5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Hobbyists

Christmas is right around the corner, and the pressure to find gifts for those who are traditionally difficult to shop for is intensifying. If you know of any hobbyist, whether they are creators of robotics, electronics, jewelry, or miniature crafts, a durable, reliable, and high-quality workbench might be the best gift to give them! QuadHands not only offers extra hands but offers the resources to streamline the efficiency of your project. For a wide selection of helping hand tools, view our products now and experience unmatched customer service, a lifetime warranty, and a no-hassle guarantee. For more information about our products, contact us today.

A Sturdy Soldering Iron

A soldering iron is a helping hand tool used in soldering. It supplies heat that is needed to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two workpieces — basically, it is a tool with a metal tip that gets incredibly hot, and its job is to hold individual components together. You can choose from four different types of soldering irons, which include a soldering pencil, soldering station, soldering system, and soldering gun, but it will depend on the type of project you are working on, as well as how often are you are planning on working on it. When choosing a soldering iron, consider the wattage, the type of soldering iron, the temperature control, and the tip size and shape. 

A soldering iron can be used for projects in electronics that require soldering and desoldering on circuit boards, robotics, and truly any other craft that requires it. Depending on your project, solder with 60% to 40% lead may be better to use. Lead-free solder is an alternative choice, but they have higher melting temperatures and you may need a better soldering iron to use it and removing it can be tedious.

Arduino Uno

The Arduino Uno is the best board to get started with electronics and coding. If you don’t have too much experience with electronics, then starting out with this microcontroller board is a great place to start. The board has 14 digital input/output pins, 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz quartz crystal, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Learn how to write programs and then upload them to your board, and follow the straightforward instructions for getting started. This is a great gift for those who are getting into learning how to use hardware and software. Arduino Uno can be used in conjunction with a thousand different kinds of projects that range from complex scientific instruments to everyday objects. This gift can be utilized by a variety of makers, including students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals. 

A Dremel Rotary Tool

Dremel rotary tools are a necessary addition to any toolbox, whether you are making repairs around the house or enjoying your favorite hobby. The tool is a high-speed rotating tool that offers the high torque of a power drill and can be used to perform drilling, grinding, sharpening, cutting, cleaning, polishing, sanding, routing, carving, and engraving. Because its uses vary, so do the projects it can be applied to. Its versatility implies its usefulness, so your resident hobbyist will find endless opportunities to use it and enjoy it!

A Multimeter

A multimeter, also known as a multitester or a VOM, is an electronic measuring instrument that combines several measurement functions in one unit. It can measure voltage, current, and resistance and are a pivotal instrument for DIY home improvement addicts or hobbyists who rely on power tools. While a multimeter is covered in seemingly cryptic and symbols, there are three basic functions, which include the functions of measuring voltage, continuity, and resistance in electrical components and circuits. Multimeters can vary in degree and accuracy, as well as their range of features and price. Less expensive, handheld multimeters can cost as little as $10, where laboratory-grade models can cost up to $5,000! 

A Starter Kit 

When starting a new hobby, it is important to have the tools and equipment you need to be successful in your creations. Starter kits can vary from hobby to hobby and vary in the type of features they have. Good thing there is an endless amount of kits for a number of activities, like robotics, simple circuits, soldering, invention, crafting, deluxe tool kits, and so much more! Some kits include:

  • SparkFun Inventor’s Kit - This kit is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The kit includes everything you need to complete overarching projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking LED to reading sensors. It does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone looking for an Arduino starting kit. 
  • SparkFun Micro:Bot Kit - This kit is perfect for those learning how to build and program robots. Inside each kit, you will find the components required to build your own micro:bit into a robotics powerhouse. The only thing not included in the kit is the micro:bit itself. The kit gives you the tools to create simple robotics quickly without spending hours learning how to build and program your bot.
  • Craft Building Tool Kit - This kit gives you the necessary tools for building, repairing, or fixing crafts. The kit, which includes side pliers, manual model tools file, penknife and blade, polishing cloth, double-sided polished bar, and tweezers. The kit is lightweight and portable, so you can carry the tools and use them wherever you need them. If you have a friend who likes animation, cartoons, or models, this is a great gift to help them get started on their projects. 
  • Jewelry Making Supplies Kit - Let your imagination run wild with this jewelry making kit. Supplies like charms, pliers, findings, beads, and more are all included, so there is no limit to what you can make! This gift is perfect for those interested in making their own earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other crafts.

QuadHands Deluxe Magnetic WorkBench

Our QuadHands Deluxe Magnetic Workbench gives you features like five extremely durable and trustworthy metal arms that won’t bend under the weight of your project. Each metal arm has a clamp that allows you to have complete control and creative freedom over your creation. Further, each metal arm is attached to the workbench by extremely powerful earth magnets, ensuring that your project or creation will stay in place — but don’t worry. They can still be moved around as needed. The workbench is built to last a lifetime, and the entire system is perfect for professionals or serious hobbyists. From robotics to micro art to jewelry to electronics, create anything you want efficiently with the best helping hand tools in the field. 

While our products may attract a certain audience — those are interested in electronics and robotics — but they are not exclusive to a singular audience, as there are a multitude of purposes that extend beyond electronics and robotics. Whatever you're are passionate about creating, let QuadHands help you. Our specialized items can be used for a number of different creations. For more information about the reliability of our products, contact us today. To view our products, shop our online store now.

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