Environmental engineers have unique interests and can be tough to find the right gift for. They tend to want things that are practical, functional, and eco-friendly. Being an engineer myself, I wanted to assemble what I think are the best gift ideas for industrial engineers.
Finding the perfect gift for an environmental engineer can be time-consuming, but I hope this gift guide helps you finish your gift shopping faster than ever and brings a smile to an engineer’s face. Show them you understand their passion for engineering and support them when they geek out over your perfect gift.
This list is a compilation of my favorites from around the internet. Some are our own Genius Lab Gear inventions and some we’re just jealous we didn’t think of first! Some external links in this page are from affiliates, which means that any purchase of the items after clicking the link will result in a small monetary referral fee paid back to Genius Lab Gear at no cost to you. We appreciate your support which allows us to continue inventing and testing the best tools for engineers on the planet!
1. The Pocket Engineer: Wallet Ruler and Unit Conversion Reference
The most practical and unique pocket tool for any environmental engineer. It’s the size of a typical credit card and packed with functionality and information that an environmental engineer will need on a daily basis both in school and on the job.
The laser-cut and laser-engraved stainless steel is built to last - not like the disposable plastic item flooding the market. It’s one of the best inexpensive gadget gifts that any engineer will geek out over. You can order directly through our site or on Amazon with the links below
This cookbook is a thoughtful gift for a health-conscious environmental engineer. Alejandra Schrader's book is so much more than a cookbook; it digs into the causes, effects, and consequences of climate change and how food system sustainability will be critical in the future. In these recipes, fun foods like Corn Lollipops and Prickly Pear Ice mingle with filling entrees like Tostones Nachos and Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers. There are 140 plant-based recipes to choose from made with ingredients that can help lower their carbon footprint and “foodprint”!
We recently launched a full line of science and engineering-themed word magnets and of course made a set specifically for engineers! Each specialty pack comes with 144 tiles carefully designed by a PhD in that field for technical accuracy and tacit absurdity. These make for a funny engineer gift for the lab or office that lets them express their technical side but isn't work-oriented.
4. Rocketbook Matrix cloud-connected reusable paper notebook
This one is for the conservation-focused environmental engineer who still loves the feel of pen and paper. Rocketbook finally solved the problem of merging your hand-written notes into your favorite digital services. You simply use their app to take a photo of your pages of notes and the QR code and marked symbols on each page trigger the app to send the digitized page to any of the 9 pre-set digital destinations you choose. This includes OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and even specific emails. Want a shortcut to send notes via email straight to your colleague or boss? This is what you’re looking for.
The Rocketbook Matrix is my personal favorite because it's designed for more technical work. It's got 30 pages of graphing paper and one regular lined page for taking notes, plus a built-in ruler on the inside cover. Did I mention they are reusable? Use their "Pilot Frixion" pens and then wipe the page with a damp cloth after uploading your notes to use it all over again (and win one for the environment!).
Smart home gifts are a terrific option if you're looking for a helpful tech gift for an environmental engineer. They will not only cut down energy bills but also be very easy to manage at the same time. This Philips Hue Smart Light Pack includes 4 light bulbs that can be controlled using a mobile device. They are extremely eco-friendly with a lifetime of 22 years! You also have the option to include the Hue Hub in your gift to unlock more features like timers, routines and motion sensors.
6. 17 Pieces Eco-Friendly Gift Set with Zero Waste Sustainable Products
Nothing beats a well-curated collection of items that will help your favorite environmental engineer reduce waste throughout the year! This fantastic zero-waste kit includes up to 17 of the best plastic-reduction substitutions for everyday objects. It includes beeswax food wrap, zero waste reusable bags, zip locking bags, stainless steel straws, a brush, and travel bag.
7. PILOT B2P - Bottle to Pen Refillable & Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pen
In the Ocean Conservancy's annual beach cleanups in over 100 countries, plastic bottles and bottle caps are the third and fourth most recovered plastic rubbish items. You can help combat this problem and still give a practical gift! This B2P (Bottle to Pen) Ball Gel Pen from Pilot is 89% recycled plastic bottle. It can also be refilled endlessly instead of disposed! Now they can write their next chapter for a cleaner planet!
Carrying reusable utensils is another simple method to decrease disposable waste. Because they're compact, lightweight, and come with their own washable carry bag and carabiner, we think the Bamboo Travel Utensil Set is one of the finest budget gifts for environmental engineers who love to travel. We just toss these in a backpack, fanny pack, or handbag for quick access on the road, and we'll never have to worry about using disposable silverware again.
Disposable razors are extremely wasteful because of their limited use, plastic handles, and non-recyclable metal parts. So why not get your environmental engineer one of these stylish, useful, and eco-friendly razors as a gift? This razor's ergonomic handle is created from recycled ocean plastic retrieved during clean-up activities. As a bonus, 25% of the sales go to non-profits that clean up seas and beaches, support marine conservation, and investigate plastic pollution.
A planter or pot is an excellent gift for an environmental engineer who wants to make their workplace or house a little greener. This modern Indoor Hydroponic Garden can grow up to 6 plants at a time without the use of soil, making it simpler and no mess. The control panel can tell if the plants need more water, taking the guesswork out of growing. It also automatically takes care of the lighting to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests.
Solar-powered gadgets make excellent one-of-a-kind and practical gifts, particularly for an environmental engineer who’s excited about green energy. There are a ton of solar chargers on the market, but Aeiusny’s 60W portable solar-powered charger will give you the most bang for your buck. The materials for this charger are 60% more efficient than ordinary crystalline silicon solar panels. There are three USB ports that can charge devices from cell phones to powerbanks. When folded, it looks like a laptop bag making it easy to carry, and perfect for engineers who love hiking!
This simple yet versatile energy meter can tell you exactly how much electricity any of your plug-in devices are consuming. It has a large LCD display that can show a wide variety of parameters like Power(W), Energy (kWh), Voltage, Amps, Power Factor, Cost and Minimum & Maximum Power, perfect for cutting down power consumption and saving the environment. It’s a fun and super useful gadget for an engineer to figure out how to reduce their electric bill!
13. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
Bill Gates has improved the lives of countless people through his foundation's efforts to eradicate polio, tuberculosis, and malaria, and now he wants to help save our lives by tackling climate change. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster explains the changes that must be made in order to reverse the impacts of climate change, including ways we can engineer our way out of it. It's a fascinating book, and Bill Gates' personal tales and passion for innovation make it enjoyable to read.
Kelly Brenner's Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World is a fantastic book to learn more about the hidden parts of nature in developed regions. Based primarily around the author's hometown of Seattle, the book investigates the often ignored fauna, plants, and landscapes in the area, as well as how land changes for cities and housing have impacted and changed the environment nearby. Nature Obscura is a rich and moving book for any environmental engineer who wants to obtain a fresh, profound understanding of the world and its living beings.
When you want to say "thank you" to an inspiring chemistry educator, an apple just won't do. This list steers clear of bad chemistry joke t-shirts and finds high-quality but affordable items from $4-$65 that will leave a lasting impression.
If you just try searching "PhD Graduation Gifts" on Amazon, you'll get a page full of mugs, shirts and keychains. They deserve better. I’ve been through grad school, got my PhD, and have a good idea of what they would truly appreciate as a thank-you gift. Here’s my hand-picked list below.