For our fourth year, we're bringing you our annual list of top 20 awesome gifts to get an engineer for 2017. We polled our team of engineers to find out what was on their wish list this year, and they had some excellent ideas for engineers of all ages. Items range from high-tech to high-end luxuries! If you're shopping for the engineer in your life, we hope this list provides you some great ideas, and if you have some unique ideas of your own, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section below. Happy shopping!
Gifts Under $100 for Your Engineer
3D Hologram Lamp
There are many options to choose from when selecting hologram lamps. Designs range from sharks to Disney characters. This one lights up in a variety of colors, and would serve as an excellent desk lamp or night light for your favorite engineer.
> Buy the Hologram Lamp
The National Archive store offers various patent prints to use as artwork in a home or office. Options include Thomas Edison's light bulb, Harley Davidson engines, the Wright Brothers' airplane and more.
> Buy Patent Prints
S'Well Insulated Bottles
S'Well offers a great line of beverage containers in a wide array of colors and designs. Unlike a coffee mug, the top screws completely shut. So, you can throw it inside a pack without fear of it leaking, making it perfect for keeping coffee or tea hot when traveling or hiking.
> Buy a S'Well Insulated Bottle
140W Travel Power Inverter
Several of our engineers are road warriors, which makes this gadget a must. When traveling, this power inverter allows you to power and charge personal electronics and more. It includes 140W AC power and 2 USB ports, so you can charge multiple items from your computer to a cell phone.
> Buy the Power Inverter
Artemis: A Novel
Of course your favorite engineer loved The Martian, and best-selling author Andy Weir has a new highly-rated novel, Artemis
. It just released on November 14th and features a heist story that takes place on the moon in the futuristic city of Artemis.
> Buy the Novel
Good Socks (seriously!)
Engineers are often on their feet all day and wearing heavy work boots, so it's important to have a quality pair of socks. They make a huge difference in keeping feet dry, comfortable and moving through a long, tough day.
> Buy Darn Tough Socks
OtterBox Defender Series Phone Cases
OtterBox phone cases are nothing new, but they're popular for a reason. For busy engineers who frequent industrial or outdoor sites as well as get down and dirty on the job , a durable phone case is a must. Phones are getting pricier every year, so it's important to keep them safe and pristine.
> Buy OtterBox for Samsung > Buy OtterBox for Apple
Gifts for an Engineer - Under $500
Ringly Smart Jewelry
Ringly has all the features of a fitness tracker wearable but pairs with an engineer’s phone for selected alerts. It’s truly silent vibration notifications let an engineer stay connected to their family even when in important meetings.
> Buy Ringly Smart Jewelry
Leatherman Tread Bracelet
Leatherman, known for its multi-tools and knives, makes the engineer’s dream bracelet. It features links that are actually hand tools, such as a screw drivers and wrenches. The bits are available in metric and English.
> Buy the Bracelet
Bluetooth Earbuds with Microphone
Whether sitting at a desk, working out, or out in the field, a quality pair of headphones is a must. With this pair, your engineer will not only have excellent audio quality, but the microphone makes it easy to take calls on the run.
> Buy the Headphones
3-D Printer (Quality Meets Affordability)
This 3-D printer from Cetus3D is much more affordable than other printers on the market, yet it is very well built. It uses real linear bearings like industrial machines, making it an excellent gift option for your engineer.
> Buy the 3-D Printer
Back to the Future: Flux Capacitor Replica
As one of our engineers put it, “As a DeLorean owner, half-cocked engineer, and overall nerd, I’d be pretty tickled if this ended up under my tree.” The Flux Capacitor replica would make a fun and unique gift for any fan of DeLorean's or the Back to the Future series.
> Buy the Flux Capacitor Replica
Navdy Head-Up Display
Instead of using a standard GPS or even a phone, the Navdy display device provides your engineer with a sleek and safer alternative. It mounts on a car dashboard to keep the driver's eyes on the road, all while keeping him or her connected to phone alerts and driving instructions.
> Buy the Navdy Display
Self-Heating Coffee Mug
Engineers are busy folks. Whether traveling, on a job site, or bouncing from meeting to meeting, keeping a cup of coffee warm and ready can be tricky. Ensure your engineer never has to drink cold or re-heated coffee (yuck!) again. This cup, which comes in a travel or mug option, keeps coffee or any beverage at the perfect temperature.
> Get the Ember Mug
Gifts for an Engineer You Really Love
Exomotive Exocet Base Kit
For any engineer who has have dreamed of building a car from the ground up, this kit provides everything needed. It comes in three options--base, sport and race--so your engineer can create their very own machine from the comfort of the garage.
> Buy the Car Kit
3D Printed Robot Kit
If your engineer has a 3D printer and an interest in robots, then this will be the perfect gift. You receive all the materials and instructions needed to 3D print and assemble a fully functional six-axis robot.
> Purchase the Robot Kit
Last year, the Tesla Model S topped our charts of popular wishlist items, so it's not surprising to see the Roadster on this year's list. If you want to make your engineer's Christmas (or next several Christmases) then you can reserve the car now. Base model starts at $200,000.
> Reserve your Roadster
Gifts for Young Engineers or Young at Heart
Monthly Experiment Box
Monthly box subscriptions are hugely popular right now, and this one is truly fun and unique. Each month, you'll receive materials and instructions to build an experiment with your little one. So have the first one ready Christmas morning, and then enjoy a new monthly experiment throughout the year.
> Buy the Monthly Box
LEGO® WOMEN OF NASA
LEGO has a new kit celebrating science, space and history-making women with their Women of NASA set. It's the perfect gift to inspire a young engineer or a fun trinket for your hard-working engineer.
> Buy the LEGOs
This educational toy is a great option for teaching kids problem-solving skills. If you're a parent and an engineer, put this guy under the tree Christmas morning and bring the joy of engineering and coding to your little engineer.
> Buy Code-a-Pillar
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