This construction gift giving guide provides thousands of ideas for giving the perfect construction person, the perfect gift. It’s all updated for 2018 and well into 2019. Most of the items in this construction gift giving guide will serve you well any time of the year.
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Construction Gift Giving Guide Focuses on Useful
I tend to focus on useful construction gifts ever since a gift I once gave to someone came back to me as a re-gift the following year. There is more than one reason construction gifts are re-gifted, but I think the main reason is that they are useless to the receiver.
The Realities of Construction
Construction people turn building plans into three-dimensional objects. So, they need and like all kinds of tools. Not just screw guns and cut-off saws, but reference tools and calculating tools as well. Construction people also work in all kinds of conditions.
Day, night, rain, fog, snow, ice, dazzling sunshine and in and around structures that are in all stages of completion. So, they need things that help them stay comfortable without sacrificing flexibility, safety and mobility.
The Value in Knowing Your Giftee (and in using a construction gift giving guide)
Some construction people work for companies, while others are the company. If your giftee is a self-employed contractor, carpenter, plumber, electrician, or painter (just to name a few) then the number of appropriate gifts expands significantly since they don’t have a company supplying tools of the trade to them.
There are also many different kinds of construction people. Some drive the nails and finish the concrete, others estimate, plan and schedule, while others manage. Buying a screw gun for a project manager is like buying a typewriter for a CEO. They probably aren’t going to use it, and if they need one they can probably get one, or already have one. Which brings me to the final caution when buying gifts for construction people.
Avoid Stuff They Already Have (by using the construction gift giving guide just to the right, yes right there…)
There’s no point in getting them things that would normally be supplied to them as part of their work. One exception would be personalized items.
So, here’s this years’ construction gift giving guide to give you some ideas about what gifts might be useful to the construction people, or person in your life.
If you know of a unique gift idea for construction people, leave a comment. Of course, some construction people may not want anything construction-related. For that, you’re on your own.
Selfie Drones! – They’re small, the propellers fold away and snap open when needed, they take at least 720P video, many operate right from your mobile device and they take still pictures too. Great for the jobsite, or for personal use. Oh, and the cost…really affordable. Compact Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser with Clamp – Clamp it to a step ladder, or mount it on a tripod, either way this will simplify your life when hanging chair rails, crown molding and anything you want to have plumb or level.
Gerber Truss Multi-Tool with Sheath [30-001343] The Truss is an all-inclusive multi-tool, with 17 tools built to the exacting needs of the professional user in a size-conscious design. The Truss includes the benchmark features: all outboard tools, all locking tools, and spring-loaded pliers. Features to the Truss include: wire stripper, medium flathead driver, awl, file, and ruler. The needlenose pliers are spring-loaded to lessen hand fatigue for the user.
Screwdriver Pen Pocket Multi-Tool 6 in 1 – This stylus pen combo includes a ballpoint pen, stylus, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, level and 4 inch ruler!
Height Adjustable Desk – Stand, sit, or something in between, this sturdy workstation allows you to go from sitting to standing in one easy smooth motion with dual gas spring force. This standard desk size measures 36” x 22”, providing plenty of space for single monitor, dual monitor, and laptop + computer monitor setups. Customize your work area and create the workflow you need. Plus, it’s dual tier and goes together easily. With this in your job trailer you’ll be the envy of the whole jobsite. Well, maybe not, but still…
Popular Construction Gifts Last Year
Okay, so you haven’t bought into all the hype about construction adopting technology. Here is a tried and true analog solution for keeping stuff organized. The Cossini Premium Leather Business Portfolio keeps documents and gadgets in one place.
YETI Rambler 20 oz Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid. They’re BPA-free (obviously), have a No Sweat Design to make sure your hands stay dry, and are dishwasher-safe.
The Coleman 16 can Soft Cooler with a Hard Liner made headlines here for its 5 colors and features you don’t usually find in coolers.
For those construction pros on the run, this Carhartt Legacy Travel Kit keeps the essentials, essentially contained, and in a good way.
Popular Over the Years
Measure with Laser Precision – The Bosch GLM 10 laser measure is the smallest, simplest way of measuring. Thanks to its laser precision technology and continuous measurement mode, it takes instant and reliable measurements up to 35 ft.
Extremely Popular Stanley 7qt heritage Cooler – has the Classic 1.1QT Vacuum Bottle that keeps drinks hot 24 hours, cold 24 hours, or iced 120 hours. Also, 18/8 stainless steel won’t rust-naturally BPA free, Leak proof and fully packable, Lifetime Warranty.
18″ Rolling Tool bag – Water-resistant 600 denier polyester tool bag with heavy duty telescoping handle and oversized wheels for easy maneuvering.
Magnetic Wrist Bands – Embedded with super strong magnets for holding screws, nails, scissors, small tools, bolts, bits.
Beer Savers – Silicone Caps that lock in the flavor and carbonation of your brewski… for awhile.
Coffee Mugs – Careful, this page includes the risky, and the risqué, but also the very interesting.
Bucket Organizers – Who doesn’t have a bucket laying around that isn’t doing anything, but that could be?
Multi-Bit Drivers – Very handy, often needed, and cool.
Wait For It
12 Days of Christmas Deals – Special deals everyday to consider for yourself, and others (but, not available until…you guessed it…12 days before Christmas).
Jobsite coffee makers were originally featured right here on Construction Informer.
Give the personal touch with a single serve coffee maker and included travel mug. Cool color too.
Why not ‘express’ more robustly with a convenient, portable Espresso Maker that gets its power from your mobile device!
Warm Socks – I bought some Merino wool socks last year and although they cost a lot more than the six packs of socks at Walmart, they are very comfortable, durable and great for helping your feet stay warm and dry.
Measuring & Calculating
Construction environments are hard on everything, so here are ideas for protecting stuff. Tough Watches Tough Cases and Accessories for Phones Tough Cases for Cameras and Photo Accessories Tough Cases and Accessories for Tablets Toughness Additions and Accessories for Laptops
Construction Management, Accounting, Etc. For the little, wanna-be constructors “How To Build A House” follows the adventures of three unlikely friends, as they take on their latest engineering adventure, building a house. (7-9 years old) Beautiful design, layout and pictures.
Let’s not forget though to have some fun. How about a Walking Dead prison cell construction set, or remote controlled construction equipment, or even model kits. See a wide assortment right here and here. Don’t forget to check out some of the drones too, right here. You can get wild and tame belt buckles here. Money clips, and wallets here, Keychains here,