This year I have continuing to improve my working set up since we are still mostly working from home. Also, I have always genuinely enjoyed researched different tech to make my workflow easier.
I wanted to share some ideas of amazing presents for engineers in your life.
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One of the most important things for engineers is our mouse because we spend so much time on the computer. This mouse has been the best I have found. It is ergonomic, and it has reduced my wrist pain.
Right behind the mouse, the keyboard is super important. I have been using this mechanical keyboard for over a year now, and it has been a game changer. The keyboard is super comfortable to type on and very compact. A couple added bonuses include that it has key caps for both Macs and PCs and connects to three devices at once to quickly switch between computers.
There is nothing more frustrating than losing any files. It doesn’t matter if you are a student or a professional engineer, keeping your files safe (and backed up) is essential. I have about three of these hard drives around for backups or saving pictures or videos on the go. Check out this other Samsung T7 SSD (Solid State Drive) for a nice upgrade, too.
Engineers need to stay hydrated while working on those hard engineering problems. Having a nice and reliable water bottle is essential. This vacuum insulated water bottle will keep water (or any other drink) cold or hot for a long time. I have used this brand for years for both my coffee and water!
Even if you have the newest devices with the greatest battery, at some point you are going to need some extra juice. This Anker power bank not only has fast charging but also has wireless charging to get you through busy days.
This notebook has a trick under its sleeve – it looks and feels just like a regular notebook, but the pages are reusable. After you are done writing, simply scan the page with the phone app, and it will automatically upload it to the cloud for you. No more wasting or losing pages and pages of paper – you can have everything safely backed up with the click of a button.
I cannot have list of engineering gifts without mentioning something related to coffee. The AeroPress is a really handy coffee press that makes espresso in seconds. It is perfect for a small dorm room or office.
Brain teasers were some of my favorite gifts growing up. I really like (and hate) the challenge that comes with solving one of these. There are so many cool brain teasers for all skill levels. I am definitely on the easiest level.
Whether you are buying a gift for a civil, mechanical, or electrical engineer, these STEM structures are a great gift. They have structures for almost any type of engineering. Here are a few more options: Mechanics, Physics' Laws, Newton's Laws, and Golden Gate and Eiffel Tower among others.
I have thoroughly enjoyed using my Kindle for the past couple of years now. I have been able to read so many more books because of this device. It is a joy to read and highlight – we engineers love to be organized. The best part is that everything syncs with Readwise which allows me to review and study the highlights later on.
I have personally not been great at reading books in the past. I have been into reading self-development, finance, and religious books. This has been the ONE habit that has open my eyes into what I can achieve and what I still need to learn to be more successful. I have a list of my favorite books in the link below for some inspiration.
In a world were most notes are taken digitally, I like to have a physical notebook handy for quick sketch, meeting notes, random ideas, and any other sporadic writing I need to do. The Leuchtturm 1917 notebook is a classic. I really like the size and the dotted pages for a minimal look. It is also really useful for engineering sketches.