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15 Hottest Gift Ideas in 2021 for Home Service Technicians
Got a home services contractor or fellow tradesperson in your life? If so, you know how hard they work to help customers keep the heat running, the air conditioned, the pipes from freezing, and the power on.
Show your home service technicians some love this season (or any time of the year) by perusing our list of hot holiday gift ideas that go beyond water bottles, tote bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, key chains, and pullover hoodies.
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5 Gifts for Plumbers
1. Night Provision TX11 Tactical Flashlight Torch
The TX11 Tactical Flashlight Torch puts out 1,000 lumens, features six light modes with up to 1,200 hours of runtime, and it’s waterproof. With a handy holster to add to tool belts, the TX11 is lightweight and compact enough to slide into a pocket or clip onto a belt.
2. Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak & Freeze Detector
Placing this leak-detection system near repeat offenders for leaks and frozen pipes—such as sinks, sump pumps, washers, and water heaters—helps homeowners and service techs stay on top of unwanted water activity. The Honeywell Lyric works with the Resideo Home App to provide alerts of water leaks and pipe freezes.
3. Leatherman Skeletool CX Multi-Tool
This ultra-light, full-sized multi-tool comes with a premium-steel knife blade. Among the six other tools folded into this nifty, 5-ounce combination tool are needle-nose and regular pliers, hard and regular wire cutters, a carabiner/bottle opener, and a large bit driver (including bits for Phillips #1 and #2 and Screwdriver 1/4-inch and 3/16-inch). The Skeletool CX comes with a 25-year warranty. This unique gift is a great stocking stuffer.
4. Griffin Waterproof iPad Cases
Griffin’s waterproof cases for various versions of the Apple iPad come in handy for service techs in the field. Griffin Technology’s classic and rugged case designs—Survivor Airstrap 360, Survivor All-Terrain, Survivor Journey, Survivor Tactical, Survivor Extreme, and Survivor Slim—are waterproof with drop protection and swivel action, and come in a range of colors and color combinations to fit your needs. Make sure to select a case that fits your tech's Apple tablet make and model.
This easily transportable electric drain auger works well for opening drains, sinks, and tubs with its 25-foot-long, quarter-inch-wide durable cable capped by a five-eighths-inch boring head. With its two-way auto feed, the Portable Drain Auger enables cleaning drains better and faster, and works on small lines to open lavatory and sink drains, urinals, and tub and shower drains that are three-quarter-inch to 2 inches in diameter.
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5 Gifts for HVAC Workers
1. Superior Glove HVAC Gloves
Facing numerous hazards on the job, HVAC technicians need protection against abrasion and puncture wounds, but still want sufficient dexterity to pick up small parts. Check out the best HVAC gloves at Superior Glove. The company offers unisex gloves with various levels of flexibility and feel, resistance to abrasions, cuts, and punctures, and high dexterity. Superior Glove also offers styles for cleanrooms and touch screens, and palm-coated and string-knitted options.
2. DiversiTech Original Pivot Light
Because it’s magnetic and pivots, the Pivot Light makes the perfect Christmas gift for an HVAC tech to use on ductwork in spaces requiring additional light. With a 360-degree swivel hook and powered by three AA batteries, this tool produces 240 lumens of light. With two-way switching and weighing less than 10 ounces, this is one compact torch for those tight places.
3. ABM-200 Airflow and Environmental Meter
CPS Products’ AMB-200 is a small fan device that connects to your smartphone's Bluetooth device. When using the free CPS Link app (for both iOS and Android), the ABM-200 measures air volume, humidity, heat index, and more. The device connects 20 times faster than a traditional Bluetooth.
4. Studio Neat Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus
Wearing gloves makes using touch screens difficult. That’s a pain for service techs trying to use a tablet to build estimates, browse price books, and capture homeowner payments. The Cosmonaut’s marker-sized, wide-grip stylus is perfect for HVAC techs (and other home service pros) who don’t want to change in and out of gloves on house calls.
Quick to set up and portable, the Mini-Split Bib Kit by SpeedClean is a fast way to clean ductless mini-split coils. Direct water away from walls and other surroundings into a 5-gallon bucket with this pressurized, patented technology. Reusable for lower cost per use, the kit includes an 8-foot drain line.
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5 Gifts for Electricians
Disassembling and reassembling hardware, along with keeping track of small pieces, can be especially challenging for working in tight spaces. A magnetic wristband makes a huge difference. With the iHard Magnetic Wristband, hardware and small pieces stick to the electrician's wrist for easier access and more efficient work.
2. Coast HL27 Pure Beam Focusing Headlamp
Every electrician's tool bag needs a headlamp. With up to 8.5 hours of battery life, an adjustable three-strap harness, and a maximum output of 330 lumens, the Coast HL27 model provides a great choice for electricians looking to upgrade visibility and comfort for the next time they need more illumination.
3. Black + Decker 4V MAX Lithium GYRO Screwdriver
This motion-activated screwdriver from Black + Decker offers a combination screwdriver and power drill. Activated by tilting to the right (forward) or to the left (reverse), this great gift it's a perfect compact gadget for electricians when they must get into spaces where other drills won't fit.
4. RoboReel Power Cord Reel
A smart power cord reel that is portable, fast, and easy-to-use, the RoboReel is a durable, motor-driven power cord reel with one-touch retraction and mounting options. RoboReel expands the workspace with a 360-degree rotation, enabling coverage of a 100-foot diameter area. Built to last, its smart engineering and industrial-grade materials include a 180-volt DC motor.
5. NoCry Professional Knee Pads
While they wear hard hats to protect their heads and steel-toed shoes to protect their feet, electricians also need comfortable knee pads that stay in place. NoCry’s Professional Knee Pads offer a heavy-duty poly shield with thick foam, a soft gel core, and durable EVA foam padding in each knee pad. The pads’ flexible neoprene straps can adjust to fit knees with a 10- to 22-inch circumference. A textured design includes sturdy slip-buckle clips and abrasion-resistant PVC caps.
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