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Best 3D Printing Gifts for Makers

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by Tobias Hullette
Dec 24, 2019
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Finding 3D printing gifts for makers can be difficult, as they can make (almost) everything they want! Read on for some great 3D printing gifts!

3D Printing Gifts for Makers

What to Look For

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Presents make everyone's day! (Source: Party City)

If you have a friend or family member who’s an experienced maker, you may be overwhelmed when it comes time to buy him or her a gift. In most cases, they’d probably prefer to make what they want and have the tools to do it. In light of this, we’ve put together five fabulous 3D printing gift ideas that are sure to excite the recipient.

In determining what makers want, we considered the following:

  • Your maker friend probably has a lot of tools, so it may not be worth the risk to buy a tool that he or she already has. Instead, find tools that are easily broken, not commonly owned, or just great replacements for traditional versions.
  • Filament is also a fantastic gift idea. 3D printing makers love exciting or exotic materials.
  • 3D printing makers are always looking for machine upgrades or replacement parts.
  • Organization is often a hassle in a 3D printing workshop. Bolts and knives seem to always find a way to fall on the floor right where someone is sure to step.
  • When it comes to the work of a maker, uniqueness is a strong driving force. Personalized decoration, such as a sign, is sure to surprise your friend or family member.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some amazing gift ideas for 3D printing makers. If you still need more ideas, check out our gift guide.

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3D Printing Gifts for Makers

Tools

A maker's tool set can be quite diverse
A maker's tool set can be quite diverse (Source: Felix Garcia (Chaco) via Pinshape)

Can someone have too many tools? Ask any maker that question and they’ll most assuredly answer, “No!” That said, selecting the right tool for your friend may be difficult, especially when they already seem to have every tool on the planet, plus some. Here are some awesome tools that are great gift options for 3D printing makers:

X-Acto Knife Blades

  • What is it? X-Acto knives are essential to any makers workshop, and with blades constantly dulling or breaking, a few extras are always appreciated.
  • How much is it? $10 is close to the average price for 100 to 200 blades.
  • Where to get it? 
X-Acto Knife Blades
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Deburring Tool & Blades

  • What is it? If you haven’t heard of a deburring tool, you’re missing out. They’re excellent for making print post-processing that much easier.
  • How much is it? Expect to spend $10 to $20 on this gift.
  • Where to get it?
Deburring Tool
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BuildTak Print Removal Tool

  • What is it? Removing a finished print from a 3D printer’s build platform can be an annoying task. This genius tool from BuildTak would make your friend’s day.
  • How much is it? This tool costs around $20.
  • Where to get it?
BuildTak Spatula
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Photography Light Box

  • What is it? Especially if your maker sells designs or 3D prints, a light box is an awesome present idea. It’ll help your friend take great pictures of their work.
  • How much is it? Prices range from $10 to $300.
  • Where to get it?
Photography Light Box
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MatterHackers Tool Kit

  • What is it? If you don’t want to decide a particular item to buy, don’t. MatterHackers has already done the tough job of compiling two kits full of essential and premium 3D printing tools. The premium kit is more expensive but includes more tools.
  • How much is it? The kit of essential tools costs $49.95, whereas the premium tool kit costs $89.94.
  • Where to get them?
MatterHackers 3D Printing Tool Kit: Essentials
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If you need more tool gift ideas, check out our list of 3D printing tools.

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Filament

Every maker loves their pile of plastic!
Every maker loves their pile of plastic! (Source: 3Dnatives)

If you’ve hung around your maker friend or family member for any length of time, you’ve probably heard him or her mention filament. Who knew people could get so excited about a strand of plastic?

Us makers love materials. It’s what helps 3D printers turn ideas into physical models. But not all filament is created equal. Here are some awesome spools that are unique, beautiful, and a joy to use. Before you buy filament, be sure to check its diameter. (1.75-mm filament is used by most printers.)

These curated filaments are specialty materials, and their prices reflect this fact. If you’re looking for something cheaper, Amazon has a wide selection of spools that won’t break the bank. We even have a list of the best 3D printing filament at Amazon.

Pro Series Tough PLA

  • What is it? Plastic is so often slandered as being incredibly weak. Why not give your friend the pleasure of easily printing super-strong parts with MatterHacker’s Pro Series Tough PLA? You can also choose from a wide selection of colors.
  • How much is it? Expect to spend $52.00 for a spool of this material.
  • Where to get it?
MatterHackers PRO Series Tough PLA
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Fillamentum Vertigo Starlight PLA

  • What is it? Fillamentum has an excellent selection of filaments. We chose this particular spool because it’s a very popular filament that’s great to work with and looks even greater. We even have a review of this material for you to read. If you think another color would be better, chances are that Fillamentum has the perfect one.
  • How much is it? This gift will put you back $30 to $45.
  • Where to get it?
Fillamentum Vertigo Starlight

Fillamentum’s "Vertigo Starlight" from the Extrafill series has a beautiful dark blue tint - and some sparkling bits in it. Think of a starry night sky and you’ll get the idea.

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ColorFabb GlowFill

  • What is it? ColorFabb has lots of filaments to choose from. We chose just one awesome material from their Extrafill series. (They also have copper, wood, and steel filaments, to name a few.) This glow-in-the-dark filament may just become your maker friend’s favorite spool!
  • How much is it? This particular spool is available for about $35 from ColorFabb. MatterHackers also sells this filament for about $10 more, but shipping may be faster.
  • Where to get it?
ColorFabb GlowFill PLA
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If you still need help deciding which material to get, check out our article on the best 3D printing filaments.

