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Tuesday, December 15 2015 22:31

Holiday Wish Guide: Craftsman Gifts for Makers Big and Small!

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When it comes to making, building, and creating with high-quality craftsmanship, few know the drill more than the big man in red - Santa Claus. If you've never had a chance to visit Santa's workshop in the North Pole, let me tell you that you're missing out. Sure, you might know Santa and his Elves for all the toys and games that they spend the first 11 months of each year creating, but the work that goes into keeping Santa's Sleigh running at top-speed is done in Speed Shop that rivals some of the best hot rod builders in the world - and Santa's ride is a 9 RP (that's Reindeerpower) force of gift delivering fury! The Elves know that Craftsman Tools power their workshop, and with that in mind you could give a gift that rocks for the budding maker on your list - whether they're young, old. naughty, nice, nice & naughty, or just getting started. Craftsman has a Holiday Gift Finder that can help you find just what's right, and as part of The Craftsman Crew, I'm sharing THE ROCK FATHER's Top Craftsman Gift Picks to highlight some of the best and brightest, alongside some sweet products - not just tools - that I bet you didn't even know that Craftsman had. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Craftsman Apparel & Accessories:

Craftsman Clothing

I'm big into the retro apparel, and Craftsman always hits the sweet spot with me since that name has been on tools in every home I've ever lived in since birth. There's a wide assortment clothing available from Craftsman this season, including t-shirts, lounge pants (I call them "sleeping pants"), beanies and more. They're a great compliment to the function work gear that Craftsman offers year-round.  

Craftsman 40-Piece Extreme GRIP Mechanics Tool Set

Extreme GRIP

cm bigsetYes, I did feature these in my last Craftsman Crew post, and I'm sharing them again - why? Because they rule. In fact, the 40-Piece Extreme GRIP Mechanics Tool Set is a fantastic specimen, and something that many would love to have. The 3/8-Inch drive set includes a family of tools designed to fit both inch and metric fasteners, even when rounded. The sturdy case with rubberized base and handle make it handy in any work environment. Diamond coated tips reduce cam-out slippage on fasteners and allow for removal of stripped screws. The sockets have serrated jaws and provide up to 14x more gripping power on rounded fasteners (compared to Craftsman 43005). Locking cam on box end provides positive gripping that holds multiple fastener sizes in place. The bit driver has true, one-handed operation versus a magnetic tip screwdriver. Magnetic collar gives 143x more gripping power vs. a standard bit driver. Three position ratcheting mechanism provides smooth operation.

Craftsman Collectibles - Accessories for the Home or Shop:

craftsman gifts

These are on my own personal Holiday Wish List. I would love to have the Craftsman Garage Mirror with Hooks in my work area, or the classic Tin Sign, Wall Mounted Bottle Opener, or Entry Mat. There's even a full assortment of bar accessories (tools, glasses, coasters) - and for the most festive, they've got Craftsman Christmas Ornaments. Find them all on the Gift Finder!

Power Wheels Ford F-150 My First Craftsman Truck:

Craftsman Power Wheels

I told you that there was something Craftsman for the whole family, including kids. Mattel's Fisher-Price division is well-known for their Power Wheels vehicles, and this officially-licensed Ford F-150 is rockin' an exclusive Craftsman graphics package and color scheme, and has a top speed of 3.5mph, powered by a 6-volt rechargeable battery. Recommended for kids ages 3-5, they can be proud to park this in their family's garage alongside the grownup Craftsman tools that Mom and Dad might use.

Craftsman ClubWant more great tips for Fall, Winter, and every season? Join the Craftsman Club - a free community of like-minded Makers and DIYers with plenty of inspiration to share!

I'm on there, you should be too!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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