5 DIY kits that make perfect gifts for practical people

Save up to 93 percent on robotics, electronics, and more.

Finding the right gift for everyone can be a challenge this time of year. If you have a friend or family member who loves practical projects, you might want to give them something to work on. Here are five great kits at the PopSci Shop, now with up to 93 percent off MSRP for a limited time.

Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle
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For anyone who wants to learn code or experiment with electronics, this starter kit is a treasure trove. It contains a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, 37 components, and 10 hours of beginner-friendly video tutorials. Worth $448.98 in total, the bundle is now only $139.99.

The Complete Raspberry Pi Course Bundle
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Perfect for new Raspberry Pi owners, this bundle of three courses helps you master the microcomputer. The learning library shows you how to set up your Pi, attach accessories, and adapt the device for Alexa-powered home automation. Normally $299.98 together, the courses are now just $19.

DIY Bionic Robot Lizard
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What better way to learn about robotics than to build a bionic reptile? Perfect for adults and kids alike, this kit comes with all the hardware you need, including a programmable remote control. It retails for $65.99, but you can get it now for $54.99.

SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit
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Another great option for budding roboteers is the SunFounder Nano. This kit has you building a friendly two-legged bot named Sloth. After assembling Sloth, you can use code to make the robot walk and dance. Worth $59.99, the Nano kit is currently 21 percent off at $46.99.

Grove: Starter Kit for Arduino
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With 16 modules, the Grove Starter Kit is perfect for learning about your Arduino and prototyping new devices. The modules connect to your Arduino without any soldering or wiring, and a full Arduino library is provided. Originally $49.90, the Grove Starter Kit is now $39.99.

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