As you get ready to close the books on 2007, take the opportunity to thank your staff and clients for another successful year in business. For the crewmembers who went above and beyond, or the homeowners who made you happy to head to the jobsite each day, check out these holiday-season gift recommendations, hand-picked by the REMODELING staff.
Apple Cookie & Chocolate Co.
Thank clients, vendors, or coworkers for a job well done with a Bungie Bag of tasty treats. These canvas tool bags are filled with chocolate chip cookies and milk- and white-chocolate tools. Personalize the bags with a company logo or message.
This electrical products company took the handle from its popular jab saw and created something even non-electricians can use: Jab Saw Handled BBQ Tools. The stainless steel five-tool set includes a slotted turner, secure fork, scalloped-edge tongs, basting brush, and copper-bristle grill brush. Arriving gift boxed, the tools feature rings for hanging, and the Ideal logo.
The world of construction toys owes its popularity to Lincoln Logs. Appeal to your clients' or coworkers' kids — or to the kid in everyone — with a Commemorative Edition Lincoln Logs set that collects richly stained logs, roofs, eaves, and slats in a decorative tin storage container. A Collector's Edition is also available, featuring an individually numbered wooden keepsake case for the true nostalgia buff.
Homes For Our Troops.
Members of the U.S. military make daily sacrifices in defense of our country. Take some time this year to show your appreciation. The non-projects group Homes For Our Troops coordinates the process of building or adapting homes for severely injured servicemen and women such as Sgt. Peter Damon, shown here with his family. HFOT accepts sponsorships and contributions of money, building materials, and professional labor for all projects. Your time and talent can help the three-year-old organization continue toward its goal of assisting veterans in all 50 states.
Designed by and for bike messengers, the Classic Messenger Bag from Timbuk2 is gaining popularity with the masses for its rugged construction and sharp styling. Ballistic nylon construction and a waterproof lining keep the bags strong enough for jobsite visits, yet suitable for professional client presentations, so your project managers will use this bag every day. Choose from five sizes and numerous color combinations, or use the Web-based “Build Your Own Bag” function to choose the recipient's favorite colors, or your company colors.
The SyncPix digital photo frame is a great way to remind clients of how their finished projects came to be. With a 256MB memory, the 8-inch frame can hold up to 3,000 photos. Users can save, resize, and organize photos on the frame via a remote control or the built-in control panel. Also a great way to display your company's work in a showroom or reception area. Available in espresso or black at Circuit City and Staples.
Let your crew leaders know just how indispensable they are — and how much you need to stay in touch with them — with rugged Otterbox cases for their smart-phones, iPods, PDAs, and more. Like all Otterbox products, the Treo 1920 model (shown) seals the device from the elements while providing access to the keypad, touch screen, and other important buttons. Available for numerous handheld devices, the covers prevent damage, saving users from related repair or replacement costs down the line.
Artist Lee Ann Herreid's education in jewelry and metalwork gives construction professionals a reason to get gussied up. Using everything from Phillips-head screws and hex nuts to mini levels and stainless steel rulers, she turns nuts and bolts into unique and stylish jewelry. Herreid's jewelry lines include earrings, cuff links, bracelets, necklaces, and more. With a vision of helping the wearer make a personal expression through functionality, Individual Icons jewelry is available in galleries and museum shops around the country, or through the company Web site.
www.individualicons.com. For more product information, visit ebuild.com, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog.