Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Cases, Boxes, Enclosures

So you are inventing the next RFID-detecting analog-synth humidity-monitoring Internet-of-Things-configured space-lab-utility-pack and you just can’t wait to share it with the world. In fact, you can’t wait to use it yourself for your geo-located, reverse geo-cache, rive gauche, conceptual art happening at Cape Canaveral tonight — and the modular lasers, LEDs, and Tesla coil add-ons operated from your Android phone are going to positively *massive* at the after party on the moon!

How are you going to get out the door, much less to the helicopter waiting to airlift you to Florida with a table full of breadboards and hookup wire? “You’ve got to put it in a case, son, you’ve got to kit it right up.” Here are some great enclosures from Adafruit and beyond!

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These new Pibow cases just arrived and they have been very popular. The Pibow is a durable and fun case for the Raspberry Pi® computer that is perfectly in touch with the ethos of the Raspberry Pi. The case is crafted out of seven layers with a transparent top and base. Each layer is laser cut from high-quality cast acrylic and once stacked they securely contain a Raspberry Pi while leaving the primary ports accessible. (read more)

Large Plastic Project Enclosure – Weatherproof with Clear Top: Store your project safe and sound in this nice weatherproof box with a clear top. We picked up this box because we like the machinable ABS plastic body and tough clear polycarbonate cover, the built in weatherproof gasket seal, and the easy-open screws that can be taken apart as many times as you wish without worrying about cracking or stripping. (read more)


Bi-Fold Compartment Parts Box: In addition to building your projects into a box or enclosure, you need a place to store the components and replacement parts for keeping your projects running — or starting to build a new one! This handy box has outer dimensions of 6.25″ x 3.5″ (159mm x 89mm) – 4.1″ including hinges (104mm), long compartments are 3.35″ x 1.15″ (85 x 29mm) and for short compartments are 1.65″ x 1.15″ (42 x 29mm). Perfect for small parts and more! We tested dozens of other latching lid boxes, this is the best one. This box is NOT anti-static, but you can use foam or anti-static bags inside if needed. (read more)


Medium waterproof OtterBox – 2000: Make your project stand up to serious abuse with an otterbox, a true waterproof drybox that is also tough enough to get run over. Made of clear polycarbonate, you’ll be able to keep an eye on any indicator LEDs. We have these in 3 sizes: small (#1000), medium (#2000) and large (#3000). They’re ideal for projects with wireless components like GPS loggers, GPRS/GSM cellular or xbee but can also act as a portable “pack & hack” project box. Comes with a lanyard and there are slots on the side for strapping the box onto something. Its a tough box so it will be hard to drill into it. (read more)


Altoids Gum sized tin: Ever since Altoids discontinued the Gum version, its been hard to get tins. So we went and got a whole mess of them custom made! These tins are exactly the same shape and size as the old Altoids gum tins but they are blank and we got the bottom flattened instead of rounded (so it fits things better). (read more)

Pi Holder milled aluminum case for Raspberry Pi: For those who are very serious about protecting their Raspberry Pi, check out this gorgeous and indestructible Raspberry Pi™ Case. It is as awesome as it is functional. Made in the U.S.A. by Barch Designs from Solid 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Billet Aluminum which protects your Raspberry Pi from damage and also keeps your Pi running extra-cool by acting as a thermal heat sink. (read more)

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RadioShack Project Enclosures: Next to the beautiful Rainbow PiBox cases, the Radio Shack enclosures can look a little dull — but there are many times that being dull, nondescript, and sturdy go a very long way! Mount a project to a park bench, up under desk, or nestle it into the crook of a branch in a tree — these enclosures can take it. (read more)


Cubify 3D Printed Photo iPhone Cases: Cubify has just started to offer a service by which you can upload a photo to their web tool and get back a 3D printed “sculptural” phone case. And they are offering 15% off their FreshFiber phone cases. With all of the iOS and Android projects out there — consider having a custom case that relates to the app you are prepared to show off! (read more)


The Folding Arduino Lab from jasonwelsh on Thingiverse: What better way to create just the enclosure you need than to design it and 3D print it? Jasonwelsh’s project takes this idea one step further by considering the variety of his needs for his project box — and making a set of modular parts to build a box to suit all of his Arduino project needs. (read more)


Small Ball & Puck Display Cubes: Here’s an awesome tip from Becky — the Container Store has a bunch of small pre-built clear boxes that might well fit your intended project perfectly. The sports memorabilia boxes such as these ball and puck cases are particularly useful — and I saw a number of costumes at New York Comic Con that took advantage of these. (You can frost the inside of the baseball case and fill it with LEDs for a nice glowing cube effect, for example.) (read more)


LEGO project enclosure: How does the expression go? “If it’s worth building, it’s worth building with LEGOs?” For sturdiness and customization, what could be better than designing your own enclosure using a LEGO construction set. If you argue that a LEGO case isn’t classy enough for you, I would argue that you are going to the wrong sort of parties. (read more)


MAKE covered a bunch of interesting project enclosures and included this tip: “Your fancy project box deserves better than a plain ol’ plastic wall-wart. Off-the-shelf, your options are black, white, and beige. Fortunately, we know somebody who’s been there, feels your pain, and wants to show you how to class up your power supply with a custom wooden shell and matching cord.” (read more)


Here are your 2012 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 19, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 20, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 21, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 17, 2012. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 23, 2012. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/12.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

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