It’s that time of year again: fairy-lights are switching on across the country, schools are putting the finishing touches on end-of-year concerts and people everywhere are frantically shopping for the ideal gift to show their loved ones how much they care.
Purchasing gifts can be a complicated process at the best of times, but when it comes to buying the perfect present for a mine site worker, you’ve suddenly got a whole host of other things to consider.
Is it hard-wearing and durable? Is it lightweight enough for FIFO commuting? And is it exciting as well as just being useful? To make your job a little easier this December, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great gift ideas for mine site workers:
- Bamboo Socks: We know what you’re thinking…socks are boring. But if you’re on a budget, socks are a great stocking filler and the perfect “useful” gift which will be worn over and over again. Also, bamboo socks aren’t boring. Unlike a traditional cotton sock, bamboo socks have excellent wicking properties and anti-bacterial fibres to prevent feet from getting damp and smelly. They’re also thick, hard-wearing and super comfortable.
- ‘Digger’ by Max Anderson: A great choice for those who love to spend their downtime enjoying a good book, ‘Digger’ was written by Max Anderson after he decided to quit his London job so that he could become a gold prospector in outback Western Australia. His 6-month expedition resulted in a book that is now in its third edition, with the Herald Sun declaring it to be “an engrossing tale of a one-man gold rush, with frustration and elation in roughly equal parts”.
- Leatherman Multi-Tool: Leatherman’s are regarded by many to be the multi-tool of choice, and with their models ranging in price from $55 up to $400, there’s a Leatherman multi-tool to suit every budget. In a recent poll on Lifehacker US to determine the top 10 multi-tools, Leatherman’s were voted in the top 6 spots. With their impressive 25-year limited warranty, you can be sure that a Leatherman will be tough enough for life on a mine site.
- Adina Countrymaster ‘Underground’ NK151 Watch: The Adina NK151 “Underground” was specifically designed for those in the Australian mining industry, capable of operating efficiently in tough outback environments and deep underground. Australian-made and with a 2-year warranty, the Adina Underground combines modern style and technology with traditional watchmaking techniques to produce a long-lasting watch that looks fantastic.
- CAT B15 Smartphone: Created with construction and mine site workers in mind, CAT B15 smartphones have been built tough, with Gorilla Glass screens and aluminium housings. The CAT B15 is waterproof for up to half an hour at a depth of a metre, with an Ingress Protection rating of 67. Not only that, but the touchscreen will continue to work perfectly, even when wet. Add to that the fact that it’s completely dustproof and you can see why this is a great gift idea for mine site workers!