a fantastic, useful gift. Run regularly, it will cut down on damage from mould and mildew, save on heating bills, and make every home feel cosy.

Tool kit
Treat the DIY enthusiast in your life to a new set of tools. Tool kits come in all sizes and specialities, meaning you can find something exactly right for your budget and your loved one. Choose one that comes in a good sturdy box or bag that will make it easy to get tools where they are needed.

Log carrier
If you have a friend with a fireplace, they need a log carrier. They come in a range of materials and styles, so you can choose one that coordinates with your friend’s decor. Log carriers save time, by reducing the number of trips to carry firewood; reduce the chance of cut or pinched fingers; and protect clothing from dirt and wear-and-tear.

A top quality axe is the perfect gift to help fill that log carrier. The gift of a well-made, properly weighted axe makes cutting firewood, and other household chores, easier and safer. One tip: check markets or second-hand shops like Ibiza Troc for old axes. Apparently, old steel had a better carbon ratio than modern blends, making it more durable. If you find a good vintage axe head, buy a new handle to fit.

Composting kit
This is the perfect gift for eco-conscious friends. Home composting kits are small enough to fit in the kitchen and mean that every day food scraps can be turned into nutrient-rich soil for home gardening. Look for ones that seal for anaerobic fermentation, ensuring they stay clean and odour-free.

Possibly the single most versatile home tool, a hammer is essential for everything from hanging pictures to knocking dents out of wheelbarrows to hammering tent stakes. Look for one that has a smooth face, a fibreglass handle, and a straight rip claw for pulling out nails.

Amazon Echo Dot
When your DIY-loving friend has his or her hands full, the Echo Dot can help get things done. This voice-operated robot can do a multitude of tasks including control lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, and sprinklers. It can also play music, make calls, send and receive messages, read the news, set alarms and more.

Share your best gift idea for DIY-lovers in the comments!

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