The holiday season is the perfect time to show how much you appreciate maintenance and facilities personnel at your organization. These dedicated men and women put in hard work to make sure that your buildings and occupants are safe and comfortable. They also ensure that workspaces are clean and functional.
Say “thank you” this holiday season by surprising your facility’s custodians, building engineers, facility managers and maintenance techs with a gift. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that can still make it to your recipients soon!
Maintenance Gifts for Less than $15
We Recommend: O’Keefe’s Working Hands Cream
Hand cream is a great gift for people who work with their hands every day. Find a non-greasy hand cream that will keep working hands looking and feeling their best.
We Recommend: Freemont Die Reusable Face Mask
Stay safe and represent your team at the same time. Washable and works with filters. Various sizes and teams available.
We Recommend: CrazyFire LED Headlamp
Is your gift recipient a handyperson, mechanic, or DIYer? An LED headlamp will help him or her stay safe while completing projects in dark environments. For bonus points, look for a headlamp that’s also waterproof.
We Recommend: O’Keefe’s Lip Repair Balm
Chapped or cracked lips are the worst, especially in winter when the air is dry. This heavy-duty lip balm is worker-approved and sure to keep dry lips at bay.
We Recommend: CAT Pocket Light
A pocket-size flashlight is perfect for giftees on the go. Flashlights that are bright, impact-resistant, and weather-resistant will last a long time and fit nicely in a tool belt without adding excess weight.
We Recommend: Cutier 6-in-1 Gadget Pen
Fit a toolbox’s worth of tools right in your pocket! The tech-guru on your facilities team will get a kick out of this fun pen, which features a ruler, stylus, spirit level, a flat-head screwdriver, and a Phillips-head screwdriver.
A Thermal Neck Warmer
We Recommend: Original Turtle Fur Fleece
Warm winter clothes are a must for the maintenance worker who works outside. A moisture-wicking neck warmer will keep your recipient warm and dry, even in the coldest weather.
Maintenance Gifts for Less than $30
A Bluetooth Tracking Device
We Recommend: Tile Tracking Device
No need to panic if you can’t find your keys, wallet, or cell phone. This mini Bluetooth tracking device can easily be attached to your valuables to signal their locations if they’re misplaced.
A Versatile Multitool
We Recommend: 21-in-1 Multi-Pliers
It’s important to have the right tools to get repair jobs done. A compact multi-tool provides every basic tool you’d need, including pliers, screwdrivers, blades, bottle openers, and more.
We Recommend: Kusonkey Magnetic Wristband
A magnetic wristband is a great tool for keeping screws, nuts, drill bits, bolts, nails and washers neatly stored and ready for use while on the job. It’s also lightweight, portable and (obviously) fashionable!
We Recommend: WARSUN Rechargeable Work Light
Conducting maintenance repairs in the dark is risky. Keep your gift recipient safe with a cordless, rechargeable lamp. This one features a built-in super magnet, allowing it to attach to any metal surface.
Traction Cleats for Work Boots
We Recommend: Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats
Enjoying the winter weather? Fun. Slipping on the ice? Not so fun. Traction cleats attach to any type of boot and provide reliable traction on snow, ice and other slippery winter surfaces.
We Recommend: Everlasting Comfort Car Seat Cushion
Depending on where you live, the winter months can really drag on. Warm your recipient’s heart (and car seats) with a heated car seat cushion to help make the long, cold winter a little more comfortable.
An Insulated Can Koozie
We Recommend: YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Colster
Say goodbye to damp or frostbitten hands. A no-sweat steel koozie will keep your drink cold and your hands dry. This insulated can holder is tough, dishwasher safe, rust-resistant and puncture-resistant.
Maintenance Gifts for Less than $50
We Recommend: 3M WorkTunes Headphones
Noisy equipment can be a distraction to workers and make it difficult to listen to music or podcasts. With these headphones, you can ensure safe and happy listening while on the job.
We Recommend: JBL Bluetooth Speaker
If headphones aren’t practical for the workplace, try a Bluetooth speaker. With this portable version, your team can enjoy some of their favorite tunes when the opportunity strikes.
We Recommend: ZeeHoo Wireless Car Charger
Our phones are an extension of ourselves, making it hard to function without them in this day and age. Make sure your gift recipient is never without a charge by giving a wireless phone charger for their desk or car.
A Pack of Safety Flares
We Recommend: Marcala LED Road Flares
Facility teams are adept at maintaining safety and security in their buildings. Help your gift recipient prepare for the unexpected with a safety flare, which can be used in any type of emergency.
We Recommend: DEWALT Heavy-Duty Tool Box
A handy toolbox is a must-have for maintenance masters. Choose a rust-resistant toolbox that has a top organizer for drills and bits, and a bottom organizer for larger tools.
We Recommend: FORTEM Car Trunk Organizer
A busy work week can leave your car looking a bit messier than you intended. A car trunk organizer can help bring method to the madness, so you can always find what you need.
Want to see even more ideas? Check out last year's edition of this list.
More Maintenance Appreciation Ideas
While purchased gifts are great, many people enjoy receiving gifts that don’t cost anything. Pair your purchased gift with a handwritten note from yourself or your department. Your gift recipient may also enjoy receiving a hug (once socially distancing doesn't prevent it), an elbow bump, or just a verbal “thank you.”
And pssst, baked goods always go over well with facilities teams.
For more ways to show your maintenance team that you care, read “10 Ways to Give Thanks to Your Facilities Team This Year.”
Don’t forget to include some free reading materials with your gift! Download the Facility Manager’s Pocket Field Guide, a handy document that features 200+ common acronyms, terms and equipment in the field. Here’s a list of other facility management industry resources to look through and include with your gift.