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November 10, 2016 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2016: 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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Getting Started with 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 introductory guide from Eben Upton himself 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 clear and easy. Read more

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Hacking the 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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Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett is filled with striking images of costume play from around the world. This definitive look at the global phenomenon known as “cosplay” examines its evolution from the fringes of society to the spotlight of modern culture.

For over 100 years, men and women around the world have been dressing up as their favorite characters from movies, games, comics, TV, and books. Beginning as a curiosity and hobby for social outcasts, it’s now a global phenomenon, fuelled by the Internet and an explosion in geek fandom. This in-depth look at the world of cosplay includes interviews with stars like Yaya Han, Crystal Graziano, and Spiral Cats, offers insights into cosplay’s history and current landscape, and explains its creative processes, like how Megan Marie built the perfect Wonder Woman costume. Cosplay World features over 200 compelling photographs, showcasing everything from campy 1970s costumes to cutting-edge suits engineered in workshops and built using space-age materials. The result is both a celebration of and an informed look at a popular means of self-expression that continues to fascinate. Read more

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Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA:
Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman
Getting Started with Trinket Book + NeoPixel Goggles Pack
1,000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas


Electronics and Hacking

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Hackaday Omnibus – Vol. 02 is 128 full-color pages containing long-form original content from Hackaday in 2015.

The articles cover some of the high points from the year such as an in depth look at the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism and the hardware behind a bomb design used to train FBI agents.

Each story is accompanied by original illustrations in beautiful full color. The combination of the content, art, and layout makes this something every maker would want lying around – be it on the coffee table, the workbench, or at the hackerspace. Read more

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


Excellent Info and Reference

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The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen: Did you ever play Myst? Did you ever play Myst without the guide?  We tried for about an hour and then realized that it was much better, and a lot more fun, if there were tips and tricks to help us along our journey.  This guide does to the Shenzhen electronics market what guides used to do to Myst – it makes the markets accessible, easier to navigate, and even fun.

The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen is a beautiful new book by open source hardware pioneer Bunnie Huang.  The book is specifically designed to help non-Mandarin speakers navigate the electronics markets of Shenzhen – where there are hundreds of stalls selling all types of electronics and thousands upon thousands of components.

The book covers everything from picking out the right components, to specifying exactly what you’re looking for, to how to pay, close deals and set up delivery.  There are also basic survival tips (like which border crossing to use) that can only come from someone with first-hand experience.

All of this comes in a beautiful spiral package (so the book can stay open easier when trying to communicate) complete with maps and, proving that they thought of everything, business card holders so you can keep track of which vendors you’ve talked to and how to find your way back.

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Pocket Ref: Have you ever wanted comprehensive information on a diverse amount of subjects in a pocket sized, well-organized format…and not had a cell phone signal or internet connection?

Look no further! This pocket reference book is actually incredibly cool – even if you have a smart phone, wear a pair of Google glass, have read all of Wikipedia, etc.  It’s 864 pages of comprehensive tables, maps, formulas, constants, conversions, everything!  There are knot tying diagrams, pictures of airplane signals, the dictionary of American sign language, spice scales for hot peppers – the list goes on and on and on.

Open to a random page and learn something new.  Or use its comprehensive index to find exactly what you’re looking for.  The book’s been around since 1989 and has gone through numerous printings and refinements – to the point now where this edition contains just about the best, and most concise, amount of information.

Best of all, it weighs about a half a pound, fits in your shirt pocket, and has a sturdy black cover.  It’s kind of the perfect addition to your everyday outfit.


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 7 through December 23rd, 2016 alongside holiday themed tutorials and builds!


Free Deals

Adafruit offers exciting deals and free items when you shop with us. As of February 23rd, 2016 3:00 PM ET we are currently offering FREE UPS ground (Continental USA) for orders $200 or more.

Some restrictions apply


Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2016

Here are your 2016 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!

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

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, Christmas, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2016, New Year’s Day, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

When in doubt contact us!

Domestic Orders

UPS ground: Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 9, 2016 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 23.

UPS 3-day: Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 15, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

UPS 2-day: Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 16, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

UPS overnight: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 19, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority: Place orders by Friday– December 9, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner.

International Orders

USPS First class mail international: Place orders by Friday – November 18, 2016. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/23/2016.

USPS Express mail international: Place orders by Friday – December 2, 2016. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner.


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