Stock Up the Workshop with Handy Gifts


What’s the use of an empty Shed?  In the Maker Shed, we have all of the tools and guides you need to furnish a creative and productive Makerspace, garage, shed, or any workspace you or your loved ones have.  With our Maker Shed Workshop Gift Guide, we’ve carefully selected our top items to fill the shelves in your own Shed or to purchase for others you have on your list.  Facilitate active Making by providing the materials necessary for all the projects your recipients are intrigued by. Keep track of the hour in the workshop with a Solder: Time Desk Clock or grab a Pocket Reference Guide and Make wherever you go.


Check out our ever-popular Getting Started with Soldering Kit to jumpstart a hobby in electronics or robotics. This comprehensive kit includes the above items, including multiple soldering tips, a desoldering pump,  and “Helping Hands” to give you some extra assistance.  In addition, the Getting Started with Soldering Kit offers practice items like the 555 Timer kit and our Learn to Solder Badges.  The manual in the kit teaches the fundamentals of soldering– solder types, how to create a clean solder joint, and the finer points of desoldering.  Our Getting Started with Soldering Kit is great for anyone who is dreaming about complicated electronics projects but has little practical experience with the basics.


Our new book, Zero to Maker, is authored by entrepreneur David Lang and is perfect for the workshop bench  or your nightstand.  Lang is the co-founder of OpenROV, an open-source ocean exploration community.  In Zero to Maker, Lang details his experience of launching himself into the Maker community and his path to success.  This book gives the reader the tools and resources for the new Maker and explains the dynamics and roadwork of the Maker community.  Zero to Maker is an excellent addition to any new Maker’s library and sparks the drive to create, explore, and hack.


If you’re anything like me, your smartphone has turned into your calculator (among many other things).  Cut out the distraction of your phone whilst Making by instead using the Calculator Kit from Spikenzie Labs.  Sleek and eye-catching, this calculator is both functional and aesthetically pleasing for any workspace. The Calculator Kit is easy to solder and requires no programming, so it’s ready to work for you within only an hour of assembly time.  The calculator is also hackable using the Arduino IDE, perfect for any Maker on your list.

View these items and others in our complete Maker Shed Workshop Gift Guide and dole out some useful gifts this holiday season.

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