New Year's Day is a special day at the best of times unless of course, you've had a particularly heavy night before. Whether they are hungover or not, why not lift their spirits with one of these 11 great New Year gift ideas for engineers.
Most of these are around the sub $25 mark but we have included some higher ticket priced items for your consideration. We've also attempted to include a good mixture of novelty, entertaining, functional and educational options.
1. "Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction" is simply perfect for any engineer
Price: $15 new
Here's a great little New Year's gift for the mechanical engineer or military connoisseur in your life. This book contains plans to build over 35 miniature weapons of war from everyday items.
Written by John Austin, the book contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions, construction material suggestions, and ammo lists for each weapon. It also makes suggestions for making targets.
The book is both fun and educational in equal measures. It is bound to make them smile as they unwrap it on New Year's Day.
It includes plans for building machines like catapults, mini-bombs, slingshots, darts, and many others. It was chosen by PopularMechanics as one of the best DIY and Home Improvement books of 2009.
2. How about this K'Nex bridge model?
Whilst a little pricier than other present suggestions on our list, this is definitely an awesome gift idea. This amazing K'Nex kit contains over 2,200 pieces and has instructions to build over 7 real-world bridges from around the world.
You can assemble, for example, the Firth of Forth Bridge in Scotland, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.
Not only will that special engineer in your life have fun assembling the models, but they will have something they can proudly display anywhere in the house.
Obviously, cleaning and dusting the model might become a little tiresome after a while. But that's a small price to pay for such an awesome present.
3. These Palette Drink Coasters are simply genius
If you are looking for a more unique gift idea for your engineer on New Year's, you might want to consider this one. Each pack comes with a set of 5 wooden pallet coasters that are actually made of wood.
Each coaster is a realistic 1:10 scale replica of real wooden Euro pallets. These make for a perfect novelty present for anyone even remotely interested in engineering.
These coasters are simply perfect and will make a very nice addition to their home. Not only that, they will certainly make for some interesting conversation starters in the future.
4. What about this Modern Marvels DVD boxset?
Modern Marvels: The Best of Modern Marvels DVD set might just be the best present that special engineer in your life will ever receive. Although it is a little pricey, it's a gift they can use for life.
The box set contains 14 DVD's containing 45 of the most popular episodes from this highly acclaimed series. This will keep them immersed in the wonders of engineering for literally hours on end.
5. Unleash their creative spirit with a Hanzblok Building Kit
K'Nex is great and everything, but with a gift like this Hanzblok Building Kit, recipients really get to unleash their creative side. Hanzblok is a uniquely designed toy that provides enormous flexibility for building pretty much anything you can think of.
It is recommended for anyone between the ages of 8 to 15, but that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy it equally as much. The kit is designed primarily to let the user build their own creations, rather than follow step-by-step instructions.
This kit will keep them busy for hours on end and is great fun for kids and parents alike. Why not give the gift of innovation this New Year's day?
6. How about this tin can cable car?
Price: From $12
If you are looking for something a bit different, you might want to consider this cool gadget. Made by 4M, this kit turns any old used soda can into a brilliant cable car toy.
This would be a perfect gift for any engineer and the kit includes all necessary pieces necessary - except for the can of course. It includes full step-by-step instructions and does need 2 AAA batteries to work.
It also needs a screwdriver for assembly, but they should have plenty of those lying around.
Who knows, they could even customize it to deliver drinks to them without needing to get out of their seat. Just a thought.
7. Check out this USB rechargeable ARC lighter
Engineers love gadgets, but when they are actually useful they are bound to fall in love with it. This flameless, windproof, USB rechargeable double ARC electric lighter is just such an item.
It has a unique patented design and is made from high-quality frosted materials. It looks very sleek and can be used like a traditional lighter but without the limitations of them.
Forget getting them an engraved Zippo, this lighter never needs to be refilled with fuel and will last for a long time. It is perfect as a lighter for many applications from BBQ's to campfires to simply lighting candles or, dare we say, tobacco products.
It comes with all the accessories you'll need in a well-designed and aesthetically pleasing gift box and a 12-month warranty.
8. These cut resistant gloves are an option
Is that engineer in your life a little clumsy in the kitchen? Perhaps they have a tendency to cut themselves a lot in general?
Then it might be a good idea to buy them these cut-resistant gloves. These gloves look the part, are incredibly strong and are even FDA compliant.
They are made from high-performance cut resistant material HDPE have even been awarded the highest EN388 level 5 cut resistance certification. The gloves are also light and comfortable to wear and are easily cleaned.
Now they have no more excuses for not helping out whilst cooking. These would be especially useful, not just for chopping, but also for fearless use of graters for cheese and other foodstuffs.
9. This Tire cereal bowl will have them eating out of your hand
Here's another fantastic novelty gift idea for an engineer on New Year's Day. This Tire-themed snack or breakfast bowl looks the part and even comes with a hubcap lid.
This gift would be ideal for the mechanical engineer in your life. Be mindful that the bowl is not very big, but it is ideal for things like breakfast cereals or other snacks.
The lid also doesn't form an airtight seal and is purely for decorative purposes. That being said it looks great and is very well made according to reviews.
You might also consider getting this for Christmas too. It would make a great little stocking filler.
10. The retro-calculator watch will go down a storm
There's nothing like something retro to bring a smile to an engineer's face. This is where an 'old school' calculator watch would make a great functional gift for New Year's.
You could really go all out and buy an old second-hand one but if you prefer a new one you might consider a Casio CA53W-1 Calculator Watch.
It comes with various function including an 8-digit calculator (capable of subtraction, multiplication, addition, and division), stopwatch and auto-calender.
Like all good retro-watches, it also has a dual time feature, alarm function and is also water resistant. That special engineer in your life will love you forever with this one.
11. This portable SNES console is awesome
This gift is ideal for any engineer who was a child of the 90s. With this portable SNES console they can dig out their old SNES games and play them anywhere at any time.
The console is designed to replicate the shape of the classic SNES controller but it does come with ports to plug in any old ones they might have 'lying around'. It also has an AV-out port to let two-players face-off with each other on a regular TV.
Whilst it's not the cheapest gift on our list, you might consider this as joint New Year's and Christmas present.