Engineering Gifts for Graduation

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Choosing the right graduation gift can be challenging. If the special person in your life is entering the field of engineering, you want to show him how proud you are of his hard work and how much you admire the profession. Fortunately, there are several gift ideas that can be practical, whimsical or fun, and will show that engineer just how much you really care.

Engineering Artwork

  • While engineers are usually associated with working with numbers and hard facts, why not celebrate the creativity and beauty of engineering by giving your graduate artwork that honors the profession. You might choose a print of blueprints, a Leonardo da Vinci sketch from years past, or a 3-D structure that shows the beauty of an engineering design. Provide a frame or base so that she can display the artwork in her new office or home.

Professional Societies

  • Engineers often belong to professional societies. These societies offer opportunities to learn best practices, network in the field and get continuing education. Give the gift of membership to your engineering graduate. Find out which organizations are relevant to his field. Ask the membership director to confirm that the membership can be applied to renewal dues, in case your engineer is already a member.

Personalized Tools

  • Engineers use a variety of tools to conduct their work. Find out which tools are necessary for your engineer's line of work and make up a custom gift basket. You might include standard items like a tape measure, compass and mechanical pencils. You might also look at having some of the metal items engraved with his name or initials.

Museum Memberships

  • There are a number of different technical museums and institutes that might pique your engineer's interest. Give the gift of a museum membership that will enable your engineer to enjoy free-time exploring exhibits about his field. He may even decide to use it as a teaching experience by bringing friends and family along to learn about his field.

Humorous Gifts

  • If your engineer has a good sense of humor, choose a gag gift that makes a witty statement about his profession. T-shirts and mugs can be printed with a variety of sayings. One funny saying for a T-shirt reads "If it isn't broken -- take it apart and fix it." Another idea is a watch that uses only prime numbers on its face. Have fun choosing the gift, and your engineer is sure to appreciate the insider humor.

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