Gifts for Geoprofessionals: Part One

Geoprofessionals are a diverse group of people who spend their working hours solving problems, creating unique solutions, and putting together puzzles that impact communities. The term geoprofessional describes individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests across the fields of engineering, earth, and environmental sciences. All this to say – we know that geoprofessionals may not be the easiest people to shop for this holiday season.

If you have a geoprofessional friend or loved one you’re shopping for (or you’re a geoprofessional who wants to shop for themselves or send hints to a friend or loved one), peruse the list below for some ideas!

This is the first of a three-part “Gifts for Geoprofessionals” article series to be published on the GBA website.

(Prices listed are as of the publication date and are subject to change. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favor of GBA.)

How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World
Published in October 2023, this book by engineer and materials scientist Deb Chachra talks about our world’s hidden infrastructure and how it’s being impacted by climate change.

Hand Lens
This HTS 203A0 hand lens has 10 times magnification with three 21 mm lenses and comes with a nice leather storage pouch. Geoprofessionals can attach the lens to a lanyard around their neck for quick and easy examination of materials on the go.

Wallet-Size Engineering Ruler Scale and Conversion Chart
Measurements and conversions on demand! The Pocket Engineer is the size of a credit card and will save a geoprofessional time and hassle.

Engineering in Plain Sight: An Illustrated Field Guide to the Constructed Environment”
This book by Grady Hillhouse, creator of the Practical Engineering YouTube channel, makes what geoprofessionals do more approachable and understandable to non-engineers. This could be a great gift as a collectible or for a geoprofessional with kids or grandkids.

Engineering Definition Sign
This 5”x5” wooden sign with black text on a white background shows the definition of “engineer” as, “One who solves problems that you did not know exist in ways you do not understand.” Sounds about right!

Business Card Holder
Geoprofessionals with this traffic cone-shaped business card holder on their desk are sure to get compliments in the office! Plus, it shows their commitment to safety.

It’s Not ‘Cement’ It’s Concrete” Mug
This mug is a perfect gift for the geoprofessional whose desire for caffeine is only equaled by their need to correct people who get this terminology wrong.
(This phrase is also available on a T-shirt!)

Custom Map Coasters
Put in your geoprofessional’s home or office address for a gift that’s as unique as it is practical.
$70 for four marble coasters.

Pocket Shear Vane
Shear strength measurements in the convenience of a geoprofessional’s own pocket! Also included is a heavy-duty, nylon bag for storage, which can be easily attached to a belt.

Break-your-own geodes from Kentucky – no two are the same! You can also visit your local gardening or landscaping business if geodes are common in your area.

Clay Mineralogy
This collectible book on the composition of clay materials was published in 1953 and is an envious addition to any geoprofessional’s office.

Hand Warmers
A geoprofessional’s work sometimes takes them to the highest (and chilliest) peaks, and they don’t get to hibernate for winter.

Todoist Pro Subscription
Help your busy geoprofessional stay on task at work and home with this popular productivity app!
$4 per month

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen
This book from New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath delivers practical solutions for preventing problems rather than reacting to them.

Looking for more gift ideas?

Part 2: Gifts for Geoprofessionals

Part 3: Gifts for Geoprofessionals