Waters Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like the rest of us, your Christmas shopping is nowhere near finished. “What’s the holdup?” some may ask. We understand most of the time you just haven’t found that perfect gift yet.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help! Check out these 10 gift ideas for what to get even the most difficult to shop for person on your list.

1. 16-cup Electric Air Pop Popcorn Maker

If you’ve been to any of our stores, you know we have a thing for popcorn. This Air-Pop Popcorn Maker is a tabletop-sized party pleaser. It’s electric popping system uses hot air instead of oil, producing a light and healthy snack – perfect for the health-conscious person on your list! Get it in stores or online here.

Here are the specs:

  • Makes up to 16 cups of popcorn per batch
  • Healthy, oil-free popping
  • Includes measuring cap to ensure proper amount of kernels used
  • Convenient countertop size

(SKU 219954)


2. Yeti Rambler Tumbler

Who doesn’t LOVE some good YETI drink ware? These YETI Rambler Tumblers are made from stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to protect your hot or cold beverage at all cost. We don’t care who you are, everybody on your list will love these.

Here are the specs:

  • 18/8 stainless steel
  • Double-wall vacuum insulation
  • Dishwasher safe


3. Milwaukee M12 Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit

This is the perfect gift for the handyman (or woman) in your life. Plus it won’t break the bank! Get it on sale now in stores or online here.

Combo kit includes:

  • M12 3/8” drill/driver
  • M12 1/4” hex impact driver
  • 2 Lithium-Ion batteries
  • M12 Lithium-Ion battery charger
  • Contractors bag

(SKU 211288)


4. Santa is Coming to Kansas

Create the best Christmas storytime session with the kids while reading Santa is Coming to Kansas by Steve Smallman. This gem is sure to leave the kids anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival!





5. Da Bomb Bath Fizzers

Created by two teenage sisters, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are incredibly popular with kids and adults alike. They’re wonderfully fragrant and each one has a unique, special surprise inside!

Find these in the Waters Gift Shop!




6. Striker Remote Control Camera Drone, Blue Camo

Your gadget-loving kids will LOVE this one. This RC drone has a built- in picture and video camera which you can store and save data in a Micro SD memory card. The body is made of durable plastic and conveniently lightweight. It has 4 channel controls meaning you can fly up/down, forward/backward, strafe left/right and rotate left/right. The internal gyro means you’ll always get a smooth flight! Get it in stores or online here.

(SKU 224476)



7. Wind & Willow Soups and Hot Dips

After tasting these products, the foodie in your life will thank you for the BEST. CHRISTMAS. GIFT. EVER. Hand pick different flavors and throw it all together in a festive Christmas basket.

You can find these in your local Waters Gift Shop!




8. Poo Pourie Master Crapsmans

If you choose to forego the power tools, this is another perfect gift for the handyman in your life! The Master Crapsman (pun intended) gift set may not come with a plug or 400-horsepower engine, but he (and you) will appreciate its stink-fightin’ power.

Gift set contains:

  • 2oz Trap-A-Crap (cedarwood and citrus scent)
  • 2oz Royal Flush (euculyptus and spearmint scent




9. Dog Toys

Don’t forget your furry friends this Christmas! Get them a little something special to show them you care. Choose from an assortment of dog toys like our plush Lamb Chop or Grunting Pig squeak toys.





10. University Gear

Have a college sports lover in your life? Whether you’re a Jayhawk or Wildcat fan, we’ve got the gear to get your sports fan grinning ear to ear this Holiday season.

4 Items You Should Be Renting for the Holidays

Waters True Value is more than just a hardware store. We also provide quality rental equipment for contractors, do-it-yourselfers and party and wedding events. You name it, we probably rent it.

With the holidays approaching, here are a few suggestions from your friends at Waters on what you should be renting:

  1. TABLES &


We know how it goes. The whole family is coming over for Thanksgiving and you’re thinking to yourself, “How in the world am I supposed to fit all these *cough (crazy) cough* people in my house?!” You’ll put a few of the adults at the dining table, a few on the couch in the living room and of course the kids at the designated “kids table”. But what about the rest of that big family of yours? Are they supposed to take shifts? Wait to eat until a free chair is available? You could easily go out and spend a couple hundred dollars on fold out tables and chairs, but then where would you store them until the next year? (Since honestly, how often are you really going to pull those out?)

Here is an easy solution for you – just RENT them. You’ll spend half the cost of what it would be to buy and you won’t have to worry about storing them year after year. And the best part – if you rent through Waters Rental, we can even deliver and pick them up for you! It doesn’t get any easier. Make grandma proud and make sure the whole family has a seat to feast this Thanksgiving.

View our selection of table rentals here.


