SOURCE: The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

December 10, 2007 23:59 ET

Holiday Gifts for Homeowners

Ideas for Giving Great Gear, Project Efficiency and Spa-Level Luxury

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - As shoppers make their holiday gift lists and check them twice, there are likely a few extra-nice homeowners and workshop warriors on their rosters. "Whether the recipient is a craftsman who seems to have everything or a decorator with very specific tastes, look for gifts that provide efficiency, convenience and luxury," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "Innovative home and project accessories will have recipients giving thanks through the new year and beyond."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete offer the following ideas to get gift shoppers going.

Stay sharp for great results

Help that skilled tool guy or gal to stay on the cutting edge with the gift of a Work Sharp tool sharpener. "It's made by the folks who created the Genuine Drill Doctor, and a handy workbench addition for keeping a range of woodworking and shop tools in shape," says Kraeutler. The Work Sharp has a speedy air-cooled, dry-sharpening system with a port enabling precise and repeatable angles for chisels and plane irons. It also sports a slotted Edge-Vision™ see-through wheel for faster and easier sharpening of carving and lathe tools. Work Sharp makes sharpening simple, even if you have never sharpened before. For more information, a video demonstration and a list of all the places you can buy Work Sharp visit

The gift of choice

Whether a single tool or a whole room redo is on that special someone's wish list, you can't go wrong with a Home Depot gift card ( Home Depot gift cards are available in a wide array of designs, including a new card that doubles as an interactive "how-to" DVD with ten segments on basic home repairs and improvements. Available in denominations ranging from $5 to $5,000, this convenient gift will be perfect for anyone on your list this year. "If you play this card right, it could actually get done in the new year, especially if you don't mention that the Home Depot gift card has no expiration date," says Segrete.

Spa-style luxury for the master bath

Give the gift of daily luxury with one of Moen's new Inspire showerheads. The collection includes multi-setting fixed and handheld models, as well as a nine-inch-wide rainshower showerhead for the ultimate pampering experience. Select a three-setting showerhead for a "Relaxing" wide spray, "Invigorating" concentrated spray and "Refreshing" combination spray; add an energizing massage and targeted massage with the five-setting model; or go all-out with the seven-setting showerhead that includes a massaging rinse and hydrating spray. All Moen Inspire multi-setting fixtures include a spiral-patterned spray face that provides full body coverage, enveloping the user in invigorating water sprays. And with the stylish, octagonal nine-inch rainshower model, a self-pressurizing InvigoRain design overcomes the limitations of gravity-fed rainshower units to channel water out of the showerhead for maximum water force and coverage.

Easy installation adds to the holiday joy of this gift, and a range of finishes fit any master bath décor scheme: multi-function Inspire showerheads come in Chrome, White (five-setting only) or Brushed Nickel (seven-setting only), and the nine-inch rainshower is available in Chrome. Moen Inspire showerheads are available nationwide at Lowe's for about $58, and you can find more info at or 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636).

Recharge with New Tech Tools

"Everyone loves the convenience of cordless tools, but you want them charged and ready when it's time to get to work," says Kraeutler. "Black & Decker has taken the latest battery technology and created the new VPX System of compact, lightweight tools and home products."

By relying on lithium ion technology, the VPX system combines cordless convenience with a dependable power supply. The VPX battery is rechargeable and interchangeable between all VPX products. The lithium ion VPX battery holds its charge longer than standard rechargeables, and once you own one or two VPX batteries, you can grow a collection of VPX products to meet your individual needs.

The VPX Starter Set is a great way to get started. It includes a VPX battery and charger, screwdriver, cutsaw and flashlight for $99. Other VPX products include drills, hand vac, inflator and power source. And Black & Decker will be adding more gear to the line in 2008. Browse the VPX Starter Set and other VPX products at

Savings and smart ideas for homeowners

A Money Pit/American Homeowners Association (AHA) membership makes owning a home easier and less expensive, and helps the recipient to transform that abode into the house of their dreams with resources for getting organized, decorating, financing and more. "We're very excited about our partnership with the AHA, and launching it in a big way by giving both a Zircon LaserBall 360 laser level and a StudSensor i60 OneStep electronic stud finder to the first 1,000 Money Pit listeners who join," says Segrete. Get more details, sign up for a free trial membership, and find out how to claim the Zircon tools bonus at

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