It’s Christmas time once again. I thought I would take a few minutes and write down a few gift ideas for that young engineer you may know.
every engineer needs tools… anything from pliers to screwdrivers to wire cutters etc…
A good budget digital multimeter would make an excelent gift for a young person just starting out.
It’s also hard to go wrong with some wire
Prototyping supplies is also a great gift idea for the young engineer
Another good gift idea is a Microcontroller.
For someone who is just starting out I suggest the Arduino platform.
Arduino’s are ubiquitous. You can find them in almost every electronics shop as well as everywhere online, even your local Radioshack. There are a ton of resources available online. If you are the kind of person who appreciates a good book on the subject there are plenty of great books on the Arduino platform. I happen to like the “Arduino Workshop” by no starch press. Another good book is “Getting Started with Arduino” which was written by Massimo Banzi and published by O’Reilly Media. On a side note Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and as such he is the expert when it comes to all things arduino. Don’t feel you have to buy a book though because there is plenty of information freely available online.
If your engineer is a bit more advanced perhaps you could look at getting them a beagle bone black. This platform is much more powerful and can certainly be used in a multitude of projects.
If your engineer is more into software than hardware perhaps a raspberry pi would be in order.
Christmas is a great time to give intelligent gifts that give the gift of learning. It’s also a great way to get kids interested in engineering.
In the end engineers are very easy to buy for. And there are plenty of gift ideas that do not break the bank. A new pair of flush cut pliers only cost about seven dollars. A couple spools of wire will run you less than ten dollars. I know plenty of engineers who would be giddy to receive a box of broken electronics to play with.
If you have any other ideas please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!
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