iFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit (£52)
Yes, you’ve smashed the screen of your new smartphone within hours of receiving it and, yes, you should feel mortally embarrassed. But there are two positives to the situation: one, someone planned ahead and bought you both a spare display and this comprehensive tech repair kit and, two, now you have the ideal opportunity to use them both.
From spudgers and picks to tweezers and a suction handle, there’s so much packed into the tool roll besides the 64 driver bits that you’ll need longer to understand the purpose of everything than you will to replace your shattered screen.
Tado Smart Thermostat Starter Kit V3+ (£200)
Christmas is a tough time for tinkerers. Sure, they get to string up some fairy lights, but there’s little to be done once the big day rolls around. Keep their itchy fingers occupied with this smart thermostat: besides saving you money on your energy bills, its installation should satisfy their DIY cravings.
Once they’re done screwing, wiring and establishing the network connection, they can dive into the app to configure schedules, geolocation support and integration with your smart home kit, before basking in the warm glow of a job well done – equivalent to 22°C, according to the LED matrix.
Alaskan Maker Apron N° 690 (€84)
Every maker worth their tools deserves a proper apron – even if the extent of their craft is turning festive paper crowns into flimsy folded penguins. Give the gift of draped protection with this rugged waxed cotton wraparound.
Split at the legs for easier strolling, the cross-strap accoutrement packs a trio of pockets up front for holding a whole host of origami add-ons, while the heavy duty build can safeguard the wearer from paper cuts and gravy stains alike.
Chocolate Spanner set (£28)
You could put this chocolate spanner set under the tree like every other present. Or you could stash the super-realistic wrenches in the toolbox of your favourite maker. Come Christmas morning, simply whip out the DIY stash, grab one of the cocoa tools and watch as horror turns to hilarity when they realise they’ve been had by your chocoholic hijinks. Then back to horror when you accidentally munch on a real one. Who knew dentists didn’t work the 25th?
Kano PC (£300)
Cables and code are the tools of modern making. Want to update your mental toolbox? Kano’s PC kit will have you connecting components, grappling with code and understanding circuitry as you assemble a fully fledged touchscreen Windows machine.
And, once the compact slate is up and running, makers big and small can harness its smarts – with the help of the bundled keyboard case – to learn programming commands, make sweet beats, hack games and dabble in all manner of digital experimentation.
Haynes Slow Tech (£23)
Even the jolliest souls sometimes need a festive timeout – and there’s no better way for makers to escape the tinsel intensity than with some good old-fashioned crafting. Leave your smartphone inside, grab your tool bag and take this tome of artisanal techniques to your garden hideout.
Follow the instructions to fire a clay pot, whittle a wooden spoon then start a fire with flint, before spit roasting a hog and taking it back to the house like a triumphant hunter gatherer. Where, presumably, you’ll be told to take a shower and stop grunting like some sort of Spare Grylls.
Lego Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator (£400)
There’s no better way to spend Boxing Day than by tipping out a box of bricks and getting your festive build on. The only downside? Having to pick them all up afterwards. Do both at the same time with this epic excavator set.
More than just a detailed digger, assemble the 4108 pieces and, thanks to seven motors and a pair of smart hubs, you’ll have functioning plastic plant to do your bidding. Download the Technic Control+ app to manoeuvre the boom, wield the scoop and steer the whole thing with your smartphone, for the ultimate in Christmas clutter busting.