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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

50 More Gifts Under $30 for Your Engineer--Dec. 2013

People are starting to think about the holiday season and what to get for those "hard-to-buy-for-technical-types." These are 50 more cool gift ideas for your engineer that I found on various websites--all priced at under $30!

For 50 more gift suggestions under $30, check out 50 GIFTS UNDER $30 FOR YOUR ENGINEER-----DEC. 2013!

51. Silver Shuttle with Boosters Earrings

"Sterling Silver Shuttle with Boosters design earrings. Post closures."

$29.99

52. Space Shuttle Rubber Duck

"This Space Shuttle rubber ducky is mission ready!"

$3.99


53. Glow Constellation Creations

"Includes: 10 Constellations, 150 glow in the dark self adhesive stars and a complete instruction with the glossary of star terms."

$9.99






54. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

"Satisfy Your Inner MacGyver. 179 pages of devious things to make and do. Be just like MacGyver. You'll be shocked at the things you can make."

$10.99





55. Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver of the 11th Doctor

"Better than fish and custard. Collectible sonic screwdriver from the TV show Doctor Who. Made by the TARDIS, used by the 11th Doctor. Green light and sonic screwdriver sound effects."

$29.99





56. USB LED Beverage Cooler

"A One Can Fridge

The big refrigerator in your office cools a lot of stuff. Food, science experiments once known as food, and your secret stash...of drinks. Of drinks! But what happens when you just want one can at your desk and you want it cold? Well, plug in this small single-can beverage cooler into a USB port and chill a can on your desk. Then you won't have to get up to get your drink.

The LED Beverage Cooler is retro styled and has a small blue LED inside. The LED helps your drink stay cool by tricking it to think the air inside the cooler is from the Arctic, because everyone knows that blue lights make you feel cold. So add a little style to your desk and keep your drink cold at the same time. Chill, dude."


$19.99

57. Unit Circle (Radian) Wall Clock

"What is 90 degrees in radians? With this great clock, trigonometry will be a breeze! Inspired by my math teacher, Ms. Pinocci."

$17.49




58. Flying Alarm Clock

"My, how time flies...ugh. I can't believe I just said that... When normal alarm clocks don't get you out of bed. Helicopter flies away when the alarm goes off. You must return it to the base to shut off the alarm."

$14.99

59. Pi Clock

"Decorate any room in your home or office with our 10 inch wall clock. Black plastic case. Requires 1 AA battery (included)."

$17.49

60. Resistance is Futile

"Resistance Equals Voltage Divided By Current Events. Vulcan or Borg? Resistance = Voltage / Current Events. White print on a black t-shirt."

$14.99



61. Our Amazing Bridges Architecture Kit

"Discover the Wonders of Building! Build and display attractive models of 3 different bridge types - The Roman Arch, The Truss Bridge, and The Suspension Bridge. Learn all about how bridges work. Explore the art and science of bridge building throughout history in your 48-page Fact & Fun Bridge Architecture Book. Ideal for building landscape dioramas."

$18.99

62. ENGINEER Parking Sign

"12" tall and 8" wide sign. Our novelty signs are made from outdoor durable plastic with professional grade vinyl graphics. These signs will never rust or fade, perfect inside or out (4-5 years outdoors)! The sign has round corners and a hole pre-drilled for easy mounting."

$8.99

63. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food

"Are you the innovative type, the cook who marches to a different drummer -- used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Are you interested in the science behind what happens to food while it's cooking? Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise and create your own unique dish?

More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks applies your curiosity to discovery, inspiration, and invention in the kitchen. Why is medium-rare steak so popular? Why do we bake some things at 350 F/175 C and others at 375 F/190 C? And how quickly does a pizza cook if we overclock an oven to 1,000 F/540 C? Author and cooking geek Jeff Potter provides the answers and offers a unique take on recipes -- from the sweet (a "mean" chocolate chip cookie) to the savory (duck confit sugo)."


$23.87

64. Wooden Boomerang

"Experience the fun and clever ingenuity of the Australian outback with the Wooden Boomerang. Simply find yourself an open area and let the boomerang go for a spin--no need to chase after it, because it will come right back to you! A unique toy for birthdays or holidays!"

