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December 22, 2014 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Bitcoin

Bitcoins have been in the news, celebrated and hated, over the past year. Did you know that Adafruit has been offering Bitcoin as a payment option for over a year now? (We were one of the first major online retailers to do so!)

Here are some details to help you make Adafruit purchases with your Bitcoins, find Bitcoin-related gifts, purchase Bitcoins themselves, and experiment with mining cold, hard, cryptocurrency ones and zeroes for yourself.


ADAFRUIT LEARN GUIDE: “Paying For Your Adafruit Order With Bitcoin!”

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GUIDEPaying For Your Adafruit Order With Bitcoin!: Here’s how to transform your tumultuous btc cryptocurrency into solid, Adafruit engineering tools! Adafruit is pleased to offer Bitcoin as a payment method for Adafruit purchases. We’re using BitPay as our payment processor. BitPay enables online merchants to accept bitcoins, as a form of payment similar to payments from Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Google Wallet and Paypal. (read more)


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Bitcoin – Skill badge, iron-on patch and Bitcoin – Sticker!:
Think you deserve to a little something, just for figuring how to make a Bitcoin purchase? We think so, too! Buy your Adafruit Bitcoin skill badges and stickers here!


Wanna Learn More About How Bitcoin Works?

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network.

Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.


coinbase – An Easy Route to Purchase Bitcoins!

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PURCHASE BITCOINScoinbase: a number of our customers have been using coinbase to purchase their btc for their purchase. Here’s how they describe themselves: “Coinbase is the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet. We make it easy to securely buy, use, and accept bitcoin currency.” (read more)


ADAFRUIT LEARN GUIDE: “PiMiner Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Miner”

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GUIDEPiMiner Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Miner: Use a Raspberry Pi to control & monitor your USB bitcoin miners. Building this project will allow you to use a Raspberry Pi as a ‘headless’ controller and status monitor for your USB bitcoin mining devices. The project incorporates an LCD to display hashrate, error rate, share data, network difficulty, mining duration, & current exchange rates. The financial production value of this guide expired minutes after it was published — and this USB miner device is no longer available — but the guide, and implementing it with currently available technology, is a great way to learn more about how the Bitcoin world works. Plus, box your project up when you are done to have an antique toy to teach your children about the early days of cryptocurrency for next Christmas! (read more)


ADAFRUIT LEARN GUIDE: “Raspberry Pi Thermal Printer One Time Pads”

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GUIDERaspberry Pi Thermal Printer One Time Pads: Wanna store your bitcoin details offline in a secure format? This Learn Doc shares the process of setting up a one time pad and printing out your code on one of our thermal printers using a Raspberry Pi. If you are into Bitcoin for the thrill of bringing back to your banking life as many layers of complexity as possible, look no further! And win tech-trend bingo in a single project! (read more)


HARDWARE BITCOIN WALLET: Trezor

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BITCOIN WALLETTrezor: If the Sony leaks and credit card attacks on major retailers in the past year haven’t made you nervous about putting sensitive information on the internet, then maybe the prospect of converting your life savings into code that can be scraped by malware and virus will give you pause about putting your Bitcoin private keys anywhere accessible to the web.

While there are a number of solutions for hardware wallets out there in the world, we have heard a number of positive reviews about Trezor. If anything, reading about the levels of security precautions they guarantee for this solution will be a rather nice security audit of your own data security practices….

Before you consider this route, there are a host of tips and examples for how to setup hardware bitcoin wallets on this bitcoin wiki here.


PAPER BITCOIN WALLET – bitaddress.org

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BITCOIN WALLETbitaddress.org: There are a number of approaches to creating a bitcoin paper wallet, from services such as bitcoinpaperwallet.com that also sell tamper-evident stickers and ready-to-generate live CDs to more stripped down code-generating resource such as bitaddress.org. Check out this blockchain.info tutorial for creating a paper wallet with bitaddress.org.

We have heard recommendations for and against a couple of these — before you explore these options, take a look at this helpful resource about paper wallet safety.


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.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday– December 12, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

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.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

When in doubt contact us!


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