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Wouldn’t it be great to get genuine smiles of appreciation from your gift recipients this New Year instead of pasted-on grins hiding disappointment from receiving yet another boring tie or ugly sweater? Make your gift-giving on-point this year with presents targeted to your recipients’ first love. If they are electricians, show them stuff that will make their eyes sparkle instead of glaze over.
The best gifts for electricians are gizmos they can use daily in their work or hobbies—these range from gadgets powered by magnets and lasers to multimeters to mapping pens to endoscope cameras. Stick to the tried-and-tested brands and buy from reputable stores for high quality and durability.
Choosing appropriate gifts for electricians (especially if you aren’t one) can be challenging, so we have compiled some of the best presents for them in this guide to help you in your quest for the ones they will genuinely like. We have divided them into categories to make your choice easier.
Tools may or may not survive normal wear and tear. People in the trades (electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders, repair staff, HVAC specialists) always appreciate tools regardless of shelf life. It’s always helpful to have more than one of anything if the original gets misplaced, borrowed and not returned, or broken.
Apprentice electricians especially value new tools because they need to accumulate lots of them to build their collection—which can be pricey. So you’ll be helping them in a big way.
The RAK LED Magnetic Pickup Tool has both a magnet and a light to help you pinpoint and retrieve even the smallest items. Anyone, not just electricians, can use this on and off the job. Experts have given this brand rave reviews.
Standard kits contain nifty accessories, such as screwdrivers, pliers, knives, and wire cutters. They usually come in protective sleeves, typically nylon sheaths, to protect the tools from damage.
The Wingman Supertool 300 by Leatherman is a stainless steel kit with 19 tools, including screwdrivers, pliers, premium replaceable wire cutters, a wire stripper, an electrical crimper, a file, a ruler, bottle and can openers, a mini saw, an awl, and your choice of glove size.
Thanks to this packet enclosed in a leather sheath and secured with a lanyard ring, your electricians won’t need to bring their work tools home.
The CK Tools 595003 professional premium electrician’s tool kit from Edwardes ($296) is a 19-piece kit that includes Dextro screwdrivers, an automatic wire stripper, three Combicutter (brand) side cutters, a lock knife, junior hacksaw, and a 16-foot measuring tape all secured in a robust Magna tool case with shoulder strap and padded handle.
The cutters have induction hardened jaws made of exceptionally strong and durable C60 alloy steel. The manufacturers have tested this kit and approved it for safe live activity up to 1,000 volts.
The Klein Pro Pack, apprentice tool kit, has six essential tools for any novice. Klein’s 28-Piece Tools Set offers a lifetime warranty.
The DeWALT Cordless Compact Power Drill fits into tight spots. Buy either an individual compact drill to complete your electrician’s tool kit or get a starter toolkit. The latter generally includes assorted bits and accessories with the drill.
- The SOG Knife’s eight-inch steel blade sports a custom design laser-etched to it. Its sturdy handle has a built-in wire stripper bar that works with a 10 to 22-gauge wire.
- This Case Trapper Knife with stainless steel blades has the figure of a working lineman etched on it.
- This Personalized Gifts’ Survival Knife comes with an engraved rosewood handle, a stainless steel blade, and a nylon pouch. The words inscribed on it are: “Retired Electrician.”
Wristbands allow electricians to work with both hands simultaneously while having all essential tools immediately accessible. These time-savers help them avoid multiple trips to the toolbox or climbing ladders. Apart from electrical work, other uses for wristbands include carpentry, vehicle maintenance, sewing, or home improvement.
The RAK Magnetic Wristband has ten strong magnets that hold nails, nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits, and accessories. Another outstanding model is the MagnoGrip 311-090 from Amazon. It is made of long-lasting 1680D ballistic polyester.
The ergonomic handles of the Klein Insulated Screwdriver Set include a cabinet tip and a Philips tip. All its screwdrivers are guaranteed to be safe up to 1,000 volts. The insulated handles hold the tip identification and protect apprentices from arcs and sparks.
The Jet Fix Black Edition Precision Screwdriver Set includes various magnetic nut bolts. This repair kit makes a great addition to an electrician’s arsenal. Its drivers can also be used to repair phones, tablets, laptops, and small electronic items at home.
Experts say Japanese-made Vampliers is the best in the world. Electricians use them on various types of bolts and wires. They are excellent for gripping and extraction. Their cuts are exact and sure. They come with a free tool pouch from Vampire Tools.
This lightweight but powerful Ideal Industries 35-210 18-ounce Electrician’s Hammer sports lengthy, straight claws perfect for gripping and removing electrical structures. It has secure neoprene grips, and its drop-forged head is made of tempered steel. Its vapor-blasted tip doesn’t chip plates.
