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20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer This Holiday Season

Stefanie Hardy | 20 December 2011

*Want more ideas? Visit our latest article, 20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer in 2017!

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 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 > 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 > 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 > 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 > 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 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 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 > 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 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 > 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 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 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 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 for $21.95 or Amazon. > Buy a Tube Wringer  

Author: Stefanie Hardy

Stefanie is the marketing manager at Bastian Solutions’ corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. She has a background in advertising and marketing and has been with the company since 2010. Outside of work, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as running, hiking and reading.


Oscar says:
8/28/2018 10:08 AM

this helped me out alot

Leah says:
8/28/2018 10:08 AM

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.

Stefanie Hardy says:
8/28/2018 10:08 AM

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:

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