26 Gifts For Contractors17 min readReading Time: 11 minutes
There’s nothing better than getting your favorite contractor or home builder a pleasant surprise.
Whether he needs a new tool or wants to add more to his shack, contractors always love new gadgets!
Working outside in all weathers, lifting heavy things, and working with harmful building materials: Contractors do it all to build your perfect home. So, make them happy by giving them a wonderful gift that can help make their job easier.
#1 A T-ѕhіrt Wіth Thеіr Lоgо
What’s a better gift than one that is actually customized for your favorite contractor? The guys at CustomInk can print any design among their wide range of T-shirt materials and send it to your contractor within a short amount of time.
All you have to do is go into their site, pick a shirt and its size and start designing, or you could also upload an image and have it printed on the shirt – it could be the company logo of your contractor or even their face.
Your imagination is the limit here. For sure, your contractor will appreciate the amount of time you’ve spent customizing a T-shirt just for him. Get it here
#2 A Portfolio
A part of a contractor’s job is to provide quotations for potential clients. And when doing this you’ll want to make a good impression to improve your chances of getting the work.
DeWalt DG5142 Tech Gear Pro Contractor’s Business Portfolio with Flex-Light includes LED Light that is easily positioned for reading or writing in low light conditions.
Ballistic poly material with Sure-Grip spine provides strength and durability. Built-in calculator with solar and battery power for quick, accurate calculations. Full zipper closure helps keep notes and documents secure. Get it here
#3 A Beam Laser
Laser levels are extremely important for laying out projects, but it doesn’t help if you can’t see the lines.
When operating lasers outdoors on large job sites, you typically can’t see the beam. Laser detectors become a mandatory accessory to detect beam height and ensure the accuracy of your work. Get one here
#4 A Powerbank
Most contractors nowadays rely on their phone not only to get in touch with homeowners and their team but also to manage projects, calculate estimates, organize tasks and more.
Take over an entire phone’s worth of power, anywhere, with an incredibly slim design that weighs about the same as a baseball. Access the ideal charge, perfectly suited to your device’s unique needs.
Anker’s PowerIQ technology automatically detects and adjusts output power to reduce charging times. Get one here
#5 A Cooler Box
A serious cooler that keeps cool for up to 30 hours. Not only does the Tradesman Pro Tough Box Cooler carry lunch, it doubles as a handy place to sit. The lid on this large capacity cooler is recessed allowing space for 1-liter bottles to stand upright.
Keeps cool up to 30 hours. Main compartment has a 17 quart (16.1 L), 18 can capacity. Supports up to 300 pounds (136.1 kg); not only does this cooler carry lunch, it doubles as a handy place to sit. Get it here
#6 A Cordless Air Heater
Cordless and super quiet, this powerful forced air heater generates 35,000 BTU yet stays cool to the touch. This unit can heat areas up to 850 sq ft. Great for job sites, utility buildings, sporting events and more.
Built-in rechargeable battery runs up to 8 hours per charge and can be used while charging. Runs for up to 12 hours on a 20lb. tank (not included). Includes a sturdy handle for easy transport. Get one here
#7 A Space Pen tool
This heavy duty and multi-functional space pen tool makes a wonderful gift for any contractor or home builder. It writes underwater, over grease, in extreme temperature and even when you’re upside down unlike most pens out there.
Aside from that, you can use it for various measurements and writes on almost any surface which makes it one of our top holiday gifts for contractors this year. Get one here
#8 A Power Box
The new Power Box Li2 is a small footprint, rechargeable lithium battery power supply capable of powering multiple pedals, pedal boards and high current draw effects.
It can deliver a 1 Amp output and utilizes proprietary, smart battery LED display technology that shows current draw, battery status and time remaining. These features let you know exactly how much battery time is left under current pedal load, so that you never have to worry about when the battery will die. Get one here
#9 A Special Contractor Nail Gun
Nail guns make everyone that works with wood’s life easier. The NuMax SFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree 3-1/2″ Full Round Head Framing Nailer provides cost-effective speed and power for projects such as framing, truss assembly, sheathing, subfloors, deck work, fencing, pallets, crates, and assembling furniture.
