Top 10 D.I.Y. tools to make Mum’s life easier

A bunch of flowers might be what you’d get Mum for Mother’s Day, but she can’t use them to hang up a picture. Show your mum you really care with a practical and thoughtful gift she can use for years to come: a D.I.Y tool. Here’s our list of top ten handy tools your mum can use for any home project.



Mum may need an upgrade from the two old screwdrivers she has tucked away in the kitchen drawer. She’ll be ready to take on all kinds of D.I.Y. with a good quality screwdriver set, complete with a handy case.



A decent hammer could be the most useful and satisfying tool you could ever get for Mum. But remember, not all hammers are created equal. We can help you choose the right hammer for your mum.



Mum can always use a good pair of pliers. Standard pliers are great for bending or cutting, while long-nose pliers are great for getting into tricky spots, and combination pliers are a good all-rounder for any mum’s tool kit.



It’s always worth investing in good quality spanners because they’re sturdier, have better grip and make the job just that little bit easier. A shifting spanner is a great versatile tool that can help with most jobs your mum needs to do.

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Tape measures

A good tape measure is essential in any home tool kit. Mum can’t go wrong with an eight metre tape measure—it’s long enough to go wall to wall in most rooms, while small enough to be kept by Mum’s side all day. 

Utility knives

Utility knives

Your mum doesn’t want to ruin her kitchen knives cutting cardboard, carpet or rubber. She needs a good quality utility knife with changeable blades that’ll always be sharp. 

Cordless screwdrivers

Cordless screwdrivers

Once she uses a cordless screwdriver to put together flat pack furniture or hang a picture, she won’t go back. Lightweight and easy to use with one hand, they’re perfect for lots of D.I.Y. projects. And don’t forget a set of driver bits.

Cordless drills

Cordless drills

A 12 or 18-volt cordless drill is a great idea for Mum because it’s easy to handle and useful in so many situations. If you think she’ll want to use it to drill into concrete or bricks make sure it has a hammer action setting. 

Pressure cleaners

Pressure cleaners

Mum can wash her car, bike and driveway in no time with her own pressure cleaner. If she has large areas of concrete to hose down, look out for a pressure washer with a patio cleaner attachment, it will make the job much easier and they’re a lot of fun to use.

Jigsaw tool


If Mum enjoys getting creative, jigsaws are great for straight or curved cuts through timber, thin metals, plastic or Perspex. You’ll find different blades for each material. If your mum already has battery tools, you can get a cordless jigsaw to match those batteries. 

Get Mum’s gift

Use our Mother's Day Gift Guide to discover the perfect gift for Mum or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse.

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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