6 Best Pliers Gift Ideas for Men

When looking for the best tool gift for your favorite man on his birthday, father’s day, valentine’s day, or any day – could be your dad, brother, husband, or friend – you can always count on pliers. Pliers are the most timeless tool gifts you can give to any man at any time. You don’t need to stalk him to know if he needs pliers because he will accept a good pair anyway.

Pliers are indispensable hand tools. No matter how many of them are in the toolbox or pliers organizer, there will always be a space for one more pair or set. Any handyman or wannabe can attest to this. Personally, I never have enough of these jawed hand tools.

Why pliers?

There is always some work for pliers in any project. Whether it is a small project like fixing things around the house or a big project in the garage or job site. You will always find a use for these class A levers.

Some types of pliers are actually very useful even in outdoor activities such as camping. They have multitools that include a knife, pliers, and a few other add-on tools that can save your life in the jungle. In fact, when asked what I would carry to a lonely island, I always mention a pair of leatherman multi tool pliers because it is very handy.

In a nutshell, you simply cannot rule out the importance of having a pair of pliers at hand. This is why they are a perfect gift for any man.

How do choose the best pliers gift for a man

What makes the difference when buying pliers as a gift is the kind of work the man you are gifting will use them for. There are different types of pliers for different tasks. Some are for general purpose use while others are for specialized applications.

So, when finding the best pliers gift for him, first find out which activities he likes to engage in. This way, you will get him the most appropriate pliers tool. For example, if he is into woodworking, he might not find wire stripper pliers as useful as an electrician would. Similarly, hose pliers may not be as useful to an electrician as they would to an automotive technician.

To help you choose the most thoughtful pliers as a gift for any man, I have shared 5 cool types of pliers for different trades. With this collection, you won’t go wrong with impressing your favorite male even on Valentine’s day.

Best pliers gifts for men

Hose pliers set – Best for Automotive Technicians

Not every man likes to go under the hood of a vehicle to check and fix things. But if your dad, brother, or boyfriend likes to fix his own car or is an auto mechanic you could get him a set of hose pliers as a gift.

Types of pliers for hoses

There are three types of pliers for hoses.

Hose clamp pliers

The first type is hose clamp pliers. These are special types of pliers for installing and removing spring hose clamps on rubber hoses. They make work easy and can save his knuckles, especially when working with clamps in hard to reach areas.

Apart from removing spring compression clamps from automotive hoses, hose clamp pliers are also great for clamps on washing machine hoses. So, if the man you want to gift likes to fix things around the house, these hose pliers might help him when servicing the washing machine or dishwasher.

Check out this article to learn more about spring hose clamp pliers and the best ones in the market.

Hose removal pliers

The other type of hose pliers are the hose removal pliers. Unlike hose clamp pliers that are for handling metal clamps, hose removal pliers are for removing rubber hoses from fittings. They are perfect for removing stuck rubber hoses that can be difficult to remove. Some of the uses of hose removal pliers include removing old stuck radiator hoses, fuel line hoses, vacuum lines, and heater lines.

There are two types of hose removal pliers; hose grip pliers and hose separator pliers. Each of them is useful in different circumstances and can make excellent tool gifts. However, since hose grip pliers come as a single tool or a set of different sizes, they make a better gift idea.

You can learn more about some of the best rubber hose removal pliers in this article.

Hose pinch pliers

The third important type of hose pliers is the hose pinch off pliers. These are special types of pliers with flat blunt edges for pinching off flexible rubber hoses to restrict the flow of fluid or air.

Hose pinch off pliers come in handy when you want to stop the flow of fluid without disconnecting the hose. They are useful for clamping off fuel lines to keep fuel from spilling when replacing a fuel filter.

Hose pinch pliers can also come in handy when wanting to clamp off coolant lines to troubleshoot the cooling system without draining the coolant.

Outside of automotive use, you can use hose pinch pliers to clamp off flexible washing machine hose when you don’t want to turn off the water supply at the bib.

Carpenter’s Pincers Pliers – Best Gift for a Woodworking enthusiast

If your favorite man likes working with wood, then they would appreciate a good pair of carpenter’s pincers. These are special types of end nipper pliers for cutting and removing nails from wood and trims.

The main advantage of Carpenter pincer pliers over claw hammer is that they remove nails without denting the surface of your trim. These pliers have a well-rounded head that rolls easily to pull out a nail smoothly.

Pincer pliers are also useful for cutting protruding nails or nipping off nail heads. Unfortunately, they do not cut as cleanly as end cutters because their edges are not that sharp.

