If you’ve been putting off your holiday shopping this year, there's no need to panic. Read on, and you’re bound to find the perfect gift for the construction professional or worker on your list.
Wearable wish list
Wearables are all the rage these days, and the construction industry has its own versions available on the low-tech side as well. This "Leatherman Tread" bracelet is actually a series of wrenches and screwdrivers made to look like chunky wristwear.
Another piece of jewelry with a practical application is an active-lifestyle band from Enso. Standard metal wedding bands can be dangerous under certain job site conditions, so Enso developed a silicone-based alternative.
And just for fun, try a hardhat with a little team spirit. eSafety Supplies has more than 150 styles of hardhats emblazoned with the most popular professional sports team logos, and they all meet required safety standards.
High-tech gadgets are always crowd-pleasers, and construction pros are no exception.
For the slightly absent-minded — yet still deserving — person on the list, these little Bluetooth trackers could save the day. Fasten the TrackR bravo onto keys, a work bag or piece of equipment, and use your iPhone or Android to track it. You can see its location on a map or set the Bravo to ring loudly — solving the "Uh-oh-I-switched-my-missing-phone-to-silent" dilemma.
For something high-tech and high-dollar, no one’s going to say no to a drone. Pricey, yes, but this gift is going to keep giving all year long. Some models even come with photo equipment mounts so that the user can take scenic or property-related photos from a bird's eye perspective.
Strenuous physical activity and exposure to the elements can challenge even the most physically fit person, so why not give the gift of comfort? These items might fall into the practical category, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be appreciated.
Wear and tear on feet are a big concern among construction workers. Even supervisors stationed in the field spend most of the day walking and walking … and then walking some more. These Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles will add cushion to feet all day long and give extra life to older work boots or those without adequate support.
For a little extra joy, these moisture-wicking, heavyweight work boot socks from Duluth Trading Co. keep feet warm and dry no matter the weather.
If icy wind and snow is part of the picture, it’s all about layers, and retailers like Rush Order Tees have it all figured out. The company says there is a pecking order in protecting workers against the harshest elements — wicking, insulating and outer layer protection — and Rush Order Tees has apparel that meets all three of those requirements. They'll even individualize purchases with a company logo.
For everyone who has a tool junkie on their holiday shopping list, Fiskars, the company that created the iconic orange-handled scissors, has introduced a similar style to the construction industry with insulated, vibration-reducing hammers.
Craftsman, the time-tested line of tools from Sears, is also a handy resource, and it has put together a range of tool sets suitable for everyone from the construction apprentice to the seasoned pro.
Bosch, a giant in the construction tool business, has it is own holiday gift guide, and no one can go wrong by choosing the BLAZE GLM 20 laser measure, a handy tool no matter the trade. With one button operation and accuracy up to 65 feet, this will no doubt become a field favorite.