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We’re dying to hear about some of the cool and interesting makery our readers got for presents this year.

Erik Utter’s lucky 2 1/2 year old son got this awesome Pluginator 5000, a switch, patch, and plug box, built by dad. Erik writes on Google+:

I designed the panel in AutoCAD and had it laser cut and engraved by a fabricator on anodized aluminum. I added the connectors, built a box, and wired up some functions for the buttons and switches. For now, there are blinky lights, vibrating motors, and the robot even speaks messages that I can record. When he gets a little older I might add a micro controller to make it even more interesting!

[via Boing Boing]

So what tools, kits, how-to books, homemade projects, or other MAKE-related gifts did you get (or give)?

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.


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