Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 gadget gifts for Makers

Those with restless hands and makey minds will be right at home with this gift list

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 gadget gifts for Makers

Short of hiring a crane and erecting a drone racing stadium on the back lawn, Christmas can be a tough time for those of a making disposition.

But, with our list of cracking kits and clever creations, the put-together tinkerers in your life will have enough projects to play with right through 'til next year.

Fabnik (US$110)

Best Christmas Gifts ideas for Makers

Who needs a smartwatch when you can make a ticker with your own smarts? This swanky kit gives you everything you need to put together your own mechanical watch, complete with leather straps.

Online video instructions take you through every step of creating your horological masterpiece, from stitching the straps to treating the leather, and three hours of work should leave you with a self-winding Seiko 5 timepiece fit for any wrist – just in time for the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Buy Fabnik here

Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing (£19)

Best Christmas Gifts ideas for Makers

Looking for a primer on the 3D printing movement? This book outlines how the future of additive manufacturing will pan out, from potential triumphs to multi-dimensional challenges for the new tech.

Everything from bio-printing working organs to layering up food comes under the microscope, while the authors' ten principles of 3D printing explain exactly what the advantages of additive manufacturing are – from precise replication to manufacturing complexity. 

Buy Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing here

3Doodler 2.0 (£80)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 gadget gifts for Makers

Everyone’s favourite mid-air model making machine is back, and it’s cooler than ever. Literally. With enhanced airflow and an anodized aluminium shell, this second iteration of the plastic-spouting pen features a redesigned nozzle for smoother, more intricate 3D ABS designs - perfect for Nan to revive her garden ornaments.

Practice makes perfect, but the 3Doodler is an inherently intuitive cartridge consuming creator.

Buy 3Doodler 2.0 here

Bare Conductive Electric Paint (£18)

Best Christmas Gifts ideas for Makers

A fun stocking filler, this conductive paint lets you brush out your own working circuits. You can use it to fix broken electronic kit, as a liquid wire or even to create capacitive surfaces – hook up an Arduino board to your lights and you can even paint a touch-sensitive light switch.

If you're feeling very adventurous, it also plays nice with textiles – so you can create your own wearable electronics. Who needs Apple Watch, eh?

Buy Bare Conductive Electric Paint here

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