The rugged framing nailer features a one piece drive blade for increased durability and a lightweight magnesium body perfect for extended use. Get it here
#10 A Wheeled Bag
Contractors move a lot especially when they’re managing multiple projects in a day. The rugged Tradesman Pro Tool Master Rolling Tool Bag from Klein Tools will easily roll over tough terrain with 8-Inch (203.2 mm) wheels, high clearance, and a heavy-duty telescoping handle.
Transport up to 250-Pounds (113 kg) of your tools in the wide open interior. Organize smaller items in 19 pockets inside and out, all constructed with durable1680d ballistic weave material.
The hard top allows for stacking and has compartments to hold your cell phone, beverages, or small parts. Get it here
#11 A Laser Level
Making sure things are level as they build them is a crucial aspect for pretty much every builder on a construction site. This leveling laser generates three green-beam laser lines in 360° laser planes – one horizontal and two vertical.
With Bluetooth connectivity, users can control the setup of the laser from across the room with their smartphone and the free Bosch Leveling Remote App.
The laser offers dual power technology, employing the included Bosch 12V Max Lithium-ion battery for extended runtime, or with four AA alkaline batteries. Get one here
#12 A Drill/Driver System
Tight and weirdly angled jobs can be a real pain in the butt. The Bosch 18V Flexiclick Chameleon 5-In-1 Drill/Driver System is designed for professionals who are looking for a high-torque connected-ready drill/driver that redefines their limits to get the tough jobs done.
The drill can produce up to 535 In.-Lbs. of torque. Users may also add an optional rotary hammer adapter (not included), converting the drill into an SDS-plus rotary hammer, for drilling into masonry.
The tool has a 1/4 In. hex bit holder with quick release, and the system includes three pro-grade attachments: a right-angle, an offset-angle and a 1/2 In. keyless metal chuck attachment. Get one here
#13 A Builder Mug
If there’s one thing that contractors love aside from doing the finishing touches for your new home or building, it would be coffee.
Sending them a coffee mug saying something like “I turn coffee into houses” or “#1 Contractor” is a thoughtful gift for the holidays especially when they’re relaxing during Christmas morning with their favorite coffee or a warm eggnog. Get it here
#14 A Pry Bar Set
If you are looking for a small stocking filler gift idea for a builder, then consider getting them a pry bar set. An essential tool for home improvement, the Sunex 9804 Rolling Head Pry Bar Set are ideal for demolition, repositioning equipment and more.
The Sunex 9804 Rolling Head Pry Bar Set have a rolling-head/hook end and pointed end design, giving you scope for an improved leverage and access to narrow areas where a fixed head tool may not be able to reach. Get it here
#15 A Cordless Cutting System
This Plunge Saw offers powerful performance with a variable-speed motor with an electronic blade brake. It provides safe cutting with plunge-cutting action, a fully shrouded blade, a retractable riving knife, and integrated anti-kickback features.
The blade-left design is optimized for right-handed users, and provides superior cutting visibility and control. The Plunge Saw is versatile, too, with bevel cutting capability from -1° to 47°, and 2-1/8″ maximum cutting-depth from the included 48-tooth, carbide-tipped blade.
An included dust port and bag collect chips to minimize cutting mess and provides the ability to connect to a vacuum hose. Get one here
#16 Mobile Work Center
A great gift for “on-the-go” contractors who are always on the road. The FATMAX® 4-in-1 Mobile Workstation is rugged, multi-tiered, and features four convenient storage solutions to accommodate a multitude of tools and parts.
With this handy lockable work station, you can stay organized and bring all the supplies you need to your jobsite in one easy trip. Get it here
#17 A Titanium Hammer
When you think of a builder, you probably imagine them with a hammer in their hand. So why not get them an upgrade on their regular hammer by buying them a Stiletto titanium hammer as a gift?
The Stiletto TB3SC is a 15 oz. Ti-Bone Smooth Face Hammer with 18 in. curved handle. The Hammer has a Patented Side Nail Puller that eases 16p nails out with one 180 motion and Stiletto’s signature Magnetic Nail Starter.