Grippers and Tapes
The Gekko Gripper cable routing tool from ScrewFix organizes cables behind walls, under floorboards, and over ceilings. Its two magnets and durable 20 foot-long cord secure both carpet and underlay.
The 25-inch Stanley Fatmax Measuring Tape with its Tru-Zero magnetic hook takes the frustration out of assessments.
A clamp is an electric circuit that maintains the voltage limits of a signal at authorized levels. A clamp meter monitors this circuit. Electricians use it to check the voltage and the frequency of the passing current in wires.
The 600-amp Greenlee Clamp Meter is indispensable, especially to apprentices. The compact, battery-operated AstroAI Digital Multimeter with ohm volt amp and diode voltage tester measures AC/DC voltage, DC current, resistance, temperatures, continuity, frequencies, and diodes.
Electricians’ torches have to be specialized. An example is the two-pack Vekkla High Lumens LED Flashlight. It has a belt clip and a built-in zoom, allowing users to focus on minute items quickly. Its three modes can be switched on automatically. Best of all, it’s waterproof.
Saws, Step Bits, and Sockets
DeWALT’s DC385B Cordless Reciprocating Saw cuts almost anything precisely. All journeyman electricians will appreciate getting the Greenlee 30008 Step Bit. (A step bit is used to drill metal.)
Universal sockets are possibly the most desired items on an electrician’s wish list because these allow them to work anywhere. These are designed in such a way that they can be plugged into almost anything. An example is the Kusonkey Universal Socket Tool Set with a power drill adapter.
The compact, portable Huepar Self-Leveling Green Laser Level Cross Line Laser Tool cuts wire accurately and efficiently. It comes in different colors and has manual, automatic, and power-saving modes. With two plumb dots, it operates on a 360-degree horizontal line.
The waterproof Teslong Video Inspection Camera evaluates and diagnoses problems and can access hard-to-reach locations. Its inspection kit comprises a Wi-Fi wireless endoscope camera with a flexible cable, magnet, hook, side mirror, and a rainproof monitor. The camera works with most laptops and cell phones. It allows users to view previously inaccessible spots in job sites.
These aren’t just for entertainment or keeping tabs on the news. They’re essential communication tools in every worksite. Some radios have auxiliary jacks that allow listeners to play their own music in addition to the standard AM/FM radio. Worksite radios run on batteries, electricity, or both.
The compact Bosch PB180 AM/FM Radio has a connection bay for MP3 players. It operates on lithium-ion batteries or electricity using the included AC adapter. The DeWALT DCR018 is both battery and USB-powered and comes in different colors.
These portable, compact Klein Tools AEPJS1 Wireless Speakers allow electricians to listen to music, answer calls hands-free, and work simultaneously. They connect to audio devices via Bluetooth and operate on rechargeable batteries.
Map and Plan Wheels
The first-of-its-kind Scale-Link Wireless Plan Wheel ($240) scales dimensions into computers even up to 25 feet away.
The Scalex LE-SC-00700 Map Wheel is one of those “As seen on TV” gadgets. It takes scaled measurements from maps. Its built-in scale factor matches maps, rolls the map wheel, and instantly displays measurements on the LCD. It comes in two variants: the solo ($34.95) and one with a case ($43.50). The package includes two AAA batteries.
This Wake-Up Light Sunrise Light Therapy Alarm Clock helps electricians prepare for grueling workdays. Apart from the standard snooze button, it also has an FM radio and a sunrise simulation feature to ease them into wake-up mode naturally.
Stud Finders, Notepads, and Pens
- This Craftsman Stud Finder accurately locates stud edges and centers, live wire, metal pipes, wooden frames, joists, and rebars hidden in floors, ceilings, and walls.
- This SkunkWerkz Mini Notepad with personalized engraving keeps you posted anywhere you are. It comes in various colors and sports a strip for a pen. You can have the recipient’s name engraved on it.
- This ETCbuys Multipurpose Pen is no ordinary writing instrument. Its multiple slots contain six tools! It is available in two-pen packs and different sizes.
- The Marxman Chalk Marker is an excellent marking tool for accurately and quickly marking a reference point on almost any surface, including oily metals. It comes in two variants: the standard green Marxman (1.77 inches or 4.5 cm), and the black deep hole Marxman (4 inches or 10.16 cm). Both dispense 250 doses of pigment, which is removable from most surfaces. The manufacturer recommends a patch test before use.
The ElectriCalc Pro ($70) is a comprehensive electrical reference tool for electrical engineers, designers, electricians, and contractors. As it is compliant with the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC), it eliminates code violations. Owners can update it for future revisions with an easy-to-install kit. It comes with a free protective Armadillo Gear hard case.
Personal Protection Equipment
Knee Pads, Gloves, and Safety Glasses
These NoCry Professional Knee Pads protect workers’ knees on the job or at home. These Magid Class 0 Electrical Gloves protect their hands from cuts, wounds, and electrical shocks. As they’re made of rubber latex, they’re easily removable and washable. They come in different colors.
