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Make’s Gift Guide: Great Holiday Ideas For Your Favorite Makers and More

As daylight and temperatures begin to drop and the winter season draws near, we start to think about spending time with those we love (and with our workshops). That’s right, the holidays are here again, and with them comes the timeless tradition of trading gifts.

Now, finding a gift can at times be a little stressful, but we’re here to help! The members of the Make: staff has collected some of our favorite tools and toys that we’ve each loved using over the course of this year, and we’re now listing them for your shopping convenience. These ideas come with our strong recommendation (some also generate affiliate revenue for Make:).

Check out our gift guide video, then scroll below to find links to the items in it and more. Good luck! We hope the list helps you find or make the perfect present.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers (sponsored): SOLIDWORKS did something really cool this year, releasing 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, which puts their industry standard CAD tool into the hands of makers and hobbyists and anyone doing non-commercial work for just $99 a year. A solid gift for everyone on your list. Learn more at discover.solidworks.com/makers

 

Bear Claw Leaf Scoops — perfect for yard cleanup, hay, and more. $15

 

 

Dewalt 20V Battery-Powered Chain Saw — light, powerful, go-anywhere cutting fun. $240.

 

 

Leather gloves — a must for anyone working in the field. $31

 

 

Battery jump-starter — I was waiting for my wife at the hospital for a few hours. When it was time to pick her up after her procedure, I discovered I had drained the battery. Fortunately, I had my jump-starter in the glovebox and was able to get our minivan started a minute later. $57

 

Prusa Mini 3D Printer — small, affordable, reliable. Great results and great company service. $350 (kit) $400 (assembled)

 

 

Gerber E.A.B. — everyone needs a handy cutter. Get one for every drawer in your house, and each pocket of your pants. $11

 

 

Hakko soldering station — soldering with a quality iron makes such a world of difference. $137

 

 

Leatherman Sidekick — it’s a treat to not have to dig out a toolbox when you’re looking for one specific tool. This has almost everything in a tiny size. $60

 

 

Ryobi oscillating multi-use tool — one of the more underrated power tools. You can use them for almost anything. $74 (bare tool)

 

 

Carbon backyard pizza oven — top and bottom flames make your pizzas perfect every time. It’s hackable if you want to try different floors, etc.. $700

 

 

Flume water monitor — monitor your water consumption in real time with this wireless, plumbing-free smarthome device. Get leak alerts and more. $150

 

 

Personal Weather Station — what’s the wind speed? how much did it rain yesterday? get all that info and more, hyper-localized to your back yard. Our editor uses the included wireless in-home temperature unit to track refrigerator performance, and to ensure the bread proofing box is at the right settings. $160

 

 

Phone tripod — we’re all content creators now; this is a must-have for getting that camera set up just right. $16

 

 

5-Inch Hook and Loop Round Hand Sanding Blocks — get that finishing touch without your random-orbit sander with these ergonomic sanding blocks that use the same 5-inch sanding discs. $11

 

USB Battery Pack — keeps your phone going when you’re on the go too. $40

 

 

Acrylic Pouring Paint (Set of 32) — a beautiful set of paints to make unique art. $65

 

 

Stretched Canvas 8-Pack — pair these with the pouring paints and you’ve got custom gifts for everyone. $20

 

 

Butane Torch for kitchen or art use — versatile and useful handheld blowtorch. $24

 

 

(and be sure to check out Kelly’s art on her YouTube channel to see all these supplies in action.)

 

 

iPad Pro — if you’re into digital sculpting and you haven’t tried it on this yet, you’re in for a treat. $750

 

 

Moment lens — 58mm for smartphones. Take your photos from “wha?” to “wow!” $130

 

 

The Maker Magician Handbook — Mario Marchese’s great book, fun for the whole family. $20

 

 

Robot Magic book — a followup to the Maker Magician Handbook, goes deeper into electronics. $25

 

 

WANT MORE IDEAS?

Last year’s staff suggestions video is still as useful as ever — here you go, with more items listed below it:

 

Make: magazine subscription — a must have. $25

12V impact driver — small, powerful, and versatile. A great addition to every tool kit. $130

Single-use superglue — perfect stocking stuffer. Put a pin in the tip after use and you might get more than one application of out it. $7

Laminator — so many applications you can use these for. Laminate everything! $24

Insta360 One-R 360 camera — it’s modular; pops apart so you can change lenses, battery packs, screens. Great for capturing projects in the workshop. $365

DJI Mavic Mini — tiny, but great video resolution. We’ve flown it a mile away and brought it back without any issues. $369

Ikea/Sonos Symfonisk speaker — this is the one to get if you’re into hacking your audio systems. $99

Kalimba thumb piano — relaxing way to collect your thoughts at the workbench or home office. $29

Fabric gardening bags: 1 gallon and 7 gallon — start your seedlings in the small one, then move to the larger one for above-ground growing. $13–$20

Wireless lav mic — the secret to video is good audio. Keep one of these on you to be sure your voice is audible. No wires to trip over! $99

Headband magnifier with light — for engraving, crafting, model making, or any other small endeavor. $16

Yarn and knitting supplies — there’s a reason knitting has been massively popular forever: it’s awesome. Try it. $13

Juice squeezer — a very useful tool for the kitchen. Get those nutrients straight from the fruit. $90

Table easel — nice gift for the budding artist, or the artist on the go. $17

Canary cardboard cutting tool — this special blade cuts through cardboard without any hassle. People love this thing. $10

Giant tweezers — for cooking or grabbing things you can’t reach. $11

Headlamp — once you get one of these you’ll wonder why you ever gave up one of your free hands to hold a flashlight. $45

Multi-port charging cable — we all have a drawer full of a tangle of cables. USB C, micro USB, Lightning. This cord does it all without having to carry three separate wires. $20

Flip phone — fight back against smartphone surveillance by simplifying your technology. $100

EVEN MORE FROM OUR TOOLBOX MAGAZINE SECTION!

Every issue of Make: also includes some great product listings. We’ve collected many of them here for you to easily access as well. Dig in and find just the thing you’re looking for.

Got anything you want to recommend? Let us know at editor@makezine.com

Happy holidaying!!

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Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with electronics, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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