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Matt’s Gift Guide 2017

It’s time for my annual guide.  Top 10 gifts for that Builder, Remodeler, Dad, or Dude in your life!

Fenix LD02  http://amzn.to/2hNJqmx This little light is 10x more powerful than your phone’s flashlight.  Takes AAA batteries.  I keep this one on me daily.  $30

Leatherman Skeletool KB Black  http://amzn.to/2ze8Gcl  For $25 this little knife is a great deal.  Perfect size to fit in your coin pocket.  Has a bottle opener too.  For this price, this knife is hard to beat.

For Coin Pocket Carry. These $25 & $30 gifts are perfect!


Benchmade Mini-Griptilian  http://amzn.to/2hLvpW9  In my opinion this is the best Knife company going. 

This $100 Benchmade is a gem. Expensive, but a fantastic Knife.

Petzl Tikka Headlamp  http://amzn.to/2mUqLdS  Takes AAA batteries and is super bright.  I’m a fan of this model.  Keep it in your truck for changing a flat tire, or crawling in an attic hands-free.  It also has a Red light to preserve night vision.  A great deal for under $30.

My last Tikka lasted 15 years before my kids broke it. Tough light and perfect for all kinds of tasks.


Aukey Brick Charger  http://amzn.to/2zd0I3w  For emergencies you NEED a big charger like this.  I used it during the Hurricane Harvey outage to keep my two phones in my house charged for a multi-day outage.  A great gift for $38!

This company makes THE BEST products to clean your car, but I also use them on my houses.  Trust me on this one.  He will Love anything you get him from Griots.  These are my top three I use most from their catalog.

Griots Garage Speed Shine  http://amzn.to/2zYqk7o  Griots Garage Interior Cleaner  http://amzn.to/2zZP52U  

Griots Garage Interior Detailer  http://amzn.to/2mTGx8W

Benchmade Knife Sharpener   http://amzn.to/2hOryrj

I bought this originally to fit in my backpack for hunting trips, but I was frankly shocked at how well it worked!  I use it all the time at the house.  The leather strop on the top is awesome.  I get my knives razor sharp.  He will love this $40 gift!

Elements of Building Book  http://amzn.to/2zduJ33  Terrific book for the Builder or Remodelor in your life.  I’ve come back to it for advice many times.  $40 but totally worth it.  

Excellent advice from a seasoned builder. He will love this book. YOU will love this book.

Cordless Dremel  http://amzn.to/2hWjngz

Dremel Engraving Bits  http://amzn.to/2zYg3bR

I am a big believer in Tatooing all my Tools & Equipment and this little Dremel has been awesome for that task.  Battery life is excellent and they make a million bits for all kinds of work.  A bit more expensive than the other items but very helpful for a Builder, Carpenter, or Tradesman.  (OR a DIY DAD).


For more ideas see my 2016 Gift Guide Blog post, or my 2015 Gift Guide Post.
Merry Christmas my friends!  Drop me a note below if you think of something I’ve missed on this guide or if your gift was a hit with that Man you are buying for!
Matt Risinger

Risinger & Co in Austin, TX

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Risinger & Company is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.

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