Whether you’re organizing a holiday work party for the office, or just planning your own family’s holiday feast, chafing dish sets are a MUST. Seriously, they are a hosts’ dream come true, especially if your event/get-together isn’t professionally catered.

Chafing dish sets keep your food warm and allow your guests to serve themselves buffet style. Having a Thanksgiving dinner? Display your food in an attractive way and don’t worry about having to keep reheating things in the oven or on the stove top. If you don’t entertain frequently, renting these dishes is the best option. Plus, empty out what’s leftover after your event and Waters Rental will do the rest! That’s right – you can put the soap and sponge aside. Waters Rental will have your dish sets professionally cleaned after use.

View our selection of chafing dish set rentals here.


Patio heaters are the perfect holiday event addition to help make space of your outdoor areas long after the 80-90 degree weather has passed. Don’t keep your family and friends cooped up under your roof. Open those doors and let them venture outside to enjoy some fresh air. You will all be toasty warm from the heat radiating off these patio heaters.

If the weather is nice enough and you have an overflow of family and friends over to taste that should-be-award-winning holiday meal, set up tables outside and place a couple patio heaters nearby to let everyone enjoy their meal comfortably.

View our 40-44,000 BTU Patio Heater rentals here.

Visit WatersRental.com or click the Rentals tab at the top of this page to view our full rental catalog. Visit/call your local store for more details.

Green Lights for Veterans!

There’s a movement to light up neighborhoods across the US with green in honor of veterans this November 11. We are humbled by the service of our military personnel, so we’re all about this endeavor!

Except for one small problem…it appears green lightbulbs are in short supply. So we found three easy ways to turn those green lights on at your house and in your neighborhoods…and what a great way to get your kids involved in an awesome project!

Break Out the Glue

via Barefoot Crafting

Mix up some Elmer’s Glue and green food coloring and you get a nice bright, but see through, green.


Green Glow

via A Pumpkin and a Princess
via A Pumpkin and a Princess

Mason Jars and glow in the dark paint, like this one from Rust-o-leum or this Krylon spray paint. Couple it with a battery operated tea light and the glow would be amazing!


Tissue Paper

via Etsy
via Etsy

Like the above projects, the goal is to line the jar to get its green color – this one uses tissue paper, Mod Podge and a battery operated candle.


Which project do you like the best, have another great tip? Let us know!


Pie Anyone?




To all the pie lovers out there, the bakers, the eaters…let’s all just sit for a minute and look at that yummy goodness.

These little babies have arrived just in time for the holidays. Grab yourself a pie crust, beat 3 eggs and mix with gently heated pecan mixture, follow baking instructions and voila! You just made a pie!

Perfect for entertaining, for a fun way to ‘let the kids help’, or for yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

It’s also available in Chocolate Pecan. Swoon.

Happy Fall!  Sally


5 Clever Products You’ll Love

Every time I’m in one of our stores, I find something new that makes my geek meter go up.  Here are my top 5 products you’ve got to try from Waters True Value, right now.


Sugru is amazing. Hands down one of the coolest products I’ve ever seen. Its sole purpose is to fix stuff. Like duct tape, but better than duct tape. First, it’s mouldable. You can transform it into any shape – filling gaps, replace missing parts, or turn it into something standalone, like a hook or door stop. It bonds to almost anything, metal, ceramic, glass, wood and most plastics. It’s flexible like rubber and once set it’s sturdy, yet soft. It’s incredibly strong and can be used indoors and out. Their web site has a ton of examples on how to use it, from practical to awesome.


These products are the end result of years of research, which is comforting to me as I now know that the active ingredient, permethrin, is so tightly bonded to the cloth that it is supposed to provide insect repellent protection for the life of the cloth (a little awesome and freaky at the same time)! It’s odorless, safe to use, and repels all of the icky bugs you can think of (the tick is the worst I can think of and yup, it repels those.). Waters carries blankets, perfect for picnics, watching your kids play sports, or an afternoon playing outside. There are also bandanas for working in the garden, exercising outdoors or maybe you just like to relax on the deck in the evening like me. Whatever your circumstance, Insect Shield is there to provide you an insect-free time without having to douse yourself in chemicals. Score. 


A lot of these products I try not to think too deeply about how they work. It makes my brain hurt. The silicone products from Charles Viancin are a perfect example of that. I don’t know how they work, I just love that they do. They’re made of silicone and will seal to stainless steal, glass, plastic and ceramics. There are lids, strainers, bottle stoppers, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But those are just the facts – here’s the real skinny: they can go in your oven, microwave, and dishwasher. (You can even put the colander in a pot of boiling water with noodles, then just lift and drain!)They’re pretty, so you can relish in the admiration when you take something over to a friend’s house or while you’re entertaining. And they’re great for the environment, no more plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This is truly a revolutionary product and more people need to know about it. For real. 


