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November 12, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2015: How-To Books

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This year give the gift of knowledge to family and friends! We have a wide array of how-to books ranging from beginner level to expert! Not to mention fun and engaging how-to books for the young coders in your life! Whatever you are looking for Adafruit has the perfect product for all ages and skill levels!


Raspberry Pi

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Hacking the Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi is taking off like a rocket! You can use this amazing, dirt-cheap, credit card-sized computers to learn powerful hardware hacking techniques as you build incredibly creative and useful projects! This complete, full-color guide requires absolutely no experience with either hardware hacking or computer programming. Colorful photos guide you through each project, and the step-by-step instructions are stunningly clear and easy. Read more

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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
Learning Python with Raspberry Pi by Alex Bradbury
Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk
Raspberry Pi User Guide by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree – 3rd Edition
The MagPi – Issue 30


Arduino

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30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk: This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build a variety of projects with the Arduino microcontroller development system. Covering Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius gets you up to speed with the simplified C programming you need to know–no prior programming experience necessary.

This is the second edition of the book, updated and better than ever!

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book explains how to attach an Arduino board to your computer, program it, and connect electronics to it to create fiendishly fun projects. The only limit is your imagination! Read more

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Getting Started with Arduino By Massimo Banzi
Exploring Arduino by Jeremy Blum
Programming Arduino By Simon Monk
Programming Arduino: Next Steps – Going Further with Sketches
Making Things Talk, Second Edition By Tom Igoe


Wearables & Cosplay

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Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA: Making Wearables with an Arduino-Compatible Electronics Platform. This book introduces readers to building wearable electronics projects using Adafruit’s tiny FLORA board: at 4.4 grams, and only 1.75 inches in diameter, and featuring Arduino compatibility, it’s the most beginner-friendly way to create wearable projects. This book shows you how to plan your wearable circuits, sew with electronics, and write programs that run on the FLORA to control the electronics. The FLORA family includes an assortment of sensors, as well as RGB LEDs that let you add lighting to your wearable projects. Read more

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Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett
Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman
Getting Started with Trinket Book + NeoPixel Goggles Pack
1,000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas


Electronics

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Make: More Electronics by Charles Platt: If you loved Make:Electronics then you’ll really love the sequel, Make: More Electronics. Make More electronics is another book from Charles Platt full of more ways to learn about electronics in fun, hands-on ways. It’s a great next step after the original Make:Electronics and expands on many of the things you’ve already learned or mastered from the first book.

Immediately, Make:More Electronics picks up where Make: Electronics left off. Through the collection of experiments and projects, you’ll explore key components and principals of electronics in hands-on ways. The book will walk you through, step-by-step, as you learn how to build projects and while also learning about the theories and topics surrounding those projects.

Topics include audio amplification, randomicity, and positive and negative feedback. And you’ll work with components like comparators, light sensors, higher-level logic chips, multiplexers, shift registers, encoders, decoders, and magnetic sensors.

It’s the perfect next step for the electronics enthusiast who’s intimidated by highly technical manuals and websites! Read more

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Hacking Electronics by Simon Monk
Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III
Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition
The Art of Electronics 3rd Edition


Beaglebone Black

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Programming the Beagle Bone Black by Simon Monk: Build creative BeagleBone Black devices–no prior programming or electronics experience required. In Programming the BeagleBone Black, electronics guru Simon Monk explains essential application development methods through straightforward directions and cool downloadable examples. Discover how to navigate the board, write and debug code, use expansion capes, and control external hardware. Easy-to-follow plans show you how to wire up and program a Web-controlled roving robot and an e-mail notifier that lights an incandescent lamp. Read more


How-To Books For Children of all Ages

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Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz:
This is a early-learning activity book for Young Makers (sug. 5-7 years) with some cut-out/popsicle-stick/glue/rubber-band type projects. No electronics and soldering so its very simple and safe. We think it’s an adorable introduction to having robot friends.

From the publisher: “Build your very own awesome automaton step by step from a base unit to the towering, terrifying, tremor-triggering robot of your dreams. This book provides everything you need to create a robot costume from objects you’d normally just throw out and have a fun day in!

Designed to be enjoyed by children with an adult on hand – this book provides perfect material for a fun family activity day or a kids’ workshop. Viviane Schwarz has illustrated hilarious comics throughout the book to explain the blueprint instruction pages, so this is just as much a story as it is an activity book.” Read more

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Adventures in Raspberry Pi – Second Edition
Manga Guide to Electricity by Kazuhiro Fujitaki
Python for Kids – A Playful Introduction to Programming
LEO the Maker Prince – Journeys in 3D Printing by Carla Diana
Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine


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We’re excited for the Holiday Season here at Adafruit, and we can’t wait to share that excitement with you! Stay tuned into the blog where you will find new, handpicked gift guides five days a week from November 9th through December 24th, 2015 alongside holiday themed tutorials and builds!


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Adafruit Holiday Deadlines 2015

Here are your 2015 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. UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays over the last few years.

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 11, 2015 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 24.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 17, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 18, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 21, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

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

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, 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 11, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2015 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders)): Place orders by Friday – November 20, 2015. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/25/2015 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/2015.

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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