Civil engineers are in charge of designing new residential or commercial buildings or developments. They use information taken from topographic surveys with land feature and elevation information to create the best design in terms of what the client wants, as well as for practical issues like how rain water and traffic will flow in the new housing or business area. A handful of gift ideas are humorous to give to civil engineers.
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Rain boots make both a funny and practical gift for civil engineers, especially engineers that sometimes work in the field. Using boots to prevent your feet from getting wet and cold in the rain is humorous to a civil engineer because one of the primary roles of a civil engineer is to make rain water flow along curbs and gutters into the main storm sewer pipes underground. If large puddles develop, the civil engineer has not done a very good job with his drainage design.
Civil engineers or field technicians who inspect an area before or after construction on a civil engineer's design often have to "dip" all manholes and water drainage grates. This is done by inserting a large measuring stick down the manhole to measure how far down the bottom of a pipe is in relation to other pipes in the storm or sewage pipe network. The measurements help civil engineers determine what direction water or sewage flows. This is often a dirty job, especially when dealing with old pipes or sewage pipes. Thus, a dipstick is a funny gift because it represents the measuring stick used to "dip" a pipe and reminds the civil engineer about one of the most undesirable tasks of his job.
Include a note with the scissors that says something like, "Use these at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new commercial unit you are developing." Scissors are especially funny when the civil engineer has been working on a development project for a long time, and the project will seemingly never end. The scissors then become a gag gift, implying that the ribbon-cutting ceremony is soon, when in reality, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Other Funny Gifts
A variety of other funny civil engineer gifts are available as well. These include T-shirts, stickers, posters, ties, mouse pads and mugs, all of which have funny civil engineering-related phrases printed on the gift. For example, you could get a poster with a road construction sign printed on the poster that says "Engineer Work Zone Ahead" for the engineer to hang in his office. The sign represents construction zones for sites designed by the engineer, as well as road signs for civil engineer survey crews or field technicians.
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