Gift-giving can be tough, but we’ve pulled together a list that should make it easier this year, whether you’re buying for a contractor, a homeowner, or anyone in between!
USB Car Charger
Our lives are on our phones nowadays. We use them to get directions, stay in touch with people, even manage our businesses. Keeping your device charged can be the difference between getting the job and getting lost on the way there. A USB Car Charger plugs into your car and makes sure you can still use your device, even if there’s not an outlet nearby.
You never know when you may need a flashlight, and this one fits in your pocket so you can always be prepared!
Mobile Wifi Hotspot
We mentioned a Mobile Wifi Hotspot in our 2016 Gift Guide, as well, but when you rely on wifi for work, the importance of a strong internet connection is clear. A Mobile Wifi Hotspot is more reliable than the hotspot a phone can create on it’s own, doesn’t drain your phone battery, and lets you use it for more important things.
Portable Power Strip With USB
Make sure you always have room to keep your devices charged with a portable power strip. This one has room for 3 AC devices and 2 USB ports, and also swivels to fit into small spaces.
A Tough Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is obviously important, but when you’re constantly on the go it can be hard to slow down to take a drink. This stainless steel bottle has a collapsible handle and carrying strap so it can go anywhere you do. It’s also vacuum sealed to keep your coffee hot or your water ice cold.
For getting things done
Keep your tools safe and organized with this 26 in tool box. It’s large enough to fit all your tools so you can always be prepared. It’s also super durable, lockable, and lightweight. A great addition to any jobsite.
Hands Free Light
This mine-shaped LED light is powerful, durable, freestanding, and magnetic. Attach it to any metal surface and easily aim where you need the light.
Stay warm and dry all winter with this heated Milwaukee jacket. It’s wind and water resistant, has a bunch of pockets, and will keep you warm all day with zone specific heat that can be adjusted to your preferences.
Jobsite Coffee Maker
The Coffeebox is perfect for any jobsite. It’s heavy-duty but lightweight, water and dust resistant, has ties to help it stay put, and works with any single-serve coffee pod so you can make as much as you need to keep going all day.
Super Durable Markers
The Inkzall Markers are a great tool to carry with you everywhere. They’re easy to write with on any surface - wood, steel, glass, dust, underwater, even on oil. They also dry quickly so you don’t have to worry about smearing.
For managing a business
Portable Document Scanner
With a portable scanner, you don’t need to worry about losing paperwork or receipts. Just scan to upload it to DropBox, Google Drive, and more, and have an easily searchable document database at your fingertips.
If you run a business, you may be traveling a lot. And if you need to get work done while traveling, a tablet it a fantastic option. The 5th generation iPad is easy to use, has a ton of apps, and a long battery life. If you’d rather have an Android tablet, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is also a great pick, with more storage, quick charging, and a slightly lower price than the iPad.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 $288
Tablet Belt Clip
Make sure you have that tablet on-hand when you need it by attaching it to your belt with a tablet belt clip. This one’s got a safety cord to prevent drops and attaches to you with a buckle, making it easy to get at when it’s needed, and easy to put away when it’s not.
Tablet Belt Clip $99
For those times when you’d rather use a keyboard than type on your phone, a laptop is a great mobile option. These ultrabooks are easy to take with you because they’re thin, light, and have a great battery life. If you enjoy Apple and Mac operating systems, the MacBook Pro is for you. The Dell XPS is great if you prefer Windows computers, and it’s also a bit cheaper than the MacBook.
MacBook Pro $1,299
Dell XPS 13 $1,049
Nail your gift-giving this year and help your friend or family member de-clutter their workspace with this unique desk organizer.
The headphones you use can make or break an experience. The Sony MDR-7506 over ear headphones are great for noise cancellation when focusing, and have great sound quality for listening to music or playing video games. The Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports in ear headphones are also a great choice. They’re ergonomic, comfortable, and perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
PC, iOS - Poly Bridge $12 Like to build things? In Poly Bridge, solve physics-based puzzles by building bridges, or get creative in Sandbox mode and design crazy bridges and puzzles all on your own!
Boardgame - Suburbia $49 Compete with your friends and family to plan and create the best city. Add airports, movie theaters, homes, and highrises, build your reputation and income, and attract the most people to your city to win!
Voice-controlled speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home are fantastic for helping you play music, check the weather or your calendar, order delivery, turn on the lights in your living room, and more - all hands free. The choice really depends on your priorities and what services you already use, but you can find out which would work best for you here.
Amazon Echo $100
Google Home $129
Gift Card - Restaurant, Coffee, Movie
Who wouldn’t like a relaxing night out to dinner, free coffee, or a movie night? Give your recipient a gift card to their favorite restaurant, coffee shop, movie theater, or even a free movie from Redbox.
For more ideas, check out last year’s Contractor Gadget Gift Guide!