Whether it's a sign of your appreciation for a job well done or a present for a loved one, check out these gift ideas for builders that will keep them happy and motivated on site.
Construction work is tough.
Early morning starts throughout the year, working outside in all weathers, shoveling and lifting heavy loads, climbing up and down ladders, and working with toxic and harmful building materials all take their toll.
And often this work is carried out on sites with no electricity, heating, or plumbing too.
Meaning it's definitely not a profession for the faint-hearted.
So why not reward your builder for all their hard graft with a nice gift to say thank you.
Or if you have friends or family members who are builders, you can get them something to make their days on site easier, safer and more pleasant.
Read on and I'll take you through both of these options, starting with thank you gifts.
Thank You Gifts For Your Builder Or Contractor
Having work done on your home is always an unsettling and stressful time.
However when you get a good builder or contractor, they make the whole process so much easier.
As not only do you get the finish and quality of work that you are looking for, they will also be mindful to keep the noise, dust and disruption down to a minimum while the work is going on.
So it's a really nice gesture to get them something once the job is complete to thank them.
This doesn't need to be anything expensive, but your thought, consideration and knowing that you are happy with their work will mean a lot to them.
Construction can be thirsty work, and there's nothing better than getting home and cracking open a cold bottle of beer at the end of a long, hard day of grafting.
So why not treat your builder to a few of their favourite beers to help them to relax after all their hard work on your home.
As a case of cold beer from a happy customer is always going to be a nice thing to load onto your van as you are leaving a job.
Now any case of beer is likely to be appreciated, but if you want to get something a bit more special you could order them a mixed case of craft beers.
This way they get to try something new, and who knows, they may even discover a new favourite among the selection.
A nice bottle of wine or whisky
If you want a classier alternative to beer, a nice bottle of their favourite drink will also always be gratefully received at the end of a job.
And with builders you usually won't go too far wrong with a decent bottle of wine or whisky.
As they can enjoy this as a way of helping them unwind and bask in the glow of a job well done.
And it's also a gift they can share with their friends and family, which makes it a nice treat.
A gift card for something fun
As much as having building work done on your home is going to be tough for you, it's also hard work for your builder.
Because they have to stay on top of everything, overcome every unexpected problem that arises, keep the work running on schedule, and finish by a set deadline.
Which means they will probably end up doing more than their fair share of early mornings and late nights to stay on course and keep you happy.
Seeing less of their family than they'd like, and not having the time to enjoy themselves.
So a nice little gift to give them at the end of the job is a gift card to get away from all that hard work and do something fun.
This can be a gift card for the movies, for local restaurants, or whatever they are into.
That way they can treat themselves and their loved ones to a night out and some quality time together.
Which will be a nice way for you to thank not just your builder, but also their family, for all their hard work.
Cash in a thank you card
Now getting your builder a gift as a thank you will always be appreciated.
But there is one gift that absolutely everyone will love and find a use for, and that is cash.
Because while this may feel like a bit of an uninspired and lazy gift, your contractor will love it as they can spend it on anything they want.
And when paired with a nice thank you card it becomes more personal, giving you the chance to express your appreciation.
So don't be frightened of giving a small cash gift to your builders on completion of a job well done.
Get the grub in on their last day
If you prefer not to give your builders an actual gift but still want to show your appreciation, another nice way to do this is to do something special on their last day on the job.
This works especially well if you have a large team of builders, and it's a lovely way for them and you to finish up and leave things on a happy note.
So on the last day of work why not order in some pizza or takeout food that you can all sit down and enjoy during their lunch break.
Or if you are handy in the kitchen you could cook them up a nice homemade feast instead.
This will be a lovely treat for your builders, and they'll definitely thank you for it.
But remember to not just limit this kindness to the last day of the job.
As regular cups of tea and coffee, along with some biscuits, cakes, and the occasional bacon buttie, will keep morale high and your builders wanting to do the best job they can for you.
So keep that kettle in play throughout!
Leave them a good review and recommend them to friends
Sometimes the best gifts you can give to someone are free, and this can also be the case for your builder.
Because leaving them a glowing testimonial online, or one they can use when they are promoting or advertising their business, can really help them.
As they rely on the power of word of mouth and a good reputation to keep the work flowing in.
So if you've had a good experience with your builder, don't be shy about letting the world know about it.
And recommend them to your friends and family when they need some building work to be done.
It's just a really nice thing to do, and your builder will love you for it.
Gifts For The Builder Among Your Family And Friends
Small tokens of appreciation are great for saying thanks to a builder for work they have done for you.
But when the builder is a member of your family or friendship circle, then your motivations when buying them gifts will be different.