$4.95


65. Men's Geometry Silk Tie by Wild Ties in Blue

"Silk. Brilliant necktie to make you feel like a genius."

$25.00



66. Solar Spark Lighter

"This is the "hottest" product we sell, literally! The Solar Spark Lighter is the world's only pocket-size solar lighter. It is actually a stainless steel parabolic mirror, just like the one used to light the Olympic torch every 4 years. It is designed to focus the sun's radiant energy to a precise focal point that can reach hundreds of degrees! Keep out of reach of children, handle with care, follow instructions! This great solar fire starter is perfect for backpacking, boating, hiking and as a solar survival tool. Just point it at the sun and it lights in seconds! Measures about 4.5" diameter. Make solar smore's!"

$14.99

67. Portable 6" Blacklight

"This blacklight can be used for many tasks: checking hand stamps, finding pet stains, checking for bacteria, applying blacklight sensitive cosmetics, identifying antique glass and hunting scorpions."

$7.39

68. AcuRite 00795 Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer

"A lovely conversation starter and a fun example of early scientific measurement, this Galileo thermometer and barometer set from Chaney Instrument engages the eye while monitoring the weather. Designed for approximate interpretation of temperature and general prediction of fair or foul weather, the set features glass instruments that rely on the principles of buoyancy and air pressure for their function. In the thermometer, the brightly colored internal spheres rise and lower with fluctuations in temperature and corresponding density. The ball-shaped barometer shifts liquid to and from its curved spout in response to changes in the air. Both pieces are beautifully shaped, and the barometer features a lovely etching of the Earth’s continents. A wooden base makes the set easily displayable on desk or bookshelf. Delightful for gift giving, the unit measures approximately 8 inches long and stands 8 inches high."

$24.99

69. Bazinga! Big Bang Theory Party Game

"Ever played the party game Apples to Apples? Ever wished there were less cards that referenced things you don't care about and more cards about geeky things? The Big Bang Theory Bazinga Game is just that!

Cards include pop culture references, hypothetical social situations, and more. Bazinga Cards add chaos, as you expect a Bazinga to do. The Big Bang Theory Party Game includes 325 Game Cards, 60 Points Game Tiles, six Card Sleeves, and a Rulebook. Just remember, if your group of friends includes someone like Sheldon, it's best to let him win."


$21.92

70. Ultimate 5-in-1 Geek Pen

"One pen to rule them all-- Sometimes a gadget passes our desks that makes even the most cynical simian here giggle with delight. The Ultimate 5-in-1 Geek Pen is such a gadget. Why? Because there is a simple formula that says gadget enjoyment increases in direct proportion with the number of things said gadget has crammed in it. In simple terms: the more it do, the more we like it. And this Geek Pen does it all."

$9.99

71. Eon Classic Credit Card Flashlight

"When our great-great-grandfather came to this country, he had a shirt on his back and three dollars in his tattered wallet. When you stumbled upon the underground empire of the Cicada Vampire men, you had a freshly-soiled pair of underwear and your tattered wallet. No comparison there. Thankfully, the Eon Classic Credit Card Flashlight fits in said tattered wallet and could ward off those pesky light-hating, seventeen-year dwelling, flesh-nomming monsters. When a flashlight is just too bulky, when your phone is running low on battery, or when you really need extra light to keep bug monsters at bay, the Eon Classic is the utili-tool for you. The high capacity lithium power cell is energy efficient, ultra thin, super light, and has a battery that lasts 5 to 10 years. So when the sinkhole closes in on itself and you're being forcefully indoctrinated into a 17-year slumber with the cicadas, make sure you have the Eon Classic."

$17.99

72. Close Focus 7x18mm Monocular For iPhone 5

"The average person might not use a monocular (or if you use its more common name: the telescope) very often. It's not everyday that you are looking over the bow of your ship searching for land, or staring off into the distance to locate your enemy's troops. But, telescopes have been around since the 1600s and have been adapting to the changing times ever since. The newest adaptation stands to make your smartphone even smarter. The Close Focus Monocular attaches to your iPhone to make the built-in camera sharper and more dynamic. The 7 x 18 mm monocular has a close focus feature to get detailed close-ups, and allows higher quality images from further away, such as at sporting events or photographing wildlife."

