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Electrify your holiday with gifts from the Maker Shed’s Intro Electronic’s Gift Guide!  Instead of warming up by an open fire, you can get cozy with our Getting Started with Soldering Kit or simply grab a Variable Temperature Soldering Iron (not literally, those things are hot!).  While you’re bringing soldering skills up to snuff, pick up a Learn to Solder Decoration to add to your ornament collection.  For your holiday photos, build a BigShot Camera Kit, a DIY digital camera which is great for both photo hobbyists and electronics neophytes.


From our friends at Spikenzie Labs, you can spice up any game of chance with the LED Dice (Die) Kit. A great stocking stuffer, this fun kit creates one die– you can choose whether you want red or green LEDs.  Easy to assemble and with only basic soldering needed, the LED Dice (Die) Kit functions by reading the pressure from impact using a piezo sensor that is attached to the bottom of the device.  All you need is to gently drop the LED Die on a surface and it will produce a random assortment of the six LEDs.  Grab a couple to replace the dice from your board games at home with these flashier counterparts!


Authored by former Wired senior writer and MAKE Magazine contributor Charles Platt, Make: Electronics drives the creed “learn by discovery” when it comes to electronics.  Make: Electronics is straightforward as well as exceptionally illustrated, with over 500 images and 36 projects to initiate a new electronics student.  Make: Electronics is best paired with our Electronic Components Packs, which avoid the hassle of sourcing the parts for the projects in this instructional book.  The relatable and humorous tone of Make: Electronics is applicable for any new student of electronics, from young to simply young-at-heart.


Though alarm clocks are not usually thought of as prime holiday gifts, the Defusable Alarm Clock Kit  is an anomaly.  Though only the electronics come with the kit, you can use your imagination to create a faux-explosive primed to “detonate” in the mornings.  The Defusable Alarm Clock Kit gives you 10 seconds to snip the correct wire (which changes every use) to “defuse” the countdown and save the day.  Otherwise, the Defusable Alarm Clock “explodes” into beeps and flashing lights, effectively starting off the day with a bang!

Pick up some other flashy gifts and check out the Maker Shed Intro Electronics Gift Guide in its entirety!

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