The gift of creativity never goes unappreciated — regardless of how cheesy that sounds. This year you can give someone the tools and materials and encourage them to design and take their costumes to the next level. Cosplayers always welcome the opportunity to learn new skills or improve upon existing ones. We have a variety of products to help makers build everything from glowing props to moving wings.
LED Sequins: Adafruit’s LED sequins let you add light to costumes in new and exciting ways. They’re perfect for a boost of sparkle on anything from head wear to shoes. The sequins show a single color but are available in a variety of LED shades: warm white, ruby red, emerald green, royal blue, and rose pink. You can make the LEDs fade and twinkle. They’re ideal for any fairy-related costumes (I’m thinking they’d be especially great for a fairy godmother ensemble) and would work with princess attire and several other cosplays as well.
Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett – Everyone could always use a dose of inspiration, right? Right. Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett’s Cosplay World includes photos of dozens of cosplayers and their costumes. The high quality images are accompanied by profiles discussing the cosplayers’s histories and stories. It’s a great source for costume ideas and motivation. I always want to build after seeing all the awesome costumes others create.
1,000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas
Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA – You’ll see FLORA in a few of our gift guides this year, but that’s because it’s just that versatile. Using FLORA will serve you well in the department of wearables and cosplay. The board is small, compatible with Arduino, and a beginner-friendly way to create wearable projects. This book will walk you through all the basics, and for a cosplayer looking to level up his or her game, it’s perfect. They can learn how to sew with electronics, write programs, and learn about the sensors and LEDs that can make props — think about any glowing prop from a video game like World of Warcraft — stand out.
Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – Adafruit’s mini microcontroller packs a lot of power. The board is built around a tiny chip — the Atmel ATtiny85 — and is affordable and small enough to be used in a multitude of projects. It’s a great starting point for experimentation, and the risk is low since it’s the lowest-cost Arduino-IDE programmable board. You can get to know Trinket here and point your gift recipient to the introduction. Get an idea of the power of the trinket in the above video from Kamui Cosplay. She crafted a light-up spellbook from Aion with the product.
Continuous Rotation Servo – Ready to add animatronics and moving aspects to your costume? Whether it’s a robot friend (maybe you need Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theatre 3000), a prop, moving wings, or maybe an elaborate headpiece, this servo that rotates fully forward or backwards is here to give you an edge. It’s suited for simple movements and can work with any servo code, hardware, or library.
Budget Pack for Arduino (Arduino Uno R3) – Nothing provides encouragement to experiment like a complete kit. I’m more willing to try a new skill when I know I have everything I need on hand without having to make extra trips for supplies (whether those trips are online or on the internet). This budget pack for the Arduino provides all the bits and pieces you need — just the basics to dive on in.
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!
Adafruit offers exciting deals and free items when you shop with us. As of October 13th, 2015 we are currently offering:
- Adafruit Perma-Proto Half-sized Breadboard PCB – Single for order $99 or more
- Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – 5V Logic for orders $149 or more
- Adafruit Pro Trinket – 5V 16MHz for order $249 or more
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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