Sweeten the Holidays with Some Pi!


Are you or your loved ones craving a new hobby?  Give gifts that aren’t half-baked with the Maker Shed’s Raspberry Pi Gift Guide, which is all about the mini-computer that has taken the programming hobbyist world by storm.  If your recipients are familiar with the board, you can provide some great add-ons like the Smart Power Base, which adds mobility to the Pi by providing an external power source. To integrate your other boards, you can add Arduino ease and compatibility with the AlaMode for Raspberry Pi. If you’re just dipping your fingers into programming and want to experiment with this great learning platform, snatch up our Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.


We’ve bundled this Linux-based mini-computer in a convenient package for beginners. All you need to get started is a monitor, a USB keyboard, and mouse. This comprehensive kit includes a protective enclosure for your Pi, HDMI and USB cables, Adafruit’s cobbler breakout, an 8GB SD card, and other necessary components. The Raspberry Pi Starter Kit also comes with an excellent guide, the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book.  Making will be easy with all the tools included with this kit, and you or your recipient will be up and running with their Pi in no time.

For the more advance Pi user, try out the Pi IR Receiver with Remote from our friends at Nwazet.


Although you’ll have to plug in a USB Keyboard for your initial programming you can set up the Pi to recognize this remote after that, and never have to use the keyboard again. And it has plenty of buttons, so you can configure each to perform a different action through your Pi. Nwazet also offers a neat Pi Camera Box Bundle, which includes a fish-eye lens and all the parts required for mounting to a wall or ceiling.

Check out all of the rest of the delicious Pi gifts here!

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