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2014 ManganLabs Gift Guide

Mangan Labs Gift Guide

Welcome to my 2nd annual ManganLabs Gift Guide!
2014 ManganLabs Gift Guide Happiness!

Once again I’m proud to bring you the ultimate gift guide for finding creative and unusual gift ideas for everyone on your list.

It’s no secret that I’m a gadget guy.

I’m always on the lookout for new and unique items. There is something on this hand-picked list for everyone, young and old! I have categorized items below at a high level.

It’s no coincidence that most if not all of the items list below are from  Being a member of the Amazon affiliate program allows me to earn a very small incentive for referring you to their site.  If I refer many people it adds up, all helping to fund continued development of this site and more cool projects in the future.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  With that said, I WILL post links to items that are not available on Amazon or found to be significantly lower priced from another source.  I’m a product consumer just like you and it would be against my better judgement to point people to Amazon if a much better deal or truly unique item can be found elsewhere.

New items will be added to the top of this list daily from Friday Nov 21st to Friday December 19th (and I already have several items in mind that are not available on Amazon) Bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates!

If you have suggestions for items to add this year, please use the contact form here.


NEW! (Check Back Daily For More Fresh Picked Ideas!)

Toys / Games


 Just Because

For The Alcohol Consumer





Need more ideas? My 2013 Gift Guide can be found here and it has lots of items that are still popular today!

Need even more inspiration?  Below is a list of even more sites where you can find unique gifts:

Champlain Maker Faire a HUGE Success!

Champlain Maker Faire at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn
Welcome Makers!

Wow, I had such a great time exhibiting at Vermont’s first ever Maker Faire yesterday! I didn’t have much to present other than an older project I built that I call the “Critter Twitter Trap”.  I almost didn’t even make it to the event as I’ve been flat out busy with Work and Home responsibilities.  Hacking and “Making” is my lifelong passion so I couldn’t possibly pass it up.  I worked from about 9:30pm – 2am Saturday morning to pull things together for my booth.

It was really neat to see that a few of the “last minute” things pulled together were extremely popular with visitors. One was a Arduino powered laser trip wire built from a standard laser pointer pen.  When guests “broke” the beam I had random sounds played through an external speaker.  That was programmed at about 1am on Saturday morning. The second was not a project, but an item from my retro collection of toys.  It was a Radio Shack Armatron, robot arm.  I set it up so kids could pick up lego figures and deposit them into a small box.  I just happened to spot it in my basement while packing up my final things and thought “what the heck, everyone loves  a playing with a robot arm!”.  Sure enough, the Armatron was tied up all day with kids and adults lining up to give it a try!

Everyone loves to ply with a robot arm

The heart of my display, the “Critter Twitter Trap” was really nothing special from a technical standpoint.  Simply put, the trap sends a text message and posts to twitter when it is sprung. I had no idea how popular this would be  although I’m sure the fact that it was mentioned in the 7-Days newspaper on Thursday didn’t hurt.  People packed my booth all day asking how it worked and I had a blast explaining the details as they stood there with huge smiles.  “Wow, what a great idea” was said on numerous occasions and I have to admit it felt great.  Several people recommended that I pursue the idea as a commercial product, swapping out the WiFi for GSM so it could be used in remote locations.  I have to admit it is tempting.

Critter Twitter Trap

My Critter Twitter Trap 

My only regret was not bringing along a friend that could manage the booth and answer questions so I would have more time to walk around. There were so many amazing projects to see amongst such creative minds.

Me and John Cohn
Me and John Cohn

The night ended with a cold pumpkin brew and as much excitement as it had in the beginning. You could tell the Makers knew without a doubt that this was a huge success and there will be more to come!

Pumpkin Ale
Organic Pumpkin Ale! Amazing Stuff!