Carpenter tools make an ideal gift for the budding carpenter in your family and it doesn't even need to be their birthday or even Christmas for you to give it. These are great gifts for any time and any budding carpenter will enjoy them as would any experienced carpenter. The only problem with that though is that if you, yourself aren't a carpenter then how do you go about choosing the right tools?
It's not as easy as it might sound, and there are a few things that you should watch out for. The first and foremost thing is to watch out for the Unbelievable Bargain. No such thing exists. If it's unbelievable then there's something wrong somewhere. Unless of course it's a well known brand in which case you should snap up the tools immediately.
Professional woodworkers will know what the good tool brands are and will know when to snatch and when to run away from. In the case of the inexperienced gift buyer though, I would suggest sticking to something you can be assured of even if it's not at bargain prices. Here especially more than anywhere else, the Latin "Caveat Emptor" holds true, buyer certainly beware of what you're letting yourself in for.
Also if you're buying the carpenter tools for someone who's been at it for quite a respectable amount of time then the last thing that you'll want to do will be to give them inferior grade carpenter tools. Something which comes in a set might be good for the beginner who is just starting and therefore has no clear idea of what they need, but that definitely won't do for the experienced carpenter.