If you have an engineer in your life, then you know finding the perfect gift can be a nearly impossible task.
Fortunately, there are plenty of exciting gift ideas out there that manage to combine fun and function. No matter what kind of engineer you’re dealing with, we’ve got gift ideas to excite, amuse, and inspire.
“Engineer by Day” Bamboo Cutting Board
Try this cutting board for the engineer who’s as comfortable in the kitchen as they are in front of the computer.
Made of solid, durable bamboo, this board will proudly let everyone know that your giftee is an “Engineer by Day, Chef by Night.” A built-in handle makes it easy to carry this board with you wherever you go.
Tactical Multi-Function Pen
For the engineer who needs their tools on-hand at all times, this multi-function pen combines everything in one sleek package.
This ballpoint pen works as a ruler, a spirit level, and a stylus, as well as a flat-head and Phillips-head screwdriver. It comes in both an elegant rose gold color and a stylish black.
Anti-Theft Laptop Bag
No engineer is complete without their computer, and this bag keeps it safe and secure from every angle.
This backpack boasts a durable, water-resistant design that protects the contents from wind and weather, while a fixed password lock guards against wandering hands. There’s even a built-in USB interface so that your favorite engineer can charge their gadgets on the go!
Engineer’s Folding Ruler
For some engineers, a standard ruler simply doesn’t cut it.
That’s where this folding ruler from Rhino Rulers comes in. Measure up to six feet in length using precise metric and imperial markings on reinforced fiberglass.
When you aren’t using it, this ruler folds up to be compact enough to slip into your pocket.
This folding ruler is also available at Lowes.
Joke Street Sign
Civil engineers are sure to appreciate the humor in this novelty “Civil Engineer Court” street sign.
Your favorite engineer can hang it on their wall to get a good chuckle each time they pass. Made of high-quality plastic, you don’t have to worry about this sign bending or rusting. You can even put it outside—as long as you don’t risk confusing passing motorists!
Brainteaser Puzzle Set
Help your engineer keep his mind sharp with this set of five “Around the World” brainteasers.
Each puzzle forces you to think outside the box as you solve it. Inspired by the secrets of ancient cultures, your engineer can test their skills against the mystery of Chinese tea, the Greek water mill, the Egyptian theory of Pi, the Roman keys, and the Aztec passionflower.
BOCCO Family Robot
With this cute little robot, the whole family can stay connected, even over long distances.
Busy engineers with a hectic schedule will appreciate the freedom that this little Android-powered robot offers.
BOCCO can enthusiastically relay pre-recorded messages for friends and family on command. He even has a motion sensor so that you can record a “Welcome Home” greeting for your household.
If your engineer needs a place to store their valuables, don’t simply go out and buy them a safe.
With this fun kit, you can build your very own fully functional safe, complete with a three-digit combination lock and moving parts. Your favorite engineer will have a blast building their own safe before they get a chance to crack it.
Hex-Torx Combo Key
As any engineer can tell you, a hex key and a Torx key are both must-haves in their arsenal of tools.
With this combination hex-Torx key, you can help to save your favorite engineer time and frustration.
Made of durable yet lightweight zinc, the design boasts different keys on each of its four arms. It even has a keychain attachment so that you can carry it around to use anytime, anywhere.
Every engineer needs a quality pair of boots to protect their feet and keep them comfortable as they walk around the shop.
These engineer boots are made of full-grain, waterproof leather that’s sure to withstand regular wear and tear. The outside is resistant to both oil and acid, while the sole has a deep, no-skid tread that won’t leave any ugly marks on the floor.
The Pocket Engineer
This handy little guide is the size of a credit card, so engineers can easily slip it into their pocket or wallet for safekeeping.
On the card, you’ll find all of the information you need to make quick measurements and calculations. It includes common equations, constants, and conversions, as well as a built-in ruler and protractor so that your engineer never finds themselves missing the bare essentials.
