Adafruit’s Graduation Gift Guides 2017: Internet of Things #IoT

Gift guide

It’s graduation season which means it’s time to find the perfect gift for the maker, hacker, artist, or engineer who is getting ready to embark on their next journey. Or maybe it’s you who is graduating, in which case we say “Congratulations! You deserve to treat yourself to some fun electronics.”

This guide is for someone looking to journey into the realm of the internet to things. With endless possiblities, the future is looking bright 🙂

Adafruit’s line of Feathers


Adafruit has a whole line of devices called Feathers that do everything from connect your project to the internet, add GPS, and more! Check out the Adafruit Feather nRF52 Bluefruit LE – nRF52832 (pictured above) for an Arduino-compatible BLE device with built in USB and battery charging. For an ‘all-in-one’ ESP8266 WiFi development board check out the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 WiFi below. Check out our full range of Feather boards here!


IoT Packs


Looking for everything you need to get started in one place? Check out our IoT packs! Pictured above is the Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 3 – w/ Raspberry Pi 3 (available with or without a Pi). A collaboration between Microsoft’s IoT division and Adafruit, this pack’s the best way to get started using both Windows 10 on your Pi and to start doing some popular projects with the internet of things.


Another great option for is our Huzzah! Internet of Things Feather ESP8266 – WiFi Starter Kit. If you are looking to explore this is the pack for you! All you need is this starter kit which will get you going with lots of parts that go very well with our service and are the most common sensors and actuators you may want. Sense light, motion, humidity, temperature, and more, then send it for storage on! Light up LEDs, make noise, and move a motor when a trigger is detected.


If you want to make a great IoT gift for someone, we have lots of guides in the Adafruit Learning System that will help you along the way. There’s even a handy “Add all to cart” button to help you get the right supplies for each project. Want to turn on a LEC or lamp from anywhere? Check out Adafruit IO Basics: Digital Output.


Interested in home automation? Check out Home Automation in the Cloud with the ESP8266 & Adafruit IO.

What about a remote controlled door lock with a fingerprint sensor? Learn to make one here!


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We offer gift subscriptions as well! You can choose a number of Adaboxes that will ship out every 3 months directly to the recipient. Check out more here!

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