Adafruit Gift Guide: #Graduation

With university graduations wrapping up and grade school graduations right around the corner, now is the perfect time to gift your grad the tools they need for their next project!

Know your grad loves tinkering, but have no idea what to get? Take a look at the gift guide below for some gift inspiration!


If your grad has read Horowitz & Hill’s “The Art of Electronics” they will adore this Transistor Man Shirt!

Not only did we get a blessing to make these from Cambridge Press, we even got a scan of the original artwork transparency from Professor Hill! These are without a doubt, the coolest NPN shirts we’ve ever seen. (read more)


You never know when the suited grad will need to store data…how nifty are these USB Flashdrive Cufflinks?!

The cufflinks are shiny stainless steel for durability and beauty. Both links look similar but one pops open to reveal a USB A plug that you can slot into any computer. The other link does not open (it’s just designed to look like the one that has the storage inside.) Comes in a black velvet presentation/storage clamshell box. (read more)


For the grad that prefers to boldly wear their creations, we highly recommend our Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA Book Pack.

This pack is perfect for somebody interested in the wide world of wearable electronics and Adafruit’s tiny FLORA board and is the most beginner-friendly way to create wearable projects of your own. (read more)

If you’re looking to gift your grad a GEMMA, we recommend the Buzzing Mindfulness Bracelet.

It’s great for reminding yourself to get up and walk away from your desk for a few minutes each hour, or just as a way to have a new awareness of how the perception of passing time varies based on what you’re doing. (read more)


The ARDX is one of our most popular and beloved kits. It’s a great gift for the grad interested in experimenting with an Arduino!

This kit includes all the pieces needed to complete 11 different circuits, along with a experimenter’s guide booklet & breadboard layout sheets. Basically everything you need to be playing within minutes of its arrival. No soldering required! (read more)


Does your grad have a Raspberry Pi B? Check out our snazzy Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit!

This kit has a lot of steps, so its best for people who have soldered before and even better, have a little Raspberry Pi/Linux hacking under their belt in case some configuration-file-editing is required.(read more)

If your grad loves tinkering with music and 3D printing the DIY 3D Printed Soundboard could be their future project of choice!

Lady Ada came up with this project when one of her favorite sites was taken down (, so she made her version using Adafruit breakout boards. (read more)


We would be remiss if we failed to mention the trusty Gift Certificate. It’s always a fantastic option, particularly if you know your grad has very specific needs.

Gift certificates are emailed to the recipient that the purchaser requests. You can have the gift certificate sent to the person you would like to give it to or you can have it sent to your own email address so you can give it to them yourself. (read more)

The Adafruit shop is loaded with tons of other kits and projects to gift (or make with!) your grad. Don’t forget to send us a blog tip for your projects so we can share them on the blog!

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