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Just for Dad: Father’s Day Gift Guide

Just for Dad: Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. If you haven’t gotten anything for your dad yet and you were thinking of just picking up a tie and calling it done, I want to encourage you to rethink that. As a dad, I can say with some authority that dads really don’t really like wearing ties. I mean, it’s a tight knot around your neck. Strange custom. Some of us have to wear them at work, but that doesn’t mean we like them or enjoy getting them as gifts. So instead of something that reminds your dad of work, how about a father’s day gift that appeals to his sense of fun and making? Better yet, how about a gift that will allow you and your pops to make something together? With that in mind we present our 2013 father’s day gift guide. The list contains what we think are practical and enjoyable gifts for dads who like getting their hands dirty and making stuff. Meanwhile, if you’re a dad or make something with your dad this weekend, please document your activities, take some pictures, and send us your story. We’ll follow up with a blog post featuring some the best projects. Send me a note at sholbrook@makermedia.com. Tweet us with #DadMakes or post your project on on Google+.

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Hats Off to You, Dad!

Hats Off to You, Dad!

As people are often quick to point out, Father’s and Mother’s Days are Hallmark holidays, designed to sell greeting cards. But knowing that, I’m still all for any holiday that ritually acknowledges the people in our lives. I don’t think we do nearly enough to celebrate each other, the work we do, the sacrifices we […]

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The Maker Movement Belongs To The Kids Now…

The Maker Movement Belongs To The Kids Now…

Like many of you who were at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012, I’m still recovering. Seeing, meeting, and talking to thousands of makers is overwhelming and it is energizing — there is nothing like it. Today happens to be Father’s Day, so I thought I’d post an observation that I can’t get out of my […]

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A Father’s Day Gift from MAKE

A Father’s Day Gift from MAKE

For this year’s Father’s Day celebration, we’ve put together a set of downloadable cards that you can print onto card stock, cut out, and make into a little present to give to dad, some other maker in your life, or keep for yourself. The three cards are: Basic Maker Skills for Kids, the Maker’s Checklist (for project planning), and the wildly popular Tips My Dad Says card.

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Father’s Day Gift Idea Inspired by MAKE Author’s Undies Needs

Father’s Day Gift Idea Inspired by MAKE Author’s Undies Needs

[youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb9owy73w8E”] It’s not every day that we get full disclosure on one of our internal mailing lists, but a few days ago, our own John Baichtal shared with us what he’s asking for this coming Father’s Day. I quote: “I’m asking for underpants.” That reminded me of a conversation I had with two gentlemen who […]

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The Craziest Thing Your Dad Ever Made (or Attempted to Make)

The Craziest Thing Your Dad Ever Made (or Attempted to Make)

Tell us a story about the most out-there, ambitious thing your father, grandfather, etc, ever made.

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Top 10: Easy DIY Gifts My Dad Would Dig

Top 10: Easy DIY Gifts My Dad Would Dig

Most of the fathers I know actually have very little in common with Demographic Dad. You know the guy I’m talking about, right? About five-nine, one-eighty? Likes big-screen TVs, neckties, and golf clubs? Largely an invention of greeting card publishers and retail marketing directors? Yeah, that guy. Between you and me, honestly, I don’t like him very much. In fact, he seems like kind of a doofus.

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