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Adafruit Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019 #MothersDay #GiftGuide


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Mother’s Day is 2 weeks away, which means we all have plenty of time to find that elusive thing that’s ‘just right’ for the mothering person in our lives. Whether your mom is a maker who needs just ooooone more item to complete the most recent WIP or is itching to take on something brand new, you’re in luck, dear friend – Adafruit’s here for you.
And what if your mom prefers showing/receiving admiration? Good news for you, it’s time to start makin’!

From the Adafruit Shop


Learn CircuitPython with 1 Month Subscription to Codecademy Pro

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If your mom wants to learn CircuitPython we highly recommend this virtual gift! We’ve partnered with our friends at Codecademy to create a brand new course that will teach you CircuitPython to help you learn how to use your Circuit Playground Express — Learn Hardware Programming with CircuitPython — which is currently available on Codecademy.com for all Codecademy Pro subscribers.

By purchasing this code, you will receive 1 month of Codecademy Pro, which is 50% off the monthly price of $39.99. This offer is only eligible for new Codecademy users.

If you’re already a Codecademy Pro subscriber, you already have access to this tutorial. You should skip this page, and just pick up a Circuit Playground Express and then visit Learn Hardware Programming with CircuitPython.

No hardware is included in this purchase. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to also purchase one of the following:


Hydro Dipping Sheets – 10 Pack of A4 Size Sheets

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Hydro dipping is a fun, hands-on way of adding printed designs to any surface! This process can be done on any material that can hold the base coat and can be submerged into water. Works really well with any 3D printed project, but molded and cast parts also benefit. You’ve probably seen cool videos of motorcycle helmets and ceramic statues being dipped – when done right you can cover an entire shape with colorful ink. Read more


HackerBox #0041 – ItsyBitsy M4 + CircuitPython + MakeCode Arcade

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We’re pleased as punch to carry HackerBox #0041 – CircuitPython! HackerBox #0041 is a super fun and thoughtfully curated subscription box to get started with CircuitPython.

We’re maybe a little biased, but we think this is the best HackerBox ever – and not just because we partnered with HackerBoxes on this one to provide the ItsyBitsy M4.

Please note: HackerBoxes require soldering and other common hand tools to put together!

You’ll learn how to program embedded systems, cobble together a retro gaming platform with MakeCode Arcade, and more! Read more


Flexible Silicone Neon-Like LED Strip

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Here at Adafruit we love discovering new and exotic glowing things. Like moths to the flame, we were intrigued by these fresh Flexible Silicone Neon-Like LED Strips! They look a lot like neon, but without the need for expensive transformers, glass tubing or inert gasses.

Super flexible and bendy, they feature a single-color non-addressable LED strip with a solid chunk of translucent silicone rubber as a diffuser. They look incredible, and super easy to use and are a great way to make your projects light up! Read more


Adafruit Grand Central M4 Express featuring the SAMD51

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Are you ready? Really ready? Cause here comes the Adafruit Grand Central featuring the Microchip ATSAMD51. This dev board is so big, it’s not named after a Metro train, it’s a whole freakin’ station! Read more

This board is like a freight train, with its 120MHz Cortex M4 with floating point support. Your code will zig and zag and zoom, and with a bunch of extra peripherals for support, this will for sure be your favorite new chipset.

The Grand Central is the first SAMD board that has enough pins to make it in the form of the Arduino Mega – with a massive number of pins, tons of analog inputs, dual DAC output, 8 MBytes of QSPI flash, SD card socket, and a NeoPixel. Read more


Adafruit Circuit Playground Lanyard

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We’ve got our Circuit Playground friends on lunchboxes, posters, puzzle, enamel pins, PCB coasters, we can’t stop accessorizing with this maker-friendly motley crew friendly electronic pals.

Peep this super-special character lanyard designed by artist Bruce Yan. We dig the vibrant colors and handy double-hooks (perfect for toting around your HalloWing M0 Express!) It feels great, and very durable, so you can show it off at your next event and take your #BadgeLife to the next level. Read more


Adafruit PyPortal – CircuitPython Powered Internet Display

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PyPortal, our easy-to-use IoT device that allows you to create all the things for the “Internet of Things” in minutes. Make custom touch screen interface GUIs, all open-source, and Python-powered using tinyJSON / APIs to get news, stock, weather, cat photos, and more – all over Wi-Fi with the latest technologies. Create little pocket universes of joy that connect to something good. Rotate it 90 degrees, it’s a web-connected conference badge #badgelife. Read more


Leatherman Tread

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Carry up to 29 tools anywhere you go with this travel friendly wearable multi-tool; the Leatherman Tread. This is the Black Steel version, we also have it in stainless steel. Read more


Adafruit NeoTrellis M4 with Enclosure and Buttons Kit Pack

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The NeoTrellis M4 is an all-in-one USB + NeoPixel + Elastomer + Audio board. It’s powered by our new favoritest-chip-in-the-world, the SAMD51, a Cortex M4 core running at 120 MHz. This chip has a speedy core with CircuitPython and Arduino support, hardware DSP/floating point, dual DACs (more on that later!) and all the goodies you expect from normal chips like I2C, ADC, DMA, etc. It has a roomy 512KB of flash and 192KB of SRAM so it’s great for CircuitPython, we added a full 8MB flash chip so tons of space for files and audio clips. Or you can load Arduino in for bonkers-fast audio processing/generation with our fork of the PJRC Audio library. Read more


Blue Circuit Board Pendant Necklace with Silver Chain

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Reduce, reuse, re-fashion! Show that you love the look of blue soldermask with this lovely Blue Circuit Board Pendant Necklace!

