HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR HOBBY & CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

For the hobby and craft enthusiast, Harbor Freight is a veritable treasure trove! Whether it’s a weekend craft project with the kids or a serious life-long interest, Harbor Freight offers numerous items for all hobbyists! And with Harbor Freight’s incredible values, you can give great gifts this holiday season within your particular budget while having plenty left over to gift the giver! Below are a some suggested gift ideas broken down by price range.

Under $10

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner
item#: 38593

Every hobbyist should have this versatile tool in their arsenal. The 30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner is ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. Harbor Freight’s woodburner tool contains tips for both soldering and wood burning, all in a convenient carrying case.

 

12 Drawer Storage Organizer

12 Drawer Storage Organizer
item#: 99896

Storage, sorting and organization are constant considerations for hobbyists. Harbor Freight has numerous items in all three categories but one item takes the cake decorations, beads, fasteners, buttons and more when it comes to combing all three! The 12 Drawer Storage Organizer has eight small and four large transparent drawers for easy identification. It can also be mounted to a wall or stand alone on a worktable.

 

Under $25

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set
item#: 96551

This item easily made the cut—and keeps making cuts! The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set features 26 assorted blades, three standard blade holders and a deluxe blade handle with an ergonomic grip. Plus, the entire ensemble comes neatly organized in a convenient storage carrying case. For the majority of hobbies and crafts, this knife set is an absolute must!

 

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
item#: 68696

With this one tool alone, you can sand, debur, grind and polish metal, plastic, wood and more! Adjust the variable speed control from 8000 RPM to 35000 RPM using a convenient thumbwheel speed adjuster. 1/16” and 1/8” collets are included. To tackle numerous projects, the kit also includes 31 accessory bits—all neatly packed in a storage case.

 

Under $50

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw
item#: 61608

Cut picture frames, molding and plastics without having to fire up your big table saw! The 2 miter slots featured allow you to cut precise angles with no hassle. The mini table saw also includes a blade guard and eye shield for safety.

 

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler
item#: 67631

Utilizing a rubber tumbler barrel for quieter operation, this rock tumbler gives a smooth, polished finish to rocks, semi-precious stones, glass and even metal! It’s ideal for jewelry making as well as other hobbies where smoothing and polishing are needed to achieve the desired effect! Harbor Freight also sells a variety of abrasives to work with the 3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler.

 

Under $100

1-6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit

1/6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit
item#: 69434

Get creative when painting with this air brush compressor kit. It’s easy to change colors and simple to clean. This air brush compressor and airbrush kit works with lacquers, oil-based paints and latex-based paints. It’s ideal for a wide variety of hobbies and crafts!

 

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw
item#: 93012

The 16 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw does a great job cutting highly intricate curves and designs quickly and precisely. It also features a tilting table for making precise bevel cuts. A built-in air pump keeps the line-of-sight clear of sawdust when cutting. Additional features include a cast iron base for less vibration and variable speed control for working with a wide range of materials.

 

Under $200

8 x 12 Bench Top Wood Lathe

8″ x 12″ Bench Top Wood Lathe
item#: 95607

When the budget allows a bit extra for that someone special (including yourself), consider the 8” x 12” Bench Top Wood Lathe. The lathe features a ½ HP motor and has a variable speed range from 750-3200 RPM for precise control. The lathe includes a #1 Morse taper and tail stock, 2” and 6” face plates as well as 4” and 7” tool rests. Not to mention it’s so cute!—in a functional, power tool sort of way…

 

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
item#: 93454

Often times, hobby and craft people commandeer the dining room table, kitchen counter or other surface not intended to indefinitely house their endless projects. The 60 In. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench provides the solution. The workbench features a generous 60” top, convenient shelf and four storage drawers, each felt lined to protect tools and other accessories. A wood block vice is included to enhance usability. Now the family won’t have to eat off the back of the couch…

 

We’re really just touching the tip of the hobby and craft iceberg here. There is a vast multitude of supplies, tools, adhesives and safety equipment—all great stuff for hobbies and crafts available through Harbor Freight! It also goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that if you’re not sure exactly what to get the hobby and craft enthusiast on your list, a Harbor Freight Gift Card is always a viable choice! Check out any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide or visit the website to discover Harbor Freight’s complete inventory of items to turn this season into Happy Hobby Days!

