Circuit board gifts for electronic geeks
As self-confessed geeks ourselves, we're a big fan of Christmas presents that reflect our love of electronics – so we've been taking a look some cool and quirky circuit boards gifts for electronic geeks like us!
Finding original and fun circuit board themed presents that don't cost the earth can be a challenge, but we think that there's something on our list that's perfect for both the experienced electronics expert and youngsters taking their first steps into our world of engineering.
Recycled circuit board gifts
As PCB manufacturers, we're aware of the importance of using best practice methods to ensure that our boards are as kind as possible to the environment, and that's why think these recycled circuit board gifts from PROTECTHEPLANET are so fantastic. They have a range of gifts like coasters, cufflinks, notepads and keyrings, all created from old PCBs that would otherwise end up in landfill, which makes these the perfect gift for the eco-warrior who happens to also be an electronics geek!
With prices starting from just £4.99, you can find them here: http://www.protecttheplanet.co.uk/recycled-circuit-board-gifts.html
Circuit board clocks
Etsy is a great place to browse for unusual gifts, and it didn't disappoint when we were hunting for more circuit board inspired presents. This beautiful handmade clock featuring a laptop disk platter and motherboard is one of many inspired designs by the seller, TECOART. They're shipped from the US, so grab one quickly if you want it to arrive before Christmas.
At less than £60 including shipping from America, we think they're actually a bit of a bargain...
Photo credit: TECOART
Circuit board belt buckles
Nothing says electronics geek like a PCB belt buckle, and we've found a couple of great examples that look fantastic and will appeal to different budgets. First up is this paper printed PCB effect buckle on Etsy for about £30 including shipping. It's a solid looking buckle of nickel-plated metal and resin.
If, on the other hand, you want to push the boat out a little, we've also found these incredible buckles made from genuine recycled PCBs. They're a bit more expensive at around £60, including shipping from the US, but they're perfect for the geek who wants to make a real statement.
Photo credit: CircuitBreakerLabs
Circuit board gifts for kids
Encouraging children to explore electronics couldn't be easier with these sets designed to be a fun introduction into our industry.
Logiblocs Smart Circuit allows your younger kids to fit circuit boards together in a number of different configurations to achieve a range of results - it's the perfect toy for igniting a curiosity in electronics.
Photo credit: BrightMinds Ltd
The Elegoo Mega 2560 Starter Kit is the perfect way to take your kid's interest to the next level. Featuring over 200 components that allow your children to experiment with building, testing and robotics, it's really impressive... but be careful or they might be after your job!
As you can see, there's a great choice of circuit board gifts for electronic geeks on offer this Christmas, and don't forget that if you see something you like, it's okay to treat yourself too!