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November 25, 2009

Online Gift Guides for Makers and Crafters: MAKE Magazine and CRAFT Online select the smartest gifts for the Do-It-Yourselfer

Sebastopol, CA—MAKE magazine's Holiday Gift Guides 2009 have launched at makezine.com and continue through December 14, with gift ideas for "makers" that you just won't find anywhere else. We're spotlighting the smartest, funnest, and best-curated selection of gifts for the do-it-yourselfers, creative tinkerers, technology geeks, and curious kids in your life.

Meanwhile, CRAFT's Holiday Gift Guides at craftzine.com are the hot list for crafters and those who love them. We've found the choicest crafts to make, primo handmade goods you can buy, and nifty gadgets for each special person on your list.

We all know what counts around the holidays: time off to spend with loved ones, time off to make stuff, and presents! Whether you like making stuff or just want to give gifts that encourage your recipients to make things, we've got you covered.

Over five weeks, MAKE is running 24 gift guides geared toward makers -- everything from expensive DIY toys for adults who refuse to grow up, to "interestingly dangerous" gifts, to our annual round-up of new open source hardware. These guides are written by our crack Make: Online team with their usual obsessions with rockets, robots, and microcomputers, and also by guest guiders, such as William Gurstelle, author of Backyard Ballistics, Paul Overton of DudeCraft, and Diana Eng, of Project Runway and author of Fashion Geek. Why, just this week alone MAKE will post gift guides for Mischief-Makers, and for Kids, and Blinky-Blink Gifts, and Gifts You Can Make, and Music Machines (and there are 19 more guides where those came from)!

CRAFT's series of 17 gift guides cover everything from the coolest knitting and crochet, to DIY gifts for guys and kids, to smart kitchen and garden gear, to electronic "wearable technology" for beginners. All curated and written by the expert CRAFT staff, known for being wily trend-spotters with an eye for quality and humor.

For makers, these Holiday Gift Guides are an annual ritual and delight, an opportunity to connect and share the joy of making things. And for those of us who must shop for makers, they're a one-of-a-kind resource for getting our geeky loved ones something they'll really savor.

Want to create your own gifts? We'll also be posting lots of DIY gift, wrapping, and other holiday-related projects and ideas on Make: Online (makezine.com) and CRAFT (craftzine.com), for more creative holiday ideas.

MAKE: Holiday Gift Guides 2009:
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/gift_guides
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CRAFT Holiday Gift Guides 2009:
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/holiday_gift_guide_2009
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About MAKE
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. MAKE is published quarterly by Maker Media, the division of O'Reilly Media, Inc., that also produces the wildly popular Make: Online (makezine.com), CRAFT Online (craftzine.com), the Maker Shed online store for DIY kits, books, and gear (makershed.com), and the world's biggest DIY festival, Maker Faire (makerfaire.com).

"The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age."
—The New York Times

About CRAFT
CRAFT is dedicated to the renaissance that's occurring within the world of crafts. Celebrating the DIY spirit, CRAFT's goal is to unite, inspire, inform, and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected, and even renegade techniques, materials, and tools; people who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities. CRAFT is published by Maker Media, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc.

"CRAFT is an endless source for creativity and education. The site is loaded with emerging trends, techniques for all skill levels, and tributes to the crafty classics. Knowledgeable, talented experts provide up-to-the-minute reporting."
—Crafty Chica

About O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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