I am not going to list them, because I am sure you know how to Google, and I am not going to tell you which one to buy, however I will tell you that I decided to buy the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit. You can work out which one suits you.
The Sparkfun inventor's kit not only comes with an Arduino UNO, but also a wide array of bits and pieces to muck around with. You can buy it in Australia from Australian Robotics.
•Arduino Uno USB
•Arduino and breadboard holder
•Printed 36-page Oomlout manual
•12 color circuit overlays
•Clear Bread Board
•74HC595 Shift Register
•DC Motor with wires
•TMP36 Temp Sensor
•6' USB Cable
•Red and Green LEDs
•Big 12mm Buttons
•330 and 10K Resistors
The manual that comes with the kit is not the best manual in the world, but it does redirect you to a much more useful site online. I thoroughly recommend this kit for beginners. It will point you in the right direction, and once you start tinkering, there is no turning back. You won't stop talking about it. Totally awesome.
And when you get through the 12 sketches (and their recommended variations), you can't help but feel a sense of power. The power to create light, create sound, create movement, and the ability to discover the world around you like you never have before.
Regardless if you decide to buy a kit or not, there are a few individual items that are essential. If you don't buy them now, you will later on.
- Soldering iron
- Helping hands with magnifyer - good for holding that component / wire when you need a 3rd hand
- Alligator clips
- Wires - to connect your sensors/motors etc (Male/Male wires) and (Female/Female wires)
- A button or a switch of some sort - preferably one that can be put on a breadboard.
- Resistors (330K and 10K)
- External Power supply for Arduino board : to liberate your Arduino
Feel free to put a recommended kit in the comments.