The perfect Christmas gift for every engineer in your life
By Engine Room Posted 2mth(s) ago Reading Time: A few minutes
Looking for a special – and most importantly, useful – gift for an engineer can be a challenging task during the jolliest time of the year. If you’re still scratching your head on what to get, this guide is for you. We’ve searched through dozens of ideas to help you find the best choices for every type of engineer in your life, whether it’s for a parent, a teacher, a friend or even yourself (it’s a tough year – we won’t judge!)
For the budding engineer and gaming enthusiast
Apple iTunes Store Gift Card, from $15
Everyone has downloaded a popular game or two to play on their iPhones, but the truly best games made for iOS out there usually come with a small price tag. With a simple gift card from Apple, your engineering santee can choose from award-winning games like Minecraft (explore and build infinite worlds!), Blek (a highly addictive and unique puzzle game) and the critically acclaimed Monument Valley 2 (help Ro navigate through magical architecture and a geometric world).Codenames: Marvel Edition, $29.65
Need we say more? This edition of Codenames is a must-have for all Marvel fans, and is sure to be enjoyed by engineers, friends and family alike. It features popular Marvel characters from Spider Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers and Doctor Strange.Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit, $75.20
Anyone who has used a Raspberry Pi knows that this low cost, single-board computer is a must-have for any engineer. There are endless Raspberry Pi projects that you can do from home, from building a GPS system, a weather station or creating a video streaming camera. This kit is complete with all the essential items, and is perfect for anyone looking to get into engineering or has studied it for a while.Nintendo Nes Classic, $89
The Nintendo Entertainment System may just be the most nostalgic gaming console ever, and gaming enthusiasts can now have it in a new, miniaturised version, pre-loaded with 30 of its all-time greatest games, including Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda, and more. Simply plug it in and play – it’s a classic gift for the engineering gamer in your life.
For the newly minted engineer at work
Foot Hammock, $7.90
Contrary to popular belief, engineers can spend a significant amount of their day behind a desk. Gifting this nifty under-table foot rest can help elevate their feet and improve posture, and is ideal for times when they simply need to kick back for a moment and take a break.Ergonomic Mouse Platform, $24.70
This ergonomic mouse platform moves your mouse off your desk, which frees up much needed space, and has a 360 degree rotation so you can always find the right angle for your wrist.Casio Calculator Watch, $28.30
While we’re all probably used to whipping out our phones if we need to do a quick calculation, engineers can often find themselves in situations where they don’t have phone access, especially if they work in a semiconductor wafer fab or are part of a project that requires information security. This Casio is everything a young working engineer could want in a watch, with its mini calculator, water resistant properties and stopwatch feature.Circuit Board Card Holder, $28.50
We love the circuit board design of this unique card case, featuring real wood veneer and a precision cut surface on a stainless steel body. It can be used for business cards or other essential carries like credit/ATM cards, and is a useful gift for anyone just starting out in the working world who wants to make a memorable first impression.
For the engineering teacher, boss or parent who inspires young minds everyday
Elon Musk’s Biography, $13.50
A good book will always be a safe choice under the Christmas tree – especially for your mum or dad who might be deserving of some quiet, wind-down time in the evenings after a long day of work. This intriguing biography, written with exclusive access to Musk, provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur.Nutritional Facts of an Engineer Ceramic Mug, $15.94
Working from home was hard on everybody this year, especially for your teachers, parents or bosses who had to adapt quickly to ensure engineers under them could continue learning effectively. Show them a token of appreciation with this fun, extra large mug that they can enjoy their morning dose of caffeine from. Also, who’s to argue against the mug’s claim that critical thinking, unrivaled skills and determination are what make an engineer?Nikola Tesla Patent Prints, $20.35
In case you didn’t already know, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, with a background in electrical and mechanical engineering and physics. He is one of the most famous engineers ever, particularly for his invention of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system that is still used today in a wide range of applications like clocks, fans and washing machines. The poster set highlights six of Tesla’s most important patents and will make a beautiful addition to any work or home office.Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier, $27.95
This multi-plier pack is the perfect handy tool for any engineer. Made with durable stainless steel and packed with 12 different tools, including a serrated blade, screwdriver and wire head cutter, it is engineered to tackle jobs in just about every situation.
There you have it – choose from any one of these great gifts and we’re sure that you’ll be all sorted for the festive season. Just be sure to order early as everybody is shopping online now and deliveries may take longer than usual.