Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Raspberry Pi Projects

Looking for fun projects to build with your Raspberry Pi this holiday season?  Check out this gift guide for great project ideas that will inspire and entertain.  Be sure to also see the Raspberry Pi accessories and books gift guide for even more Pi gift ideas!


Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit

Relive the glory days of arcade gaming with this adorable little arcade cabinet powered by a Raspberry Pi!  With this project you can build a tiny arcade cabinet that plays emulated classic arcade games.  The kit includes almost everything you need to build the project; just add a Raspberry Pi model B (note the newer B+ is not compatible!) and some basic soldering & electronics tools.  Be sure to read the excellent cupcade guide for more information too.


PiGRRL Raspberry Pi Gameboy

The PiGRRL is another fantastic gaming project that features the Raspberry Pi and 2.8″ PiTFT.  Build a portable Raspberry Pi game system that plays emulated Nintendo games and looks just like the original Gameboy!  Note this project is a little more advanced than other projects and requires 3D printing your own case.


DIY WiFi Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Camera

Build your own WiFi camera using a Raspberry Pi and Pi camera!  Take photos with the Pi camera and upload them directly to Dropbox over your wireless network.  Maybe you’ll take the next award winning photo!  Be sure to check out Ben Heck’s amazing Raspberry Pi camera build based on this project too.


The MagPi Magazine Issues

The MagPi is the premier Raspberry Pi project magazine and makes a great stocking stuffer for Pi project builders.  You can actually get digital copies of the latest issues online, but sometimes you can’t beat having a printed copy nearby for easy reading.  Each issue is full of great projects, tips, news, and more about all things Raspberry Pi.  The magazine itself is even designed entirely on a Raspberry Pi!


Raspberry Pi as a Media Center

One fantastic use for the Raspberry Pi is as a media center to play movies and music on your television.  Using popular open source software like XBMC you can transform a Raspberry Pi into a little media player that can hide away almost anywhere.  Be sure to consider a wireless keyboard and nice case for your media center project!



FreqShow: Raspberry Pi RTL-SDR Scanner

Visualize the invisible world of radio waves around you with this software-defined radio and Raspberry Pi project.  The RTL-SDR radio receiver is used by the Raspberry Pi to display graphs of radio frequency data.  You can explore the devices around you and the radio transmissions they emit!


Light Painting With Raspberry Pi

Make beautiful light paintings that float in the air with a Raspberry Pi, RGB LEDs, and a camera!  These amazing pictures are created with a long photo exposure and carefully controlled blinking of the LEDs.

Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2014

Here are your 2014 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.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. Last year UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays (

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 12, 2014 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 17, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 18, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 19, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

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USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 21, 2014. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/14.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 5, 2015. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

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