The holidays are right around the corner, and with the supply chain issues we see right now, it’s never too early to get a head start on gifts for the scrapper in your life. Curated meticulously by the iScrap App team, here are this year’s top gifts based on what we’ve tried, what other scrappers like, and good reviews. Check out the complete guide below, or skip around to different sections.
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We’ve already explained how magnets are the #1 scrapper’s tool. This gift is a no-brainer if your scrapper lacks one. Better yet, get them a few to keep in different spots – their car, in the garage, on their keychain – so they’ll never be without one.
Nothing is worse than the feeling of frozen toes, and unfortunately, most scrappers will face cold winter months (unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in warmer states). Keep their feet toasty warm with some thicker socks. Grandparents aren’t the only ones giving out socks as gifts these days!
Scrappers spend a lot of time on the road, and phone batteries just don’t last like they used to. Now they can get a quick charge anywhere!
As long as a phone holder isn’t obstructing the view, they are a handy tool to have in the car, especially if directions are frequently needed. It’s also much safer than holding the phone in your hand.
Hydration is key. Did you know the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups a day for men and about 11.5 cups a day for women? Keep your liquids cold with one of these insulated bottles.
Who doesn’t love a good coffee mug!? And let’s face it, we all need that coffee with how early we rise. We also need that coffee to stay hot, so insulated drinkware is the way to go.
For the early risers, get them a new alarm clock. We really love the one that gradually gets brighter. It has to be better than hearing that blaring noise from your iPhone alarm.
Scrappers need somewhere to put all that extra cash! Try an RFID Blocking wallet, too, for those times that you travel. You can never be too safe.
For listening to tunes, or better yet, our Scrap You Later podcast, a new set of headphones is always exciting.
Protect their eyes from the sun with some UV polarized sunglasses. The American Optometric Association actually suggests that you should always wear sunglasses during daylight hours to protect against UV rays.
Dress For The Job
In the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, scrappers should ALWAYS wear long sleeves. We’ve seen too many people cut and scratch up their arms over the years. For the colder months, we suggest cotton and thermal long sleeves, while dry-fit versions will be better in the summer.
Just like long sleeves, long pants are a must in our books. The best are the ones with multiple pockets for storing items. A relaxed fit is also preferred since they will be working and moving in them.
If your scrapper isn’t wearing boots when they work, what are they doing?? I think the common theme here is to cover as much as your body when working. Steel-toed boots are a great extra layer of protection.
When they are disassembling scrap in the garage, and even when they visit the yard, safety glasses are essential. The wrap-around kind is even better, in our opinion.
Drive Like A Scrapper
Scrappers being on the road a lot inherently means a higher risk for road-related accidents. Let a dashcam tell the story. Plus, these ones send the footage straight to a connected Bluetooth phone.
Scrap can be dirty, but you can keep their car clean.
Keep their drinks and lunch on the go cool during those hot summer months. Go for a sturdier cooler if your scrapper is a “toss the cooler in the trunk” kind of person.
Okay, this may not be the most exciting gift, but it’s absolutely a necessary one and something ALL scrappers should keep in their vehicles. You can never be too careful.
Go big or go home, right? Surprise them with a winch for their truck, and they’ll never let you go. This is a serious scrapper gift that can help expedite jobs year-round. Not to mention help their bodies avoid the stress of moving large, heavy items.
Suggested Read: 5 Most Important Items In Your Scrap Truck
Work Like A Scrapper
Suitable for breaking scrap apart, this is a simple tool every scrapper should have.
Using a crowbar and some leverage, there is nothing your scrapper can’t do with one of these. Highly durable and great for pulling scrap apart.
Again, another basic necessity for any scrapper, homeowner, do it yourself, etc. We LOVE the multi-bit option for on the go and saving space.
If you couldn’t tell, DeWalt is one of our favorite tool brands, and they make a great socket set. However, any of these sets will make the scrapper in your life happy!
For those late-night scrappers, give them the gift of sight! It’s also a matter of safety; seeing properly will lead to fewer accidents, and that’s just good for everyone.
Corded or cordless, a drill kit will simply make anyone who’s handy happy.
The drill and these drill bits go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. It’s good to buy a set with several sizes of bits, so they have one for every situation.
Depending on how much copper wire they’re scrapping, this gift is the ultimate ‘I love you.’ They’re bound to love anyone who makes them more money on their scrap, and gifting them with a wire stripper will do just that.
Suggested Reading: The Best Wire Strippers for Scrap Copper Wire & Cable
Help them cut through materials faster and with more precision/control. Good for scrapping, home improvements, and odd jobs.
A must for those scrapping wires. If you want to splurge, look into that Milwaukee Kit, but regular ol’ manual clippers will get the job done, too.
This is one of those gifts where they’ll thank you later. Especially during storm season or bad weather. Another splurge gift if you’re feeling generous.
You might be thinking, “What would anyone need an air compressor for?” Believe it or not, there are plenty of reasons. Plus, all these options are compact and perfect for on-the-go.
You can never have too many extension cords, and we really love the retractable, wall-mounted kind for better organization.
This is a pretty extensive list and should give a good idea of the things scrappers use on a day-to-day basis. We’d love to hear if you have any other ideas we missed. Feel free to reach out via email ([email protected]) or our socials and let us know what you’re planning to get your special scrapper.