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I recently received an award from work in the form of an Amazon gift card/code.  I will likely put half of it towards textbooks, as I am still in college and need those things, but I want to spend the rest on something fun. 

I don't have any particular project in mind, but I am looking for all-around useful or fun stuff.  The only restrictions is I have to be able to pay for it with Amazon credit. 

Any ideas?
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 Arduino wise, what do you have already for programming? Why did you get involve with Arduino? Maybe you can provide a little more direction toward what interests you.
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If you are in college and need books anyway, then there is no need to spend the remaining $50 at Amazon for fun. Instead it is time to learn some basic accounting. Just leave the $50 for further book purchases and take $50 in cash from you book budget. Now the question becomes: how to spend $50.

What I usually do with this kind of Amazon gift cards is to let them sit and wait. Sooner or later (usually sooner) I find something to buy at Amazon anyway. And I always account like outlined above.
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Funny that you mention that, I just did last night ($102.91).   Some very large pad-per-hole veroboards.  I got the last five (for the time being) of these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064TJYR6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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More Information:  I got involved with Arduino mostly control and interface with motors and sensors.  I help coach a Science Olympiad team and their robotic events so I have ended up working on a lot of robotics related projects for them.  The last two projects for them were a sumo bot and a robot arm.  I even built my own H-bridge before I realized that people sell pre-packaged ones.  My ideas for future projects currently include pointing a gimbaled camera or trying to build a phased array microphone.  Yes, I know that second one is not well suited for the Arduino. 

What I have already:  A Dueliminova, a good stock of parts (notably always missing the part I really need), and a decent set of equipment minus a function generator (I doubt $50 is going to get me much there).

What I am already considering:
Headers and Jumper Wire (Who can honestly say they have enough?)
SD shield in some form
Motor Driver or Relay board / Shield
Mega (Many of my projects seem to be pin limited, how is the mega comp. to what I have?)
Solid Core Wire (I'm running low)
Small Solar Panel (sick of replacing batteries for our thermometer station)
Perf. Board (Thanks JoeN, you reminded me I was getting low.  I was never one for veroboard, but perf board is another story)

Note: As Udo pointed out, because I will be buying books from Amazon anyways this is really equivalent to cash, and thus I could get something anywhere.  So I guess the new question is how should I spend $50.  I've enjoyed reading your suggestions so far, and if nothing else tell me how you would spend $50.
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minus a function generator (I doubt $50 is going to get me much there).

Not much, but something:

http://www.amazon.com/50KHz-Sine-Square-Function-Generator/dp/B006LMZ326
http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-UK307-Function-Generator-Assembled/dp/B005UK6PLI
http://www.amazon.com/Same-as-FG-500-Kit-Form/dp/B0002MQEW4/

I wonder why they went with RCA and not BNC on there...  That is irritating.
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Interesting products/kits.  I'll have to look at them in more detail when I have time. I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would put an RCA jack there unless it was meant for audio testing. 

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So I guess the new question is how should I spend $50.  I've enjoyed reading your suggestions so far, and if nothing else tell me how you would spend $50.

I'd be tempted to pick up this Sparkfun soldering iron. Some folks here are liking it, and the old Hakko I have on loan isn't performing as well as I'd like. I'd get a couple spare tips too, putting me a bit over $50, not including shipping and tax.
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