Give some unique gifts this holiday season
3D prints make unique presents that can easily be customized for whoever is on your gift-giving list. You can make them yourself or have a 3D printing service whip up something using high quality materials. Your options are generally limited by what you can design (or find a design of), and how deep your wallet is.
If you know a special someone who enjoys photography, you’ve got plenty of cool 3D printed gift options. This lens cap holder can be customized to work with just about any camera. There are also pinhole lenses for both Canon and Nikon available. I've personally played with a lens extension tube, with surprisingly impressive results, and it doesn't cost you hundreds of dollars either (Canon and Nikon).
A guitar with a 3D printed body
It’s not for the faint of wallet, but a 3D printed guitar could be an amazing gift for the musically inclined. Cubify has partnered with Olaf Diegel to produce custom 3D printed guitars. I briefly spoke to a professional guitarist hired to play 3D printed guitars at a conference, and he said they performed just as well as conventional guitars.
A 3D printed Mario star tree topper
Update that star at the top of your Christmas for the 21st century with this Mario star, the perfect topper to tie the decorations together. Some Mario themed ornaments will go along with the star for a themed tree. Refrain from jumping onto the tree to grab the star, as it doesn't actually make you invincible. Your cat probably won't listen to reason though...
3D printed puzzles
No, not 10,000 piece puzzles—those would take forever to print. I'm talking about brain teaser puzzles. They won’t match the complexity of the Rubik’s Cube, but they're a fun way to pass the time and a great addition to your coffee table. There’s a set of 5 you can print, ranging in complexity. A Bedlam cube includes a bunch of shapes that, when arranged properly, form a cube. Of course there are some more traditional puzzles you can play with—here's one of Africa, with links to other continents.
With 3D printing getting more refined, more intricate prints are becoming available. Twinkind will print you insanely detailed miniatures of yourself, though it's expensive and you have to make the trip to its studio in New York. There's also Makies, which can 3D print you a customizable, posable doll. There are also plenty of pre-composed miniatures you can buy, like a tiny sad Keanu or Doge (you know, the meme).
Gardening gifts for your loved one with a green thumb
Gardening can be relaxing and rewarding, not to mention a great way to enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables straight from your backyard. ProtoParadigm has an article showing how 3D printing can make gardening easier, from simple hooks to hang trellis netting, to hydroponic plant pots that can be composted if you print them with PLA.
Designer 3D prints
If you like the concept of 3D printing, but aren't a fan of the rough feel that tends to comes along with the final product, there are some designer options to check out. Nick Graham has a collection of designer 3D printed fashion accessories for those willing to spend the money. Spaho Design has a shop on Shapeways where you can pick up some super-high-quality prints, and also a miniature President Obama riding a raptor with a machine gun while you're at it.
Pretty much anything you want, and can design
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