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S CONE…

Collapsible Reflective Emergency Conesorting hat

When marveling at the huge success of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, one can’t help but wonder if there was a little magical inspiration involved. Rowling herself has mentioned influences of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Homer’s the Iliad and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, all epic literary works. But Professor Unicorn, head of improbable theory at Rex’s BBQ and Correspondence College of Abilene, Texas, submitted the following statement during an interview based on extensively researched pure speculation. “I think Rowling was inspired by Harbor Freight Tools. Take the Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone (item #: 94111). Now, look at the cone closely. It has an uncanny resemblance to the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter! And her first book was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… Stone/Cone… come on!” Shortly after the interview, Professor Unicorn went back on his medication, moved in with his sister and he’s doing just fine.

Whether Rowling was actually inspired by Harbor Freight is still up for debate but what’s certain is that the Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone is a must-have safety item for unexpected roadside emergencies, especially with winter coming. The cone is made of durable weather resistant polyester/nylon with a polypropylene base. Since it’s collapsible, you can store several easily in the trunk of your car and have them at the ready for an emergency. For example: let’s say you get a flat tire, simply set up the cones while you change the tire—or you could just wave your wand and say TIREUS REPAIRO! Yeah, better visit on of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and get some of those cones…

Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone
item#: 94111

Warm Work Gloves for Cold Weather

Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t get work done. Whether you’re shoveling snow, changing a tire in cold weather, or handling an emergency while it’s sleeting, some things just can’t wait. That’s why the Cold Weather Work Gloves (Items #: 96606 and 96612) are essential items for any tool kit, no matter the season. Because when weather conditions are wet, cold, or just plain uncooperative, these gloves will keep your hands dry, comfortable, and warm so you can focus on getting the job done.

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So, exactly how warm are these gloves? Well, the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate™ lining is ten times warmer than standard fleece! Even so, you still get maximum gripping power and superior dexterity with these work gloves thanks to durable synthetic leather palms. That means you won’t lose your grip or the feeling in your fingers with these puppies on your mitts! And at just $11.99 for the pair, you won’t lose your cool when you pick them up from your local Harbor Freight either.

“I bought these gloves to help battle the cold weather as I finish up a big outdoor project (deck). These are awesome gloves. They keep my hands toasty warm and surprisingly dry. Even when they are a little too warm (as the day gets warmer), my hands are not sweating. I’ve used these in rainy weather too and they stayed dry inside. They are true to fit (XL), which is great since I have trouble finding gloves that fit well.” – by MarkP from Newark, Delaware

“I sell Christmas trees every year and normally I wear regular split leather work gloves. The problem with these is that after it rains or snows and the trees are soaked those gloves get wet quickly. I picked these Cold Weather Work Gloves up last year and they worked great for the wet trees. They’re also very warm; warmer than I thought they would have been as they seem lighter than most winter gloves you’d wear. I quickly found out these were also better than my regular winter gloves for snow shoveling, cleaning the cars off, etc. I even started using them to drive to work every morning.”  – by carrguy1 from Southeastern Pennsylvania

“I was looking for gloves that would keep my hands dry and warm at the same time. I have tried many different types of gloves in my time and these are the ones that by far met my expectations. I can work outside, in the snow, and keep my hands warm, and dry!” – by Techie from Reading, Pennsylvania

Obviously these Cold Weather Work Gloves are ideal for the winter months, but anyone working in refrigeration, cold buildings, or freezers should pick up a pair of these gloves available in Large or X-Large sizes. Just like MarkP said, they keep your hands warm and provide a great fit with elastic cuffs that keep dirt and debris out of the gloves. When it comes to working, your hands are your most important tools so keep them safe and comfortable with these warm, water-resistant cold weather work gloves from Harbor Freight!

THE NAME IS BRACEGIRDLE, STANLEY BRACEGIRDLE

Portable Household Battery Solar Charger

There were three certainties in life growing up: 1) Hidden pirate treasure was buried somewhere in the backyard; 2) When animals were alone together without humans nearby, they spoke perfect English among themselves, and 3) Any man or woman wearing a trench coat carrying an attaché was clearly a licensed-to-kill covert operative and the contents of that attaché were either top secret, highly explosive or super top secret.

