Cool Christmas Presents I Want | 2021

I thought I would share some of the cool things I've come across lately that caught my eye as making very cool Christmas presents. Distantly-echoing hint aside, these are things I just happen to think are cool. I'm not affiliated with any of them, although I know the awesome folk at Bastl Instruments, and Anna Murray, and I actively encourage you to support both of them. Prices are the first ones I saw or made up.

 

Raspberry Pi 400

£93.90

It’s a Raspberry Pi. It’s a keyboard. A Raspberry Pi 400. It’s a Raspberry Pi designed into a keyboard.
Raspberry Pi 400 incorporates a purpose-built board based on Raspberry Pi 4. Featuring the same powerful processor, Raspberry Pi 400 has specially designed thermals to keep your computer cool and silent while you’re hard at work.
The GPIO pins remain accessible, so if you want to explore beyond the desktop, you can connect components and prototype your projects."


It's an expandable computer in a keyboard for no money. This should be in every child's stocking. This is the christmas present all future billionaires will be reminiscing about receiving in their biopic.


 


A stunning, handmade card and ink postcard piece by Anna Murray

£5


A unique handmade card and ink postcard piece, signed and posted directly to you. Treat it as a mini musical moment, or a little self-contained personal artwork.

These stunning works of art are handcrafted by Anna and shipped anywhere in the world. Get at least two, they're very impressive.


 


Adult Lego

£60+

Not that kind of Adult
"Adult" Lego - Copyright secretchicago.com/
Not sex Lego

All Lego is adult Lego.

 


Kastle 1.5 - DIY

£64




Literally, make music with this insanely versatile DIY synthesiser from the geniuses from Brno. If you can solder and read, you can make this.




Kastle is DIY friendly mini modular synthesizer ideal for beginners in modular synthesis, but it will add some quite unique functionality to any modular synthesizer system. It delivers the fun of modular synthesis at a low cost and fits into your pocket so you can play it everywhere!
 

MOOG Workstat and expander

£161


Werkstatt-01 is a patchable and compact analog synthesizer.
A gateway to the expansive world of analog synthesis, the instrument is a must-have for anyone interested in exploring classic Moog sound and circuitry through the unique, hands-on experience of a DIY synthesizer project.
This affordable, easy-to-assemble kit requires no prior electronics experience and is a perfect afternoon project.

It's a fricken DIY, expandable MOOG modular synth for £161. I don't understand how there are any of these left.I thought I would share some of the cool things I've come across lately that caught my eye as making very cool Christmas present.


 

Sarah Devereux (AKA @thedirtbird) Fine Chinaware & Art

£5+


The incessantly hilarious Sarah Devereux has a host of delightful art works including fine chinaware for sale at the Quirk Market in Dublin, if you're about. Sarah's stuff is easily the most fun per € you'll get this Christmas.



 

Merry Christmas & Happy 2022!