Civil engineering is among the most lucrative jobs in the world. As a result, it attracts some of the best minds and talents. While we are conditioned to view civil engineers as geeks, we forget they are responsible for the infrastructure that makes our lives easier and better. Look at our roads, dams, airports, railways, pipelines, bridges, canals and sewerage systems- all these states of the art infrastructure would not be there if it were not for the selfless effort and sacrifices of our genius brothers and sisters.
This article is meant to appreciate civil engineers. So, if you know one of these brilliant minds and you are wondering what to surprise them with during the holidays, read on.
Lighten up his coffee breaks with this mug. Made from white ceramic, this 11-ounce coffee mug will accommodate enough coffee/tea to keep him fully satisfied. It has a wide mouth for easy drinking and a large C-handle for easy handling. The highlight of the mug, however, are the words embedded on its sides. On top is the title “Engineer,” making it a personalized item for him. Below it is a list of nutritional facts with a comical touch that only an engineer would understand. It is also safe for the microwave and the dishwasher. This is a great birthday gift for an engineer. Let him mark his birthday in style with this mug.
2. Engineer By Day Chef By Night Bamboo Cutting Board
Great gift idea for an engineer, who is also passionate about cooking. With a catchy tagline “Engineer by Day Chef by Night, this cutting board will convert him to a serial chef. Made from bamboo, it is stronger and lighter than other cutting boards made from hardwood. It is also pre-oiled for permanent durability. The smooth surface makes it easier for kitchen knives, and it may act as a kitchen wall décor when put on display, due to its enticing nature. The catchy caption is laser engraved, so you need not worry that it may rub off. If this gift won’t improve his culinary skills, then nothing would. Sharpen his kitchen skillswith this Paddle Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board.
3. CIVIL ENGINEER Street Sign
Imagine him coming from a graduation ceremony and meets a street sign like this set up in the open for everyone to see. He will probably be moved to tears, not for sheer humiliation, but rather for the novelty of the gift. Made from flexible plastic, this sign can be bent without breaking, chipping or cracking. It can make neither rust nor fade, and the colorful lettering can withstand outdoor conditions for up to 4 years. It is easy to set up as it comes with a pre-cut mounting hole. Let your neighbors share in on his graduation celebration by gifting him the CIVIL ENGINEER Street Sign.
4. Copernicus Civil Engineer Tape
This gift will complement his line of work perfectly. Designed to look like roads with crosswalks and intersections, this roll of tape will arouse his imagination. It is approximately 25 meters long. He, therefore, has enough tape length to lay out as many roads as possible. This engineering tape is an excellent gift for an engineer, as it will motivate him to come up with as many road designs as possible. Apart from engineering work, it may also be used for kids’ play with match boxes acting like cars.
5. Great Civilization- Set of 5
The mind needs perpetual training and stimulation to be sharper. This is especially true for engineers, who depend primarily on their brains to be on top of their game. Inspired by ancient civilizations, this set of brainteasers is composed of five puzzles: Chinese tea, Greek watermill, Egyptian π (pi), roman keys and the Aztec passion flower. He will love this gift based on the fact that engineers love intellectual challenges. Keep his cerebral constantly stimulated with the Great Civilization- Set of 5.
6. Perpetual Calendars
As its name suggests, this calendar is perpetual- it has no time limits. Unlike usual calendars, this modern calendar can be used year after year. You only need to change the position of the two balls to mark the date and month. It is as simple as that. It is a touch of both artistic beauty and scientific innovation- the embodiment of an engineer. It can either be mounted on the wall or nicely kept on his desk.
7. Math Formula Tie
Let him reminisce about those gruesome hours studying and trying to memorize all the tedious formulas with this gift. The white writings are visible and blend well with the blue color of the tie. Made from 100% silk, it is both durable and easy to wash. With a length of 57″ and width of 3 1/4″, this tie has so many formulas, diagrams, calculations and mathematic lingo that will keep his mind refreshed and motivated. And do not fret about the writings coming off- they won’t. They are permanently printed on the tie. It also comes with a cool gift pack that is free. So take advantage and make his birthday, anniversary, or Christmas day worthwhile by purchasing the Math Formula Tie.
8. Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator
The ultimate maths problem solver. It is, therefore, one of the best gift ideas for engineers. He will easily compute the complex mathematical problems in his career with this state of the art calculator. It has capabilities to solve algebraic equations, geometric constructions, plotting graphs and a plethora of other mathematical applications. It can also be used in statistical analysis, that is, creating a hypothesis, summarizing data and analysis. Other features include a backlit color display and a rechargeable battery. Make his complex calculations easier with this TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator.
9. K’NEX Education- Real Bridge Building Set
Another gift to improve his creativity and construction skills. Comprising of more than 2000 colorful parts, this set can be modeled into seven real-life bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Tower Bridge, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The pieces come with a storage tray, so you need not worry about storing them safely. There is also an instruction manual that will help him construct some of the best engineering designs across the globe. Although it is designed for children, it can also be used by adults, especially in civil engineering where models and dummies have to be made for presentation purposes. give him this gift and let him revitalize his engineering passion.
10. Civil Engineer Mouse Pad
A mouse pad may not seem much of a gift to you, but this isn’t any ordinary pad. It can be customized to include anything you want on it- from color, initials, names, quotes, photos, anything, you name it. The pad is thick and sturdy, and it is also wide to allow more mouse movements. With a smooth and polished surface, this pad wipes off easily. We highly recommend this gift. It will look great next to his computer. Buy the Civil Engineer Mouse Pad and surprise him during the holidays.
11. The Hand Reflexology Massager
To complete our list of the best gifts for engineers, we have the hand reflexology massager. This device offers soothing and gentle massages on both the top and bottom of the hand. By acting on trigger points, it relieves pain and discomfort associated with extended use of mouse and keyboard. It also has mild infrared heating that promotes better circulation of blood in the hands. This gift will come in handy after those long and gruesome office hours.