However, there comes a time when we put away childish ideas… not! Sure, we don’t believe in pirate treasure per say, but it doesn’t stop us from taking a metal detector to the backyard looking for old coins. And we know animals don’t speak English among themselves, but it doesn’t stop us from speaking English to them as if they know exactly what we’re talking about. And that leaves us with the covert operative/attaché case scenario. Harbor Freight has an attaché of sorts that is a real mystery… Hint: it’s not top secret or highly explosive. And no, it’s not super top secret either. It’s the Portable Household Battery Solar Charger (item #: 68690).

Using the sun’s power, the solar battery charger fully charges AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries easily in daylight. The charger features LED lamps to indicate a full charge, an on/off switch to prevent overcharging or battery drain and a durable high-impact case to keep the charger protected. With its fancy attaché design, it doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll still look like a licensed-to-kill covert operative… even if you’re Stanley Bracegirdle, accounting partner at the firm Bracegirdle, Daft and Shufflebottom.

The Portable Household Battery Solar Charger is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide. It’s not only a practical device that will save you money over time but you’ll also become the envy of pirates, talking animals and licensed-to-kill covert operatives who spend a fortune on disposable batteries.

Portable Household Battery Solar Charger
item#: 68690

Water, Water Everywhere

You don’t have to be an ancient mariner to appreciate a good water supply. And now, with the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander (Item #: 94377), you can spread the water wealth around more than ever! This durable four-way faucet splitter lets you do the work of four workers by supplying water to four separate hoses at once for a price that won’t dry out your wallet. At just $8.99, you can’t afford to NOT purchase this garden tool!

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Not only can you connect four hoses to one faucet with this handy item, but you can also use as many at a time as you want thanks to convenient stainless steel valves for each outlet. So whether you’re watering a big field or just a portion, this faucet-splitter gives you the ability to handle it all. Plus, the solid brass construction means the splitter won’t rust regardless of how often it’s used.

“I bought this the other day and had it setup in minutes. It works great! I went back and bought 2 more… Great product.” – by wclang from Arlington Heights, IL

“I’ve used this product frequently for the past 3 months without any problems. It works as advertised.” – by Jon R. from Memphis, TN

Great for the front lawn or the home garden as well as larger scale projects like a park or high school baseball field (or just to separate various tasks), the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander from Harbor Freight gives you the versatility that normal faucets just don’t provide. Easy-to-use and install, this is a great item for any home or landscaping team.

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE. WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY.

23 In dog bed

The idiom “It’s a dog’s life” use to mean that life was hard and unpleasant. Those poor dogs. Apparently, while us Peter-Pan humans were lollygagging around living the dream, man’s best friend was miserable… who knew? Well, I certainly didn’t until I came across an academic white paper from Dr. Berry Sperry, the head of pet sociology at UC Davis. He found the personal journal of his family’s terrier Bowser. Here is a one-day entry from Bowser’s journal:

7am – woke up on cold, hard kitchen floor to the sound of coffee maker going off, hard time getting up, hip joint is really sore

7:15am – owner let me out to do my business

7:30am – chased squirrel up tree out of habit, not passion – what is the meaning of it all?

8:00 – ate dry kibble and piece of papaya dropped from family breakfast table (didn’t like papaya)

8:15am – contemplated Kierkegaard’s “Truth as Subjectivity”, no new revelations

8:45am – arrived at construction site

9:00am – 12:30pm – unloaded 50 bags of cement and dug out ditch for concrete piling

12:30pm – lunch break: ate rice cakes, low-fat cottage cheese and Diet Snapple, trying to get back to my old “service dog” weight

1:00pm – 5:30pm – busted my doggie behind putting up framing all day in the hot sun, totally worn out

6:00pm – arrived home, letter waiting for me—turned down from graduate creative writing graduate program at University of Iowa

6:30pm – ate more dry kibble, booooring!

After the last time stamp, Bowser wrote freeform…

I’m exhausted! I barely have the strength to watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy. My life is sleep, marking my territory, dry kibble, work, rinse and repeat. The horror of it all! I had dreams! I had aspirations! How can I pursue any of it when I’m working all the time and physically and emotionally spent when I’m not? Oh, this life! And to top it all off, my girlfriend’s a bitch! If I could just get a good night’s sleep, I’m sure things would start to turn around—  The rest of the entry is comprised of smudges from doggie tears.

