by Joe Henry | September 05, 2017
DIY home improvement can save a ton of money -- just leave the plumbing and electrical work to the professionals. Still, you can't start hacking down drywall or drilling holes in your cabinets without the right tools.

Fortunately tools are never in short supply at incentive award suppliers, so you'll always have something to offer your employees once they stop troubleshooting at work to troubleshoot at home.

Starting with the basics, Allied Tools has a 120 piece home repair kit, available through Harco Incentives. It's got all the essentials anyone needs for basic home maintenance, including a hammer, a tape measure, an adjustable wrench, needle nose pliers, and more. Even if your employee isn't going to build a house with it, it's the perfect gift for a new homeowner, or for a young up-and-comer who's just started living on her own.

Going a little more heavy duty is Apollo Precision Tools' 143 piece household tool kit. Alongside the usual hammer, pliers, and wrenches, it also has an assortment of screwdrivers, a level, a utility knife, and a cordless drill. So it's a great setup for people who want an all-in-one kit that features a bit more than the basics.

Assuming your employee has all the hammers and screwdrivers she needs, it's time to talk power tools. With that in mind, check out DeWalt's 20 volt lithium ion compact hammer drill. This drill is small, so it gets in all the tight spaces, and it's also light, so it's easy to haul up and down a ladder. Yet, it packs a tremendous punch, is highly durable, and can do way more than its size indicates. Power Sales -- which also sells Apollo's 143 piece kit -- packages the hammer drill with two lithium ion battery packs, a 30 minute fast charger, a belt hook, and a bit holder.

Now, if your award winners are the sort of people who will build a home addition as readily as hanging a picture, there's the Generac GP3250 portable generator, which can be had through Incentive Concepts. Its controls are easily accessible, even in the dark. It also has a fuel monitor that's simple to read. In other words, this generator can be used to power up not just home repair adventures, but also camping excursions, tailgating and other outdoor festivities, even job-related events -- to say nothing of keeping the lights (and fridge) on during an emergency.