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13 Christmas Gifts Ideas for Network Engineers (2018)

It’s about the time of the year when you need to start thinking about Christmas gifts. If you’ve been blessed enough to live next to Network Engineers (or you’re one yourself), to make them happy you need to appeal to their left-brained nature!
Find a gift that challenges them and puts their particular brand of smarts to use and you’ve got a winner.



christmas-gift-network-engineer-t-shirtWho does not like to receive a cool t-shirt as a gift? Here some cool ideas that should fit (almost) all! Check this page out, there are whole Engineering, Math, Physics and even Batman & Superman sections, just to satisfy any taste!


christmas-gift-network-engineer-mugAny office desk needs a mug, and what about an engineering floor kitchen! Have a look at this collection, pretty sure you’ll find a good one for your geeky friends. For the very demanding people, who always wants their beverages hot and fragrant, you can go for the thermos mugs.

The Universal Network Cable

Any real Network Engineer at least once found him/herself in a lab without the right cable to use. Even worst, try to explain office guys that every time they need a patch cable that you have to dig through the giant box of everything cable-shaped for an eternity before finding the right one. To them, all cables are the same. With this little gizmo the problem is solved just rotating a switch: 5 different cabling options are available at your fingertips (rolled, crossover, straight-through, ATM/loopback and T1). A must have tool in anyone’s networking toolkit.


Nano drone with camera

Spy on your office co-workers with this small drone (suitable for indoor) and take pictures/videos using the embedded camera. Or just make your dog crazy, then watch the footage! This drone has been featured on Fox News Television, in WIRED Magazine, Tech Times Blog and more: it can shoot pictures and take footage anywhere from the drone’s perspective! This pocket sized design has a flight distance of up to 80 ft, LED lights for night flight and flying high over houses! With the latest 6-axis Gyro hardware and videogame style 4-Channel Controller, experience amazing flight control.


RFID-blocking wallet

As they say safety first! Protect your privacy when on the move! All US passports issued after 2006, as well as many debit/credit cards and driver licenses have RFID (radio frequency identification). Those chips constantly broadcast personal information 24/7. A data thief could use a scanner to read your passport or cards, doing that completely unnoticed. This wallet blocks the transmission of information from passports and cards, making it safe to carry them around.


Laser Keyboard

Ever wanted to SSH into a router while on the move, but you did not have a laptop with a ninja keyboard on you? No problem, now you can pair this laser keyboard (Bluetooth) to your phone and use the data connection to login into any device through a bash app. This laser keyboard easliy pair laser projection keyboard & mouse for your Iphone, Ipad, Smartphone, laptop or tablets. For devices with Bluetooth, operation systems: Windows, iOS, Android, Mac OS.


USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE transfer kit from Vantec

 This is one of those things that non-techie would through away thinking it’s last century trash. But for anyone with a bit of experience tinkering under the hood of a computer, this is a very useful device! Vantec USB3.0 to SATA/IDE transfer kit provides the flexibility of connectivity and hot-swap capability to your storage drives. This device enables you to connect numerous storage drives like 2.5”, 3.5”, 5.25” SATA or IDE drives thru the latest Superspeed USB 3.0 connection. Compatible with Windows and Linux, it’s a great tool to have.


Corsair Flash Survivor 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

  Are you taking your important files with you? Then you better be sure your flash drive isn’t a weak one. Flash Survivor USB 3.0 has a touch anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing that is waterproof (up to 200 meters!), vibration-resistant, and shock-resistant. It doesn’t matter if you like diving, paragliding or off-road driving. Your data will be safe and sound!


christmas-gift-network-engineer-ipv6-keyboardIPv6 Buddy

Is IPv6 knocking at the door of your network? Prevent headaches, get this essential tool: IPv6 Buddy is a USB keyboard that will save your life and set you apart from your confused colleagues! The IPv6 Buddy is a USB keypad that is compatible with pretty much all OS including Mac, Windows and Linux. There is also the option to try this keyboard with your open source system, and return it if it does not work as expected.


A book: Network Warrior

 Xmas time, fireplace, and a book. Sounds too cliché? Not if you find the right book about in-depth network engineering topics. Pick up where certification exams leave off. With this practical, in-depth guide to the entire network infrastructure, you’ll learn how to deal with real Cisco networks, rather than the hypothetical situations presented on exams like the CCNA. Gary A. Donahue is a working consultant who has been in the computer industry for 25 years. Gary has worked as a programmer, mainframe administrator, Technical Assistance Center engineer, network administrator, network designer, and consultant.


A Personalized Outlaw Kit

Ultimately, being a network engineer it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Build the ultimate team spirit with this outlaw kitFrom celebrating a project completion to your next promotion, you know every office should have an outlaw kit like this. Simple to use. Just add included essence to the barrel and top off with a neutral rail vodka, grain alcohol or moonshine. Age to taste. The barrel can be used over and over again up to 8 years. Outlaw Kits include everything to care for your barrel and create your first batch. Easily stores on your desk or coffee corner.


An e-Book that can Change your career

get-that-network-engineer-jobOK, we’re biased but our very own Get That Network Engineer Job has been a best seller this year and it’s a nice digital gift for yourself or someone far away. In this book you will discover:

  • how to be the best candidate
  • what are the most common questions asked
  • how to avoid awkward situations

Plus, since it’s Christmas, we offer this eBook with a 30% discount using the coupon:

happyXmas (valid until 25th December!)

Grab it before it’s too late!

An e-Book that can Boost your career

Let your personal brand take you where you want to be. Personal Branding for Network Engineers is an e-Book for whoever wants to build his/her personal brand:

  • how to be unique
  • how to be relevant
  • be recognized

Plus, since it’s Christmas, we offer this eBook with a 30% discount using the coupon:

happyXmas (valid until 25th December!)


About Daniele Besana

Daniele is a freelancer consultant with 15 years of experience in network security, customer support, Linux and Salsa. He worked for Juniper Networks in Netherlands, providing support and consultancy on security projects across Europe and Middle-East.

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  1. Mugs work really well as network engineers love tea and coffee. Found other great ideas here. Love the laser keyboard.

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