Perfect for the person in your life who loves gadgets – or the one who consistently overcooks your food (ahem. You know who you are.) This device measures the temp of your food and alerts you on your phone when it’s ready.  Your days of being a slave to the BBQ are over. You can now play a game of catch, help set the table or relax while grilling.


As soon as I saw the gear tie I fell in love. When trying to clean and organize, there’s never enough container and hook options to solve every problem. I always end up with oddball objects that sort of grow into an unmanageable pile. Enter the solution: Gear Ties. Gear ties come in all sorts of sizes and strengths. They are strong and bend to any shape, they’re textured so it makes them grippy, and they can be used and reused. You’re only limited by your imagination. And if that’s not good enough, check out their web site for tips. 🙂 

The best thing about all of these items is that they serve a practical purpose. They’re not all gimmick and no follow-through, they’re something you will use over and over again. And there’s nothing that feels better than buying something that is quirky yet practical and responsible. Yay you! 

10 Reasons Renting is AWESOME.

When I think of items you can rent, well…it’s more on the mundane side. Been there, done that. Wood Floor Sander? Check. Post Hole Digger? Check. Sigh. Moving on…

But in the course of my work, I’ve happened upon a GOLD MINE of items for rent at WTV. I’m so stoked about them, I’m thinking party at my house every weekend this summer.

1. Bungee Run

I can seriously see myself as the lady on the left. Going all out…meaning business…taking no names. Pure awesome.

Bungee Run - Waters True Value Rental
Bungee Run – Waters True Value Rental Photo from http://www.lucky-rodeo.ch/bungee-run.html

2. Sticky Wall

Oh, you had a sticky wall at your party this last weekend? No biggie. Just the MOST. FUN. EVER.

Sticky Wall Waters True Value Rental;
Sticky Wall – photo by Gary Cosby Jr. 4/18/07 http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/livingtoday/070424/walls.shtml

3. Foam Pit

I can’t expand on the greatness of a foam pit with mere words. It’s just too amazing for that. For real.

Foam Pit Rental Waters True Value Rental
Foam Pit – Waters True Value Rental. Photo by http://www.family-fun.co.nz/cannon.html

4. Tug-of-War

This gets my competitive blood totally boiling. The smack talk and taunting would reach EPIC levels at my house.

Tug of War Inflatable- Waters True Value Rental
Tug of War Inflatable – Waters True Value Rental . Photo by: http://www.skyhighpartyrentals.com/Tug-O-WarFirst-N-Goal-Sports-Challenge-Rental-_p_26.html

5. Nacho Cheese Dispenser

You don’t really need a party to enjoy this one. Nacho Cheese is a good idea anytime in my book.

Nacho Cheese Dispenser - Waters True Value Rental
Nacho Cheese Dispenser – Waters True Value Rental

6. Dunk Tank

The major perk of dunk tanks are that you get to see your friends/boss/teacher/strangers look like this:

Dunk Tank Fun & Games - Waters True Value Rental
Dunk Tank Fun & Games – Waters True Value Rental Photo by: http://www.norcalpartyrentals.com/Dunk_Tank_Rentals/

7.  Obstacle Course

Wait. You mean I can create my very own Total Wipeout (dry)?? Done and Done.

Obstacle Course Waters True Value Rental
Obstacle Course Waters True Value Rental

8.  Slushie Machine

The practicalities of this are obvious. Kid’s birthday parties, grown up parties…facial slushies…say no more.

Slushie Machine - Waters True Value Rental: Photo Cred: Robert Dant NY Times
Slushie Machine – Waters True Value Rental: Photo Cred: Robert Dant NY Times

9. Big Ol’ Grill

Did you ever want to be the one that manned the Big Ol’ Grill at a super duper party at your house? Yah, me neither. But if you know, you did…OWN IT on our Big Ol’ Grill. Yummy hot dog pic is just because it’s your lucky day.

Grills and Dogs. Waters True Value Rental  Photo Cred:  http://www.dudefest.com/articles/309
Grills and Dogs. Waters True Value Rental Photo Cred: http://www.dudefest.com/articles/309

10. Wait for it…LASER TAG.

Want to whoop up on your kids? Rent this and start practicing NOW. Find their weaknesses and prepare to dominate.

Laser Tag Done the Right Way - Waters True Value Rental. Photo Cred: Tippman  Sports
Laser Tag Done the Right Way – Waters True Value Rental. Photo Cred: Tippman Sports


Who knew Waters Rental was after my very own heart? Sigh. I think I may be in love. What are you wanting to rent that you think will change your life forever?