After reading this proverbial howl for help, Dr. Sperry went down to his local Harbor Freight store and purchased the 23″ Pet Bed (item #: 66622). The 100% comfy fleece material and luxurious poly filling provide a plush rest spot for your pooch, cat, miniature wolverine or other domesticated pet. The pet bed also features a black plaid design which works with most decorative motifs. Dr. Sperry left it on the kitchen floor without saying a word. The following is Bowser’s journal entry the day after sleeping on the 23″ Pet Bed from Harbor Freight Tools:

6:30am – woke up earlier than usual and refreshed, the hip feels great!

7:15am – owner let me out to do my business

7:30am – chased squirrel up tree and had fun doing it!

8:00 – for some reason, the kibble tastes especially good today

8:15am – contemplated Kierkegaard’s “Truth as Subjectivity”, realized that since all beings process information through subjective filters, all perceived truth is “subjective”, therefore objectivity is in itself a subjective assessment

8:45am – arrived at construction site

9:00am – 12:30pm – unloaded another 50 bags of cement and dug out two more ditches for cement pilings, whistled while I worked

12:30pm – lunch break: ate rice cakes, low-fat cottage cheese and Diet Snapple… the Raspberry Diet Snapple is out of this world!

1:00pm – 5:30pm – finished framing the 1st floor of the structure, was promoted to site foreman end-of-day because of my great attitude and dogged determination

6:00pm – arrived home and found beef jerky treats by my water bowl from a “secret admirer” (suspect owner)

6:30pm – ate more dry kibble, must be a new formula, tastes great!

After the last time stamp, Bowser wrote freeform again…

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep on the 23″ Pet Bed from Harbor Freight can do. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! It’s a dog’s life… and I’m lovin’ it! My girlfriend’s still a bitch though.

Do the right thing for your pet and pick up the 23″ Pet Bed from any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores. Your pet will thank you—though not all will express their gratitude in writing.

23″ Pet Bed
item #: 66622

Harbor Freight’s Most Illuminating Tool

You never know when you’re going to need a spotlight. Perhaps you find yourself with a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Or maybe you need some illumination while camping in the woods. And of course, an impromptu theatrical performance is always a possibility. No matter what the situation may be, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight (Item #: 61777) is just the tool to shed some light on it. Available at Harbor Freight Tools, this extra-bright spotlight charges directly from your vehicle’s 12 volt cigarette lighter socket (or any 120 volt outlet) so it’s always ready and you’re always prepared!

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Could this lightweight Spotlight be any more convenient?? I propose that it cannot. A cushioned pistol grip makes it comfortable to hold while the cordless feature allows you to take the light with you while looking for firewood or during a power outage. A high impact housing even protects the lens if the Spotlight is dropped and an auto shut off feature automatically powers down the Spotlight when it’s fully charged. Really, the Spotlight does all the work for you. All you need to do is just get to your closest Harbor Freight and pick one up for $11.99. Seriously, $11.99.

“The light is quite bright. Lights up the back of my 2 acres. Is lighter than my other lights and hold a charge for quite a while. I have had it for about 3 weeks and not charged it yet using it generally once or twice a night generally not more than 10 minutes at a time.” – by Tool hog from Houston, TX

“Super-lightweight and very bright. Stays lit brightly for well over an hour on a charge. Love the fact that it can be locked in both the off and on positions. Red charging light turns green to indicate full charge.” – by Doug from West Virginia

Well over an hour? Try 4 to 6 hours on a single charge! Of course, it’s easy (and smart) to keep the Spotlight fully charged but it’s designed to last so you’re never left in the dark. Great for emergency repairs, evening hiking, power outages, and camping trips, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight is portable, lightweight, and reliable.

SPOOKTACULAR SOLAR FRIGHT LIGHTS!

Screaming-LED-Lights

Listen up boys and ghouls, hold on to your mummies and daddies because it’s that terrifying time of the year when phantoms prowl, vampires feed and zombies get another cable TV show! It’s Halloween… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! To celebrate this ghostly occasion, Harbor Fright has something that will scare the pants off a goblin (provided he’s wearing them)—the Solar Decorative LED Fright Lights (item: 95588)!