As you'll want to buy them something that will improve their working life.
Because you see how hard they have to work, and the strain it can put on them and their bodies.
So you'll want something that will:
And fortunately you have loads of gift options that can do this for builders.
So check out the following ideas to find a gift to suit your hard-working loved one.
Gifts To Make Their Working Life Easier
The best gifts make the recipients life better in some way.
So a good starting point when it comes to finding a gift for builders is to get them something that will make their working day easier.
Now you can't do the work for them or share any of the load.
But you can get them a gift that will help them out on site, as there are plenty of handy and essential items that every builder will find useful.
A 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.
Not to mention being able to avoid the frustration of frantically searching everywhere for the right tool, only to have to make do with something else instead.
So a tool bag that can house all their tools and be carried around on site is a fantastic gift for any builder.
This will allow them to get on with the job with minimal fuss, and in a calm and relaxed manner.
Plus it'll also keep their tools in good nick.
Now there are any number of tool bags you could go for, but if you want to get something really special, we'd recommend the Veto Pro Pac Tech Tool Bag.
This one isn't cheap, but it is brilliant for builders, as it has been designed with every problem that the trades could possibly encounter on site in mind.
And being in the style of a backpack makes it really easy to carry around with you.
Check out the video above to see all of it's features.
A tool belt
Tool belts are really useful for many builders, especially if they do a lot of ladder work.
After all, we only have one pair of hands, and getting up and down constantly to swap tools is tiring and torturous.
But by keeping their tools in a belt, they constantly have access to them and can switch at will.
So if you want to save a builders legs and energy, consider getting them a tool belt as a gift.
These will always come in handy, and a good heavy duty one to go for is the CLC Custom Leathercraft Tool Belt.
A drill holster
Drill holsters come in handy in the same way that tool belts do.
So if you know a builder that loves their power tools and always has a drill in their hand, one of these holsters makes a brilliant gift.
Plus it'll make them feel cool too.
After all, who doesn't want to look like Clint Eastwood on site?
One such as the Dewalt Heavy Duty Drill Holster will do the trick.
A third hand to hold their screws and nails
Ok, so a third hand will probably trump any gift you could possibly get for someone!
However until the day the wonders of science make that a possibility, why not go for the next best thing instead, which is a magnetic wrist band.
These can prove invaluable for builders, as they hold their screws and nails for them while they have their hands full with other things.
And this is especially helpful when up ladders.
So getting a builder one of these will make a nice gift, as it's probably something they wouldn't have thought about getting for themselves.
And a good one to try is the Magnogrip Magnetic Wristband.
Gifts To Keep Them Warm
Builders often have to work outside, and in places where they are exposed to the elements.
And this can make working a really uncomfortable experience if you don't wrap up properly against the cold.
After all, no-one likes freezing their whatsits off for 8 hours every day.
However did you know that keeping warm is also really important to keep builders healthy on site.
Because working in the cold doesn't just expose them to the risk of colds, flu, and in more extreme cases hypothermia and chillblains.
The cold can also cause muscle and joint pain, as it restricts the blood flow to the hands and feet, and causes the tissues around the joints to expand and press on the nerves.
So if you want to help a builder to escape from these symptoms of pain and sickness from working in the cold, consider getting them one of the following gifts.
A warm working jacket
A good jacket is an obvious but essential place to start when looking for a gift to keep builders warm on site, as it provides the first defence against the rain, cold, and snow.
This means you need to find one that is able to keep you dry and warm underneath.
But at the same time you need to work in it, so it needs to be ventilated, as you don't want a jacket that makes you hot, sweaty and overheated as you graft away.
And a good jacket for builders that does both of these things well is the RefrigiWear Extreme Softshell Jacket.
This one has great protection against the wind and the rain, but still remains breathable, so you won't overheat.
It is made to withstand temperatures of up to -60 degrees celcius, so you'll struggle to feel the pinch in this.
Plus it has a reflective interior that helps to retain body heat and keep you warm.
It's also Hi-Vis, so it's great for site work, and it's easy to move around in too.
So for a good working jacket for builders, you won't go wrong with this one.
Layering up is incredibly important when you're outside working in the cold.
Especially your base layer.
Because this layer needs to be able to do two things if it's going to keep you warm.
It needs to be insulated so you can retain as much body heat as possible.
But it also needs to be able to draw the sweat away from your body and keep your skin dry, because sweat on the skin will lower your body temperature faster than cold air will.
So if you want to get your builder base layer clothing as a gift, make sure that it can do both of these things well.
