Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2018: micro:bit

The holiday season is upon us! If you’re looking to try out a new project, why don’t you start with a BBC micro:bit !

Don’t know how or where to start? Check out the BBC micro:bit Lesson #0 in the Adafruit Learn System.

So what is this unassuming little board? It’s name is the BBC micro:bit, and it is a little computer you can write programs for. It has various gadgets like buttons and lights that you can use to do all kinds of fun stuff. There’s even a compass!
In this guide we’ll briefly go over the main features of the BBC micro:bit, just so you have an idea what’s going on. The main web site is at www.microbit.org where you can go to find more information.

Already familiar with the micro:bit? Maybe it’s time for you to step up your game with the Adafruit CRICKIT for micro:bit

Sometimes we wonder if robotics engineers ever watch movies. If they did, they’d know that making robots into slaves always ends up in a robot rebellion. Why even go down that path? Here at Adafruit, we believe in making robots our friends!

So if you find yourself wanting a companion, consider the robot. They’re fun to program, and you can get creative with decorations.

You can also try making your own micro:bit Puppet “Text Message” System!

Even if you’ve mastered the micro:bit, there’s always the skill badge.

No matter how you spend your holiday, Adafruit would like to wish you happy making!


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Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2018

Here are your 2018 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 DHL, UPS or USPS.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, Christmas, no DHL, UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, no DHL, UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Domestic Orders

UPS Ground: Place orders by Friday 11 am ET – December 7, 2018 – Should arrive by Friday December 21 *There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 21, 2018.

UPS 3 Day: Place orders by Thursday 11 am ET – December 13, 2018 – Arrive by 12/21/2018.

UPS 2 Day: Place orders by Friday 11 am ET – December 14, 2018 – Arrive by 12/21/2018

UPS Next Day: Place orders by Monday 11 am ET – December 17, 2018 – Arrive by 12/21/2018.

USPS First Class and USPS Priority: Place orders by Friday– December 8, 2018 – Arrive by 12/21/2018 or sooner.

International Orders

USPS First Class Mail International: Place orders by Friday – November 16, 2018. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/21/2018 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/21/2018.

USPS Express Mail International: Place orders by Friday – November 30, 2018. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/21/2018 or sooner.

UPS WORLDWIDE EXPRESS, UPS WORLDWIDE EXPEDITED and UPS EXPRESS SAVER (UPS International orders): Place orders by Friday 11 am ET – December 7, 2018 – There is no guarantee that international packages will arrive by December 21, 2018.

DHL EXPRESS WORLDWIDE: Place orders by Friday 11 am ET – December 7, 2018 – There is no guarantee that international packages will arrive by December 21, 2018.


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