Circuit Breaker Labs is a woman-owned, US-based company that recycles circuit boards from computers, calculators, phones, etc, to make stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. We think this is a fantastic solution to the crippling e-waste problem, and we’re proud to carry smart jewelry that inspires dialogue in responsible recycling through art. Read more


Mini Ad Blocking Pi-Hole Kit with Pi Zero WH – No Soldering!

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A long time ago we made a Pi into a WiFi gateway that also blocked ads but the Pi Hole project does a way better job!

This kit will make your Pi Zero W act as a DNS (Domain Name Server) The kind of device that tells you that adafruit.com is known as IP address 104.20.38.240. Read more


Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA Book Pack

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Pickup a copy of Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA and then hit the ground running with everything that you need to become an Adafruit FLORA supreme being!

This pack is perfect for somebody interested in the wide world of wearable electronics and Adafruit’s tiny FLORA board. Read more


Adafruit Gift Certificate

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Know someone who loves electronics but doesn’t know the difference between an XBee, a soldering iron, and a SMA to uFL/u.FL/IPX/IPEX RF Adapter Cable? Want to buy the perfect gift but don’t know whether your Maker friend is a BeagleBone fan or a Rasp Pi devotee? Just a fan of Bruce Yan’s incredible design? If you’re any of these, or more, buy an Adafruit Gift Certificate – the perfect cyber-present for the electronics geek in your life. Check ’em all out here!


AdaBox Gift Subscription

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Buy a specific number of AdaBoxes up front. Starting with the next AdaBox installment we will ship one AdaBox directly to the gift recipient until the gift subscription is fulfilled.

  • $60/AdaBox
  • Free Shipping*
  • Send an email to the recipient today, on a specific date that you choose, or print a custom gift certificate.
  • No monthly subscription.
  • *Sales tax applies. See more here
  • *A $5 shipping fee applies to Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.
  • *A $10 shipping fee that covers shipping, import duties, and taxes applies to Canada.
  • *A $30 shipping fee that covers shipping, import duties, and taxes applies to France, Germany, and the UK.

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From the Adafruit Learning System


Drama Piñata

We like this guide for the mom who likes to party and doesn’t like making repeat purchases. Piñatas are tragic, beautiful creatures, used once in a carnival of destruction, then tossed out and forgotten. This guide demonstrates how to modify a piñata so that it can be filled and refilled with candy over and over again. This piñata also has an attitude, and can be programmed to respond, when hit, with sound effects or pre-recorded taunts. Read more


LED Harness Bra

This guide feels like a great choice for a boss mom OR cosplaying mom! Construct a custom-fit harness bra with a unique array of NeoPixels and a Circuit Playground Express.
Caged clothing accessories can be worn over anything from a tank top to long sleeves. Harnesses come in all shapes and sizes and although they may accentuate certain body parts, they can be worn by anyone. Read more


Adventure Time Coffee Cup Lamp with MakeCode

For the coffee/tea loving Adventure Time fan justing starting out with electronics or looking for a project to work on with a beginner! In this project we’ll show you how to build a coffee cup lamp using an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and Microsoft Makecode.

We’ll design our lamp out of a paper cup and use capacitive touch to change the colors of the LEDs! You can build your own capacitive touch pads using conductive tape. So get ready to go on an adventure and learn how to craft your own paper cup lamp! Read more


Data Logging IoT Weight Scale

Oooh, for the mom who likes to be precise! How many grams of coffee did I add to my pour-over? Is the bag of cat food empty? Did I remember to water the plant? What’s the weight of these screws in my workshop?

To answer these questions (and more), you’re going to build an internet-enabled scale to track weight data over a period of time. To do this, you’ll be performing a bit of hardware hacking – tearing down a DYMO Postage scale and soldering wires to connect it to a PyPortal. Then, you’ll add some CircuitPython code to the PyPortal which allows you to read the the scale remotely using Adafruit IO – our easy-to-use internet of things service. Read more


ISS Pin

This project’s for the mom always gazing toward the stars. A Particle Photon microcontroller and an Adafruit Neopixel ring combine to make a pin that’s fit for NASA fans. It displays an orbiting white blip when idle and then turns blue, white, red and multicolor when the ISS flies by. The code takes advantage of the Photon’s Wi-Fi capability and uses IFTTT (If This Then That), a free site that makes connecting IoT devices as easy as a few clicks. This project was inspired by my first NASA Space Apps Challenge project created with friend Brooks Zurn Rampersad–the ISS Orbit Skirt. That’s enough history…on to the parts! Read more


IoT Door Detector

For the mom who likes to know the door was actually shut (and maybe also the mom who likes to make sure folks are respecting curfew/coming home straight from school ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) Way cheaper than a guard dog who can use an iPhone, this project will show you how you can use an Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 WiFi microcontroller board with a door sensor to email/tweet/text you when your door has opened!Read more


Trellis M4 Synth Design Tool

For the musical mom! You can build your own synthesizer using the NeoTrellis M4 with the PJRC Audio System Design Tool and Audio library for Arduino! In this guide you’ll learn how to patch together waveform oscillators, filters, envelopes, effects, and mixers. Then, you’ll learn how to control notes and parameters with the Trellis M4’s buttons and accelerometer. Soon you’ll be playing ripping synth leads, fat bass lines, and lush pads with a synthesizer of your own design! Read more and don’t miss these 3D Printed Bluetooth Controlled NeoPixel Headphones!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

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