$24.99

73. Einstein Simplified, Revised Edition: Cartoons on Science (Paperback)

"Sidney Harris is America's foremost science cartoonist. He has been praised by luminaries such as Linus Pauling and Isaac Asimov, as well as countless others throughout the world, for his ability to find humour in what is traditionally regarded as a somewhat dry subject. Harris does for science what Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) does for business: his unique perspective illustrates the scientific and technological environments in such a funny way that everyone can enjoy it. This edition of "Einstein Simplified" has been updated and revised with new cartoons."

$12.41

74. Popular Science (1-year) [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [PRINT]

"The 'What's New'" magazine of science and technology. Covering the latest developments in cars, electronics, communications, tools, energy, aviation, science, space exploration and much more."

$12.00

75. Discover (1-year) [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [PRINT]

"DISCOVER Magazine provides access to startling developments in science, technology and medicine with a renewed emphasis on how those breakthroughs affect the world.? DISCOVER is where curious people turn for the news and stories that interest them?and that make them more interesting."

$19.95

76. Scientific American [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [PRINT]

"This magazine is designed for technically educated professionals and managers who have a positive predisposition to read about, get involved with and act on a broad range of the physical and social sciences. Its articles and features anticipate what the breakthroughs and the news will be in a society increasingly dependent upon scientific and technological advances."

$24.97

77. Equation Watch

"Looking for a way to tell time that makes people do a double take (or better yet, leave you alone)? Tell 'em it's half-past the square root of 144, or quarter-past one to the 9th power. The Equation Watch is a fun watch for the math geek or teacher in your life. The classic black design looks good dressed up or down and matches pretty much everything in your wardrobe, by which, we mean black t-shirts."

$29.99

78. 100% Engineer Tshirt

"We’ve given the classic baseball jersey a modern and sophisticated take. It now has long sleeves! Made from pre-shrunk 5.0 oz, 100% combed ring-spun cotton, super-soft baby jersey knit. The shirt has a loose fit and features contrasting colored ribbed cuffs, sleeves and neck trim. Imported."

$29.95

79. Silver Abacus Earrings

"These adorable Chinese Abacus earrings are made of sterling silver and feature moving beads. Cute, useful, and they definitely make a statement."

$22.95

80. MicroMax LED Pocket 100X Microscope For iPhone

"Use your MicroMax 100x microscope to explore a whole new world of details from plants, to bugs and beyond. The microscope is small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take it with you everywhere, but also features a built-in light for bright, clear images, and a rubber eyepiece for comfortable viewing."

$15.99 - $19.99

81. Made By Humans, Perpetual Puzzle Calendar, Desk Calendar

"Paper calendars last only a year but this Puzzle Calendar lasts a lifetime. If you liked playing with blocks when you were a kid, you’re going to want this calendar on your desk now that you’re grown-up. It’s fun to find different ways of building it up. To get you started the Perpetual Puzzle Calendar comes with instructions of seven different examples of how you can put it together. Note that at the beginning of each month you will be forced to do a bit of puzzling; otherwise the dates and the days of the week will be out of whack. ABS plastic, packaged dimensions: 4 ¾”w x 3 ¾”h x 1 ¼”d."

$10.20

82. Mythbusters The Game

"Can a penny kill someone if you drop it from the empire state building? Do sharks really go for blood. If you think you know the andswers, you've got a leg up in this game of myth-busting trivia. Start by loading Buster into his cannon. Answer a question correctly, and you get to put down a landing target or re-aim the cannon. When Buster Flies, whose target will he hit? Play and find out."

$23.61

83. Remote Control Moon In My Room

"Bring the beauty of the moon right into your room with this authentic, remote control, model moon."

$18.49





84. Grow Your Own Coffee

"Each Grow Your Own Coffee kit has everything you need to grow your own beans. Just follow the easy-to-follow instructions (the packaging is actually a greenhouse!) and in 3-4 weeks you'll be seeing sprouts! Grow 'em at work, grow 'em at home, you can even grow 'em with your kids (hey, better to learn about coffee from you than on the playground). Get a Grow Your Own Coffee kit today - who knows, the coffee you drink in the future might be your own!"

