Nothing says “I care” more than a handmade gift from a loved one. These learning system projects make wonderful gifts and will speak volumes. The learning system is a great resource for tutorials and more. There are categories along the top (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc) to help you navigate through the site and find exactly what you are looking for. Each page has a sidebar that has recommended Adafruit products to use with a link to add them to your cart for easy shopping. From a tie that’s anything but boring to a cooking device you never thought you could afford, this gift guide has a plethora of handmade gift ideas for anyone on your list brought to you by the Adafruit Learning System!
Flora+NeoPixel LED Skateboard Upgrade: Here’s an easy weekend project that will light up the night and help you stay safe while you skate. This LED upgrade uses NeoPixels and Flora – Adafruit’s microcontroller board. The 3D printed enclosure houses all of the components and has an easy to get to power switch. You can grab the STL files on Thingiverse. For this project, we used the low density weatherproof NeoPixel strips and a small LiPo Battery. The printed cover snaps onto the power switch. We used double sided foam tape to mount the enclosure. The NeoPixel strip slides into place with the 3D-printed clips. Read more.
Sous-vide controller powered by Arduino – The SousViduino! Turn an Arduino + inexpensive rice cooker into a precision instrument for molecular gastronomy! Want to make delicious, perfectly-cooked food using a robot? Who doesn’t!? This project will show you how to build your own “Sous viduino”, an automated cooking pot that makes perfect eggs, succulent steaks and tender fish without the whole “slaving over a stove.” All this is possible due to a recent advancement in cooking technology – instead of using a pan or pot, a “sous vide” (pronounced suu veed) machine heats the food in sort of a cross between a jacuuzi and a crock pot. Read more.
LED Ampli-Tie: Make your necktie light up like a VU meter! This Flora project uses the Electret Microphone Amplifier to trigger 16 Flora NeoPixels sewn with conductive thread along the length of the tie. Read more.
Firewalker LED Sneakers: Light up your stride! Mod a pair of high-tops with NeoPixel strip and FLORA, Adafruit’s wearable electronics platform. These sneakers use a velostat step sensor in the heel to trigger firey animations as you walk! Read more.
TRON Hoodie: Are you looking for a last minute gift that looks like it took forever? Try building a TRON hoodie with EL wire! With just a bit of stitching (and no soldering!) you can make a lovely accented hoodie that will look cool, keep you warm and also make make a great gift! Read more.
TV-B-Gone Kit: Tired of all those LCD TVs everywhere?
Want a break from advertisements while you’re trying to eat?
Want to zap screens from across the street?
The new Universal TV-B-Gone kit is what you need! This ultra-high-power version of the popular TV-B-Gone is fun to make and even more fun to use. Read more.
Cell Phone Charging Purse: Make your purse charge your phone! Use an inductive charging set and install one half in your bag and the other to a shelf. Plug in your phone or a backup battery pack, and charge up while your bag is on the shelf. Read more.
Chameleon Scarf: Ever wish your clothes could change color to match each other? Make a chameleon scarf to match every outfit using the Flora color sensor and 12 color-changing LED pixels diffused by a ruffly knit scarf. Read more.
Minty Boost: This project details a small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for your mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and just about any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge! Read more.
Pac Man Pixel Suspenders: Blinken-braces! Add color-changing LEDs to a pair of suspenders and hold your pants up in style. 30 NeoPixels are sewn to these suspenders, powered by a FLORA main board running a dazzling Pac Man-inspired animation. The battery pack goes in your pocket! Read on to make your own pixel suspenders.
Here are your 2013 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 13, 2013 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.
UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 19, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.
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UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 16, 2013. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.
Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
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USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 22, 2013. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/13.
USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.
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