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This year, along with the gift of spacetime simultaneity, we decide to give the gift of virtuality. (It’s high-concept holidays here at MAKE!) We’re playing Secret Santa amongst the Makezine staff, but we’re not actually giving each other presents. The idea is to pick a staffmember’s name from a hat, think about something you think they’d like, and write a review/post about it. We’re also letting the recipient respond, if they wish. Hey, if it’s really the thought that counts, we’re about to find out!

BTW: What’s on YOUR list this year? What do you want, virtual or real? Tell us in the comments.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Dennis Mabrey says:

    Beaglebone board.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I was just about to say the same. If they ship out in time, I’m really hoping to get a chance to play with a Beagleboard Bone during the holiday break.

      1. Dennis Mabrey says:

        Yep me too.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    I’d like the energy, the inspiration, and above all the TIME to complete the projects I already have the material for.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Ah yes, the gift of time. Maybe we’ll try and give that out next year.

      1. Anonymous says:

        haha. same here :)
        and the solder time kit :) :) in my wish lit already!:)

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