$7.99

85. Duct Tape Wallet by Ducti

"The Universe: Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen...and Duct Tape! Wallet made from Super Duct Tape. Won't lift, peel, or get sticky like lesser duct tape. Available in bi-fold or tri-fold models."

$14.99

86. Magnetic Accelerator Cannon

"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That's a cool saying by some old, dead scientist dude. What it means (for those of you without a background in the Physics) is: if you push a boring ball into a magnetic accelerator, you will find it amazing as a ball on the other end shoots out at high speed. See . . . boring is the opposite of amazing! And that's how physics makes life fun.

But seriously, this is a really simple kit to put together and wonderfully illustrates a magnetic accelerator. You'll have it ready and armed in a matter of minutes (no gluing required). Set the metal ball at the end of the track and watch as the energy transfers and multiplies down the track of magnets and metal balls until finally the last ball zooms off. The Magnetic Accelerator Cannon is a great study for science fairs, but is just at home on your desk (just be careful what it sits near - these magnets are STRONG). Magnetic acceleration has a big place in our future (from weapons to travel) so why not start learning about it now? The future is today."


$29.99



87. B747 and Space Shuttle

"The B747 and Space Shuttle in a single box is an authentic representation of spacecraft past and present. The 747 was used to ferry space shuttles from landing sites back to the Kennedy Space Center and other locations too distant to be delivered by ground."

$14.95

88. Digital Video Memo Recorder "Vidly" - Fridge Magnet, 1.8 Inch LCD Screen

"Video Memo Fridge Magnet with 1.8 Inch screen which can record up to 60 seconds of audio and video. The “Vidly” digital video memo takes a bold leap into the future and gives your fridge that futuristic feel. Want to leave a message for your spouse or kids but can't find pen or paper? Or did you leave a message for them on a piece of paper, but the wind blew it away and they never got to see it? Thanks to the “Vidly” video memo fridge magnet you won’t have to worry about that anymore! Offering a great and fun way to leave a quick message for your family, all you have to do is look into the lens, press the record button and talk. Featuring a built-in video camera, a 1.8 inch LCD display, a microphone and speaker, the “Vidly” can record up to 60 seconds of video and is extremely easy to use. So, if you want to tell your family that you need go out for a while or remind your spouse how much you love them, this Digital Video Memo is all it takes."

$18.08

89. Star Trek Enterprise Bottle Opener

"What better way to crack open that Romulan Ale. Officially Licensed Star Trek Bottle Opener. Looks just like the Enterprise NCC-1701. Heavy in your hand, like a good phaser."

$19.99

90. Engineer/Evolution Engineer Book Set

"Engineer/Evolution Book Set includes: To Engineer is Human book will intrigue and educate you as to the role of failure in successful engineering designs, and Evolution of Useful Things book describes the fascinating history of everyday artifacts from paperclips to zippers."

$29.99

91. Tesla T Shirt

"A White Tee that shows just a few inventions Nikola Tesla actually patented."

$21.95






92. Tesla: Man Out of Time

"Tesla: Man Out of Time (ISBN 0743215362) is a biography of Nikola Tesla by Margaret Cheney."

$12.51






93. Hog Wild Robo Vacuum (Colors May Vary)

"The desk top robot that never gets tired of cleaning up your messes. Simply push the top button to activate surprisingly powerful suction and slide over dry crumbs, pencil shavings and other debris. Kids will want to clean up after homework with this bad boy. Powered by two AA batteries (not included)."

$24.95




94. Elenco OWI Samurai Scorpion Aluminum Kit

"Almost lifelike, Build a Scorpion that you assemble from metal and bendable aluminum parts. The Samurai Scorpion is comprised of two major parts: head and body. The head consists of a pair of eyes, mouth, and claws used to capture prey. Body consists of eight legs, tail and curved aculeus (stinger). Did you know that scorpions are nocturnal? They often feed at night by lying still and surprising their prey (dinner). On the other hand, they are dinner for tarantulas, bats, and birds (especially owls). Let’s talk more specifics about Samurai Scorpion. The kit contains 30 hard and soft pre-punched aluminum parts, 7 screws, 7 nuts, 3 springs, and even assembly tools are included. Its claws, arms, legs, and tail are all moveable."

