2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Each year we put together a list of products that we believe could find a solution for anyone on your gift list. Robot kit? Check. Screwdriver set? Check. Oscilloscope? Check. We even have RC cars and wireless speakers. Seriously, especially if you are already placing an order at Digi-Key, you’re going to want to check this out and add some cool gift ideas to your cart.

As I mentioned, there is literally something for any of a broad range of people here (everyone perhaps?), from required expertise to price, it’s all here.

1. The remote control truck. Aside from the very low price point, the mecanum wheels turn the cool meter up a notch on this truck, enabling it to drift left or right, which is a unique feature from standard RC cars.

2. A fully open-source DIY robot kit with a 3D printed body. The Otto DIY robot kit contains everything you need to get started. From fully detailed documentation to all the physical hardware that’s necessary to assemble, this kit would be a fun, educational gift.

3. Looking for a more complex open-source robotics kit? Look no further than the Bittle Kit. This fully-assembled kit is compatible with multiple programming environments for user selection.

4. Have a gardener in your life? This grow kit will allow them to grow their favorite plants all year long.

5. Weather fanatics will swoon at this easy-to-use weather station kit.

6. Speakers and headphones you say? Yup, we’ve got ‘em.

7. Feeling nostalgic? Who wouldn’t love this Nixie Tube Clock Kit?

8. Have a soldering or assembly project? Choose between a highly popular soldering station, a hot air/soldering station combo, or a toaster oven/reflow control board to create your own SMD soldering solution.

9. How about other assembly tools? This deluxe tool kit contains so many goodies for someone setting up their lab area, or perhaps a budding engineer. Maybe all you need is a screwdriver set, or an electric screwdriver set (and no, I don’t mean a drill)?

10. What about learning a new technology? We’ve got Bluetooth kits, sensor kits, IoT kits, Pocketbeagle Grove Kits, and more.

11. Into Edge Computing? Definitely check out the Odyssey Blue: Quad Core Celeron J4125 Windows 10 Mini PC. The specs on this thing will have you adding to cart before you realize what’s happened.

12. O-scopes are one of those things you don’t always NEED, but when you do need it, you’ll be wishing you had preemptively purchased one. Here are a couple of options to choose from on two ends of the spectrum - 20MHz and 200MHz.

13. Need a high-power Bluetooth amplifier for an upcoming project?

14. Take a look at this funky yet functional wireless charger.

15. Who isn’t taking videos with their cell phones these days? Add this video fill-light to your wishlist to really ramp up the quality of the videos you shoot.

Still didn’t see anything you need for yourself or anyone on your list? There are plenty of other quality products listed down below. Go ahead and peruse through these, and hopefully, Digi-Key can be your one-stop shop to ease your holiday shopping this year!

GS1325-ND  Global Spec Power supply https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/global-specialties/1325/7606532?s=N4IgTCBcDaIOIGUCMBmMBWAtAOQCIgF0BfIA
1597-110061162-ND Seeed Arduino Starter Kit https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/seeed-technology-co-ltd/110061162/12093286
1927-56101-ND KITRONIK LAB:BIT EDUCATIONAL https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/kitronik-ltd/56101/15652529
2648-SC0915CT-ND RASPBERRY PI PICO RP2040 BOARD https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/raspberry-pi/SC0915/13624793
3187-RDLK1901-ND ROTRICS LUXURY KIT https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/rotrics/RDLK1901/13574377
2700-901-0057-200-ND ROBOTIS PLAY 600 PETS INT https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/robotis/901-0057-200/12349127
1597-104990742-ND Seeed WS2812 RGB LED STRIP (5M) WITH IR REMOTE & BLUETOOTH CONTROL https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/seeed-technology-co-ltd/104990742/13635872
2197-NC-IN14-4-WOOD-ND CLOCK WITH 4 IN14 TBS WOOD BASE https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/tubedepot/NC-IN14-4-WOOD/10489697
Multiple Touchscreen gloves https://www.digikey.com/short/jmtrvnbh
1742-1327-ND TRADESMAN PRO TOUGH BOX COOLER https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/klein-tools-inc/55600/1742-1327-ND/7563803
1597-102110477-ND ODYSSEY - X86J4105864 SBC https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/seeed-technology-co-ltd/102110477/13572077
2221-K051-B-ND M5STAMP PICO DIY KIT  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/m5stack-technology-co-ltd/K051-B/14672109
1050-ABX00053-ND ARDUINO NANO RP2040 CONNECT HDRS  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/arduino/ABX00053/14123937
1528-5139-ND DIGITAL DESKTOP MULTIMETER / BLU https://www.digikey.com/short/5qrnmbq2
1050-AKX00025-ND STUDENT KIT EN https://www.digikey.com/short/r7tv932v
1927-5674-ND AIR QUALITY/ENVIRO FOR MICRO:BIT  https://www.digikey.com/short/2050pnt5
2221-K034-ND M5STACK TOUGH ESP32 IOT DEV KIT https://www.digikey.com/short/vw5595wb
1989-KT-MMK-01-ND ROBOTICS KIT FOR PI-TOP [4] - BU https://www.digikey.com/short/833j2fn7
1597-102991299-ND WIO TERMINAL ATSAMD51 +RTL8720DN  https://www.digikey.com/short/vdq8bd44
705-1056-ND BATTERY TESTER  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/amprobe/BAT-250/5395895
EX355-ND PROFESSIONAL MULTIMETER TRUE RMS https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/flir-extech/EX355/7785974
431-2150-ND 7 Pc. Insualted Pliers/Cutters & Screwdriver Set https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/wiha/32858/8569563
1778-PIM534-ND INKY IMPRESSION (7 COLOUR EPAPER HAT) https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/pimoroni-ltd/PIM534/13556908
2648-SC0261-ND RASPBERRY PI HQ CAMERA  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/raspberry-pi/SC0261/12339164
1528-2181-ND HUZZAH32 ESP32 FEATHER  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/adafruit-industries-llc/3405/7244967
1738-MBT0021-EN-3-ND micro:Maqueen Plus with micro:Maqueen Mechanic https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/dfrobot/MBT0021-EN-3/13592768
1742-AEPJS2-ND Rechargable Bluetooth® Speaker with Magnetic Strap  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/klein-tools-inc/AEPJS2/11570486
1690-1007-ND RASPBERRY PI 7" TOUCH SCREEN LCD https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/raspberry-pi/8997466/6152806
1597-1439-ND DSO NANO V3  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/seeed-technology-co-ltd/109990013/5488232
2013-1002-ND ATLAS DCA - semiconductor component analyser  https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/peak-electronic-design-limited/DCA55/9687218
1742-VDV500-705-ND TONE & PROBE TESTER AND TRACER https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/klein-tools-inc/VDV500-705/11497545
2221-K056-ND M5STAMP C3 MATE WITH PIN HEADERS https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/m5stack-technology-co.-ltd./K056/15667527

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Ashley Awalt is a Technical Content Developer that has been with Digi-Key Electronics since 2011. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology & Automated Systems from Northland Community & Technical College through the Digi-Key scholarship program. Her current role is to assist in creating unique technical projects, documenting the process and ultimately participating in the production of video media coverage for the projects. In her spare time, Ashley likes to – oh, wait, is there such a thing as spare time when you’re a mom?

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