These transparent, wraparound, scratch-resistant Bollé Safety 40237 Glasses from RS Components shield eyes from accidents. Their mega-lightweight gunmetal frames complement their polycarbonate lens. The platinum dual-sided, anti-scratch/anti-fog coating absorbs almost 100% UVB and UVA light. Their temples are flexible and ergonomic.
A headlamp is a concrete example of a product that electricians need more than one of. Since they often work in poorly lit environments, it helps to have backups. Emergencies often happen, such as a coworker needing an extra or the one you have gets damaged, or its light bulb dies on you.
The CK Tools T9620 LED Head Torch is not only a lifesaver; it allows hands-free operation. Its 200-lumen power ensures electricians never have to work in their shadow or have lights interfering with their vision. It swivels 90 degrees and has three lighting levels: dim, high, and flash.
The Petzl Tikka Headlamp has multiple light modes: blinking, steady, red, or white. It has adjustable straps. Its phosphorescent reflector allows users to find it in the dark.
These relieve the pain and discomfort caused by the bulk and heaviness of tool belts. Some models have adjustable straps padded with soft material and pockets for carrying tools.
The Occidental Leather 5005 Belt Liner is made of robust, thick sheepskin and comes in different sizes. Its adjustable straps secure up to three-inch-wide tool belts.
Mind and Body Care
Massagers and Creams
Thanks to its powerful battery, the Sonic X Personal Percussion Massage Gun from Lifepro delivers quick tension relief to exhausted, sore muscles. The RENPHO Foot Massager’s heat feature, three deep-kneading Shiatsu intensity levels, and three air pressure modes give therapeutic foot massages and manage plantar fasciitis.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream moisturizes dry skin and heals cracked hands. You’ll see the difference in days. It’s safe for people with diabetes.
Everyone loves vacations. Why not gift your electricians a yule holiday to a place far away from work? It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just present them with gift certificates or e-cards for a one or two-night getaway at an affordable hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Airbnb sells these cards.
Electrician’s specs and phone/tablet/computer screens continually get smudged at work. The solution? A glass cleaner kit like Whoosh Tech Hygiene Screen Shine. Use it on eyewear and digital displays of electronic devices.
Work Boot Maintenance
Extend the life of your electrician’s work boots with the Otter Wax Leather Care Kit. This all-natural handmade system for the care of leather consists of saddle soap for cleansing, a salve for conditioning, leather oil for shining, boot wax for protecting, a flannel buffer, and applicator cloth.
The DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer dries gloves, garments, and boots up to 16 inches in length. It zaps odors and kills mold and bacteria. This dryer’s four stands allow simultaneous drying of two pairs of boots or four garments. Its two removable extension tubes are for holding boots. Its other features include a silent rotary blower, a three-hour timer, a dual switch to command heat at will or to operate the unit without it.
Ever get tangled up in vacuum cleaner cords while cleaning? Annoying, isn’t it? Save your electricians from this irritation by presenting them with the portable DeWALT DCV517B Max Cordless Wet/Dry Vac. No cords mean accident-free cleanups. Note that the 20-volt battery required to operate the unit is not included in the package.
Traveling electricians will appreciate this Berchirly Weekend Travel Duffel. Use it as a shoulder bag or tote. It comes in eight colors and is made of genuine leather and canvas. Its shoulder straps are padded and adjustable for maximum comfort.
A carryall for tools is a must-have. This list enumerates the best tool bags for electricians. One of the most popular is the Occidental Leather 5585 Stronghold Journeyman’s Tote. American-made with genuine deluxe leather, it has a reinforced base. High-quality bags from this brand last a lifetime.
The Bucket Boss Gatemouth Tool Bag is an excellent carryall for cordless tools. It offers 20 liters of storage space. This rugged carrier is made with double-wall water-resistant fabric.
The DeWALT DGL523 is a heavy-duty tool backpack with LED light and 57 pockets. Shine the light at a workspace or inside the bag when searching for tools and accessories. It has three illumination modes for intricate work or surveying a wide area.
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For electricians who need to organize their equipment, a combination set is a fab idea. An example is the TradeGear Electrician’s Belt and Bag Combo with its two heavy-duty pouches, D-ring attachments, 27 roomy containers, and four suspender loops that attach to the belt. Its high-density padding made with air-mesh foam and ergonomic design promise incredible comfort.
Pouches and Straps
This Electrician Pouch is a carryall for electricians’ tools. Its 21 loops and pockets include a tape chain, a flashlight wrap, seven screwdriver loops, and pockets for adjustable tools, wire testers, and notebooks. Its ClipTech Hub allows users to attach the pouch to any belt or hang it from the shoulder strap.
