This RoverTac multitool is on sale at Amazon

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Get one for the wannabe MacGyver in your life. (Photo: Amazon)

Sure, the early-winter holiday season gets all the attention as the time for gift giving, but in case you haven’t noticed, springtime is pretty intense, too. You’ve got Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, school graduations, First Communions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, not to mention the inevitable slew of loved-one birthdays. This is also the time of year when our thoughts turn to the outdoors — home improvement projects in the backyard, vehicle touch-ups, camping trips…

If you’ve got an outdoorsy type or DIYer on your shopping list, boy, we’ve got an inspired idea for you: this RoverTac Multitool. And when they say “multi,” they ain’t kidding. This thing has a: hammer, axe, regular plier, flat-jaw plier, knife, wrench, Phillips screwdriver, small slotted screwdriver, larger slotted screwdriver, bottle opener, wire cutter, fish scaler, and saw. Just reading that list has us needing the bottle opener and a cold, relaxing beer!

So pretty chill: It’s now just $24, down from its usual price of $26. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

$24 $26 at Amazon

What’s even more amazing about this thing? It’s just 7″ × 3.5″ × 1″, compact enough to clip onto a belt or backpack (thanks to the included nylon cover). It’s made of pure, black-oxidized stainless steel, which makes it not only strong and durable but easy to clean, so no worries about dirt, dust, grease or (heaven forbid) blood gumming up the works.

Whether you’ve got a pesky household fix-it task to attend to or find yourself abducted and locked in a trunk (c’mon, we’ve all been there), the RoverTac multitool will get the job done. Hubby been getting in your hair? Give him one of these and he’ll toy with it for hours. Got a college grad about to confront a barren job marketplace? Send him off into the woods, where he can build himself a shack and relax while plotting his revenge against the cruel, cruel world.

But seriously: If you’ve got something that needs doing or an emergency requiring a quick, multivalent response, chances are this wondrous gadget can get it done. And oh yeah: It even includes a fire starter and a whistle in case you need to summon help…or bring attention to yourself for being such a crafty shopper.

Not surprisingly, the RoverTac multitool has got thousands of five-star admirers at Amazon. A little surprising: Though it’s largely marketed as a gift for guys, lots of women have fallen in love with it, too.

“This worked great for my son’s BSA camping trips,” said one over-the-moon mom. “Extremely versatile multi-tool that has virtually anything you could need for camping, and my son loved it… The hammer worked great for securing his tent stakes, and the hatchet for cutting up kindling for the fire, as did some of the other tools for general tasks. I also purchased one to keep in the car as part of our go kit.”

RoverTac in red

We wouldn’t ax you to buy this if we didn’t think it was such an awesome product. (Photo: Amazon)

“I bought this multitool for my husband; he loves gadgets that he can use every day and that would be useful in a survival kit,” said this buyer turned convert. “After using it, I now want one for myself! It comes in an awesome nylon carrier with a blade cover on the axe, which makes carrying it around a breeze…. This is going to end up on my top 10 gift giving guide.”

“I was really impressed with how compact this tool is, the carrying case is more useful than I thought it would be (will stand up to being knocked around), and the ax blade side even comes with its own small cover that snaps on, to help keep users safe,” said another fan. “Feels heavy enough to be able to make the hammer do good work, and comfortable to grip, even for someone with no Y chromosomes whatsoever.”

$24 $26 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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