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November 23, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Open Source Gifts

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For the holidays this year consider giving the gift of open source!  Open source hardware and software is created with the intent to be understood and modified by anyone.  This means open source products can be extended or improved much more easily than their closed source counterparts.  Check out the suggestions below for some great open source gift ideas:


 

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The Printrbot Simple Metal is a great entry into the world of 3D printing, and it’s open source!  This popular 3D printer has just enough features to produce great quality prints without blowing your budget.  Pair it with open source 3D printing software like AstroPrint or OctoPrint and you’ll have an awesome 3D printing setup for well under $1000.


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The Bulb Dial Clock Kit is an awesome clock kit from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, makers of many great open source products.  This is an excellent kit to build after you’ve learned basic soldering and want to practice your skills.  The clock works by lighting individual LEDs around a ring so they cast shadows for the clock face arms.  Check out the other great kits and products from EMSL in the store too!


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Give the gift of an open source small-board computer running Linux like the BeagleBone Black this year!  In 2015 we saw a huge amount of growth in small board computers like the BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi.  Check out this great round-up of many small Linux boards that you can find today, but be careful to check which ones are open source and friendly to modifications.  The BeagleBone Black stands out from other similar boards like the Raspberry Pi by being fully documented and open source hardware–no messy closed source drivers or binaries to deal with!


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Building Open Source Hardware is a book by Alicia Gibb, the founding president of the Open Source Hardware Association, and is loaded with interesting information about open source hardware.  If you’re passionate about open source hardware this is a must read!


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Show your pride for open source with a fun badge or sticker!  This is a great stocking-stuffer gift for the open source enthusiast.  Be sure to check out all the patches or stickers for other open source mascots like Tux the penguin, the BSD Daemon, and many more.


Donate To An Open Source Organization

Many organizations help make open source possible.  Show your support by donating to organizations such as the Free Software Foundation, the Apache Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, and many more.


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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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