2019 IEEE-USA Holiday Gift Guide

By Corey Ruth

It can be hard to buy thoughtful gifts for the engineers on your list. So you put things off and end up grabbing some mug or tie at the last minute that screams “low effort.” Well, IEEE-USA is here to help keep you out of the doghouse this holiday season with some great suggestions for tech-savvy friends and family – or even for yourself!

NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander LEGO Set ($99.99)

In 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Take one giant leap for mankind with this beautiful lunar lander model. With over 1000 pieces, detachable descent and ascent stages, two astronaut mini-figures and even a U.S. flag, the space-loving engineer on your list can recreate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moonwalk at home.

Roku Streaming Stick+ ($49.99)


Thrill the TV and movie-loving engineer on your list with a Roku Streaming Stick+. It’s powerful enough to play HD, 4K and HDR content, yet compact enough to fit in their pocket to take along when they travel, and even includes a voice remote with TV controls to help them find and start streaming their favorite content faster.

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems ($16.69)

The latest book from XKCD creator Randall Monroe, How To features clever humor blended with cold, hard science with instructions on everything from how to power your house (on Earth and on Mars) to how to build a lava moat.

IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp / Wi-Fi Speaker ($179.00)


Why have regular old lamps when you could have lamps that are high-tech speakers? Ikea teamed up with Wi-Fi audio company Sonos to build a lamp that features a built-in speaker that can play all your favorite tunes. Perfect for the music-loving engineer on your list, the Symfonisk sounds great on its own but is also completely compatible with any existing Sonos multi-room speakers.

E-Book: The In’s & Out’s of Mentoring ($1.99 for IEEE members, $3.99 for non-members)

Anyone who has ever wondered how to find a job, change jobs, get better projects or assignments, manage their time, make decisions, achieve better work-life balance or build better relationships at work could benefit from mentorship. In this e-book, Peggy Hutcheson explores different types of mentoring, how to find a mentor and how to become one.

IEEE Membership

And finally, give the gift of membership and help someone you care about build a platform for success! IEEE delivers local and global networking opportunities, career development tools, access to the industry’s most essential technical information and many other exclusive benefits. Perfect for any stage in their career.

Corey Ruth is IEEE-USA’s media relations associate.

Guest Contributor

IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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