Great Gifts to Give an Engineer This Holiday Season 2018

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For our fifth year, we’re bringing you our annual list of awesome gifts to give an engineer for 2018. We asked our engineers what was on their wish list, and this is the result. If you’re shopping for the engineer in your life, we hope this list provides you some great ideas. If you have some unique ideas of your own, please share them in the comments section below. Speedy shipping and happy holidays!


Gifts for an Engineer – Under $30


Squared Notebook 

Notebooks always come in handy, but for an engineer, grid paper makes it even more useful. Perfect for sketches, graphs, calculations, or notes. This basic yet classic large squared notebook is one of Moleskin’s best-selling products.

> Buy the Notebook

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
By Randall Munroe

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators.

> Buy the Book

gifts for engineersPeople Skills for Engineers
By Tony Munson

This is a gift for the geek in your life who is maybe a little too geeky.  People Skills for Engineers reminds us that being a technical leader isn’t about what you do, but how you do it.

> Buy the Book

gifts for engineersMagnet Desk Set

Emerging research shows keeping your hands busy can help improve cognitive performance and reduce stress. With this 132-piece desk set, your engineer can take a few minutes to recharge between projects by building interesting geometric structures.

> Buy the Magnet Desk Set

gifts for engineers507 Mechanical Movements
By Henry T. Brown

A reprint of the 1908 edition, this book illustrates the most important mechanical movements in dynamics, hydraulics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, steam engines, mill and other gearing, presses, horology, and miscellaneous machinery.

> Buy the Book

gifts for engineersObsessive Chef Cutting Board

For the engineer and perfectionist who loves to cook, this 9″ x 12″ bamboo cutting board is a great gift. It’s printed with detailed grid lines and angles for precise dices, juliennes, batonnets and more.

> Buy Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

gifts for engineersBinary Clock

There are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don’t. This clock is a guaranteed conversation starter for the geekier among us. Calculate the values of the lit LEDs in each column to figure out the time.

> Buy Binary Clock

gifts for engineersMini Travel USB Solar Panel

For the engineer who loves the outdoors, this solar panel keeps important electronics charged anywhere you can find sunlight. Small enough to fit inside a backpack, this is a great gift for any off-the-grid traveler.

> Buy the USB Solar Panel


Gifts for an Engineer – Under $100


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
By Kenji Lopez-Alt

Wired Magazine calls it “The ultimate book for science nerds who cook.” This New York Times Bestseller and award-winning cookbook provide scientific explanations that will improve anyone’s cooking game.

> Buy the Book

Moving Mechanical Safe Kit

For the engineer who imagines him or herself a safe cracker, this kit builds a fully-functional, three-digit wooden combination safe. After it’s built, then you practice cracking the code.

> Buy the Mechanical Safe Kit

3-Player Chess Set

A new spin on an old classic, now your engineer can match wits with 2 players instead of 1. This handmade, carved wooden chess set is a great gift for someone who is good at chess and ready for a new challenge.

> Buy the 3-Player Chess Set

Digital Sundial

A modern take on an ancient device, the digital sundial displays the time, in digits, in its own shadow. The shape of the sundial has been mathematically designed to only let through the right sun-rays at the right time and angle.

> Buy the Digital Sundial

Aquaponics Tank

This award-winning aquaponics fish tank is a mini ecosystem where the betta fish fertilizes the plants on top, and the plants clean the water so it requires less maintenance than a normal fish tank.

> Buy the Aquaponics Tank

Grove Arduino Starter Kit

This modular platform is perfect for the engineer who wants to get started with electronic prototyping. Multiple modules for multiple functions to test different ideas, and PDFs to guide you along the way.

> Buy the Arduino Starter Kit

High-quality Tools

Engineers know to do the job well, you need the right tool. Woodpecker Tools offer precision woodworking tools that are proudly made in the U.S. For fine-quality hand tools, Wiha has over 70 years experience producing professional grade, German-manufactured equipment.

