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Not sure what to get your dad or buddy for Christmas?
Think outside of the gift box and consider something more utilitarian.

Topping my list is a flexible bit extender. Many times I find myself working on my car and a socket set just won’t quite get into a spot that I need to tighten a screw or bolt, this handy device is perfect for those hard to reach spots.

A hex bit set is great for those who tinker with technology and devices with super tiny hex screws.

Lastly, a quick-change bit holder. If you mess around with tools, bits are a royal pain to contend with. A bit holder makes swapping out bits super easy.

Good luck finding the perfect “dad gift.”


Scott Ballew has lived in and around Austin for more than 25 years. Professionally, Scott works in technology and publishing while his personal life is focused on supporting the arts and charitable fundraising.