Home-improvement tools make great gifts

Ten must-have items that cost under $200

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Well, it's time once again to be thinking about what to get for the avid do-it-yourselfer on your holiday shopping list, so here are some great tool suggestions -- listed in order of price -- that are well worth considering. (Prices are MSRP, and the tools are commonly available through home centers, hardware stores, lumber yards and other retailers, as well as online). And this year a big thanks to all of the manufacturers who are getting rid of those irritating and dangerous blister packs in favor of more user-friendly packaging! Fat Max Push Button Slip-Joint Pliers (Stanley, $9.99) and Groove-Joint Pliers (Stanley, $19.99): Stanley has improved adjustable pliers technology by adding a push-button lock that keeps the jaws where you set them, without slipping. The 8-inch slip-joint pliers have three jaw positions instead of the traditional two, and the 10-inch groove-joint pliers adjust to 17 different settings. Both have hardened teeth, multipurpose jaws and cushioned, ...