Here come the Holiday Gift Guides 2010!


So, are you ready? We’re not really ready. We’re in denial. And seeing that a lot of sites started running their holiday gift guides before the wicks on the Halloween pumpkins had even cooled, only made us want to dive deeper into denial. But don’t get us wrong, we’re not Scrooges or anything. We like giving presents to our loved ones, and getting them in return. We’d just rather not lose our heads over the whole business and we at least try to be thoughtful consumers. As makers, we like to give presents that are made by hand, or tools that will enable the recipients to make things themselves, or gifts made or sold by small maker businesses. And OK, sometimes we break down and flash the plastic over dumb “gag gifts” and frivolous toys. Hey, we’re only human.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be running a series of MAKE-friendly gift guides, covering everything from coveted tools and equipment to the best in science and tech educational gifts to awesome toys for all the geekly girls n’ boys (of all ages).

And, we also want to publish a gift guide written by YOU. What do you want this year? What’s on your holiday list? Tell us in the Comments section below. Be specific, with item, description, price, and URL. We’ll gather together our favorites into a MAKE Readers Gift Guide. And we’ll choose three of the contributors and send them each a copy of our new Make: Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide 2011. So, climb up here on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want. OK, scratch Santa’s lap, that’s just creepy. Tell us what your gift desires are in the Comments below.

12 thoughts on “Here come the Holiday Gift Guides 2010!

  1. RREVO says:

    This is a direct copy/paste from this list ( that I sent to my parents and other family members. I have no problem sharing this with you, including my need for boxers.

    I will say I was going to ask for an Arduino board and getting started book, but I went ahead and bought myself an uno when the shed had it on sale. I gave it to my mother to wrap up. The first couple of items are more realistic to what I may get, as there is no way I am getting a $2000 tablet that I don’t pay for myself.

    Haha, good times. Merry Holidays!

    Item Link Price – $
    EX-FH100 Camera w/ 720p video and upto1000fps high speed 249.95

    Blue Snowball USB Mic (Brushed Aluminum style) 65.00

    Blue Ringer shock mount for snowball mic 38.42

    PopFilter for Microphone. Anykind 6″ 12-20$ Example follows 16.67

    Eye-Fi 8GB Pro X2 SDHC Memory Card 129.99

    Otterbox Black Waterproof Case for the EX-FH100. Need to figure out which one fits it. Might want to check amazon or elsewhere for cheaper 10 to 25

    Otterbox HTC Droid Incredible Defender Case $49.95 retail. Check for cheaper prices, as long as it is the case and black. 42.99

    Westcott uLite Two Light Kit 164.99

    Black low-cut socks from Walmart go to the store idk cheap as hell

    maybe some new boxers from walmart go to the store idk cheap as hell

    20:1 Fingertech “Goldspark” 16mm gearmotor. Buy in sets of 2, I will end up needing a bunch of them. 37.54 per2

    Fingertech Tinyesc V2. Buy in sets of 2, I will end up needing the same amount as I do motors, but I will buy them over time 67.56 per2

    Mamba Monster (Castle Creations) 2200kv motor and ESC for my E-revo truck. 242.78

    cintiq 21ux Wacom tablet/screen 1999

    or just Intuos4 Medium Wacom tablet 349

    1/16 E-revo VXL So I can have a mini version, hah! 287

    Another tripod. Same model as the one we have so I can setup multiple cameras for standard 720p, high speed, and streaming 16.99

    Whole bunch of other crap I will never get you can’t afford this

  2. DadStruction says:

    Rockwell Jawhorse $179

    Make: Electronics Components Pack 2 $129.99

    Aluminum kits $12.50
    Got the kids each 1 at World Maker Faire and want my own!

    Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0 $279.99

  3. jkant says:

    The Audio Programming Book – Comprehensive handbook of mathematical and programming techniques for audio signal processing, an essential reference for all computer musicians, computer scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in audio. – 60$ –

    MeeBlip Quick Build Kit – a hackable, affordable digital synthesizer, made for accessible sound and hands-on control. – 129$ –

    Max for Live – the power and potential of Max/MSP inside Live. Create all the instruments, effects and extensions you’ve ever wanted. – 189€ –

    Happy Holidays Makers!

  4. shadyed says:

    Pioneer DJ-Inspired SE-MJ71-K Steel Wheels Headphones – $60

    Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter – $300

    Black & Decker BDL190S BullsEye Auto-Leveling Interior Line Laser / Stud Sensor Combination Tool – $49

    Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS – $55

    Lego Architecture – Fallingwater – $99

    Lego Technic Motorized Excavator – $199

    ThinkGeek Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter – $25

    HP Windows Home Server (MediaSmart EX495) – $600

  5. milkman says:

    i’m a web developer looking to get into electronics so i can make non virtual things
    so i would love to see an electronics gift set that includes

    Make: Electronics Book $34.99

    Make: Electronics Components Pack 1 $109.99

    Make: Electronics Components Pack 2 $129.99

    Make: Electronics Deluxe Toolkit $110.00

    Now that would be awesome!!!!

  6. tgmake says:

    Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector. This tool is indespensible if you are serious about improving the energy efficiency of your home. The TLD 100 changes color when the region where you are scanning is 1, 5 or 10 degrees different than they set point. This makes it a lot easier to use than standard infrared thermometers because you can watch the area you are scanning, rather than constantly having to look at the temp reading on the screen.

    Channellock 357 Cutting Pliers. I need a pair of these, all I have are slip joint, linesman, and needle nose pliers and it would be great to have something with a nipper type end.

    Craftsman 2A Multifunction tool. I have the Harbor Freight Multifunction tool, but would love to step up to this 2 Amp Craftsman version with better ergonomics, a built in LED, and variable speed.

    Irwin One-Handled clamps. I need another pair or two of these, preferably a pair of 6″ and a pair of 12″. I saw an Irwin multi-pack clamp set at Home Depot that has all sorts of clamps (including these) in a single package, and that set would be the best option.

    The Scanguage II is just one of those cool things that I’d love to have, but can’t justify buying one. The ability to watch my MPG in real time while driving has always intrigued me.

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