Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kit
Unless you’ve spent the last three years living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the Raspberry Pi. This credit card sized computer is the ultimate building block for endless project possibilities. You could spend your Christmas holiday tinkering with blinking lights, motors and sensors, or maybe it’s time to build your first robot. This Ultimate Starter Kit from Amazon provides everything the beginner needs for £56.99.
Keep up to date with the latest Raspberry Pi news, get inspired by project ideas and grab yourself some freebies with the official Raspberry Pi magazine. Subscribe before 21st December and you’ll get a free Pi Zero, too! The tiny Pi Zero is half the size of the Raspberry Pi Model A, but faster. Physical subscriptions start from £12.99 for three issues.
Touch Screen Gloves
Let’s be honest, buttons are so 1990s. Mobiles quickly evolved, but sadly our fingers did not. We’re still vulnerable to the cold, and there’s a hard choice to make during the winter months – should you take off your gloves, answer that text and sacrifice your fingers to the night? Grab yourself a pair of touch screen gloves and you won’t ever have to make that choice again. This cosy looking pair is available from Red5 for £4.95.
Expose the ultimate nerd within you with this binary clock. Split into hours, minutes and seconds, telling the time may take a little getting used to but once you’ve mastered binary time, it’s impressive. It's also affordable at just £29.95.
Create your own flashing shoes or GPS hats with Adafruit Wearables. After tinkering with the set and testing your circuit with crocodile clips, sew the whole thing together with conductive thread.
This Gemma Starter Pack from Amazon has everything you need to get create your first wearable bit of tech for £26.90.
Sensu Solo Paintbrush Stylus
Inspired by a traditional paintbrush, this product gives you the freedom to create your masterpieces digitally and on the go! No need to carry a truckload of supplies with you, your tablet and stylus will suffice. Get yours now for £24.95.
UI Sketch Pad and Stencil Starter Pack
If you’re longing for detailed user interface concept sketches, then this is for you. UI Stencils offer an extensive range of sketchpads and stencils for both website and mobile applications. Although items can be bought separately, this £49.99 starter pack is great fun and very accessible.
3Doodler – 3D Printing Pen
Did you used to watch Penny Crayon in awe, dreaming that your drawings would come to life too? 3D printing was once a futuristic, dreamlike concept but 3D printers are slowly becoming more and more affordable. It won’t be long until they’re a household norm. Until then, check out this absolutely fantastic 3D pen for £66.01 from the3doodler.com. You can draw yourself a pair of scissors, a candle holder, miniature landmarks, braille… the list is endless.