The Raspberry Pi is a capable little computer which can be used for many different things: electronics projects, games, media server, Internet secure proxy server, spreadsheets, word-processing, etc. It also plays high-definition video. It can be used by kids to learn programming. However, it comes as a bare computer board:
It might be a cool gift idea! However, if you are buying it as a gift we highly recommend to get at least a case for it – so the person you are buying it for can start comfortably using it right away. Also we recommend getting a power supply for
it. Even though it’s powered through a standard micro USB (5v)
connection – we found that 90%(!) of problems that people report to us
are power supply related. We highly recommend getting these two items with your first Pi.
If you're looking for a complete kit that includes the Pi, power supply, case, pre-loaded operating system software, and cables, and perhaps a keyboard, check out our assembled kits for everything you'll need to get up and running: