Top 9 tool gift ideas for Christmas 2013

The holidays are right around the corner and you’re getting anxious about what to get the home improvement tool-lover in your house.


Maybe she doesn’t have a big tool collection and she could use a good starter kit. Maybe he has just about every big tool imaginable — except for a new gadget that solves a problem he didn’t even know he had.

Take a look below — we’ve got a list of tools that are great gifts in the stocking or under the tree.

1. DeWalt 4-Tool Combo Kit — Great starter kit for the guy (or gal) who might just be starting out on their tool collection. $299

2. Mini LED Flashlight Torch — Perfect stock stuffer. $3.65

3. The Leatherman — Yep, can’t go wrong with this Christmas standard. $24.42

4. Bosch Digital Distance Measurer — So. Cool. Laser technology. 130-foot range. $79.99

5. Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy — This is nifty and lets you keep hand tools close, without sticking them in your pants. $11.49

6. Stanley 65-Piece General Homeowners Set — Tools for the homeowner who just doesn’t have any. $34.99

7. Reciprocating Saw (“Sawzall”!) — Can’t go wrong with one of these bad boys.

8. Black & Decker 20-volt Matrix Drill — This one is a monster at a teddy bear price. $49.00

9. MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband — Another neat stocking stuffer — the magnets can attract screws and other small metal objects to your wrist.

Have you got a tool that you’re wishing for this Christmas — or a gift that you think is perfect this season? Leave us a comment or shoot us a tweet (@nestpix), and maybe we can make something happen with Santa. 

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NestPix in the national media spotlight

NestPix has attracted the attention of national and local media, which is helping us spread the word about our helpful lil’ app. We’re proud of the attention that FastCompany (!) showered on NestPix and our wonderful community of earnest innovators here in Baltimore, Md. Below is a screen grab of the FastCompany article.

NestPix creator, Gus Sentementes, standing near some abandoned houses ready for redevelopment in East Baltimore.


The FastCompany story is one of several in the last few weeks that have shared the news of NestPix. PandoDaily, a prominent Silicon Valley-based tech blog, wrote about us. So did the Maryland Daily Record (subscribers only). NestPix will also soon be featured in television and radio news reports in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Hey Home Stagers: Here’s an app for you

The project and gallery screens for NestPix


You might be amazing…awesome…incredible at your job as a home stager. But how do you sell yourself, your work and your capabilities? Do you have a website? A portfolio of before and after pictures? A Facebook page?

It’s a tough housing market right now, for everyone. And home stagers need to convince sellers and realtors that they can offer real value for their services. (Don’t believe me — the value of home staging is currently being debated over at This Old House.)

Enter NestPix. The free iPhone app allows home stagers to shoot and store their work on a home project, with a photo gallery that can contain before, in-progress and completed pictures. You can share your home staging before-and-after pics easily to Facebook and Twitter, and by email. And you can give yourself a dash of free marketing by posting your home-staging portfolio to the NestPix mobile community.

Hope you give us a try!

And by the way, did you know there is a Home Staging Channel? Who knew?!

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Getting Back to Nature with World Naked Gardening Day.

Here’s a home activity we’re not sure we want you to photograph for the NestPix Community: Naked gardening!

This Saturday, May 5, marks the 8th Annual World Naked Gardening Day.  Founded by the Body Freedom Collaborative, World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) focuses on being au naturel while enjoying nature.

The group’s website, (note: the website features people in the buff), says that one of the reasons for WNGD is to promote “a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment” and encourages participants to “just get naked and make your part of the botanical world a healthier and more attractive place.”

If you’re willing to give WNGD a chance, be sure to wear sunscreen, watch out for thorny plants and be careful where you sit.

Enjoy and be free!

Introducing NestPix: Your home improvement app

DIY. The makeover. The renovation. The home improvement project.

Pride of homeownership is a universal feeling. People love to work on their homes and make them look better. The crazy souls among us relish the opportunity of buying a dilapidated shell and pouring in thousands of dollars and buckets of sweat to transform it into a thing of beauty.

As we transform our home, it in turn transforms us.

NestPix, which officially launches today, is about capturing these transformations in your home, and in yourself. As your home evolves with your work and investment, you do, too. It’s a tool for the homeowner and for the architect, the renter and the interior designer. If you’re an avid DIYer, you can use NestPix to document your work every step of the way, and share your home’s evolution with the world — or your tight circle of family and friends.

If you’re a home professional, you can use it to track the many projects you complete. NestPix is your tool for documenting and sharing the pride in your workmanship with potential clients.

Here’s what you can do with NestPix:

* Create project folders and store “before,” “during” and “after” photos in photo galleries.

* Build photo collages that you can share on Facebook and Twitter, and by email to show off your home.

* Share your projects with the worldwide NestPix Community and discover the work of others in the network.

We’re excited to share this with the world.  We want your feedback. We have plans to make it even better.

Send me your thoughts at We hope you enjoy NestPix.