Water pump pliers – Best pliers gift for all men

In my life of working with pliers, I am yet to see a man who would not like to have a decent pair of water pump pliers or tongue and groove pliers. These are arguably the most versatile types of pliers. They have adjustable jaws that are designed to grab tightly on different shapes including hex, round, and flat shapes.

The good thing about water pump pliers is that they double up as adjustable wrench. This means there are plenty of things the person you gift can use them for. For instance, water pump pliers are great for removing or installing plumbing fittings around the house. Personally, I carry around my 10″ knipex water pump pliers when fixing any sink or toilet.

The only challenge you would have in getting the best water pump pliers for your favorite male is knowing the best brand and the right size.

Which is the best?

As far as the brand is concerned, my personal preference, based on experience, is either a German or U.S. brand. Specifically, I would go for Knipex from Germany or the rival Channel locks (blue handles) from the U.S.

Although these two brands of water pump pliers are equally good, Knipex has superior quality and has a slightly better design. Unfortunately, you may have to pay more for Knipex. So, you can reserve Knipex for a serious tool junkie who knows about tools. Otherwise, a pair of Channellock tongue and groove can make an affordable gift for a regular man or occasional DIY user. If he is a new homeowner, you may even go for a Channellock set that includes all pliers he’d need.

What’s the best size?

Concerning the best size, any size is good but 10″ water pump pliers are more versatile. However, you can explore other sizes from 12″ and below and see how your person reacts.

Pliers wrench – Best gift for a plumber

A pliers wrench is another surprise gift you can give to a man and he will always remember you. It is a type of adjustable pliers with parallel jaws that is meant to replace the traditional crescent wrench.

The best pliers wrench there is so far is the Knipex pliers wrench. It is the undisputed gold standard for pliers wrenches. So, if you are going to buy a pliers wrench for your favorite man, it better be Knipex.

Unlike water pump pliers that grip different shapes, pliers wrench only grips hex shapes. It is a perfect tool for a plumbing dad or mechanic. It grips hex fittings and fasteners tightly without without leaving scratches on the surface. Thus, a pliers wrench is the perfect tool for handling delicate plastic pipes and chrome fixtures. You can even add a pair of plastic jaw protectors into the gift package.

Like the water pump pliers, you can select any size of pliers wrench but the most versatile sizes are between 5″ and 12″.

Multitool pliers – Best pliers gift for the outdoor man

If the man you want to gift is an outdoor junkie, then the best pliers gift for him is a multitool pliers. This is a compact survival tool with multiple inbuilt tools including miniature combination pliers, cutting blades, can opener, and a small saw to mention a few.

Some multitool pliers such as the leatherman are expensive while others are cheap but less durable. I have reviewed in this post one of the most affordable leatherman alternatives.

He can use multitool pliers to do many things. For example, he can use the pliers to grip, twist and cut wires when pitching up a tent in the jungle. The blade can be good for slicing fruits, cutting burgers, or cutting fabric cords to size. The small saw is good for cutting small tree branches and shrubs.

In a nutshell, multitool or multifunction pliers are great to have at hand for survival in tough outdoor situations. A single multitool pliers replaces a bunch of individual tools. Furthermore, most of them come with a belt pliers holder to make it easy to carry them around anywhere.

Locking pliers set – Best pliers gift for husband or dad

Locking pliers are some of the most ingenious types of pliers. They have a locking function that locks the jaws tightly onto something without letting go.

They are perfect for one-handed operations or when you don’t have an assistant. Locking pliers are also great for people with arthritic hands because you don’t need to apply pressure onto the handles after locking the pliers. Moreover, tightening the grip after locking the pliers only requires turning an adjustment knob, which can be done with a wrench.

There are different types of locking pliers. But generally, almost every common type of pliers has a locking pliers version. So, when looking to gift someone with locking pliers, it is good to include a variety of types since they are inexpensive.

Some of the unique uses of locking pliers include removing stripped screws and fasteners and clamping on things. You can also locking pliers as regular pliers for gripping and pulling things. The advantage is that you won’t need to keep pressing the handles once you lock the pliers in place.

Overall, locking pliers make a perfect gift for husbands and dads because they require less effort to operate and are versatile. Therefore, if you are wondering how best to surprise your husband on Valentine’s day or dad on Father’s day, get him a locking pliers set. The gift will leave him gazed in awe.

Wrap up

Well, those are 6 best pliers gift ideas for dads, boyfriends, brothers or any male. If you have any other pliers that you think would make a perfect gift, please let me know in the message box and I gladly add it to the list.

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