We'd recommend the Under Armour 4.0 range, as these are really high performing and will definitely keep your builder warm and toasty at work.
Alternatively you have plenty of cheaper options available in most department stores.
Just make sure that they are moisture wicking before buying them.
Gloves to keep their hands warm
Numb fingers are the last things you need when doing skilled construction work.
So a good pair of insulated gloves that can keep a builders hands warm, but are still be flexible and strong enough to be able to work in, make a really nice gift.
And a great pair for this purpose are the Ironclad Cold Condition Gloves.
These are waterproof and windproof, meaning your builder's hands will stay dry and warm while working outside.
And they are also rugged enough to be able to withstand regular use on a building site.
Something to keep their head warm
You lose a lot of your body heat through your head when it's cold.
So covering your head well is an important part of the staying warm process when working outside.
Fortunately this makes thermal hats a simple but really useful gift to give to any builder.
Something like the Thinsulate Cuffed Knit Beanie would be an ideal stocking filler.
However, this won't work if you are buying a gift for a builder that does site work and needs to wear a hard hat at all times.
So instead why not get them a hard hat liner instead.
This will help them to retain heat and stay insulated and warm, while still complying with their site's health and safety regulations.
One such as the N-Ferno 6842 Thermal Hard Hat Liner would make the ideal gift.
This one fits nicely under a hard hat and has hooks and straps to secure it in place.
It also covers your neck, protecting it from the bitter winds of winter.
And as the cherry on top it has a pair of ear warmers on the inside, so your builder will have no trouble staying warm with this gift.
A hot flask
There's nothing like a nice hot drink to warm you up when you've been working away outside.
However on some building sites there isn't any electric or tea-making facilities.
So don't let your builder run dry on the job, get them their own thermos flask instead.
This makes a brilliant present, as they can fill it with tea, coffee or soup to give them the fuel to keep going all day, no matter where they are working.
For a good example, check out the Thermos Work Series 40-Ounce Flask.
This has a stainless steel, vacuum-insulated interior that will keep your drinks hot for up to 24 hours.
And it's tough enough to withstand a few bumps and knocks on site too.
A portable heater
Having a nice warm room on site to escape from the cold and take your breaks in is so important, as this gives your muscles a chance to warm up and allows your blood to start flowing freely.
Not to mention the relief to finally be able to defrost and feel your toes again!
And it'll also give you a chance to dry out any clothes that may have become wet,
However some sites don't have a room like this, and having to stay out in the cold all day is gruelling on both the body and the mind.
So if you ever hear your builder moan about being cold all day and having nowhere to warm up at work, consider getting them a Tenergy Electric Fan Heater as a gift.
This portable heater is great for warming a room up quickly, so the workers can create a warm space to take their breaks in.
And it's safe too, having an auto shut-off feature.
This gift will keep your builder's spirits up as well as keeping them and their workmates healthy.
Gifts To Keep Them Safe And Healthy
Construction is a tough game to be in.
As long hours of heavy grafting, lifting, shoveling, climbing up ladders, and working on concrete floors, can really take a toll on a builders body.
So it's probably no surprise that back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and neck pain are so common among construction workers.
However there are ways that builders can protect themselves against these dangers.
And some of these make for terrific gifts.
A back support belt
Lifting heavy objects, bending, and twisting, can all play havoc with a builders lower back, leaving them with loads of aches and pains.
However a good way to limit the risk of this happening is to wear a back support belt as you work.
These belts assist your core muscles in supporting your back while you lift, bend and carry stuff, and they are great for builders as they also:
So if you want to give your builder a helping hand, a belt we'd recommend for heavy use is the Aidbrace Back Support Belt.
This one is great for people who do lots of heavy lifting and shoveling.
And it has a breathable mesh, so your builder won't overheat and get sweaty and uncomfortable while wearing it.
Heavy duty knee pads
Another part of the body that takes a battering during building work is the knees.
As hours spent kneeling on concrete and wooden floors can lead to a builders knees being busted long before their time.
So if your builder suffers from knee pain, or spends a lot of time kneeling down, a pair of protective knee pads makes for a great gift.
As wearing knee pads as you work will:
And this will make a massive difference to the lifespan of your builders knees.
If you want a good pair to give to someone, check out the NoCry Professional Knee Pads, as these are tough, durable and great on any surface.
They are also comfortable to wear with their foam padding, and are perfect for heavy use doing construction work.
You can take a look at them being put to extreme tests in the video below.
Working with power tools and pneumatic drills for hours at a time can be extremely hazardous for your builders health.
As it can lead to numb and tingling hands, pain in the wrists, a weakened grip, and even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in some cases.
