10 Welding Gift Ideas
Welding is a tough and grueling discipline that constantly deals with extremes: of heat, light, molten metal, and physical injury hazards. The men and women (yes, there are women welders) who make a living in this demanding field are tough, because they have to be. They also need the best gear and equipment. If you have a loved one who happens to be a welder or welding enthusiast, these welding gift ideas will help you choose the perfect way to show them that you care.
Welding Gift Ideas
Audew Adjustable Auto-Darkening Solar Welding Helmets
Helmets are perhaps the most recognizable equipment of a welder. On top of excellent protection to the eyes and head, these Audew helmets also add some extra style quotient to a welder’s ensemble. The decals on these helmets range from patriotic eagles, to jungle camo, to leering skulls. You can choose a theme based on the age and style preference of your welder. On the performance front, the helmet visors are auto-darkening, which helps protect against the intense light and radiation. It offers full protection for the head against sparks and splashes of molten materials.
“Welding For Dummies”, Stephen Robert Farnsworth
This is not a gift you want to give to an experienced welder for sure! But if you have a youngster or beginner in the field, this book can be one of the greatest welding gift ideas. It imparts basic guidance about different types and techniques associated with welding, and their suitability for specific situations. Readers are also given valuable information regarding certification and training programs in the discipline. The entire tone of the book is very friendly and practical. It also offers a grounding in essential safety precautions and procedures.
BC Precision Black Kevlar Protective Arm Sleeves
Is your welder friend/relative also a biker in his/her spare time? If so, these protective sleeves will provide double the utility! They are ideal for anybody who needs to protect their arms from cuts, burns, and other kinds of severe trauma. This BC Precision sleeve provides heavy duty protection through Kevlar, the same material used in bullet proof vests. It offers ANSI level 4 protection, which is the second highest level of protection against industrial injuries like cuts. The sleeves are also flame resistant, providing decent protection against hot particles and sparks.
DeWalt DWE402 Paddle Switch Angle Grinder
An angle grinder is a tool that welders simply cannot do without. If you want the best choice of brands for your welding gift ideas, DeWalt is a good option. The DWE402 is a 4-1/2” grinder, ideal for stripping rust, removing weld beads, and other tasks like polishing, cutting, and burring metal. With a powerful 11 Amp motor and durable oversized brushes, it is a capable little tool that should last a long time. It is compact and comfortable, and the safety-lock prevents accidents and injuries. It has a design that allows for tool-less removal and replacement of spent grinding wheels.
Hobart 770686 Black Cotton Welding Apron
Show your love and concern through this one-size-fits-all apron designed especially for welders. It is made from flame retardant cotton, with a lightweight feel. The apron offers sufficient protection against errant sparks and splashes, which are part and parcel of any welder’s day. It will easily cover the upper body of the wearer all the way down to the thighs. The apron uses a clasp to secure it at the back, which is always better than having to tie your knots. That clasp is on an elastic waist strap, which ensures a comfortable wear. It looks quite elegant as well, in plain black with the brand name emblazoned on the chest in orange letters.
Lincoln Electric Traditional MIG/Stick Welding Glove
As the hands are the most vulnerable part of a welder’s body after the head, buy gloves like the Lincoln Electric for optimum protection. These cowhide gloves offer adequate protection against burns, but they are not fire proof in the strictest sense of the word. If your welder uses the stick or manual arc technique, these make excellent gift options. They are available in only one size, which is a comfortable large. The material is extremely thick, and might be unsuitable for some individuals with smaller hands. The color combination is black and red, which looks good, and they will also come in handy during barbecues!
Revco Industries GB100 BSX Extreme Gear Pack
It is not often that we come across a bag that can offer so much utility to professionals like welders. The Revco GB100 BSX is a roomy backpack with a special compartment big enough to hold a welder’s helmet. This is one of the best welding gift ideas out there: an all in one carry solution for all their equipment. The backpack also boasts of fire resistant materials, though, sadly it is not really water resistant. Along with a helmet, it can also hold a jacket, apron, tools, gloves, grinder, and much more. The back is padded for extra comfort, while the sides are reinforced for additional safety and protection.
Hobart 770150 MIG Multi-Function Welding Pliers
This is more of a gift for beginner welders than seasoned pros, as welding pliers are essential tools that most pros will carry at all times. Of course, you can always gift it to a pro who needs a new set of pliers as well. The Hobart Welding pliers are great multi-function tools, capable of nearly a dozen different applications. These MIG pliers have spring-loaded handles to prevent fatigue after extended use. The narrow jaw design is ideal for getting into tight spaces. They can also be very effective at removing hot nozzles and for quick cleanups.
Goplus MIG 130 Welding Machine
This is a complete beginner-friendly welding system, ideal for DIY welding enthusiasts. So, if you want a gift for a pro, this may not be a good choice. The Goplus MIG 130 is a light-duty machine that can handle the occasional welding tasks involving car body work, or thin steel welding. It also ships with a free mask, but you might be better off buying one online. This is just an affordable flux welder for beginners.
Capri Tools Locking Welding Clamp, 3 Pieces
A welder needs clamps to get the job done. If the workpiece cannot be held in place in a stable manner, you can’t safely complete the job. So, regardless of their experience level, clamps are great gifts for a welder. These Capri Tools clamps set includes three different types: an 11” C-clamp, 10” sheet metal clamp, and 10” general welding clamp. They sport hardened steel jaws, which can handle hobbyist as well as pro-grade work.
The best welding gift ideas are all about utility and performance. With the grueling demands of the work site, these welding gift ideas can help them get the job done safely. If you have any other great suggestions for welder’s gifts, or any comments, please share them in the section below.