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List of great gifts for the males – ladies, pay attention

With the Father’s day coming soon, i feel the need to address the issue of choosing good gifts for your husbands, fathers or even sons. There are some things men say they like, but they actually don’t. In my experience, the best gifts for men are things that they want, but don’t buy for different reasons. For me, a somewhat frugal person, the reason is usually the price. For example, i can’t get myself to pay thousand dollars for cool table saw i found at HomeDepot last week. But if i were to receive it as a gift, i’d be happy beyond imagination. So, with that being said, first thing to choosing gift for your men is finding out what their hobbies are. If you’ve been paying attention and already know, that’s even better.

 If they’re into hunting, fishing, or any outdoors-related sport, my broad suggestion would be camping facilities like sleeping bag, hunting tent or portable heaters. If you want some specific suggestions, then you have to know what is it specifically that hey like. If it’s hunting, i suggest going on Amazon’s hunting category, choosing the price range you want, and choose yourself. There are all sorts of hunting gear that would make great gifts for men – animal calls, rifle scopes and binoculars, just to name a few. Same goes for fishing and any other outdoor activities, including jogging and hiking. I have few friends who are into hiking, and they talk and compare their hiking boots all the time. So if you’re not limited to tight budget, a high quality hiking boots would also make great gift. But if you are creative, you sure as hell can find great gifts that cost less than twenty dollars.

 If they’re into woodworking, home improvement and tools, which i’m very passionate about, it’s a good idea to consult experts, because not all tools are equally well liked. First, you need to identify what kind of tools your man already has, you don’t want to get him a circular saw and then discover that he already has one. There are a lot of websites and online communities where you can ask for advice about products, but my favorite is reddit. It’s full of people who are passionate about the topic and are ready to help with advice.  When it comes to worm drive saws, though, Reddit isn’t as helpful as little site i know – thesawexpert. It helps that they have full review and analysis of all worm drive saws, and present good arguments for or against buying any of the products. Their content on table saws is quite helpful as well, but if you find their information insufficient, always use Google.

 If your husband doesn’t comply to any of the types i’ve mentioned above, i’m not in any position to recommend anything specific, but something general like clothes or workout supplements would probably be a good idea. But again, find out what he’s interested in, and buy the gift depending on that.

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Choosing circular saw as a complete beginner – what to do

Let’s be frankly – buying circular saw, or any other tool for that matter, when you are a beginner, is truly teriffying experience. You don’t know what you’re doing, and everyone seems to have different opinions on what you should do. That is why i always prefer to teach people how to do a thing, instead of just doing it for them. I could recommend certain saws, which are generally considered the best, but they might still not work for you. Everyone has a different needs, and there is no way of knowing what circular saw will work for you, unless you’re the one making the judgement.

 First, let’s talk brands. There are obvious brand names you probably expect to find here, which are : DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, and others. And it is for a good reason – those are the companies that make one of the best power tools out there, therefore the brands are mainstream. Among me and my friends, DeWalt is pretty much synonymous with quality.

But you shouldn’t judge product solely based on the brand name. Even DeWalt and Makita have made some terrible products, so it’s better to double check. Read circular saw reviews and please, first thing you do is to check what customers have to say about a product. No one knows flaws and advantages of each tool better than the person using the tool, plain and simple. Cheaper brands include Ryobi, Ridgid, Black&Decker, SKIL and many others. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean worse, but in my experience, these tools lack the durability and several functionalities of other top tier brands. Although, when on a tight budge, they are certainly worth to take a look at.

 Other thing that seems to confuse beginners is corded vs cordless power tool debate. Some people claim that cordless tools are utterly useless and their batteries drain very quickly, while others prefer the comfort of moving around with your tool without having to plug it in everywhere you go. Personally, i’m somewhere in between, as i acknowledge the problem battery powered circular saws have, but i also realize that newest cordless tools’ batteries are getting a lot better. That is why i think all experienced home improvers and woodworkers must have them, especially if they use them frequently. I personally, own both – corded and cordless circular saws, just because i can afford to have them and i know when to use each one of them. But if you are a beginner, i recommend you go with corded circular saw. They’re cheaper, and battery never runs out. Choosing the right time to charge your tools is an art that comes with experience, so it’s better to gain some experience before switching to battery powered tools, or even better, owning both, like i do.

As mentioned above, i have no intention of telling you which exact products you get, so it seems reasonable to finish my saw buying tutorial here.