All of which are bad news if you want to work comfortably and without pain.
However you can help your builder to protect themselves by getting them the gift of a pair of anti-vibration work gloves.
As they will reduce the effects from all the power tool usage, and a good pair to go for are the Dewalt Vibration Reducing Gloves.
These gloves have a high density memory foam padding that reduces the effects of the vibrations from power tools.
And they are super comfortable to wear too, with a good grip to boot.
Work boots with good support
A builders feet can also take a hammering during a tough work day.
As working in cold and wet conditions, walking on concrete floors, having the risk of dropping heavy objects on your toes, and standing around can all cause you aches, pains and fatigue.
And the shocks you get as you work are absorbed by your feet and sent up through your body, which can lead to aches and pains elsewhere.
So getting your builder a new pair of supportive and protective work boots is an essential gift to get if their current pair are looking the worse for wear.
Just make sure that the work boots you pick have the following features:
And an example of a pair that have all this and more are the Keen Utility Pittsburgh Work Boots.
These are also really comfortable once you've broken them in, so make a great gift choice as they are a joy to work in.
A tank top to heat or ice Their back muscles On The Go
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, aches and pains come with the territory when you are doing physical work every day.
And many builders will have to either have a long soak in a hot bath after work, or apply a bag of frozen peas to their body, to soothe their aching muscles after a long, hard day.
Which is what makes the next gift idea so unique and great.
Because you could get them a gift that does this for them, but while they are actually working.
The Spand-Ice Revive Tank is a tank top that your builder can wear comfortably under their overalls, into which you can place hot or cold gel packs into pouches that sit against their lower back.
This allows them to have the option to either ice or heat their back as they move around and work, depending on what their muscles need.
As using the cold gel pack will help to reduce painful swelling and inflammation, while using the hot pack will relax their muscles and reduce strain and tension.
So there's no need to struggle in pain all day and wait to get home to sort it out, your builder can now ease their pain on the go.
And what better gift to give your builder is there than pain relief.
Check out the video above for more details on how these work.
Gifts To Make Them Happier
Work is so much better and more fulfilling when you have a smile on your face.
So getting someone a gift that makes their working day more pleasant is a really great idea.
And for builders, the following gifts should help to keep their spirits high during even the toughest of days.
A jobsite radio
Having music on in the background as you work makes life so much more pleasant, and this is especially the case for builders.
Because a lot of the time they may be working on their own.
So being able to listen to music, the radio, or their favourite podcasts as they work, will keep them company and stop them going crazy!
Not to mention making the day go faster, putting them in a good mood, and making it easier to get into a work flow.
So a radio they can use at work makes a great gift for any builder.
But you need to get one that can withstand the rigours of life on a building site, as electronic equipment and dusty, dirty and hazardous environments don't mix well.
For this reason we'd recommend the Bosch range of jobsite radios, as these have been designed specifically for use in tough working conditions.
You could go all in for the Bosch Bluetooth Powerbox Radio, which is a beast of a unit and great for large sites and outside work.
But if you want something more compact that they can use when working in smaller spaces, check out the Bosch PB180 Compact Radio instead.
A cooler to keep their food and drink fresh
Not much will take the smile off your builders face quicker than to come in for their lunch break to find soggy sandwiches and warm refreshments.
This is hard to take when they are working in warm conditions during the summertime.
As they need to keep themselves cool and hydrated, which is tough to do without a nice cold drink.
So a great gift to give to a builder that works in warmer climes is a cooler to keep their food and drink cold and fresh.
This way they can always refuel and keep their energy levels up for the tasks ahead.
And one we'd recommend is the Klein Tools Tradesman Cooler.
Because not only does this one do a great job of keeping everything cool, it also doubles up as a seat for them to sit on while they are eating their cool and fresh sandwiches!
A gift card for new tools
Now you may have been thinking that gifts for builders would involve an assortment of tools, drills and accessories.
But there is one cardinal rule to follow when buying gifts for builders which is this:
Never buy anyone in the trades tools!
The reason for this is that a builders tools are very personal to them.
And only they will know what kind of tools they need, want, or will use.
So most of the time when you are buying tools for someone it will be a waste of money, as they will most likely end up sitting in a corner of a workshop unused and unloved.
But the paradox of this is that every tradesman loves to buy themselves new tools.
So the best way to give a builder the gift of new tools is to buy them a gift card for a place where they can choose them for themselves.
We hope you've found some gift ideas here that will reward the builder in your life for all their hard work.
Whether it's to show your appreciation for a job well done.
Or to improve the health, safety, and happiness of a builder in the family.
These gifts are guaranteed to put a smile on their face.