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Christmas Gift Ideas 2019

Christmas Gift Ideas 2019

With Christmas quickly approaching we have put together a range of recommended Christmas ideas that are good for Kids, Adults, Gamers, Secret Santa, Stocking Fillers and more!

Stocking Filler and Secret Santa Ideas

If you're looking for something a little different for Christmas, we have some great value, fun and interesting gift ideas that make for the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa ideas for makers and gadget nuts alike!

Conductive Ink Pen

Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen

£9.98 inc VAT

This is a rollerball pen that writes with conductive silver ink. It makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.

You can use a Circuit Scribe pen to draw lines on any simple piece of paper, then attach special electrical components (Circuit Scribe modules) on the drawn lines which allow the electrical current to run through the components. This replaces the use of breadboards and wires.

Circuit Scribe Mini Maker Kit

£13.99 inc VAT

This is a rollerball pen that writes with conductive silver ink. It makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.

This affordable mini circuit kit guides you along with exploration of basic circuit concepts by drawing conductive doodles & creating paper-based switches with a mini ink pen.

Conductive Ink Kit
Blue Pi CasePurple Pi CaseRed Pi CaseBlack Pi Case

Pibow 3 Case for Raspberry Pi 2, 3, & B+

£8.50 inc VAT each

Crafted out of five unique layers including a transparent top and base that leave your beautiful Pi visible inside. Each layer is laser-cut from colourful high-quality cast acrylic and once stacked they securely contain a Raspberry Pi 2, 3 or B+ while leaving the primary ports, including the camera port, display port, and GPIO accessible.

"NES" Style Retro USB Gamepad

£2.99 inc VAT

Go retro with this wired, USB game controller in the classic "NES" design.

This is not an official Nintendo product, but a 3rd party USB type replica that is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Windows and Mac

NES style Controller
SNES style controller

"SNES" Style Retro USB Gamepad

£2.99 inc VAT

Go retro with this wired, USB game controller in the classic "SNES" design.

This is not an official Nintendo product, but a 3rd party USB type replica that is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Windows and Mac

Flexible Silicone Neon-Like LED Strip - 1 Meter

£9.98 inc VAT each

Get a stunning Neon-like effect to your lighting thanks to these great new flexible LED strips! Each strip is amazingly bright and colourful due to the single colour LEDs.

Neon LEDs
Macro Keyboard Keypad

Keybow MINI (3-key) Macro Pad Kit

£19.99 inc VAT

This kit has everything you need (just add a Raspberry Pi Zero WH and micro-SD card) to build your own mini macro pad. With RGB-illuminated, hot-swap, mechanical switches, and clear keycaps. It's the perfect way to add a tiny macro pad to your desk, or to use as a little osu! controller.

Gift Ideas for Kids

If you're looking for something special for budding makers or coders we have put together a brilliant selection of robotics, gadgets, gizmos and kits that are a perfect way to get introduced into the world of electronics, learning and developing a whole range of skills while having fun!

BBC Micro:Bit Starter Kit

£17.82 inc VAT

This BBC micro:bit starter kit is a great way to jump right in and create projects with the BBC micro:bit. It contains 1x BBC micro:bit and a quick start guide with a USB A to micro B cable so you can plug it into a computer and get programming straight away. The battery holder with connector plugs into the BBC micro:bit supplying it with power for portable projects. Batteries are included!

microbit starter kit
microbit cases

KittenBot Micro:Bit Case

£4.00 inc VAT

This Micro:bit protective silicone case is aimed to create a more positive and interesting programming environment for children. Available in Red, Blue and Yellow the cute face design makes the micro:bit more fun, attractive and interesting. This case is great to use in the classroom or at home.

Codey Rocky

£99.98 inc VAT

Codey Rocky combines hardware with software, allowing children to learn about programming while they play and create. Using mBlock, a software which supports both blocked-based and Python programming, Codey Rocky takes children by their hands and leads them into the world of avant-garde technology with its in-built AI and IoT functionalities, giving them a competitive edge in the AI era.

Codey Rocky
Microbit Robotics Kit

Cool Components BBC micro:bit with :MOVE Mini Buggy Kit Bundle

£39.98 inc VAT

With how popular the :MOVE Mini Buggy is we decided to create this great value for money bundle that has everything you need to get your own little robot up and running. The bundle includes an Official micro:bit board which can be used in the buggy or if you already have one you can configure it as a remote control, a cable to program the micro:bit and of course the Buggy with all its parts.

Note: This also comes without the Micro:Bit found here.

Grove Zero - Bit Kit (micro:car)

£41.99 inc VAT

The Bit Kit allows you to make the smallest, coolest micro:bit robot car in just a few seconds. It uses the Grove Zero connection system which adds versatile magnetic adaptors to your micro:bit. This means you can now snap a servo or a sensor to your micro:bit with magnets, no more soldering, no more wiring it's a plug 'n' play system. The micro:car also comes with a colour line follower block, a built-in buzzer, four programmable RGB LEDs, and most importantly, a rechargeable 200mAh battery.

