Lucky enough to count an engineer among your friends or family? Then you probably know they can be quirky, pensive, sometimes even a little oblivious when they’re really focused. On the other hand, They’re also extremely interesting. Plus, you know, they’ve helped human civilization advance in countless ways.
And for that, engineers deserve some serious adulation. Whether they happen to be a civil engineer, mechanical engineer, or aerospace engineer we’ve got you covered when it comes to the perfect gift idea.
Often engineer-related gifts fall under the category of humor, but we’ve included some that they’ll appreciate for the sentimentality too. So hang out and shop with us!
We’ve built a list filled with the best gift idea for the engineer in your life.
Gifts for Engineers
We think they’ll love these gifts more than the fundamental theorem of calculus!
1. Mathematical Equations Tie
Great for those that appreciate both fine art and mathematics, this tie features math equations printed on your choice of a black or red tie. Who knew math could be so sexy? Pair it with a button-down and some snazzy cufflinks for an extra elevated look. While we’re on the subject of cufflinks…
2. Green Level Cufflinks
We love these level cufflinks. They’re so unique and would make a unique, thoughtful gift for a carpenter or architectural engineer. They’re all handcrafted and come in green, blue, and pink. So many options to match that hot nerd tie in #1!
3. Solving Problems T-shirt
This shirt literally made us LOL when we saw it, mostly because it’s kinda true. Regardless of your favorite engineer’s field of study, a problem solving shirt applies.
Luckily, this fun gift comes in various attractive sizes and colors to suit just about everyone who wants one.
4. Custom Morse Code Necklace
These necklaces are so pretty, and they’re such a beautifully nerdy way to communicate your love for your lady. If she can read morse code (I mean, who can’t?), she’ll love this unique gift!
Pick the metal and bead color you’d like, tell the shop what you want to say, and they’ll craft the necklace just for her. Order multiple necklaces in different lengths for her to layer- she’ll get tons of compliments around the water cooler.
5. Nikola Tesla Patent Blueprints
These Tesla blueprints aren’t only interesting, they’re elegant and beautiful! Of course they make great wall art, especially when you can specify the size, background color, and framing option that best suits their decor.
Your young engineer will show them off proudly.
6. Garmin GPS Smart Watch
Making purchases with a piece of plastic is so archaic; all the cool (engineering student) kids are using their smartwatches these days. The contactless pay feature, GPS, smart notifications, fitness tracking, and more make this Garmin watch super useful. It’s sleek, modern design sets it apart from the others.
7. Bose Alexa Enabled Noise Cancelling Headphones
Seriously, these headphones are like the Ferrari of headphones. They’re sleek, sexy, and come with so many useful features, your tech-lover will never need to take them off. The sound is crystal clear and the voice pickup system will adapt to filter background noise. No more patchy, drowning voice calls!
They hold a charge for an impressive 20 hours of uninterrupted use, too. Perfect for listening to music, podcasts, or watching their favorite YouTuber demonstrate the finer points of chemical reactivity in the vacuum of space.
8. WiFi Smart Voice-Controlled Drone
You don’t have to be a professional engineer to love flying drones, but this one has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that will impress even the most tech-savvy gift recipient.
It’ll take off, return, and land with your voice commands and has a G-sensor for extra control via a smartphone. The video has a great range, and they can instantly edit and upload their spy videos to social media from an iPhone or iPad.
The trajectory flight function feature is also super cool. Draw a flight course on your phone or tablet using the touch screen, and the drone flies along the path you’ve set! So neat. Some engineer somewhere must’ve designed it.
9. Warning: Engineer at Work Pillow Cover
We really love the worn, rusty accents on this pillow. It looks just like a sign you’d find hanging on a chain-link fence around a restricted government facility.
Handmade with a poly-cotton blend for a snuggly soft feel, this pillowcase comes in five different sizes. It would be a great gift idea for a housewarming gift, Christmas gift, or a just-because-you’re-awesome gift.
10. Math Formula Fleece Blanket
Speaking of snuggly and soft, this dual-sided fleece and sherpa blanket adorned with math formulas makes us want to curl up on the sofa and watch “The Martian” for the 30th time. (Really, it’s that good.)
It can hang out on the sofa for a casual nap or lay on the bed as a bonafide comforter. However your engineer chooses to use it, it’s definitely unique. Available in twin, queen, baby blanket, and throw blanket sizes.
11. Open Source 3D Printer
This is a really cool gift idea. Seriously.
If they’re into building things (very likely), the possibilities of what you can do with a 3D printer are practically endless.
We guarantee an audible gasp from your aspiring engineer when they open it. It’s fully open-source, allowing its user to access the online community when they need to improve its source code and then share those improvements with the rest of the community. Winners all around.
12. Grid Paper Notebook
No mad scientist is complete without a messy, well-worn notebook full of inspiration, right? This one is as beautiful as it is functional. The interior features traditional green grid paper, and the beautifully-textured hardcover of this book looks so vintage!
A silver icon representing a specific branch of engineering is stamped on each book to personalize it according to their area of expertise. The covers are also available in different colors for additional customization.
Watch in wonder as the creativity flows from the pencil after they get their hands on it. It’s an engineer gift that keeps on giving for sure.
13. Fountain Pen
There’s just something so old-school and official about a fountain pen. If you’ve ever owned one, you know how the words (or equations) just flow from the tip in a way that regular ball-point pens can’t capture.
Maybe it’s the romantic design or the intensity of fresh ink with every stroke. Whatever it is, it’s undeniably indulgent, and Cross makes some of the best fountain pens you can buy. It’s a luxury item that your engineer probably wouldn’t purchase for themself, which is all the more reason to gift them one.
14. Equations Travel Mug
If you were a physics teacher, what would be the perfect thing in which to bring your coffee to class? Let’s think for a second… oh right, a thermal mug with awesome equations on it!
Made from quality grade stainless steel, this travel mug will keep their hot drinks hot and their cold drinks cold all through class and well beyond. As any teacher knows, some days require more caffeine than others.
15. Mastermind Board Game
A classic for generations! You don’t have to understand intricate coding to play the Mastermind game. This simple game’s ultimate objective is to crack your opponent’s code using strategy and deductive reasoning. Be warned: it’s quite addictive, so pour yourself a beverage and get comfy before challenging your favorite engineer.
For 2 players, ages 8 and up.
16. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code-Breakers of WWII
by Liza Mundy
Meticulous research went into this groundbreaking book and it’s been lauded as a page-turner on par with “Hidden Figures.”
It tells the story of the elite group of women who served as codebreakers for the Army and Navy during World War II and follows their lives through the war and beyond. The author conducts fascinating interviews with the surviving women who served. It’s an excellent read for young women interested in history and the science of codebreaking.
The world can never have too many scientific minds to inspire us, challenge us, awe us, and make us laugh. We salute those engineers who diligently ask questions and seek connections between things like poetry and physics.
Thanks for doing what you do for humanity. It gives us all hope that, because of your work, tomorrow might find us better off than we are today. And if all else fails, at least we have hundreds of punny science jokes to fall back on.
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