If someone on your list works in construction or the trades, chances are their smartphone is at risk just about every day. Which makes a rugged case to protect their investment a no-brainer gift.
We recently published our 2017 guide to the best smartphone cases for construction. If you want a comprehensive look at what’s available, check that out. But for the purposes of a quick recommendation for this gift guide, we’ll recommend you go with either one of these two cases:
Dog and Bone Wetsuit Impact
The Wetsuit Impact is one of the thinnest cases you can buy that provides both waterproof and drop protection. And at around $50, it’s much cheaper than comparable cases from LifeProof. Plus it comes recommended from the trustworthy folks over at the Wirecutter.
If you don’t need waterproof protection but want a case that will guard your phone against drops, dirt and dust, i-Blason’s ArmorBox comes in a wide range of colors for a variety of phones and can be had for between $15 and $20 on Amazon. This dual-layer case features a hard shell exterior, a shock-absorbing TPU inner core and plenty of extra padding around the corners for all around protection against drops. It also features a built-in screen protector and a mount for a belt clip.