Note: Micro:Bit is not included

Grove Zero Microbit Car
RingBit Microbit Car

Ring:bit Car - BBC micro:bit

£16.99 inc VAT 

This is a great DIY smart car kit for kids and beginners who are looking to get into programming or electronics, the shell can be assembled by hand while the micro:bit's "blocky" programming environment.

Note: Micro:Bit is not included

Simple Robotics Kit

£29.87 inc VAT

Enter the world of robotics with this Simple Robotics kit and build your own easy build micro:bit controlled robot. It has been designed, from the ground up, to be simple to build by even the youngest of fingers. From its one-piece cardboard chassis to its clip lead connections, everything goes together in a way that is as free from frustration as possible.

Note: Micro:Bit is not included

Simple Robotics Kit for Microbit
Microbit Video Game Console

Kittenbot Meowbit

From £41.99 inc VAT

Meowbit is a card-sized graphical retro game computer that allows you to code using the Makecode arcade or Python. It aims to combine the fun of gaming and learning to code!

Explorer Kit

£226.00 inc VAT

Explore the endless possibilities of the Grove Zero range with this Explorer Kit! It contains 17 modules which you can easily snap together with magnetic adaptors (no soldering required) and create a range of different projects using the included guide and resources.

This kit is a great way to introduce programming and electronic circuits to younger kids while still ensuring the process is fun and engaging. Programming the kit using the free block-based provided Codecraft software is a great way to venture into programming and develop troubleshooting skills.

Grove Zero Explorer Kit
Edison Robot

Edison V2.0 STEM Robot

£39.98 inc VAT

The Edison robot is a powerful, engaging tool for teaching children from 4 to 16 years of age computational thinking and computer programming in a hands-on way.

With more built-in sensors than any robot in its class as well as lights, sounds and autonomous behaviour capabilities.

Makey Makey

£39.98 inc VAT

You may be the greatest living banana pianist, but how will you ever know if you don't make yourself a banana piano? Good news! That project and countless others are easier than you think with Makey Makey.

Using the Makey Makey you can make anything into a< key just by connecting a few alligator clips. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard or piano with fruit!

Makey Makey

Gift Ideas for Adults

Here are some great ideas for people of all ages. From Raspberry Pi's to Robotics to Conductive Paints, you're bound to find a present that will suit any budding or experienced maker alike!

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit

£89.99 inc VAT

A lot of fun squeezed into a tiny computer! Everything you need to to get started with the Raspberry Pi 4! Protect your Pi in a slick case, pop in the pre-imaged micro-SD card and learn how to code the Blinkt! using Python

Raspberry Pi 4

From £32.98 inc VAT

Raspberry Pi 4 is the latest product in the popular Raspberry Pi range of computers. It provides desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems, offering ground-breaking increases in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity compared to the prior-generation Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, while retaining backwards compatibility and similar power consumption.

MeArm Robotic Arm Kit for Arduino, Raspberry Pi or BBC Micro:Bit

From £69.98 inc VAT

The MeArm Kits are easy-to-build robot arm kits that are designed to get makers of all ages learning about technology, engineering and programming. Coming in three versions (Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Micro:Bit) each kit has been expressly designed to be easy to build, code, learn and use making them a great stepping stone into the world of robotics! 

Note: There are 3 versions of this kit.

Electric Paint Circuit Kit

£14.40 inc VAT

Everything you need to learn about parallel circuits, with no tools, programming or special skills required.

Your design and electronics projects are about to change forever, with this easy to use electrically conductive paint. Paint circuits, or use as a conductive adhesive on almost anything, including paper, plastic, textiles and conventional electronics.

Learn how Electric Paint works and tune your electronics skills by drawing a circuit. Control your lights, with a simple break in the circuit, gives you control over your LEDs.

 

Conductive Paint Kit
Google Vision Kit

Google AIY Vision Kit

£124 inc VAT

Google AIY Projects brings do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to your maker projects. The Google AIY Vision Kit lets you build an image recognition device that can see and identify objects, powered by TensorFlow’s machine learning models.

This solderless kit includes everything you need to put it together and set up, then you've got your very own hackable object recognition camera!

Google AIY Voice Kit

£73.99 inc VAT

 

Need directions to your nearest dry cleaner? Or maybe you need to send a hands-free email? Perhaps you just want to know what the weather's like in Timbuktu. Ask your little friend – the Google AIY Voice Kit V2! 

This solderless kit includes everything you need to put it together and set up, then you've got your very own hackable voice assistant!