> Get Woodpecker Tools             > Get Wiha Tools


Gifts for an Engineer – under $500


PancakeBot Pancake Printer

For the engineer that loves breakfast, but would love it even more if it involved technology. Just download the software to create your own designs, then upload them to the PancakeBot to print custom pancakes.

> Buy the PancakeBot

Oculus Go VR

No PC, phone, or wires required, the new Oculus Go VR is an improvement on previous VR systems. It’s great for the tech-enthusiast engineer. Play games, watch movies, or explore virtual environments in 3D.

> Purchase the Oculus Go VR

DJI Spark Camera Drone

View the world from new heights while getting stabilized video and amazing pictures. This drone is an affordable yet high-quality option for any engineer who’s been curious about getting a drone.

> Buy the DJI Spark Drone

CUBE Mini Projector

This 2-inch portable projector is a great option for the engineer who frequently shares his screen, whether it’s pictures, movies, or presentations. Project a vivid, 120-inch display anywhere.

> Buy the CUBE Mini Projector

Nanoleaf Light Panels

For the engineer who enjoys interactive decor. These panels create a customizable lighting experience and sync with most popular smart home platforms.

> Buy Nanoleaf Light Panels



Gifts for an Engineer You Really Love


Prusa SL1 3D Printer

If you’re going to buy a 3D printer, why not buy the latest from the godfather of 3D printing? Josef Prusa’s latest model uses resin to achieve a new level of detail unseen in other machines.

> Buy the Prusa SL1

Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler

For your favorite female engineer, Dyson’s Airwrap styler is engineered to work on multiple hair types. It can curl, wave, smooth, and dry without hair-damaging extreme heat.

> Buy the Dyson Airwrap Styler

North Smart Glasses

Stylish glasses with a private display that gives you instant access to the people you care about and the information you need to stay on top of your day.

> Buy the North Smart Glasses



Gifts for Young Engineers


Experiment box giftKiwi Co Monthly STEM Box

Monthly box subscriptions are hugely popular right now, and this one is truly fun and unique. Each month, you’ll receive materials to explore a new STEM project with your child. Have the first one ready Christmas morning, and then enjoy a new monthly project throughout the year. Ages 0-16+

> Buy the Monthly Box

Nintendo Labo

5 different cardboard constructables that interact with accompanying games on the Nintendo Switch. This toy combines building and gaming in a new, innovative way. Ages 6+

> Buy the Kit

Snap Circuits

Give your child an introduction to electronics with this kit. It has over 70 color-coded components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Ages 8+

> Buy Snap Circuits

Kano Computer Kit

Now your kids can build their own portable computer. Follow the story, plug in the parts, and see how it works. They’ll learn to code art, games, music, and can even hack Minecraft. Ages 6+

> Buy the Computer Kit


How many riding toys will you have to buy for your child as they grow up? The Infento kit can be constructed and reconstructed into dozens of different riding toys as your child grows. One kit and a hex key is all you need to build a walker, scooter, tricycle, bicycle, go-kart, and more. Ages 1+

> Buy the Kit

STEM Junior Wonder Lab

Designed for preschoolers, this toy lets kids explore their natural curiosity through hands-on play. Multiple experiments help foster a love for discover and science. Ages 3+

> Buy Wonder Lab

Cozmo Educational Robot Toy

This real-life robot has a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out and play. He’ll help your kids get curious and explore the world with their new robot friend.

> Buy Cozmo

Overcooked 2

This video game helps develop problem-solving skills and teamwork as you cook in unconventional kitchens while overcoming different obstacles. Available for most gaming systems. Rated E for everyone.

> Buy on Steam        > Buy on Amazon


Kelsey Bates
Kelsey Bates is a Marketing Specialist at Bastian Solutions in Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 and has over 9 years of marketing experience. In her current role, she oversees Bastian Solutions' blog and social media presence.

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