We’ve tailored this gift guide for those who love making and wearables! You can make any of these projects to give as a gift, or you can gather all the parts needed and gift them, allowing the receiver to make their own project. We believe that counts as a double win.
If you don’t encounter anything below that catches your eye or sparks your imagination but really like the idea of a wearables project as a gift, take a look at our Wearbles section in the Adafruit Learning System!
Magical Mistletoe: Step under the mistletoe and you’ll get more than a kiss–the berries light up!
This holiday season, shed some light on your relationship with glowing mistletoe. The magic comes from a motion sensor, Trinket and LED sequins. When motion under the mistletoe is sensed, the berries light up! (read more)
If you like soldering and crafting, this intermediate project is for you!
LED Sequin Bow Tie: Bring some bling to your formalwear! Don’t be left out when your prom date shows up in her twinkling Sparkle Skirt, add some LEDs to your bow tie! This beginner project is a great way to get into e-textiles. No programming or soldering required, just a bit of stitching. (read more)
You don’t need much background to start this project, just check out the Conductive Thread guide for tips on working with this tricky textile.
Celebration Spectacles: New Years Glasses with NeoPixel Rings
Ring in the new year or any cause for celebration with your own NeoPixel glasses! (read more)
This is a simple soldering and sewing project. No microcontroller programming is required! Learn more about the Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board in its learning guide.
Smart Phone Mittens: Do your fingers get frosty while texting? Have you missed a call because you couldn’t get your gloves off fast enough? Maybe you’ve tried a pair of the touch screen gloves available seemingly everywhere, but you just prefer mittens and like to knit! This pattern guides you through a basic pair of mittens knit on double pointed needles (DPNs).
Conductive yarn is knit with the working yarn as one strand in the upper hand and thumb of the mitten, enabling you to perform basic tasks on your smart phone or tablet like answering calls, pinching and zooming on maps, or switching the track on your latest favorite album. (read more)
Steampunk Cameo Necklace with OLED Display: Make a vampire happy with this cameo-meets-OLED-screen.
This necklace uses an Adafruit Pro Trinket and an OLED screen to flash bitmaps of you and your loved one in between hearts. A tiny LiPoly battery powers the pendant discreetly in the black ribbon. Warning: Dog and cat pics may attract werewolves. (read more)
Ursula’s Seashell Necklace: Steal Ariel’s Voice (and her man) with SCIENCE
Wear this necklace and it will respond to your beautiful Mermaid voice whenever you talk or sing. Use it to find your Prince, or to steal someone else’s Prince if that’s your bent. (read more)
3D Printed Unicorn Horn: Glowing majesty two ways!
Searching for a simple costume project to bring your Unikitty or Lady Rainicorn to the next level? 3D print a flexible unicorn horn and illuminate it from within with NeoPixels and a GEMMA microcontroller. Or forget the electronics and use glow in the dark NinjaFlex filament for a green glow with no batteries required. (read more)
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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