Google Voice Kit

 

Gift Ideas for Gamers

Do you know someone who really loves their video games? From handheld game consoles to wireless chargers to keyboards, here you'll find some fantastic gifts that will make any gamer happy while allowing them to learn and develop new and interesting skills along the way!  

USB Cable Organiser

D-Pad USB Cable Organiser

£10.00 inc VAT

A USB hub designed after the most fundamental part of the video game controller the D-pad. Each USB input has a power light indicator so you’ll know your devices are connected

 Retroflag SNES Case

£17.99 inc VAT

This "SNES" inspired Raspberry Pi case was specifically designed to look, feel and operate as much like the original North American version of the system as possible. With fully functional Power, Reset buttons and LED indicators this case gives an authentic games console experience.

Raspberry Pi Case

Videogame Style Wireless Charger

SNES Controller Wireless Charger

£16.99 inc VAT

Charge all of your mobile devices in style with this retro "SNES" inspired wireless charger that'll look great on any desk or with any gaming set-up. It has smart device recognition with a built-in power chip and MCU for advanced safety protection against over current and voltage supply. It's capable of a large induction distance and 360-degree device placement. It'll automatically switch to current charging mode once fully charged to protect your phone's battery.

Kittenbot Meowbit

From £41.99 inc VAT

Meowbit is a card-sized graphical retro game computer that allows you to code using the Makecode arcade or Python. It aims to combine the fun of gaming and learning to code!

Microbit Games Controller

Keybow MINI (3-key) Macro Pad Kit

£19.99 inc VAT

This kit has everything you need (just add a Raspberry Pi Zero WH and micro-SD card) to build your own mini macro pad. With RGB-illuminated, hot-swap, mechanical switches, and clear keycaps. It's the perfect way to add a tiny macro pad to your desk, or to use as a little osu! controller.

Keybow Mini Mechanical Keyboard Kit

£49.97 inc VAT

Keybow is a fun, affordable, easy-to-build, solderless, DIY mini mechanical keyboard. It's Raspberry Pi-powered, with twelve illuminated keys, hot-swap clicky or linear switches, clear keycaps, and awesome customisable layouts and macros. It's the ultimate macro pad.

DIY macro Keyboard mini size

"NES" Style Retro USB Gamepad

£2.99 inc VAT

Go retro with this wired, USB game controller in the classic "NES" design.

This is not an official Nintendo product, but a 3rd party USB type replica that is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Windows and Mac

"SNES" Style Retro USB Gamepad

£2.99 inc VAT

Go retro with this wired, USB game controller in the classic "SNES" design.

This is not an official Nintendo product, but a 3rd party USB type replica that is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Windows and Mac

 

Bluetooth Gaming Pad

£39.98 inc VAT

The 8Bitdo SF30 Pro wireless Bluetooth game controller has the classic D-pad and button layout, it reminds you of games consoles from the 80's and 90's. The SF30 Pro wireless Bluetooth game controller works with iOS and Android phones, it also supports Windows, macOS, Steam, Nintendo Switch.

 Arduboy Handheld Console

£46.00 inc VAT

Arduboy is a miniature game system the size of a credit card. It comes installed with a classic 8-bit game and can be reprogrammed from a library of open source games available online.

Arduboy is open source so you can learn to code and create your own games or simply play other peoples creations. Games for the Arduboy are made by users!

 

Handheld Console for Coding Games

DIY Games Console

Binary Blaster

£31.00 inc VAT

Binary Blaster is a game designed to help teach what binary numbers are and how to convert from decimal (and hexadecimal) to binary quickly. The game displays a value on the dual 7-segment displays, and the player is challenged to press the buttons in a way that represents the binary equivalent. 

Each Binary Blaster comes as an easy to assemble PTH soldering kit, and it’s up to you to solder it all together! If you’re new to soldering and looking to learn about the wonderful world of binary, then the Binary Blaster Kit is a great place to start!

Simon Says

£25.00 inc VAT

This is the latest version of the popular through-hole Simon Says Kit. Changes to the board make it easier than ever for a beginner to build! All components are through-hole, making this kit a great place to start when you’re learning to solder. When building this kit, you’ll have a chance to solder a 28-pin microprocessor, LEDs, battery clips and, of course, you’ll have your very own Simon game!

Simon Says Soldering Kit

Soldering Kit Simon Says Game

Simon Tilts

£32.99 inc VAT

This through-hole soldering kit is great for a number of reasons, firstly it's a fantastic way to learn how to solder, second, it’s a fun game to play and lastly, it’s a development platform for future projects.

Picade Desktop Arcade Machine

From £150 inc VAT

The ultimate desktop retro arcade machine! Picade is a Raspberry Pi-powered mini arcade that you build yourself, with authentic arcade controls, a high resolution 4:3 display that's ideal for retro gaming, and a punchy speaker to hear those 8-bit game soundtracks at their best!

