The holidays are around the corner, and your favorite builders will be eager to receive gifts that will do them well on the jobsite. Remodeling's Marisa Mendez put together a list of holiday gift ideas for construction workers, builders, and remodelers alike.
For those who will be working outside in the winter, Mendez recommends Thermacell's new ProFLEX Heavy Duty heated insoles with Bluetooth technology: Users control how warm they want their insoles to be via an app on their smartphone that connects to the insoles using Bluetooth. Each insole has a removable, rechargeable battery. According to the company, each battery fully recharges in two hours or less and will last up to 8.5 hours on one charge. The ProFLEX Heavy Duty have been tested to 1 million steps. $199.
For someone with a lot of gadgets, SCOTTeVEST introduced its Off the Grid (OTG) jacket for both women and men. The jacket features 29 pockets to keep everything from keys to credit cards to smartphones safe and secure. The OTG also includes a pocket large enough to hold a laptop computer without making the jacket seem bulky, according to the company. It has a padded pocket to keep a tablet computer safe and two interior Clear Touch pockets that let users access their phones without removing the device from the jacket. $215.
For the kids, Walter Foster Jr. has published How to Build a House, the latest in its Technical Tales series of children’s books. The book follows three friends, Eli, Phoebe, and Hank, as they learn about construction and build the house of their dreams. As young readers follow along with the story, they will learn about blueprints, foundation, wiring, landscaping, and everything in between. $14.95; available wherever books are sold.
Tool lovers will love this tool backpack from Malco Tools. The backpack has 33 pockets to keep tools organized. It features a molded polymer base that the company says protects the bag and its contents from water erosion, mildew, and drop damage. The backpack also features two exterior side pockets and exterior padded pockets for smartphones and laptops. The company says it can withstand loads up to 25 lbs. $129.