This 3-piece decorative light set is the perfect addition to your crabgrass lawn or graveyard! And because the lights are solar with a built-in AA NiCd battery, operation won’t cost you an arm and a leg, so you can sew those parts back onto your creation in the lab! The LED lights turn on paranormally when the sun goes down and the howling moon comes up! The lights change color from blood red to rigor-mortis green to batty blue! And the lights themselves—it’s almost too scary to mention… there’s the beastly butterfly, deathly dragonfly and the most hair-raising one of them all—the HORRIFYING HUMMINGBIRD… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

And the good news is you won’t have to sell your soul to get them. Just visit one of Harbor Fright’s 500+ haunted stores for a price that’s gruesomely good, that won’t put your wallet six feet under, that—okay, enough wordplay…

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc
item: 95588

Ghostbustin’ the Harbor Freight Way

simpsons paranormal

It may come as a surprise to you that Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite stop among paranormal investigators. Strange but true, bonafide ghost chasers haunt our shelves to find many of their tools of the trade. What, you ask, could a paranormal investigator possibly want at Harbor Freight? Camo blankets and plumb bobs? Well, here are just a few of the items we found among the arsenals of apparition artisans:

The West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the unknown, use the Predator 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator to power their exploits:

“We are West Houston Paranormal Society and this is our official generator. Running power where we need it in powerless buildings and houses that we investigate. It runs our equipment (cameras, audio, trip sensors, monitors, DVRs, computers, recharging packs, etc) throughout the house, as well as our trailer base command/review center. Fist pull operation, no drain or surges and super quiet…. the last thing we need is a loud generator interfering with our EVPs and video evidence, that is why we chose this one because that was high on our list of NEEDED features.” Caps included.

Why the Predator generator? Could it be it resonates with beings from across the veil? Or, is it the high-quality performance and low prices? Perhaps it’s all of the above… or perhaps it’s something far beyond mere mortal understanding.

 

The Predator generator isn’t the only Harbor Freight product of choice among paranormal investigators. The Southeastern Paranormal Society, located in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, and the good folks at IHuntGhosts.com, favor the motion-activated Bunker Hill Security 4-Camera Surveillance DVR when looking into poltergeists and sundry presences. A representative at the SPS commented:

 “I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

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Everyone who’s seen those paranormal movies knows why this is an important contribution to the investigative process. On the other hand, do you really want to know what’s hovering over you while you’re sleeping?

On My Para: The Paranormal Social Network, a forum member recently recommended the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for measuring the ambient air around “cold” and “hot” spots. While so-called “professional” ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight’s is just $39.99. BOOOOoooOOOOO-yaah!!

 Another cool (as in cold spot) tool for the phantom finder, according to Paranormal Adventure Radio , is the Bunker Hill Motion Detector as “good for basic investigations.” As opposed to über-intense investigations, we suppose, like flying cutlery.

 Other paranormal investigators have testified about the value of a wireless inspection camera ” for “tight spaces” and “a very good idea for a room that has noises coming from it with the door closed.” A ghost hunter who recommended the Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera was using his to check out a mausoleum he’d been curious about. We’ve been curious if he’s been seen since.

 Research:Paranormal recommends keeping an RF detector on hand to weed out “false” radio frequency hits on the EMF (electro-magnetic field) detector. That way you can know it’s not a spirit from beyond infringing on your comfort zone, probably just your daughter calling, wondering when you’re going to pick her up. One of the Research:Paranormal followers volunteered that they duct-taped their Bunker Hill Wireless RF Detector to their EMF for prime detection.

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Finally, as Ghost Journeys advises in its Investigation Guidelines:

“Shop smart – save money. Check… Harbor Freight for mini LED flashlights, batteries and hard cases to tote your equipment.”

The Ghost Hunter Outlet took it one step further and provided a link on their site to our Storehouse 18″x6″x13″ Aluminum Case, admitting,

“We don’t sell cases to protect the gear you buy because Harbor Freight has a great case for about $30.”

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So, when it comes to quality tools at incredibly low prices… who you gonna call?