16 Christmas Gifts Ideas for Network Engineers (2019)

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.


101 Engineer Jokes for Engineers

Who wouldn’t need a good laugh during the holiday season? Here’s a book you could gift to your fellow engineers, so you can laugh together while retelling jokes about project work’s frustrations, inept co-workers, as well as match and science puns. You’ll never run out of jokes during those office dinners ever again!


Essential Electronics Toolkit

When things don’t work the way they should, an engineer’s first impulse is to ask, “What went wrong?” and the second thought that pops up would be: “How can I fix this?”. iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit helps you satisfy that engineer-impulse at home while living up to the challenge of repairing doorknobs, home appliances, eyeglasses, and more.


Engineer/Chef Cutting Board

Have an engineer in your life who loves to cook? This Engineer by Day, Chef by Night cutting board can be a great gift (and a hint) for more home-cooked meals and new recipes try-outs. Plus, the cutting board is made of bamboo, and we know bamboo is sustainably hip!


Mechanical 3D Safe Puzzle

For one of those rainy puzzle-nights, this mechanical 3D safe puzzle can be a challenge to tackle with the engineers in your life (especially if he loves robbery movies like Ocean’s Eleven or something like that). Made from durable plywood and birch, the puzzle contains 179 laser-cut pieces to assemble into a safe box; plus you need to crack the code with a mix of slow know twist to open the lock!


Tiny Projector

For engineers who are movie buffs and gamers, this 2-inch tiny projector is a portable entertainment device for movie-theatre experience at home or outdoors. The HDMI cable port mirrors your smartphone, computer, laptop, gaming console, or TV screens. Well, if you want to project your network problems with this projector and see “the bigger picture” (no puns intended), you can do it, too!


USB Rechargeable Lantern

Outdoor-loving engineers will appreciate this rechargeable LED camping lantern, that can also be folded as a powerful mini flashlight. Either for traveling, camping, hiking, or picnic, ThorFire LED Camping Lantern Lights can be charged via regular 5V USB charging cable or hand cranking when there’s no power supply.



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.


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.


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:

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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:

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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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