This ceramic TeeZaa Coffee Mug is a shoutout to all electricians. The designer (who we are guessing is an electrician) toots his own horn with these words: “I am the keeper of currents, bringer of power, lord of the lights, wizard of the wires.”
The print on this porcelain Retro Diner Mug says: “First-rate, super sparky electrician. Feel the power!” The cup is dishwasher and microwave-safe.
This Insulated Travel Mug from CafePress is appropriate for electricians on-the-go. The inscription on it goes: “I got the power.” A line drawing of a wall socket complements this statement. Spill-resistant with a convenient handle on the lid, it keeps beverages cold or hot for hours.
This unique Seaside Village Steampunk Iron Industrial Table Lamp has a built-in touch dimmer with three brightness levels: soft ambiance, relaxed environs, and work/read mode. The package includes a USB charging port, and a vintage bulb encased in a retro tinted glass sphere.
This The Lizton Sign Shop Electrician-Themed Street Sign is a hit with electricians who decorate their walls with trade-inspired memorabilia instead of photos, posters, or paintings. Amazon has a wide selection of readymade signs, but you can order bespoke ones on which you can have your electricians’ names, favorite mottos, or funny messages engraved.
For the electrician who has everything, a unique collector’s item, such as a decorative piece, a published article, or a photo, will showcase their yen for electricity and all its nuances. Go a step further and have the item framed. Try to match the gift to the décor of the recipient’s office or home.
This Collectible Print With Personalized Engraving from Creative Framing features a detailed definition of the term ‘electrician’ surrounded by real US postage stamps related to the profession. You can have a personalized message or your electrician’s name engraved on the plate.
This NOVICA Sculpture of a lineman by artist Armando Ramirez made from recycled vehicle parts honors electricians’ monumental work. This item is a hit with those who collect figurines.
Etched Whiskey Glasses
Celebrate the work of linemen with Etched Dreams’ Premium Whiskey Glass etched with the figure of a lineman at work. Another version, the Integrity Bottles Premium Whiskey Glass, has the US flag carved on it. These locally made glasses are sand-etched by hand to last a lifetime. They come in 10 and 11-ounce variants.
- Organize your electricians’ business cards with the TXEsign Business Card Holder made of genuine top-grain leather. Its magnetic closure secures precious contents.
- This Victory Tailgate Cornhole Game Set has “Lineman Backbone of America” printed on it. It includes a bag string set and nine matching bags.
- This Elves Store Personalized Christmas Tree Ornament comes with a ribbon loop for easy hanging. You can have your electrician’s name printed on its frame.
- This rustic KEXMY Steel American flag, with a backlit image of a lineman superimposed on it, is a work of art meant to be passed onto future generations. The designers produced montage using PhotoSTEEL technology.
Who doesn’t love tongue-in-cheek t-shirts? This will catch the eye of electricians, especially beginners, who like to broadcast what they do. This Electrician Funny Shirt snarky tee says: “I’m an electrician, not a magician. But I can see why you might be confused.”
This CropShirts Journeyman Electrician Precision shirt, directed at journeymen, says: “Journeyman electricians: we do precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.”
Embossed Leather Belt
This heavy Embossed Electrician Design Leather Belt comes with an interchangeable steel buckle. It is made to appear ancient, with etchings of electricians’ tools on the leather that simulate hieroglyphics. It looks like the kind Indiana Jones would wear.
This Siskiyou Electrician Pewter Belt Buckle has the word ‘electrician’ emblazoned on it with images of typical trade tools surrounding it—all in 3D. This is a thoughtful way to commemorate an accomplished electrician’s career.
For electricians working in colder climates, these Carhartt Thermal Base Layer Pants with pull-on closure offer superior odor and sweat control. An elastic waistband supports these machine-washable, moisture-wicking, 100% cotton leggings.
Ugly’s Electrical References, 2020 edition
This guide (comes in Kindle and spiral-bound) by Charles R. Miller is the gold standard in reference tools among electricians of all skill levels. Its up-to-date information includes changes in the 2020 NEC code, mathematical formulas, wiring configurations, a conduit-bending guide, and conversion tables, among many other topics.
The American Lineman: Honoring the Evolution and Importance of One of the Nation’s Toughest, Most Admired Professions
This massive hardcover by Alan Drew and Northwest Lineman College portrays the entire history and evolution of the electrician’s trade. It pays tribute to one of the country’s most dangerous professions with descriptive photos and human-interest stories.
Complete Electrician’s Tool Guide
If you have the time, this is a valuable document to study. It is a free master list of all essential tools electricians use regularly. It discusses all levels of tools, from apprentices to journeymen (and women) to master electricians. This is the best gift that a person with zero funds can give. Just text the URL to your favorite electrician.
So there you have it—our collection of foolproof Yuletide gifts for the electricians in your life. We hope our suggestions have given you some inspiration. Best of luck with your prezzie hunting!