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Tools, Safety Equipment, Gift Ideas for Construction, Tower and Roughneck Workers

Updated on September 27, 2014

Dec 22, 2010 Updated September 27, 2014

Those Who Work In The Trades.

Those who work in the construction industry, turf, towers, and/or the oil fields, work hard for their families, and loved ones.

All year long, they put customers, suppliers, and everyone else first. Instead of taking care of needed things, like tool replacement, or updated safety equipment, keep getting pushed aside.

Then, an emergency happens...

Gift giving can show the love, and make sure your hard working wage earner is not done in because he, or she did not spend the extra money to buy needed things for themselves.

Below are ideas and suggestions of gifts for the construction, turf, trade, oil field or contract worker. This is dedicated to the men and women who work tough.

On The Road Again...

Out on the road, the loneliness can be eased by thoughtful gifts from loved ones and family members
Out on the road, the loneliness can be eased by thoughtful gifts from loved ones and family members | Source

Dear Families Of My Construction Buddies

Thinking about your loved ones during this holiday season, remember that my construction, tower, turf workers, and roughnecks spend many cold nights, or scorching days alone or with crews, while their well-cared for loved ones, are running around, decorating, excitedly making plans for get-together s, and parties.

During holidays, the owner or primary contractor may have someone deliver hot dinners to the job site. Take an hour break, and think of their family while they hack away at a slice of ham, being careful not to cut through the Styrofoam.

One of the nicest touches are the large executive white napkins provided for the meal. They really show the dirt!

Sometimes work is stopped for a few hours while a grill is set up, but it is sure not being at home with loved ones.

The crews largest hope at September or October, are that the job will be done before the holidays, or at least, that they will be able to find a place to stop, and shop on the way home for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, graduation, or anniversary presents.

These hard workers, are on the road at Christmas about 50% of the time.

When a person is supporting a family or two, it is hard to turn down double overtime, although missing the family get together is heart wrenching. Nobody really talks about it, but it is a trade-off.

You guys and gals are out on the road, on the site from can to can't, day in and day out. Sending money home, taking care of Momma and the Kids!

That is all good, but now is the time of year to do a little something for Santa Daddy.

Man bling

Another Thanksgiving Out On The Road

Chances are that your Construction worker, will be out on the job during Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, or whatever your preference of celebration.

They miss important times at home, because they are out there to try to make the ends meet and more.

Working on the road all year presents a familiar loneliness. Being on the road during the major holidays is tough for the family at home, but it is hardest for Daddy or Momma.

When the family calls, and everyone wants to say hello, and squeal as they open their presents, thanking you; it is nice until you hang up the phone.

Give Santa Mommy, or Santa Daddy a little extra joy this year. Treat Daddy or Grandma, to an extra goody or treat.

Because of their hard work, the family is able to have the things they need, and this shows how much they do for you.

Milwaukee Drill Press for Santa Daddy

Working the Trades. Life in the Field

Any person not familiar with the trades may not realize this, but construction sites are usually off away from the public.

A construction site can be a draw to those looking for anything they can steal, and sell.

Many times, when your construction worker loved one, is working from "can to can't", this leaves the worker alone. There may be a solitary worker in one large area.

The majority of the crew can easily be far enough away on another part of the work site, where they cannot see or hear what is going on with the single worker out there. It is important that your hard working man or woman can protect themselves

Dressing For Safety Against The Elements.

When the trade person is on the job, or traveling to and from the job site, not having the correct clothing and footwear can actually be a difference between life and death in some cases.

Depending on who the Contractor or Owners are, depends upon the quality of safety gear; if any provided to your hard worker on the jobs. There are more opportunities for those who have their own gear, in a lot of cases.

Disclaimer: I will be held liable for any accident, death or dissatisfaction, from purchasing of 
these goods or use of ideas and suggestions. It is always recommended that the highest safety 
standards are adhered to in every case. "Better to be safe than sorry". These opinions and 
ideas, carry no warranty of behavior of vendors and suppliers, or the quality of their goods. 
My opinion, ideas and suggestions are not those of the Seller or Maker of these goods and 
ideas expressed. 

My personal experience is these are good products and have been tested over and over. 
Always be safe first!

