If you have an HVAC tech in your life, what better way to show that that you care than by gifting him or her a tool that makes the job easier — or more fun! From mugs that offer the perfect saying to start the day to T-shirts that inspire, and from reciprocating saws to pivoting lights, there are dozens of HVAC gifts you can purchase that are sure to be a hit this holiday season.
To help ease the shopping process, we’ve put together this holiday gift guide for all the technicians in your life. Check out the top 18 gifts for HVAC technicians.
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In a hurry? Here are our favorite gifts from this guide.
Why we like it: For the HVAC tech who has everything, a funny t-shirt is always a win.
Why we like it: A sawzall is the gift that keeps on giving. They'll reach for this time and time again.
Why we like it: This little tool is easy to pack or stuff in a stocking and will be super handy for any HVAC tech.
How To Shop for Gifts for HVAC Workers
Before we explore the many wonderful tradesman gifts you can place under the tree, consider the whys of going above and beyond to find industry-related gifts. By pinpointing your reasons for wanting to find HVAC-related gifts, you can narrow your search to a few locations and categories. Before you shop, consider your motivations:
- Do you want to help make their job easier?
- Do you want to make them laugh?
- Is your goal to show you care through a highly personalized gift?
- What’s your budget? Going for 1 big-ticket item or keeping it simple with a quick $15 purchase?
Your motivations and budget can help guide your gift search and lead you toward the best gifts for HVAC technicians based on the recipient’s unique needs and interests.
Once you pinpoint your motivations for purchasing industry-related gifts, you can narrow your search to one or two categories. Consider the top categories of gifts that any HVAC tech will be happy to unwrap.
HVAC Tech Gadgets
Ask any trades worker, and some of the best gifts are bound to be gadgets. From simpler multi-tools to smart devices, there are gifts in this category that can make the job of any technician in your life that much easier.
Though there may not be a single day in your life in which you have wished for a pocket welder, ask just about any HVAC technician and he or she will readily tell you about the number of times they have wished for this very thing. Assume the role of genie and present the tech in your life with this portable gadget. Not only does it fit in a pocket but it also contains a liquid substance that, when cast under a UV light (which is also on the gadget), welds just about anything. From enclosing exposed charging cords to mending punctured tool belts, this handy tool can fix just about anything in a matter of seconds.
One of the most tedious aspects of any trade person’s job is taking measurements. It's often a tiresome job, but it’s essential. If even one measurement is off, a whole project may experience a delay. That said, a lot rides on precise measurements.
The BOSCH Laser Distance Measure is a handy little tool in that it delivers precise measurements in a matter of seconds. With this tool, all your technician has to do is press a single button to begin measuring. It's small enough to carry around and easy to use.
Specifically designed for the HVAC industry, the smartphone anemometer measures airspeed and quickly converts it into volume. While this may make little sense to you, its portable size, seamless connectivity with your smartphone and accuracy make this device a winning gift for HVAC techs.
You may or may not know this, but HVAC techs conduct a lot of work in tight and dark spaces. For this reason, they often geek out over flashlights and handy illumination tools. One such tool that will really impress any HVAC worker in your life is the DiversiTech Pivot Light.
This light features a 360-degree swivel hook and requires only three AAA batteries. It boasts more than 240 lumens and weighs a measly 10 ounces.
Another tedious task that your HVAC tech has to perform daily is cleaning mini-split coils and nearby parts. This handy tool helps technicians easily and quickly clean these components while keeping water away from the walls and surrounding areas. It does this by redirecting the flow into a five-gallon bucket, which also allows for easy disposal. The kit is easy to set up, portable, and reusable, making it well worth the cost as a gift for someone you love.
Not all multi-tools are created equal. The Leatherman Skeletool Multitool contains tools that are unique to the HVAC trade. If your technician doesn’t yet have one of these gadgets in his or her arsenal, surprise them by giving one as a stocking stuffer this holiday season. Though a bit costlier than other multitools, the price is well worth the peace of mind that a quality tool can bring.
Measuring the amount of refrigerant that is in a unit is tough. Measuring how much refrigerant a home or business owner added or removed is even more so. A refrigerant scale takes the guessing game out of the task and, in the process, gives any tech the peace of mind that a unit contains just the right amount of refrigerant. This modern scale offers portability, precision, and accuracy and won't break the bank.
Remember how we said that HVAC technicians often work in small, dimly lit spaces? This borescope is a long, snake-like, malleable tube with a flashlight at its end. It can easily navigate tight spaces, is water resistant, and can extend to 11.5 feet. This is a great, affordable, and practical gift for HVAC workers.
HVAC Christmas Gifts
Tech gifts are fun, but they’re not the only type of gifts the HVAC worker in your life will enjoy. Check out these top, Christmas-worthy HVAC gifts. (And if it’s not Christmas, you can always use these ideas for birthdays, graduations, etc.)
HVAC technicians spend a lot of their workday in gloves. Yet, they also spend much of their day meeting with clients, reviewing specs, and engaging in other tasks that require them to manipulate smart devices. For many techs, it gets tiring constantly removing gloves and putting them back on.
If you know this all too well because of a loved one’s complaints, look into the Studio-Neat Cosmonaut wide-grip stylus. This stylus was designed for glove-wearing professionals and feels right both in bare and gloved hands. It features a solid aluminum core and boasts a tough and waterproof yet soft rubber exterior.
These heavy-duty safety gloves are made of stainless steel and Kevlar fibers yet still somehow manage to be comfortable. They offer incredible grip in both wet and dry conditions, are ergonomic and, as their name implies, are cut-resistant. When on, the wearer enjoys a full range of motion with his or her hands and can easily manipulate a smart device screen. You can grab a pair for a stocking stuffer or main gift.
Even the savviest of HVAC technicians cannot know everything. This reference guide contains crucial measurements, equations, and specifications that tend to elude even the most established of technicians. While many people are turning to smartphones in favor of traditional paper books, this guide comes in handy when working in areas of buildings that struggle to reach a signal. Moreover, the guide contains the most accurate and up-to-date information, which most blogs cannot competently claim.
Funny HVAC Gifts
If you’re just not the type of person who gets a lot of joy out of gifting work-related gadgets and tools, you can still find industry-related gifts that the HVAC tech in your life will appreciate. Check out these top gifts that are sure to incite laughter.
If you regularly stock your loved ones’ stockings with socks and undies, consider placing these customizable socks in your tech’s bundle. These socks are super soft and stretchy, colorful, and just the right amount of playful for either man or woman. All you have to do is upload a photo of the person (or animal) that you want to be featured, and the company will do the rest. They'll crop for just the face and put it on repeat all over the sock.
Other Gift Ideas
If you’re looking for something a little unconventional for your HVAC tech, we have a few additional ideas. A gift card to a favorite hardware store is never a bad idea. That way, they can choose what they want without actually having to foot the bill.
Or if food is the way to your loved one’s heart, treat them to a nice lunch one day of the week. We’re sure that lunch at the local steakhouse on Wednesday afternoon will be a nice break from the monotony that usually entails a cold sandwich five days a week.
You don’t have to understand the HVAC industry, its lingo, or even your loved one’s passion for it to surprise him or her with a meaningful, work-related gift. With help from this guide, you can stock up on the best HVAC gifts and make the 2022 holiday season one to remember.
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