Updated: Nov 27, 2019
DIY Projects and Making things is a big part of my life. Every year the family asks "What do you want for Christmas?" and usually I struggle with coming up with ideas. I often buy things throughout the year for my DIY maker adventures so when the holidays come around I usually only have big ticket items I want. Since I know I'm not the only one in this position I started keeping a list of smaller items I wanted and items I already bought during the year for my making adventures.
What I have here is our first Maker Holiday Guide. This guide is outlines DIY Gifts for 2019 I want as a maker and products I've bought as a maker. The hope is that friends and family can see this list and get their Maker the things they want.
All of these products and their reviews are my own. This article contains no paid promotional advertising. If a product is in this list it is because I like the product and would buy it or have bought it and like the product.
Big ticket items ($200 and up)
Lets start with the big ticket items on my list and many other makers.
Ender 3 / 3D Printing
The Ender 3 I own personally and I recommend this printer for someone just getting started in 3D Printing. Creality has a $15 off coupon at the time of writing and that brings this printer down to $214 with free prime shipping. This printer goes together quickly and works very well right out of the box. You can be printing in just a couple of hours. This printer has a huge community and following which means there is a ton of support out there. 3D Printing is not a error free process so having a community helps the learning curve considerably. I have upgraded mine over time and still use it today. I never hesitate recommending this printer for its reliable and consistent builds.
Elegoo Mars / 3D Printing
This resin printer is on my personal wishlist. I've heard a lot of good things about it and the price tag of Just $259 puts the Elegoo Mars on my wishlist for this year. Resin printing is not for everyone. It is messy and the resin is toxic in many cases so you don't want to get this for inexperienced makers or children. If you have a 3D Printing enthusiast at home who wants to get into resin this is a good option.
CNC 3018-PRO Router Kit / CNC Router
This is another one off my personal inventory list. I purchased one of these over the summer and if you're looking to get into CNC routing this is a low entry into it. Only $229 after the $20 coupon available at the time of writing. Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO Router Kit is a tool i'm quite happy with. This new version also includes the offline controller which I had to buy separately so I'm glad to see that Sainsmart is adding more value into a great product. This wont compete with large scale CNC routers but for hobby woodworking this is one of my favorites. I have made a number of upgrades to this machine myself so like a 3D printer the Maker in your family will stay busy with this tool.
Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine 40w CO2 Laser Engraver / Laser Cutter
This is another one on my wish list. I've wanted a K40 style CO2 Laser cutter/engraver and this one seems to have a decent number of reviews attached to it. The Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine is not for pro makers. You need to exercise some extreme caution working with Lasers. The reward though is that you'll be able to make some impressive projects with this. This one tops my personal wish list.
Maker Gifts Under $100
These gifts under $100 are great choices for makers. There are various DIY Gifts here as your Maker may be into 3D Printing but not Electronics projects.
Charmed Labs Pixy2 / Robotics - Electronics
The Charmed Labs Pixy2 is on my personal wish list. This object tracking camera reminds me of the old Kinnect but in a much smaller package. What do you do with this? Track people, objects and other things with the web cam. I'm personally looking to see if I can use this to sort candy and satisfy my need to only eat the same color of jelly beans. I think this is a very cool project with vision for only $60.
Magnetic PEI Print Bed / 3D Printing
This Maflex Magnetic Flexible Heated Bed features a PEI Sheet. If you have a glass 3D Printer bed you don't know the joys of PEI. Go measure the print bed size of your loved ones 3D Printer and go buy one of these. I guarantee they will thank you for it. No longer do you need to scrape off a print. Just flex this bed and you're good to go. I personally own this one and for the price you can't beat it. I now only use a glass bed for very specialty filaments but for PLA prints this cant be beat. Just $50 but even less for smaller print beds!