Valentine’s Day Gift and Project Guide #ValentinesDay

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Hold up… It’s February already?!

Just kidding. January felt like a three-and-a-half century drive on the Jersey Turnpike with your least favorite podcast on loop. It’s been a cold and snowy winter, especially here in NYC, and it’s high time we brighten up the place.

Don’t fret, things are looking up! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means you get to show some love to your special people (this includes but is not exclusive to your cat, your pleasantly surprising craigslist roommate, your 3D printer, your favorite bodega guy…you get the picture).

We’ve put together a list of a few fun DIY projects and giftable product ideas for ya – check em out below!

Projects and Products from Adafruit

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Steampunk Cameo Necklace with OLED Display: 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. See the full guide here!

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PLA Filament for 3D Printers – 1.75mm Diameter – Red- 1KG: This PLA 1.75mm Red 1Kg spool is a great basic material for 3D printers. 1.75MM diameter, PLA filament works best with PrintrBot Simples. The red color is perfect for 3D Printing enthusiasts looking to print a V-Day themed gift. Read more!

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Your Pulse Displayed with NeoPixels: Visualize your heartbeat in colorful ways. The Pulse Sensor Amped, made by pulsesensor.com and sold at Adafruit.com, is a wonderful bio sensor. With the sensor and an Arduino, some very interesting projects can be made. See the full guide here!

3D Printing for Chocolate Molds: 3D printing food is here and its delicious! Although we cant 3D print chocolate on our Makerbot quite yet, you can design and print your own chocolate molds just in time for Valentine’s Day. See the full guide here!

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Punk LED Collar Kit – Red LEDs: Make your own studded choker with an LED twist! This kit of parts comes with all the materials you’ll need for a punk style LED collar. Ten juicy diffused red LEDs adorn a high-quality black leather collar that fits necks 12-15 inches (30 to 38 centimeters. Read more!

Products and Projects from Elsewhere!

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Star Wars R2-D2 Ceramic Teapot – ARTOO TEA-TOO: Beep-beep-bee-boop-bee-doo-weep. Doop-beep-bee-wee-doo.

Check out more about this product on ThinkGeek:

Obi-Wan may not remember ever owning a droid, but we bet that if he had, that droid would have had a built-in tea dispenser. That British-esque accent tells us that he comes from the type of planet that does afternoon tea. Or maybe the accent comes from being brought up within the Jedi Order. Bet they had some ritualistic tea ceremonies within the Jedi, it being a more civilized age and all. Headcanon, with regards to Obi-Wan and tea, accepted.

The Solarbotics GraviTrack Solar Marble Machine Kit: The path to love is hardly ever on the straight and narrow. Also, this just looks so fun! More from Solarbotics:

Our Solar GraviTrack Marble Machine Kit is our newest addition to the Marble-Drop mechanism family. The Solar version pulse-moves the elegant hand-off mechanism that passes marbles to the top of a sweeping multi-level track. You will witness the fascinating step-by-step action of the arms as the geometry changes periodically. Patience is rewarded with the plunk, and rollll of a successful motion cycle. The more light it gets, the more often it moves. It’s solar-powered stop-action motio

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The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hardcover Book: Beautiful Star Wars coffee table book for your favorite Jedi in training.

Read more from Mr. Porter:

Coming to you from a galaxy far, far away (sorry, we had to), ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ takes fans on a journey through the development of the worlds, characters and creatures – both old and new – of the latest chapter in the space opera series written and directed by Mr Rian Johnson. Published by Abrams, this coffee table book by Mr Phil Szostak is comprised of 300 colour illustrations featuring concept art, costume sketches, storyboards and more from Lucasfilm’s ‘Visualists’ department.

Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

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