When the holidays come around, people often try to think too much when it comes to gifts for the contractors on their lists. There is often a feeling that contractors are around construction equipment and plans all day long, so maybe something different would appeal to their need to get away from work for a while. The truth is that a large majority of contractors love what they do, and the best Christmas gifts are often the ones that help contractors to do a better job.
A contractor already has plenty of cordless drills and saws, so giving one as a gift has the potential to get the gift ignored. However, a contractor is always looking for the latest tools to help read and update project drawings. This does not mean that you have to invest in the latest CAD/CAM software, because that would be entirely too expensive and it may not be what the contractor wants. But the latest laser-guided drawing tools and any new technology that helps to read and analyze drawings in the field will be appreciated gifts.
A contractor can never have too much safety gear, and that is why a box of high-quality safety goggles makes a better gift than a set of golf balls to a contractor. High-quality safety equipment such as good gloves, boots and headgear will be something a contractor can use as the year rolls along.
A great gift idea for the contractor on your list is something that helps to keep important items safe from the elements. About.com suggests getting a waterproof carrying case that allows a contractor to carry his project drawings and writing implements wherever he goes and keep them protected from the elements. Transparent waterproofing covers for plans can also be great gifts because they will get used quite often.
Building Code Books
ConstructionInformer.com makes an excellent suggestion by indicating that a book of the latest building codes would be a useful gift for a contractor. While your contractor knows the codes now, this type of gift would allow your contractor to stay up to date on the codes and avoid problems with their jobs.
Obviously, contractors do not need basic how-to books on how to build structures or renovate homes. But for some of the trickier parts of their job such as handling utilities while digging and how to move an entire home from one place to another would require further guidance. Get your contractor how-to books that talk about higher level projects in their field and help them to get the job done right.
It can always be difficult to find great gifts for contractors, especially when you try to get something that is not related to the work the contractor does. PDH Contractors Academy can help you with your holiday shopping by giving your contractor access to the courses and online information they need to do their jobs. When the holidays roll around, give the contractor on your list a practical gift and get them a course at the PDH Contractors Academy.