The Make: Ultimate Kit Guide Making the Holiday Rounds

Lifehacker’s Give the Gift of DIY with These Kits for the Maker in Your Life

We’re thrilled with the response we’ve been getting for the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012. As you might imagine, people are seeing it as both a perfect Christmas present and a way of researching a great kit-based present. And, like us, they understand our inspiration for the Guide, which is basically seeing kits as a sort of gateway into making for an expanding audience interested in getting their feet wet. Here are a couple of recent reviews. Lifehacker did a whole gift guide dedicated to it and our friend, and Wired “Senior Maverick,” Kevin Kelly included it on his indispensable Cool Tools site:

Lifehaker chose their ten favorite kits from the Guide and called it “perfect for the do-it-yourself lover in your life.”

In Kevin’s review on Cool Tools, he calls it a “fantastic collection of 175 of the best kits available today. Each one selected, tested, and reviewed by the folks at MAKE magazine. Each kit is rated on five criteria” and ended on “…kits make great gifts, too. I recommend this Guide as a first step, or even as a gift itself.”

Do you have your copy of the Guide? Get it here from the Maker Shed.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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