Wow - pretty sad - the first useful thing in Amazon's most popular
"tools" was an LED headlamp, at #8 on the list. Oh, well. There's a
great article on Tom Lie-Nielsen in the recent issue of FWW's "Tools &
Shops" that reassures me that not all tool manufacturers are going the
direction of Black & Decker.
And my wife and family are pretty good about sticking to my Lee Valley
wishlist - hello edge-trimming block plane?
LOL, you've got to make a list.. or even better tell her you'll order
it and have it shipped in her name to wrap up, that way you know she
won't screw it up. I've had a couple Christmas incidents where I told
her the exact brand, model number, etc, and she ended up getting
something different because she thought something else was cooler (even
though she knows nothing about tools).
Yep. That's happened once or twice. This year, I gave my wife and my
parents each a specific item that doesn't cost much and tell them that
that is all I want. If they want to give me something else, it has to
be wood or scrap metal. Or nothing- I'm okay with that, too. I'm
just tired of trying to pretend that I wanted something that is just
going to take up room until I think it's safe to get rid of it.
I know what you mean. My wife actually buys stuff I don't like so I can
take it back and get something I want. So I am getting more gift cards,
those little hunks of plastic you can buy things with.
The best gift I get each year is To Lee, From Lee. With all the crap I have
to put up with during the holiday season, I figure I owe myself something
nice. Besides, it is an object lesson to anybody present on what is a good
gift for me.
The Petzl E47P Tikka Plus Headlamp is a really good item, as is the
Dremel; I have both.
To avoid problems such as that, I send my kids and SWMBO my "Gimme
list" so that if they have a mind to gift me with tools, they'll get
the right ones. I've gotten a Sawzall, a Hitachi router, a Dremel
(like the one pictured), and some Porter-Cable tools over the years.
I'm a happy camper . . . .
"What do *you* care what other people think?" --Arline Feynman
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