20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer This Holiday Season

Written By: Stefanie Hardy

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably procrastinated on this year’s holiday shopping.  And if you’re really like me, you have an engineer on your shopping list, and you’re struggling to find him or her the perfect gift.  Well, you’re in luck because I’ve spent the last week digging around the Internet to find some ideal gifts!  Some of these are simply humorous, some are down right practical, and some of them (as a non-engineer) I’d like to have myself.

I hope you enjoy the gifts I’ve come up with, and if there’s any fun items I’ve missed, be sure to include them in the comments section below!

robotic-armRobotic Arm Edge: Wired Control Robot Kit

The Robotic Arm Edge is a wired control robotic arm kit that is bound to excite engineers of all ages! In fact, one of our very own engineers had some fun with this little machine a few weeks ago and documented his experience in a recent blog article.  The kit can be purchased for around $38 on Amazon.

> Buy the Robotic Arm Edge


unit-circle-radian-clockRadian Wall Clock

This 10″ wall clock might confuse some but not an engineer (or my high school calculus teacher).  Plus, they’ll appreciate a good trigonometry reference!  This clock can be purchased for $15 on CafePress.com

> Buy the Radian Wall Clock 


spitball-warfare-bookMini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare

The perfect gift for mechanical engineers.  A complete book detailing 35 miniature weapons to build out of everyday items.  Some of the weapons include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters.  You can get this fun-filled book from Amazon for about $12.00.

> Buy the Book


modern-marvels-dvd-setModern Marvels DVD Set

The Best of Modern Marvels DVD box set from the History Channel will provide hours of entertainment for the engineer on your list.  There are 14 DVDs encompassing the 45 most popular episodes.  This box set costs $85.00 on History.com.

> Buy the DVD Box Set


classic-caluculator-watchClassic Calculator Watch

This watch might be a little retro, but it will still win the heart of your favorite engineer!  Along with keeping time, this handy watch has a built-in, 8-digit calculator, a stopwatch, and a calendar.  Who couldn’t use one of those!  You can purchase this gift for $18.99 at ThinkGeek.com.

> Buy the Calculator Watch


string-tape-measureSmart String Measuring Tape

Measuring something round or odd-shaped?  Then this little gadget is the perfect stocking stuffer!  The string wraps around a variety of objects, and the measurement appears on the digital screen for easy reading.  This handy device is available for $11.99 on ThinkGeek.com

> Buy the Measuring Tape


engineer-motto-tshirtEngineer’s Motto T-Shirt

I’m not sure if this motto is true of every engineer (If it isn’t broken, take it apart and fix it), but I just so  happen to be marrying one soon, so I asked.  He said it was an accurate statement, so I’m putting it on the list!  You can purchase this snazzy t-shirt from CafePress.com for $34.00.

> Buy the T-Shirt


math-formula-tieMath Formulas Neck Tie

You won’t find this tie in the average department store!  It’s a tribute to the math gods with its various equations and formulas, making it the perfect gift for your favorite engineer.  You can buy it from UncommonGoods.com for $45.00.

> Buy the Math Tie


level-cufflinks-for-an-engineerLevel Cufflinks

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday season, then you’ve just found it!  These sterling silver, handmade cufflinks are bound to be the talk of the office.  With their style and practicality, what more could you ask for? These cufflinks can be purchased for $150.00 from UncommonGoods.com.

> Buy the Cufflinks


engineering-disasters-dvd-setEngineering Disasters DVD Set

This is another great DVD set from the History Channel for engineers or anyone who has ever dreamed of inventing something.  The set contains five DVDs holding 18 episodes in all.  You can purchase the set from History.com for $39.95.

> Buy the DVD Set 


tin-can-robotTin Can Robot

Who could resist those eyes?!  This little guy will be way too simple of a project for a professional engineer, but I’m guessing he’ll be standing proud on your engineer’s desk for year’s to come!

> Buy the Tin Can Robot


popular-mechanics-magazineSubscription to Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics magazine has been showcasing the interesting world of mechanics since 1902, and today, the publication has over 1 million subscribers.  So whether its the print or digital edition, this gift is sure to please!

