[UPDATED FOR 2017]. This construction gift giving guide provides thousands of ideas for giving the perfect construction person, the perfect gift. It’s all updated for 2017 and the holiday season. But, most of the items in this construction gift giving guide will serve you well any time of the year.
For the past eight years this post has featured links to various outlets selling merchandise that would interest construction people. The companies and people the post linked to, weren’t paying anything to be included. Now, in an effort to recoup some of the costs of hosting this blog, all the links in this construction gift giving guide feature products available at Amazon where CI has an affiliate arrangement. So, thank you, if you buy something after following one of the links!
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, for what it’s worth, here’s this years’ construction gift giving guide that will hopefully 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.
Are you tired of those empty cupholders in your truck that you can’t do anything else with? Well, now you can with the High Road DriverCup Cupholder Organizer and Phone Charging Station.
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 and for a limited time comes with some bonus items.
Screwdriver Pen Pocket Multi-Tool 6 in 1 – Multi-Functional, Sturdy Aluminum Tool, With Screwdriver, Stylus, Bubble Level, Ruler & Phillips Flathead Bit
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
Cut your pizza like a pro with the circular saw pizza cutter. It even has a removable shield for easy cleanup.
Believe it or not, Ice Bandanas are strangely popular right now. The Ice Wraptor ThermaFreeze Ice Bandana uses the included ice sheets to bring coldness to any neck, head or small joint.
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 Last Year
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. Square and compact by design, the GLM 10 laser measure is ready for anywhere portability. It fits comfortably in your hand and easily into your pocket. The laser measure is simple to operate, so users need only press one button to get accurate measurements to within 1/8-Inch, and press again to hold the measurement.
SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool B66N-CP – Many functions multi-tool with 6 tools all in one compact form. Black Oxide finish, Nylon Sheath, Assisted 2.75″ Blade, Compound Leverage. The PowerAssist takes multi-tools to a new level by being the first to house two assisted opening blades that are accessible without opening the tool. Besides the pliers and blades, there are many other tools like a file, crimpers, a bottle and can opener, a v-cutter, screwdrivers, and a ruler.
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.
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!
Blue Q Socks – Make a statement, but only when you want to. And, enjoy the comfort.
Measuring & Calculating
Construction environments are hard on everything, so here are ideas for protecting stuff.
Store and secure all those power tools
And, everybody could use a multitool, right? See them right here.
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.