Gear Wall Art
If your favorite engineer is a connoisseur of the arts, they’d probably enjoy sprucing up their wall with this art collection.
Historic cogs against a stark background spread across four differently-sized canvases, making this the ideal centerpiece for any bare wall. Engineers can decorate their study, living space, or even their office for a dramatic impact.
It can be hard to find the right accessory to express yourself, especially in a professional setting.
These trendy gear socks can be worn at home or in the office so that your favorite engineer can make a subtle statement. With a thick knit and a crew cut, these socks are as warm and comfortable as they are fashionable.
Double-Ended Angled Screwdriver
Engineers will never have to worry about losing track of their screwdriver again with this compact, double-ended unit.
With both a straight end and an angled end, this piece functions as both a screwdriver and a wrench. It’s small enough to carry around in your pocket and fit in tight spaces during use.
Caliper Combo Pen
Every engineer needs a quality caliper, just as much as they need a good pen.
With this combo tool, your favorite engineer can measure as they write, making quick calculations a breeze. The precision chrome caliper measures in inches and centimeters, as well as thread scale and boasts a working tire tread gauge.
These are more than just ordinary scissors, with four-in-one cutting capabilities that are sure to come in handy for your engineer.
The shears each feature both a flat blade and a serrated section for smooth cutting versus shearing. There’s also a built-in wire cutter for electrical work and a safety box cutter on the side for precision applications.
Roll-Up Tool Organizer
While engineers are known to have many valuable skills in their arsenal, organization isn’t always one of them.
This durable canvas bag will help your engineer to keep their tools safe and organized. With five zippered pockets, there’s plenty of space for all of the essentials. What’s more, the whole thing rolls up to a compact, easily portable size.
Leather Tool Case
For engineers that prefer a little bit more luxury in their life, this stylish leather tool case offers another good way to stay organized.
Seventeen different pockets and specially-sized tool holders carry everything your engineer needs to work, from pens to measuring tape. The leather exterior holds up well against even heavy wear and tear.
Carpenter Square Ruler
This multi-function tool is perfect for engineers who like to work with wood.
It combines ten different functions in one to help your engineer design their next big project. The body is made of sturdy aluminum alloy with high-precision marking for perfect measurements every time.
Universal Socket Set
A socket set is a must-have for most engineers, but it can be tough to keep track of all those tools.
This gift set includes a universal socket adaptor and a power drill adaptor, making it easy to use with just about any drill or socket. It’s a versatile tool that’s sure to get regular use as your engineer works.
Mechanical Engineer Keychain
This stylish keyring can spice up any mechanical engineer’s keychain. It’s made of sleek stainless steel that won’t rust, corrode, or irritate the skin.
The keyring features a cog along with a humorous tag about engineers. It’s easy to fit any keychain, and it’s durable enough to hold up against regular use and abuse.
Most engineers spend hours a day in front of the computer, which means that they could use a quality mouse pad.
This novelty mouse pad showcases a humorous definition of “Engineer” in attractive, professional lettering. It’s sure to get a chuckle when your favorite engineer sits down to start working.
This printed necktie will make any engineer look like they understand fashion.
With a red silk design, this tie looks as good in the office as it does out on the town. A sleek bridge print design pays homage to your favorite engineer’s life passion.
Mini Cinder Block Set
Forget fidget spinners—this set of miniature cinder blocks offers the perfect diversion for any engineer. They can play, fiddle, and build with these tiny blocks when they’ve been sitting in front of the computer for too long.
Who knows? These little cinder blocks may just help to inspire your engineer’s next big project!
Engineer Joke Mug
Any engineer with a sense of humor is sure to enjoy laughing at themselves with this mug.
With a humorous engineering joke decorating both sides, this mug makes the perfect addition to any engineer’s office or workspace. It’s sturdy enough to withstand multiple cups of coffee each day (as is the norm with most engineers).