This holiday season give the gift of Pi. No, not something you baked from scratch in the oven–give a Raspberry Pi, the tiny Linux computer from raspberrypi.org! At Adafruit we love the Raspberry Pi because it’s a great platform for learning about computers and programming. You can make a Raspberry Pi do almost anything, like controlling hardware or even just playing some old video games. Check out the projects and products below for some great holiday Raspberry Pi gift suggestions.
Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi
Can’t get your hands on the hot new Nintendo NES Classic? Build your own retro game console with a Raspberry Pi and this excellent retro gaming with Raspberry Pi guide! The Raspberry Pi is perfect for emulating old game systems, and you can even connect joysticks, arcade buttons, and more for an authentic gaming experience.
Want to take your retro gaming on the road? Build a PiGRRL 2, the update to Adafruit’s original PiGRRL Raspberry Pi portable game console. This updated version is easier to build and supports more game systems (like Super Nintendo games with 4 face buttons!). Grab the PiGRRL 2 kit, a Raspberry Pi 2/3, and 3D print the case to make your portable retro gaming dreams come true!
Turn a Raspberry Pi into a laptop with the Pi-Top kit. The Pi-Top is a case, screen, keyboard, and trackpad which connect to a Raspberry Pi turning it into a do-it-yourself laptop. This is perfect for students and hobbyists who want a ‘hackable’ laptop they can build and modify themselves.
Raspberry Pi Zero
Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Grab a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero to fill out your holiday gifts! The Pi Zero is a small low cost version of the Raspberry Pi that’s great for learning and experimenting with computers. Consider grabbing a Pi Zero starter kit to get all the accessories needed to maximize the Pi Zero’s potential!
Simple Raspberry Pi Robot
Turn a Raspberry Pi into a robot with the simple Raspberry Pi robot project! This project shows you how to make a 3-wheeled robot that’s controlled by code running on a Raspberry Pi. There’s almost no limit to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi robot!
Raspberry Pi Sense HAT
What’s cooler than a Raspberry Pi? A Raspberry Pi in space! The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is an add-on for the Raspberry Pi which adds a collection of orientation sensors, RGB pixels, and buttons. These devices can be used with Astro Pi projects to learn about hardware and computing with the Raspberry Pi. One Pi & Pi Sense HAT is actually floating around Earth in the International Space Station right now!
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!
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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.
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