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Maker Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Maker Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Bring some tech fun home for the holidays with soldering supplies. Our Maker Holiday Gift Guide has soldering sets, tools, books and microcontrollers. Perfect gifts for the maker or solderer in your family. Don't forget to tell your gift recipient about our soldering guides on our How To's page if they are new to soldering.

All In One Soldering Sets

1. Beginner Soldering Set




Beginner Soldering SetOur all in one package perfect for soldering beginners. This set includes the WLC100 Soldering Station, Solder .6mm Spool, 18101 Wire Stripper, Helping Hand and 1.6mm chisel soldering tip. Also includes our free eBook Beginner's Guide To Soldering. Save 10% over buying items individually. Only $74.56.








2. Intermediate Soldering Set 1

Intermediate Soldering Set 1

Got someone who solders a lot on your holiday list? Then this set is for them. This set includes a Weller WES51 Soldering Station, Install Bay 1lb 60/40 Solder Reel, and the Weller Solder Dispenser SM1 to hold the solder. Save 10% when buying this soldering set. Only $162.27.


3. Intermediate Soldering Set 2

Intermediate Soldering Set 2The perfect gift for the hobbyist who works with PCBs (printed circuit boards). This soldering set includes the BlackJack 3000 70 Watt Soldering Station, the Circuit Board Holder and a replacement soldering tip. The BlackJack 3000 also includes a soldering iron holder, sponge and storage for extra tips. A great package at 10% off. Only $102.41.

4. Expert Soldering Set

Expert Soldering SetIs the gift recipient always at their workbench or in their maker space?  Then take their soldering to the next level with this amazing set. You get the Weller WESD51 Soldering Station, Workbench ESD Safe Smoke Absorber BK 486, Solder Sucker, Solder Wick , 100' of Black 22 AWG Wire and an extra ETA soldering tip. 10% off at only $221.58.



Have someone on your gift list who already has a soldering station? Then get them some tools like our 18101 Wire Stripper or the KC 6 Piece Screwdriver Set. The 18101 Wire Stripper is good for stripping wires 20 - 30 AWG, like our 22 AWG Black Wire. The KC 6 Piece Screwdriver set is great for all those really small electronic screw sizes. Our Helping Hands hold your project for you, allowing you two hands for soldering. These tools make great stocking stuffers.

18101 Wire Stripper KC 6 Piece Screwdriver SetHelping Hands

18101 Wire Stripper,  KC 6 Piece Screwdriver Set and the Helping Hands.


Here are four books we have actually bought and used when we started out making electronics. They all have great projects to work on and make excellent gifts. Beginners will love the projects in either Make: Electronics or Getting Started in Electronics. More advanced makers or tinkerers will appreciate Making Things Talk or wireless Sensor Networks.

1. Make Electronics

Make Electronics

Excellent book for beginners in electronics by Charles Platt, now in a second edition.

"As before, Make: Electronics begins with the basics. You'll see for yourself how components work--and what happens when they don't. You'll short out a battery and overheat an LED. You'll also open up a potentiometer and a relay to see what's inside. No other book gives you such an opportunity to learn from real-life experiences."



2. Getting Started In Electronics by Foreset Mimms III

A complete electronics course with tons of experiments by well known author Forest Mims III.

"Author Forrest Mims teaches you the basics, takes you on a tour of analog and digital components, explains how they work, and shows you how they are combines for various applications. Includes circuit assembly tips and 100 electronic circuits and projects you can build and test."



3. Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see & hear your world -

Making Things TalkA great book by Tom Igoe, one of the founders of Arduino. We have done many projects from this book including the cat web camera experiment. A lot of fun.

"With 33 easy-to-build projects, Making Things Talk shows you how to get your gadgets to communicate with you and your environment. It’s perfect for people with little technical training but a lot of interest."



4. Building Wireless Sensor Networks: with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino, and Processing

Wireless Sensor NetworksA solid introduction to making things communicate with each other without wires by Rob Faludi.

"Get ready to create distributed sensor systems and intelligent interactive devices using the ZigBee wireless networking protocol and Series 2 XBee radios. By the time you're halfway through this fast-paced, hands-on guide, you'll have built a series of useful projects, including a complete ZigBee wireless network that delivers remotely sensed data."



A microcontroller is a small computer that controls things like your refrigerator or dishwasher. Here are some you can use to make things with. Microcontrollers allow you to make leds blink, spin motors and many more things.

1. Arduino Uno R3 Microcontroller A000066 - Your basic microcontroller from Arduino. If you haven't used one before the Uno model is the best place to start.

2. Jeenode - Great Arduino compatible microcontroller with wireless radio built in. Buy two of these and they can talk to each other. They come as a kit and need to be soldered together. Not for the absolute beginner.