9 Awesome Gift Ideas for Architects and Engineers
It’s that time of year again.
The Secret Santa cards are drawn and you are the chosen one to buy your architect, constructor or engineer friend or colleague the perfect gift.
As always, we try to help you in any possible way, so we made you a list of 5 gifts that will make every AEC professional jump for joy!
Without further ado – let’s discover these 9 awesome gift ideas for architects and engineers!
1/ A pair of touch gloves
In a lot of countries, it can get kind of cold around this time of year. Nobody likes the feeling of their fingertips freezing off, and most of us are hooked – for professional or other reasons – to their smartphones.
A pair of touch gloves is a super handy gift for your AEC friend who surely takes digital notes (with the ArchiSnapper app for example) and/or takes a lot of pictures when visiting construction sites.
An extra advantage to this present: you have them in all sorts of textures, materials and price ranges.
Yes, luckily they evolved over the years and you are no longer obliged to buy the simple – only available in black – edition. Also for women, there are very stylish versions available!
Price range: Starting from $ 9 and up to $ 50 – Some examples
2/ Funny Mug
A safe and budget friendly choice. Everyone needs to drink a hot beverage from time to time, so what’s not to like about a mug.
Everyone needs them. Especially at work, where they tend to disappear all the time. Is it really possible that the dishwasher eats them?
But not if you have a funny one. Because then everyone will remember it’s yours. Here is some inspiration for mugs specially designed for architects and engineers.
Prices around $ 15
3/ Clip-on lens
We already stated this a few times: taking lots of pictures is super important for architects, engineers, and contractors.
Both in private life as on the job is it nice to show off with highly qualitative pictures. Most smartphones already deliver quite good pictures, but you can pimp it even more by using a lens that you simply clip onto your smartphone.
There are many options available: you can widen the range, or take macro photos, there are also plenty of options to add “fun” elements like kaleidoscope or fish-eye.
Prices start around $ 25 – Some examples
4/ Levitating Plant Pot
Is your friend, loved one or colleague into plants, Swedish design and does he or she loves to impress clients or fellow friends?
Then the LYFE Levitating Plant Pot for Air Plants is the gift-to-go for you. Have you ever seen something as cool as this? The plant tray literally floats in the air as it is levitated by a magnetic field. To make the experience even more out-of-space, it’s also gently rotating. Say hello to the future!
Price $ 299
5/ The New York Skyline chess set
Let’s Play! (or watch)
A beautifully designed chess set, perfect to spoil your architect/engineer friend. Great to have and showcase in his/her office space or living area and the perfect activity for the next time you meet up. Prefer to go out? Take the Skyline The New York Chess Set along with you, you’ll surely draw the attention.
Price $ 149
6/ Laser Measurement Tool
This one is a rather practical one, but it can save so much time that I couldn’t resist to include it. With the Leica DISTO D2 for example. A very compact option with which you can simply point and shoot, then send the numbers through to the free DISTO app via Bluetooth.
Every time the lucky receiver will use it, he or she will think of you. And that’s how even a measuring tool can turn out to be a romantic gift. 😉
Price $ 145 – Other options
7/ 3D printer
Ok, this one is slightly more expensive, but you have to admit, it’s also the perfect gift for design-loving people who actually have the skills to design and develop the objects themselves.
Imagine the look on their faces when the object they completely designed themselves appears in the 3D printer. Awesome!
Prices start at $ 189 – like the Cube 3 Printer for example.
8/ A good book
Who doesn’t like to receive a good book? There are a lot of options out there for AEC people. Beautifully designed books, filled with inspiration.
If we need to pick one, we would choose “The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond“. It shows how the structure of famous buildings throughout history fits together and is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Biesty.
For more inspiration, check out this extensive list of 125 best Architecture Books.
Price $ 16
9/ A gift for life
This is my final tip. A tip especially for architects. It’s not something tangible, but it will last a lifetime.
Have you considered giving a membership to a community of peers filled with business tools and resources for small firm architects?
Like EntreArchitect for example? Your friend, relative or colleague will gain knowledge that can help him or her build out his career, connect with peers and follow expert training sessions. Food for thought!
Prices from $ 27/month for the EntreArchitect Academy membership
I hope that you got some inspiration out of these tips, and I’ll wrap up with wishing you a nice, cozy and warm holiday season to spend with all your loved ones.
See you in 2020!
P.S. Hoping to receive one of the gifts mentioned in this article? Don’t hesitate to share it. You never know that it would help point out the right direction for your relatives, friends, and colleagues. 😉