Electricians need tons of tools and gadgets to complete work with high standards. Most will already have their own equipment that they care for like a child. However, as with everything, tools wear out, someone borrows something and doesn’t return it, new technology replaces the old. Unless you are an electrician, you might be at a loss as to what could make a useful gift. We did the research for you. Take a look at this exciting array of gifts for electricians that are sure to amp up their adrenaline. There are plenty of practical gifts, as well as some with more of a sense of humor.
1. Laser Measurement Tool
Useful gifts for electricians
At my house we always have one person holding the tape measure while someone else walks the distance with the other end. However, electricians are sometimes working alone or need to measure places inside a wall that they can’t get to. A digital measurement machine will solve these problems.
Another important tool is a stud finder (we’re not talking about breeding cows here). This helps find support beams for securing fixtures such as lighting and ceiling fans.
Another great gift idea is a multitool. Is it a screwdriver? Pliers? Knife? Yes, all of these things! Plus some are hammers, compassses, wire cutters, and bottle openers. Take a look. You might want to get one of these for yourself.
2. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Christmas gifts for electricians
For fun, why not give them a portable bluetooth speaker so they can listen to some jams while working.
Light bulb earrings will make a sweet holiday gift for a female electrician. These will fit nicely into a Christmas stocking.
For a personalized electrician gift, give them a Christmas ornament with their name. Hang it onto the tree as a surprise.
3. Personalized Decanter
Retirement gifts for electricians
A whiskey decanter is always a special gift. Make it personal by having their name engraved, and add a bottle of their favorite hooch to create a great retirement gift. If the decanter doesn’t already come with glasses, you can get them a lineman whiskey glass.
Another cool gift is a floating light bulb lamp for their home desk.
For more home decor, choose a collectible lineman print.
4. Headlamp Beanie
More gift ideas for electricians
As a kid I always had to hold the flashlight for my dad and grandfather when they were doing electrical work. A beanie light will keep their head warm while shining light in attics or other dark spaces, keeping their hands free to work.
For warmer weather you can get them a headlamp instead.
It doesn’t matter how much light is in a room, inside a wall is dark. Glove lights emanate light from the fingertips so electricians can see exactly what they are doing.
5. Extra Large Lunch Box
Gifts for electricians for lunchtime
Electricians work up big appetites crawling around in attics and sweating in the heat. Therefore they need big lunch boxes to help them refuel. These are large enough for several meals and snacks, plus have space for drinks so they can stay hydrated.
We had some work done on our home a few years ago, and the workers had to waste a big chunk of their lunch break driving around to get take out for a hot lunch. With a portable lunch warmer they can save money and time by bringing food from home and heating it on the job site.
You can also give them a lineman tumbler to bring their morning coffee with them or to fill with water throughout the day.
6. Insulator Screwdriver Set
Tool gifts for electricians
Tools wear out, break, and get misplaced. New tools are welcomed gifts.
An electrician hammer is narrow and able to fit in small spaces.
They will also need a cordless power drill. Let’s face it, they can’t plug a drill in to get power when they are working on the electrical system.
7. Cooling Neck Fan
Thoughtful gifts ideas for electricians
When we had electrical work done on our home, our electrician would come early in the morning to work in the attic. He would come back down dripping buckets of sweat by 10am. A hands-free, battery-operated fan will help them stay cooler longer, while working in hot places.
A cooling towel will help them cool off during breaks. These stay cold for several hours and will also absorb sweat.
At the end of the day, electricians often have sore muscles from crawling around in tight spots. Give them an electric massager to work out the kinks.
You might want to take a look at gifts for other jobs too!
8. Electrician’s Tool Bag
More holiday gifts for an electrician
Tool bags get worn out, just like everything else. Give them a new one so they don’t have to worry about tools slipping out of that growing hole in the corner of their old bag.
Or you can get them an electrician backpack to carry their gear.
Speaking of gear, they need to take care of their boots. Their boots keep them grounded. Wet boots can be dangerous. Give them a boot dryer to eliminate sweat and moisture. You can also give them a boot care kit to keep their boots in top condition.
9. Silly T-shirt
Funny electrician gifts
T-shirts are comfortable and made from breathable fabric, making them perfect work shirts. These will bring on a laugh with their funny quips.
You can also find electrician coffee mugs with amusing wit.
As an electrician gag gift, get him a light up necktie.
10. Magnetizer/demagnetizer Tool
Best gifts for electricians
A magnetizer/ demagnetizer tool can magnetize tools to pick up metal pieces. Then it can demagnetize them when this function is not needed. I have a screwdriver with this function. It makes tightening screws easy because I don’t have to worry about them falling before the threads catch.
A magnetic pickup tool is also a much wished for gift. These tools extend to get into small spaces that are hard to reach. They have a light to find objects and magnetically pick them up.
11. Electrician Cufflinks
Electrician gifts for him
Are you looking for a novelty gift for an electrician? Try some amusing cufflinks with an electrical theme for those times he needs to get dressed up.
Electrician’s work hard, but they don’t need to smell like it. Give him Fat Electrician Eau de Parfum for after he hits the shower.
Give him some hand lotion formulated just for him, to soothe those dried cracked hands he gets from working with wires all day.
12. Tool Organizer Bucket
Items for an electrician gift basket
You can put together your own electrician gift basket by using these ideas or incorporating your own. Start with one of these cool tool bucket organizers. You can crumple some paper or use a foam block inside the bucket to raise the gifts. Choose some gifts to place inside the bucket. Smaller tools can be added to pockets on the outside.
A cable skinning knife is a must have tool for an electrician. Get one of these to place in a pocket.
Adding an extension cord organizer will be useful so they don’t have wires all over the place.
Whichever other gifts you choose, make sure you get professional knee pads. These are a must since electricians are often kneeling to get at hard to reach spots. Also a pair of electrician’s gloves will be needed since they deal with high voltage.
13. Video Inspection Camera
More gadget gifts for electricians
Technology is amazing. With a video inspection camera they can see hard to reach places by feeding the cable through to the area and viewing it on a screen.
My circuit breaker isn’t labeled well, causing problems for electricians when they are trying to shut power to certain areas. That is where a circuit breaker finder comes in. They plug a part into the outlet they are trying to shut power to. Then this gadget helps locate which switch it corresponds to within the electrical panel.
Different jurisdictions have different rules governing electrical standards, not to mention that the rules change as time goes on. Electrical codes from the 1970’s are substandard today. An electrical code calculator has many of these regulations programmed into it so an electrician can make sure he is complying with current codes. It is also equipped for calculating wattages and other computations needed for proper electrical work.