Picade comes in kit form, and it'll take around two to three hours to build. The cabinet is made from powder-coated MDF, giving it a quality look and feel similar to a full-size arcade.

DIY Arcade Cabinet

 

Other Great Gift Ideas

Lastly, we have some other gift ideas that are a good choice for anyone who likes something a little bit different, from phone chargers to E-Sewing to 007 Kits. You're bound to find something in this list that will please someone!

Unicorn Soldering Badge

Unicorn Soldering Badge Kit

£8.99 inc VAT

A Unicorn finished in white and gold with a single rainbow effect colour changing LED this badge looks great.

It’s a simple kit to make and should take around 5-15 minutes to make depending on your soldering ability.

Helping Third Hand Magnifier

£7.49 inc VAT

This tool is good for holding small PCBs and wires for tinning or soldering to parts. Every part can rotate around in any way with thumbscrews and wingnuts. With a 2.5" diameter 4x magnifying glass good for checking out your soldering technique while the weighted base keeps everything steady

Electronics Stand with Magnifier

Phone and Electronics Charger

Pirl Charger

£70.00 inc VAT

The Pirl Charger is built for demanding users who require fast charging, superior electrical protection, flexibility, and visibility of power usage. It charges multiple USB devices at their fastest rate with no throttling.

AdaBox 007

£85.99 inc VAT

This is the perfect gift for folks who are just getting started in the world of DIY electronics.

You'll use your brains and hands to solve puzzles, send secret messages, bypass locks, and listen in on the radio waves around you. Then you'll build some electronic projects that will teach you about security while having fun. You'll learn how real hackers and security experts work, and at the same time how to protect yourself from spying eyes.

Adabox
e-textiles electronics kit

Lilypad Sewable Electronics Kit

£120.54 inc VAT

The LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit lets you explore the wonderful world of electronic sewing (e-sewing) and e-textiles through a series of introductory projects using the LilyPad system. You'll learn how to sew basic circuits to light up LEDs, control them with buttons and switches and even experiment with a pre-programmed LilyMini circuit that reacts to ambient light levels. In addition to LilyPad LEDs and battery holders, the kit comes with two LilyPad ProtoSnap boards that let you explore the circuit before you sew the pieces into a project.

NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ Developer Kit

£113.99 inc VAT

This Kit delivers the computer performance to run modern AI workloads at an unprecedented size, power, and cost. Developers, learners, and makers can now run AI frameworks and models for applications like image classification, object detection, segmentation, and speech processing.

The developer kit can be powered by micro-USB and comes with extensive I/Os, ranging from GPIO to CSI. This makes it simple for developers to connect a diverse set of new sensors to enable a variety of AI applications.

Nvidia developer computer kit
Dobot robotics kit

Dobot AI Starter Kit

£299.99 inc VAT

Born for teaching artificial intelligence, the AI-Starter is an entry-level educational robot platform and an integrated robot learning suite integrating mechanisms, electronics and programming, it is also compatible with Arduino motherboards.

Antex XS25 Soldering Iron 230V 25W

£28.99 inc VAT

The Antex XS25 soldering iron 25W is ideal for all general soldering applications. It comes fitted with an Antex 50 bit 2.3mm chisel tip, a basic metal stand and a 1.5m PVC mains cable (UK plug).

Soldering Iron
Electronics testing tweezers

SMD Component Testing Tweezers

£34.42 inc VAT

These tweezers are perfect for anyone who does a lot of work with SMD components (and hey, who isn't these days?) Use these instead of squinting and trying to use clumsy multimeter probes to detect an LED's colour, polarity or resistor/cap value!

M5 StickC+ Development Kit

£22.00 inc VAT

M5Stick-C is a mini M5Stack, powered by an ESP32. It is a portable, easy-to-use, open-source, IoT development board.

What it can do? This tiny block is able to realise your project ideas, enlightening your creativity, and helping with your IoT prototyping quickly, which helps you save a lot of time and effort during the development process.

m5stack development kit
Faces kit for m5

M5 Faces Pocket Computer

£67.99 inc VAT

The FACES Kit is a feast of interchangeable panels, including keyboards, gaming and calculators. With a MEGA328 processor, communication protocol through IIC(0x08) as slave mode. Each of these 3 different panels (Video Games, Calculator and PC), make it easy to support keyboard interaction with your M5Core.

WatchX

£85.99 inc VAT

WatchX is a multi-purpose wearable development board that anyone can use. It's compatible with Arduino/Scratch/Atmel Studio programming interfaces so that users can program the watchX into a completely new device. From gaming to health monitoring, watchX can be used for the development of new wearable applications. The board will allow anyone to unleash their imagination and boost their programming skills on the go.

DIY Watch Kit
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