> Get a Subscription


sneaky-uses-for-everyday-thingsSneaky Uses for Everyday Things

With the word “sneaky” in the name, this book is bound to excite anyone!  Within the book’s 179 pages, there are 80 creative applications for survival, self-defense, and security.  The book sells for $7.99 on ThinkGeek.com.

> Buy the Book 


K'Nex Bridge Building KitK’Nex Real Bridge Building Kit

This fun-filled kit contains 2,282 pieces used to build 7 real-world bridges, including the Firth of Forth Cantilever Bridge in Scotland, the Golden Gate Suspension Bridge in San Francisco, and the Sydney Harbor Arch Bridge in Australia. The kit can be purchased for $230.00 from Edmund Scientifics.

> Purchase the Kit


Metal Inkless Micro Pen from ThinkGeek.comMetal Inkless Micro Pen 

You never know when you might need to write upside down, under water, or up in space, which is why this pen is the perfect gift for an on-the-go engineer!  You can find it at ThinkGeek.com for $38.99.

> Buy the Inkless Pen


Subscribe to Popular Science magazineSubscription to Popular Science

Not to be outdone by Popular Mechanics magazine, PopSci (as it’s called nowadays) has been entertaining and teaching readers about science and technology since 1872.  If you have an extra technical engineer on your holiday shopping list, they’ll love this gift idea.

> Subscribe to Popular Science


circuit-board-phone-caseCircuit Board Phone Case

The computer and electronics engineers on your list will get a kick out of this unique iPhone 4/4S case.  It not only protects the phone but does so in style!  You can visit Zazzle.com to find this one, along with a few other similar styles, including a motherboard design, electronics design, and additional circuit board designs.  Each case sells for $39.95.

> Purchase the Phone Case


big-bang-theory-dvd-setThe Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

I actually watch this show every Thursday, so technically it’s an excellent gift for anyone with a good funny bone.  But, if the engineer on your holiday list hasn’t seen this show yet, then this DVD set is a perfect gift.  The awkward social skills of Leonard and Sheldon, two brilliant physicists, will put a smile on anyone’s face!

> Buy the DVD set


shipping palette drink coastersPalette Drink Coasters

These coasters will make a nice edition to any engineer’s home or office and make for an interesting conversation piece, too!  They come in a set of 5 and are completely made of wood.   I found these coasters on DesignBoom.com for $36 with shipping.

> Get the Palette Coasters


tube-wringerTube Wringer

This handy device will please any engineer with its simplistic, yet functional design.  Plus, it makes getting out that last bit of toothpaste a breeze!  The contraption can be found at UncommonGoods.com for $21.95.

> Buy a Tube Wringer

 

About The Author

Stefanie Hardy wrote 4 articles on this blog.

As the assistant marketing manager for Bastian Solutions, I work with the marketing and e-business teams to create advertising and public relations campaigns. I also head up our corporate blog and social media sites as well as develop customer case studies, e-newsletters, and other content. I have been with Bastian since 2010.

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6 Responses to “20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer This Holiday Season”

  1. Oscar says:

    this helped me out alot

  2. Leah says:

    Coasters and toothpaste wringers? If by “awesome,” you mean “yawn-worthy,” then yes, these are “awesome” gifts for engineers. Also, last time I checked, my sister doesn’t wear ties or cufflinks. Engineering is a career, not a sex. Thanks anyway.

  3. Hi Leah,

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy the article. I wrote a follow-up to this one a few months ago with some more high-tech options that would also be appropriate for men and women. You can find it here: http://www.bastiansolutions.com/blog/index.php/2012/11/29/10-more-awesome-gifts-to-get-an-engineer

  4. Monika says:

    Thanks Stefanie, I liked the first 20 ideas – I think these are better than the latter ones – as from my experience engineers like to choose their more high tech electronics stuff and gadgets themselves..

    my engineer already has the robotic arm and he had a lot of fun with it.
    thanks for the ideas!

  5. K445 says:

    Nice ideas, thanks.

  6. Tommy says:

    @ Leah whilst your opinion is allowed as a professional engineer myself I believe that pallet coasters and toothpaste wringers are actually a simple but very cool idea as a gift. I’m only suggesting that these are good “stocking fillers” however to brand these as “yawn-worthy” I feel is slightly harsh considering that i’m sure they’re not aimed to be major gifts.

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