It’s difficult to imagine a shop without a saw. The 7 1/4” sidewinder circular saw is probably one of the first power tools other than a drill that will prove itself worth the money over time. However, you’d be shocked at the number of DIYers that don’t have this staple of construction — which makes it a great gift.
An old standby if you’re not sure what brand or make to get is the Skil 5480. It bristles with 2.3 horsepower and is the standard sidewinders are built upon. Anywhere between $40 to $50 will get one under the tree, and should your Toolmonger at home not have one there really isn’t a wood worker anywhere who will be displeased with a circ saw as a present.
Of course there are tons of other makes and models out there should your gear-hound be partial to a specific color scheme, but in the end that’s about all you’re buying in that price range. Whatever model you get, rest assured it will go over bigger than the car charge-powered personal fan you found at the checkout line with a big name manufacturer sticker on it.