12 gifts for tireless tinkerers

Whether they need a soldering iron, a bunch of screwdrivers or new DIY project we've got you covered.

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They say the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. But that doesn't necessarily mean you, the gifter, needs to be doing the assembly. Sometimes the giftee will enjoy building their own present. Over the last several years the maker movement has really taken off. And whether you're shopping for an accomplished builder or someone just looking to get their toes wet, we've got a few suggestions.

If there's someone in your life that's super into making everything themselves (and you love them enough to drop $1,000 on a gift for them) consider a 3D printer like the Replicator Mini+ from MakerBot. If a grand is a little extreme for you, consider a simple driver set, like 64-piece one from iFixIt. They'll be able to open up and (hopefully) put anything back together with it. If the creator in your life is more into coding than building, consider a tool like RPG Maker, or for the wee one in your life Ozobot's Evo is an excellent place to start teaching programming skills.

For our full list of recommendations in all categories, don't forget to stop by our main Holiday Gift Guide hub.

Gallery: The Tinkerer - Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | 12 Photos

  • Cozmo
  • FX88D soldering iron
  • 64 bit driver kit
  • Mindstorms EV3 31313
  • Replicator Mini+
  • Evo
  • Crafting with Feminism
  • Pi Zero
  • Thimble DIY kit subscription
  • Make: magazine subscription
  • MV
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