$11.00

95. Never Question the Engineer Sign

"Handsome, wood Never Question the Engineer Sign belongs in your office or home. Hand-crafted in USA with the look of a weathered antique to complement any décor. Makes an exceptional gift for your favorite engineer."

$22.95


96. Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker

"Give up your free will!

When decisions need to be made, sometimes there isn't a right choice. Drink coffee or tea? Hire Bob or Bob? Order pizza or Chinese? In the long run, these things don't matter. Give up your free will to the Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker.

To use the Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker:

Ask your question. Any question that can be answered in a binary fashion will do. The cat is extremely bored in the box and will listen to whatever you say. It is open to questions of an executive, legislative, or personal nature. You'll never know the answer if you don't ask.

Slide open the door. At this point, the magic will happen and you'll see the cat flashing in flux between life and death. You'll either find this disturbing or intensely magical. We won't pass judgement on your character based on your reaction, we promise.

See your decision solidify before you. The cat will be alive (which we interpret as a "Yes") or dead (or "No"). The almighty Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker has spoken. Go and do its bidding. Meow."


$14.99



97. OWI Frightened Grasshopper Kit - Solar Powered

"Build your own life-size grasshopper. An educational robot and mini solar kit. He's small, but he's an attention-getter. Explore the potential of solar power with this neat science kit. This build-it-yourself educational solar hobby kit is for the first time science experimenters with little or no experience. The Frightened Grasshopper Solar Powered Bug Teaches about forms of alternative energy in a easy-to-use science kit. Shows how solar energy can be used to generate electricity Illustrates how radiant energy from the sun can be transformed to electrical energy with a PV cell A motor inside the grasshopper transforms electrical energy to motion Functions best very close to a non-florescent light bulb or in direct sunlight An attention-grabbing display piece related to solar power for a science fair project, class discussion, or just out-of-the-ordinary play Ages 10+."

$0.89

98. Can You Imagine Melting Clock

"Can You Imagine having a clock that appears to be melting off the surface that you placed it on, only to find out that it's an optical illusion? We did. Presenting the magical Melting Clock, a conversation piece that is both art and a precision timepiece. Place the Melting Clock where a clock has never been placed before - at the end of a bookshelf or the end of a desk or any place you can think of. Time is not rigid. Time is fluid and the Melting Clock visually represents the fluidity of time. Is it a clock or is it art? You be the judge."

$11.90

99. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

"It's safe to say that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest science fiction novels ever written. Adams spoofs many core science fiction tropes: space travel, aliens, interstellar war--stripping away all sense of wonder and repainting them as commonplace, even silly. This omnibus edition begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction. Then in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur and his new friends travel to the end of time and discover the true reason for Earth's existence. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the gang goes on a mission to save the entire universe. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish recounts how Arthur finds true love and "God's Final Message to His Creation." Finally, Mostly Harmless is the story of Arthur's continuing search for home, in which he instead encounters his estranged daughter, who is on her own quest. There's also a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe," more of a vignette than a full story, which wraps up this completist's package of the Don't Panic chronicles. As the series progresses, its wackier elements diminish, but the satire of human life and foibles is ever present. --Brooks Peck "

$10.99

100. Set Square and Protractor Cufflinks (With Gift Box)

"High-quality metal cufflinks with a beautiful chrome finish. Comes complete with a fabric lined velveteen gift box."

$25.99

15 comments:

Anonymous December 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

These made me smile. Thank you for the list!

Anonymous December 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

Love them all!

Nanette South Clark December 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM  

I'm glad you enjoyed them! Thank you!

Dan January 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM  

Some great gift ideas. I especially like the microscope for the IPhone. I wish I had read this before Christmas.

Nanette South Clark January 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM  

Thanks, Dan! I really like the microscope too. Pretty cool. I appreciate the comment.

malar January 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM  


Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again








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