Christmas gift Ideas for your young engineer

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.

Awesome multimeter for the money.

The EXTECH EX210T is a great multimeter for the price and will do everything a young engineer needs.

It’s also hard to go wrong with some wire

Who doesn’t use a ton of wire? really you cannot have too much! Also many different colors.

Prototyping supplies is also a great gift idea for the young engineer

Prototyping supplies for the young engineer

Prototyping supplies for the young engineer

Another good gift idea is a Microcontroller.

Which microcontroller is right for your young engineer?

For someone who is just starting out I suggest the Arduino platform.

The arduino microcontroller family

The arduino microcontroller family

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.

Getting started with the beaglebone black

Getting started with the beaglebone black

If your engineer is more into software than hardware perhaps a raspberry pi would be in order.

Getting to know the Raspberry pi Model B+ 512MB

Getting to know the Raspberry pi Model B+ 512MB

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!

One thought on “Christmas gift Ideas for your young engineer

  1. Leonardo

    i would love to get a RasPi B+ so i could start learning more about web development but sadly i couldn’t afford it and I’m from Philippines shipping fee cost so much and i don’t even have a laptop nor a PC. I’m just renting computer from a cafe and save my files into my USB i hope you would do another giveaway this Christmas and hope i could win.

    Thanks for this good read i envy everything you posted in here.

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