Carhartt Is A Force Against Grime

Weekends, and Holidays Spent Out On The Site

You know how you miss your beloved construction engineer, supervisor, safety officer, and how much he or she misses their family.

Let your hard worker know how much you think of them, and surprise that warm-hearted, callous handed honey.

Surprise them with a grill, and or a weather radio to help them cook and eat some real meals, while making sure a super storm isn't about to sweep their job site away

PPE, Personal Protection Equipment

Everyday, trade workers are killed, maimed or hurt due to a failure of safety equipment, or a lack of safety equipment. When you carefully consider the dangers each job poses, the Sub, or Contractor will be geared and ready to go.

Personal Protection Equiment = safe job.

Play Personal Protection Santa, and surprise that hard worker with new safety equipment

Sheet Rock, Wood Workers

Last year, he worked with that old broken down Drywall Lift Hoist.

How about making Santa Daddy's perfect holiday.

He will be thrilled, that his family, or friends considered safety a perfect gift.

This will help your sheetrock worker have safert and more complete way to perform on the job.

Replace the old and questionable equipment, before the costs are more than financial!

Hand Tools

Little things, like a brackets, clamps, a knife or drill can be just what your construction worker needs.

Do not pass the chance to pick up tools during the pre-holiday ferver for him or her, there are usually deep discounts.

Tickle Her Pink!

She is hard working, and competes in a man's world. She puts her family and loved ones before herself, but you know she has been checking the prices on a generator.

On that Holiday morning, when all the kids, grand kids, and grand dogs have opened up all the lovely things Santa Momma bought her loved ones for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivis, lead her to the garage, and show her how much you think of her and her successful business



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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Okay! I was trying to remember, I knew it had something to do with drywall, but I didn't remember 'texture'. Thank you for the tip! :0) That will give me a Hub to link to also! Thanks this if very helpful!! Thanks for the nice compliments too.

    • Inspired to write profile image

      Dale J Ovenstone 

      8 years ago from Wales UK

      I enjoy reading your work LillyGrillzit as the style & info is easy to digest & very informative. Look at some of my hubs concerning texturing combs as this style of drywall texture seems to be slowly taking off in the States & Canada.

      Regards Dale

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Inspired, Excellent suggestion. The trades people work hella hard, and I am glad you mentioned them. Let me see what I can find. :0) Thanks for reading and commenting. :0)

    • Inspired to write profile image

      Dale J Ovenstone 

      8 years ago from Wales UK

      Nice hub LillyGrillzit.

      Plenty of ideas & choices for the guy or doll in diy or construction. Let's not forget interior wall & ceiling drywall texture effects & art for the home hobbyist or for the pro to enhance his or her finishes on drywall using combs to texture with.

      Thanks for sharing. Regards Dale

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dear Chan0512, thanks for the read and comments. Yes, hopefully they will come and check out the goodies! :0) Thanks Happy New Year

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      8 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Amazing List! Will definitely suggest this list for my friends who are interested in doing some construction works! Thanks for sharing this great list!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Rosie2010, thank you for giving this a read, and yes here is hoping santa daddy can get home. Thanks for the delightful comments. Merry Christmas, and have the best in 2011...

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      Rosie Rose 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Lilly, I don't think I want tools for Christmas, but I'm sure the guys love tools. I enjoyed reading your hub. And I hope those Santa daddies get to be home for Christmas.

      Merry Christmas,


    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      MartieCoester thank you dear sister for your kind comments. Have the very Best Christmas and I hope 2011 is your Best year Ever. :0)

      SteveoMc hello, glad to see you this morning. Coffee is cooking. I love your mantra! Every Santa Daddy I know loves tools, or sporting equipment. Hope you get everything you need and most of what you want! Have a happy holiday!

    • SteveoMc profile image


      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I want tools, I want tools, I want tools! My mantra. Or, computer stuff. LOL

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Lilly, I hope those Santa daddies and mommies take your advice to heart. There will, of course, be millions of them working on Christmas, inter alia in hospitals... I hope your Christmas will be one of the best.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sweetsusieg, thank goodness. I was beginning to think no Santa Daddy's were going to get any goodies on Clearance! LOL. Thank you very Much for coming by! :0)

    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      I know a Santa Daddy who would like some of these goodies!!

      Voted up and useful!!


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