BUILDER’s Holiday Gift Guide returns this year with a new selection of gifts for builders, contractors, coworkers and jobsite professionals at a range of price points. Each one is jobsite-rugged, high-utility, and flexible for work, play, or both.
For more gift ideas, click here to view last year’s gift guide.
The Grypmat is a flexible, non-slip tool tray designed to keep tools in place at any angle, as well as prevent scratches on vulnerable surfaces. The tray is made from a silicon polymer that resists damage from harsh chemicals, withstands temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and does not contain magnets or static cling to surfaces.
The Grypmat is available in three sizes – small, medium, and large – or in a Trio Pack that includes all three. The large and medium Grypmats include a built-in ruler. grypmat.com
Price: $29.99 (small), $44.99 (medium), $79.99 (large), $119.99 (trio)
Available at: grypmat.com
Using a patent-pending foldout extension arm, the Crescent Ex6 Layout Square can function as either a 7-inch square or fold out into a 12-inch square. The extension is secured with an easy-to-access thumb lock. The square itself is made from solid, lightweight aluminum, and features laser-etched markings and a corrosion-resistant finish. crescenttool.com
Available at: Crescent Tool retailers
3M’s Worktunes Connect Wireless Hearing Protection serves as both a high-fidelity headphone set and hearing protection in noisy work environments. Users can stream their desired entertainment through the headphone set via Bluetooth, and an integrated microphone allows wearers to make and receive phone calls without removing their hearing protection.
The device is cord and antenna-free, with a rechargeable battery built in, and its flexible headband features cutout sections to improve comfort when worn with caps. 3m.com
Available at: 3M retailers
Wolverine has introduced its newest boot series, the Journeyman. The boot was designed in collaboration with the American College of Building Arts in Charleston, S.C. Because the staff and students loved the look of a classic-style work boot, the Journeyman was made to combine modern heavy-duty work boot features with design cues from Wolverine’s 1000 Mile boot collection. The Journeyman boots feature triple-stitched seams, EPX compression foot-bed cushions, a Vibram outsole, and Goodyear construction designed for easy repairs. Color options include Iron Grey, Brown, and Sawdust. wolverine.com
Available at: www.wolverine.com
Hydraulic and industrial hose service specialist PIRTEK, in cooperation with workwear maker HexArmor, has debuted two new types of protective work gloves, the PIRTEK 2121P and 2125P Hex1 Series gloves. The 2121P are made to provide protection and a high degree of dexterity for workers with a high risk of hand injuries. They offer a strong grip on dry or light-oil surfaces. The 2125P also offer a strong grip, but are more suited to heavy-duty situations, with protective plastic on the back of the hand to shield against tool slip. The glove has a leather palm made of goatskin, with reinforced stitching. pirtekusa.com
Price: Contact a local distributor.
Available at: Gloves are available at PIRTEK Service & Supply Centers
NoSweat’s newest line of disposable sweat-absorbing hat liners is made specifically for hard hat users. The liners will fit inside all brands and makes of hard hats and bump caps, and comply with major safety standards and requirements. Each one is backed with peel-and-stick adhesive, and installs on the insides of hard hats within seconds. The liner’s proprietary SweatLock technology absorbs and locks away moisture throughout the day, which works to prevent stains, odor, acne, fogging, and dripping sweat. Depending on the person and the intensity of use, each liner is expected to last from one to two weeks. nosweatco.com
Price: A pack of three liners is priced at $7.99, with a 12-pack priced at $19.99 and a 25-pack at $37.99.
Available at: https://nosweatco.com/products/hard-hat-liner
The M18 PACKOUT Radio + Charger is a jobsite-grade audio system with full-range connectivity, AM/FM radio with 18 station presets, and Bluetooth 4.2 and AUX compatibility. The 10-speaker system includes four full-range speakers and four tweeters, a subwoofer and passive radiator, which provides balanced, 360-degree sound across wide spaces. It features onboard, sealed storage for mobile device storage and charging, as well as an M18 lithium ion battery charger.
The radio is designed to fit into M18’s PACKOUT Modular Storage system, and can withstand up to 250 pounds stacked on top of it. milwaukeetool.com
Available at: Milwaukee Tool retailers
Red Wing Shoe Company
Red Wing has added five new footwear models to its LoggerMax collection, purpose-built for the logging industry and made to withstand tough outdoor conditions. Key features of the ASTM-compliant models include a Vibram All-Terrain Fire and Ice outsole, engineered to withstand extreme temperature ranges; tridimensional traction lugs for grip on difficult terrain; built-in insulation; waterproofing and electrical hazard protection, and a choice of a soft or steel-toe. The LoggerMax collection is available in Black, Maroon Oro or Wheat Voyageur leather. redwingshoes.com
Available at: Red Wing retailers
The FIREDISC Deep Portable Cooker is a portable outdoor grill built to easily transport for hunting, tailgates, or any other outdoor cooking application. The grill is constructed from ultra-high carbon steel, may be assembled or disassembled in seconds without any tools, and used to prepare food immediately after setup. Beyond the usual grilling applications, the deep walled heating dish may be used to cook soups or stews, or for deep-frying.
It is available in either a Short (24-inch) or Tall (36-inch) stand height, with an adjustable stand for uneven terrain. firedisccookers.com
Price: $304.99-$349.99 (Installment plans available)
Available at: https://www.firedisccookers.com/product/firedisc-deep-24-inch-cooker/
Rite in the Rain
The CLAMPDESK is designed to store materials, secure notes and provide a stable writing surface in a field setting. The pad is sized for 8.5x11 or A4 paper, and can hold up to 250 sheets of Rite in the Rain’s own waterproof paper stock. It made from durable, flexible EVA material, which protects an interior shell for document or writing material storage. A strong clip and lower elastic band keep sheets secure in windy conditions, and dual zippers with a water resistant seam keep the inner shell protected from wet conditions. riteintherain.com
Available at: https://www.riteintherain.com/clamp-desk-296