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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Christmas Gift Guide: For Tradesmen

Everyone whose everyone knows a tradesman. Whether thats an electrician, plumber, builder, plasterer, mechanic or any of the other forms. If you didn't already know Bradley (my partner) is a self-employed electrician, and he is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for. Not just for the fact that all he's really interested in is tools and gadgets, and his hobbies ARE his work. But he's a man, and men? - hard to buy for! 

Each year when Christmas rolls around I always have absolutely no idea what to buy him. Clothes - he's fussy. Aftershave - he hardly uses it and Games - he already has them ALL! This year I was determined to buy him something that he'll actually use and enjoy instead of useless bits that end up in the back of his draw.

I thought that they're must be a bunch of people out there trying to shop for fussy tradesmen who never know what they want for Christmas. So I've created this gift guide in hopes that it'll inform some of you with ideas on what to get that tradesman in your life!

Working Hands - Hand Cream

Every-Single tradesman I know has awfully kept hands. They're always dry, cracked and filthy, and even after many attempts of being scrubbed clean still look worryingly un-healthy. I'd seen adverts for this 'Working Hands' hand cream before, it states that is guaranteed relief for extremely dry cracked skin. Which is why its perfect for anyone within the trades, because they need to take care of their most valuable tool - their hands! You can purchase this cream from most drugstores but Amazon currently have it on sale at 58% off so get it quick!


Stanley FATMAX Pro Organiser

No matter what trade someone is in they will always have thousands of screws, raw plugs, nuts and bolts, and each lot of them will come in a thousand different sizes and types. Imagine the nightmare of trying to find the right one *Monica Geller freak out*. So one of these organisers would completely solve that problem. The brilliant thing about these Stanley ones compared to other brands is that you can buy multiple organisers in different widths and they'll stack and 'click' together to become one whole box, making it easier to carry. Bradley has a few of these and stands by them against other brands because the plastic on these don't fall apart!

This is more of a novelty quirky 'stocking filler' gift, but nevertheless a useful one at that. Bradley's constantly going through permanent markers, he either ruins them, leaves them at jobs or they get lost in the bottomless pit of mess he calls his van. I usually get him a huge pack of Sharpies but I fancied something a little different this year. I know that his favourite tool brand is Milwaukee, and that he always buys their products. When I stumbled upon these Milwaukee Permanent Markers I thought they would be more personal than the usual Sharpies I get him. If you can find out what brand of tools your giftee prefers try searching for branded accessories like these.

The Man Tin

Another useful novelty gift, not just for tradesmen, just for all men! Why is it men seem to accumulate a lot of junk that just ends up in the bottom of the kitchen draws. Dead batteries, keys for cars they no longer own and instruction manuals for household items we don't have anymore! Now theres the perfect 'place' for all that... The Man Tin. Gives him a place to put his shit and keeps you happy because you no longer have to stare at his shit!


Now this one sounds odd, BUT I found these 3D mounts that perfectly fit the battery packs of the Milwaukee Batteries (the ones Bradley uses). Most tradesmen that use power tools will have an abundance of batteries which they have to keep swapping and charging between jobs and between using different types of tools. This mount company called StealthMounts that sell on Ebay have a HUGE range of mounts for different brands and different battery sizes. The purpose of these mounts is too screw them onto your van/workshop wall or shelf, and *click* your batteries into place securely. Giving the user easy access to all their batteries. They're created in such a way that they show the battery percentage left on each individual battery, again making tradesmen-life easier.


That concludes my Christmas Gift Guide for Tradesmen post! I honestly hope I didn't send any of you to sleep going on about tools... because I could have fallen asleep talking about them. They're just not my cup-of-tea, but hopefully I've given you some inspiration on what to purchase the tradesmen in your life this Christmas!



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12 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! So so useful! The hand cream sounds great!

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  2. I really love this post! I may need to buy that hand cream for myself!!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing! This has given me so many ideas! xx

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  4. What a great gift guide with such an unusual theme - really enjoyed this x

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  5. One of my relatives is a joiner & all he ever wants is tools too! Some great ideas here, feel like I could do with the hand cream myself haha xx

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  6. Omg I love this post! My man is crazy hard to buy for but all of these are going on my list!

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  7. I think you might have just saved me hours of wandering around wondering what on earth I am going to get my Other half! He's so difficult to buy for but you've given me some great ideas. Off to share this on facebook :) x

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  8. Wonderful post, that handcream sounds fantastic!

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  9. JAck is by no means a tradesman but his hands get so dry so that hand cream looks like something I should probably buy him! Especially as I’ve not bought ANYTHING yet!! Ps your photos are so dreamy!

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  10. This gift ideas would be perfect for a few people in my life, thanks for sharing!

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  11. These are some amazing ideas! I brought my cousin the Man Tin last year for when he moved into his own place and he has got so much use out of it. Thanks for sharing :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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  12. Oh my, this post would have been so handy for when I was dating a builder! His hands were pretty nice, but they can always be smoother. Haha. Heck, I might steal some of these ideas for a few friends of mine. Thanks for sharing such a great list!

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