The TB3SC has the comparable striking force of 28 oz. Steel hammer and is recommended for Pole barn, Concrete, Framing and Remodeling. Get one here
#18 A Portable Workbench
Construction workers enthusiasts need a sturdy work surface that can stand up to a variety of demanding tasks. If you’re looking for a folding workbench that goes where you need it, when you need it, try the Keter Folding Work Table EX.
Constructed from sturdy polypropylene resin and supported by rugged aluminum legs, this reliable table has the features you need to get your work done no matter where a job takes you.
Having a portable workbench on hand means that you can go from your garage to a work site to a camp site and back again without having to leave your tools behind. Get it here
#19 Non-Contact Voltage Tester
For contractors, safety is of high priority. A non-contact voltage tester is one of the safest way to know whether there is electric current running through any electric socket or not without touching any wires.
The NCVT-4IR provides non-contact determination of AC voltage in cables, cords, circuit breakers, switches, outlets and wires; as well as infrared (IR) thermometer measurements, making it the perfect choice for HVAC professionals. Get one here
#20 Magnetic Wristband
Ok, so a third hand will probably trump any gift you could possibly get for a builder! However until the day that the wonders of science make this a possibility, why not go for the next best thing instead, which is getting them a magnetic wristband.
They are also ideal for jobs using ladders and therefore make your hands free. Our innovative magnetic wristbands has a powerful combination of magnets which give you a high magnetic field and power to ensure that your objects remain attached without falling off.
Great for working on ladders and tight areas. Keeps your hands free while working. Get it here
#21 A Cordless Jobsite Fan
The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Fan (model DCF203Z) is a powerful and portable solution for painters, contractors, and more. It has three settings for optimal air velocity control. It can be powered by Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries or an AC adapter.
The fan automatically oscillates 45° right and left and manually tilts 90° up and 45° down for convenience redirection of air flow. Get it here
#22 A Special Tool Bag
Knowing where all your tools are and being able to find them when you need them can save a builder so much wasted time.
The VETO PRO PAC OT-LC Tool Bag is a highly functioning open-top bag which features 40 pockets of varying size and has a capacity of over 50 hand tools and assorted gear. The OT-LC is perfect as a job specific bag or for tasks that don’t require large tools and bulky gear.
The OT-LC features reinforced, industrial strength leather edging, two removable tool pockets and a heavy-duty shoulder strap. Get one here
#23 A Wet/Dry Vacuum
The Shop-Vac 5 Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet / Dry Vacuum features a durable, easy to clean, stainless steel tank. This vacuum provides you with powerful cleaning for picking up wet or dry messes in your garage, workshop or basement.
Attach the hose to the rear blower port to blow dirt out of those hard to reach places or grass clippings from your sidewalk. Get it here
#24 A Tool Belt
Tool belts are a really useful item for many builders, especially if they do a lot of ladder work. After all, they only have one pair of hands, and getting up and down a ladder constantly to swap tools over is tiring and torturous.
The Bucket Boss legacy began back in 1987, when two men working on a job site in Duluth, Minnesota found it easier to carry their tools in 5-gallon buckets. They created the first ‘Bucket Boss’ organizer made of canvas that fit securely around their buckets. Get it here
#25 A Spot Thermal Imager
In my opinion, every mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractor should have a thermal imaging camera in their tool bag. Imagers allow workers to use the relative heat of objects to determine where a particular problem is.
The Fluke VT04 combines the convenience of a spot thermometer with the visual benefits of an infrared camera, in a pocket-size tool. It blends a visible light image with Fluke’s exclusive thermal heat map to show temperature patterns that may indicate potential issues.
And you can identify intermittent problems by capturing images at specific intervals or when a temperature alarm is triggered. Get it here
#26 Protective Glasses
Construction sites can be really hazardous places for a builder’s eyes. As the air is can be thick with dust and debris, sparks fly from grinders and power tools, and the cold and wind whip into their face.
The DEWALT Concealer safety goggle is a dual mold goggle that provides protection from dust and debris. Soft, dual injected rubber conforms to the face to provide a high level protection from dust and debris. Adjustable, elastic cloth head strap. Get them here