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element14 gets into the holiday spirit with holiday projects, giveaways and gift ideas


The 750,000-members-strong community, element14, aims to bring good cheer to engineers this holiday season with its annual Engineer and Maker’s Wishlist. In addition to ideas for the perfect gift, element14 is getting into the holiday spirit with three separate giveaways, giving its members the chance to win prize packs for circuit assembly, test and measurement and even the ultimate Raspberry Pi bundle. And to top it all off, element14 is hosting a holiday-themed design challenge for its members to share what the holidays mean to them.

This year’s gift guide includes all of the best products for electronics designers, ranging from stocking stuffers for young engineers to under-the-tree standouts for seasoned designers. The much-anticipated annual gift guide is created for engineers, by engineers, and has gifts they’re sure to love:

Stocking Stuffers for Young Engineers:

  • CodeBug and accessories: The cutest, easiest to program, wearable, portable embedded electronics platform that is very ‘hackable’ in what it can do, Codebug is a great starter to embedded hardware control.
  • Micro:bit V2 and accessories: V2 of the beloved micro:bit features additional sensors and a microphone to enhance this microcontroller platform designed to introduce programming techniques to young minds.

Connecting Up Your Prototyping:

  • Magnifier with Helping Hands: Whether you’re soldering something that is too hot to handle, or you just need to get a grip onto a piece of hardware, this magnifier has you covered.
  • Components and Sensor Kit for Raspberry Pi: Everything you need to jump start your IoT projects on the holiday to-do list can be found in this components kit.
  • Insulated Screwdriver Set: Insulated screwdrivers are not only designed to protect engineers, but also what they’re working on. A great gift for an adventurous engineer.

Show Stopper 3D Printers

  • Multicomp i-20 3D Printer: This sturdy printer is great for makers who want to dive in and uniquely customize their 3D projects.
  • Creality CR-20 Pro: A back to basics 3D printer with hands-on control, this quality printer is great for makers familiar with 3D printing.
  •  Ultimaker S5: For those who like to dream big, this printer is capable of handling soluble print materials alongside ABS and PLA.

In addition to the dozens of product recommendations vetted by the community, element14 is keeping the holiday spirit going throughout the rest of the year with three giveaway opportunities, open through December 30:

And last but not least, element14 is hosting a holiday project competition that challenges makers to create something that reflects what the holidays mean to them. In the spirit of the season, the maker that shows the most heart will be crowned the winner and receive a tool kit (~ $500 value) that includes a handheld oscilloscope, a USB soldering iron, a bench power supply, wire strippers, along with a $400 shopping cart, and an additional $100 gift to share with another member of the community for their project. More information is available at

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