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Upgrades/Hardware

These nozzles would make any 3D printing maker very happy
These nozzles would make any 3D printing maker very happy (Source: MatterHackers)

Buying a maker upgrades for his or her 3D printer isn’t always a great idea because every printer is different and not all upgrades are compatible. Also, makers tend to be very particular about their setups, which means they may not always appreciate someone else’s decisions impacting their workspace.

That said, we’ve selected a few universal 3D printer parts and upgrades that are sure to make your friend’s 3D printing experience even grander.

Ruby-Tipped Nozzle

  • What is it? Using ruby to make a 3D printer nozzle may seem like a silly idea, but it really isn’t. Ruby-tipped nozzles are excellent for prolonged use with a large variety of materials. This makes them excellent gifts, sure to tickle any maker ruby pink. Before you buy a nozzle, make sure to check the diameter. A 0.4-mm nozzle is standard.
  • How much is it? Prepare to pay $90 for this nozzle.
  • Where to get it?
Olsson Ruby Nozzles

Developed for use while printing extremely abrasive Boron Carbide filament, the Olsson Ruby 3D printer nozzle is the most wear resistant nozzle on the market.

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Nozzle Pack

  • What is it? If you’d rather buy several cheaper nozzles, rather than one expensive one, this is the gift idea for you. E3D, the popular British 3D printing online store, sells nozzle packs that can help you surprise makers without breaking the bank. The Nozzle Fun Pack includes a helpful assortment of standard nozzles, whereas the Nozzle Pro Pack includes a helpful assortment of specialty nozzles. Yet, f you want to find the perfect nozzle, take a look at our nozzle guide.
  • How much is it? The fun pack costs around $40. The pro pack costs around $90.
  • Where to get it?
E3D Extra Nozzles: Fun Pack
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LEDs

  • What is it? Ignore what your friend says. No matter how much anyone says that they prefer function over form, everyone still wants their things to look good. LEDs are an excellent addition to the frame or enclosure of a 3D printer.
  • How much is it? Amazon has a wide selection of LED strips (even in different colors), costing around $20 per 16.4 feet.
  • Where to get it?
LED Strip Lighting
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Raspberry Pi 4

  • What is it? In case you didn’t already know, the Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that’s an excellent base for all sorts of projects. For example, with a Pi, one can rig their 3D printer to be controllable over WiFi. Don’t think your friend will be interested in something so mainstream? No problem – there are plenty of Raspberry Pi alternatives.
  • How much is it? This gift will cost around $50, give or take $10.
  • Where to get it?
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B comes with a fast processor, dual HDMI outputs, 1, 2 or 4 GB RAM, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 5.0.

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Organization

Every maker wishes his or her space was this neat
Every maker wishes his or her space was this neat (Source: Paul Verbiton)

Despite their messy workspaces, most makers would agree that they love organizers. Here are some wonderful items that are sure to earn an honorable place in your friend’s making space.

Heavy-Duty Shelf

  • What is it? A good shelving unit is a must-have for any productive workshop, a 3D printing workshop being no exception. Consider buying a heavy-duty shelf for your friend to put all his tools, prints, 3D printers, and whatever else they need. Or maybe a workbench is a better fit? We’ve got you covered for that as well with our list of awesome 3D printing workbenches.
  • How much is it? Expect to pay between $50 and $100, depending on the size of the shelf. This particular shelf that we’ve selected is medium-sized and priced right in the middle.
  • Where to get it?
Metal Shelves
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Hardware Bins

  • What is it? Hardware components are notorious for falling right where you’re about to step. Eliminate the pain of this issue by buying some hardware bins. Though the set of drawers that your granddaddy used for his fishing gear may be a popular option, perhaps take a look at a set of wall-mounted storage bins that allow users to see the contents of each “drawer”.
  • How much is it? This particular product costs $36. Other bin types will be in this ballpark as well.
  • Where to get it?
Hardware Bins
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Pegboard

  • What is it? Pegboards are great to mount on workshop walls. They allow for quick, easy organization, and look nice. Hundreds of models are available online and in your local hardware store. Take your pick.
  • How much is it? This pegboard (which includes accessories) is available for just under $100.
  • Where to get it?
Pegboard
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Miscellaneous

You can customize this sign to make a super gift
You can customize this sign to make a super gift (Source: 3Dwoodworker via Etsy)

Sometimes the best gift is a random gift. It is unique, spontaneous, and just plain fun. If you’re looking for such a gift for your maker friend. Consider these three ideas:

Custom Workshop Sign

  • What is it? A unique sign is a great way to set a workshop apart. A personalized sign that will make your friend smile every time they see it is a great gift idea.
  • How much is it? This particular personalized sign is a best-selling item on Etsy, costing $84.
  • Where to get it? Etsy

Mini Fridge

  • What is it? Making, though fun, can be frustrating (and exhausting!). Parts break, ideas fail, etc. A mini fridge may be the perfect way to combat those issues. When your friend is working hard at a problem, a cold drink or delicious snack may be just the thing to get things working again.
  • How much is it? Amazon’s choice costs approximately $40.
  • Where to get it?
Mini Fridge
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Gift Card

  • What is it? When all else fails, gift cards are great presents. You pick the price, they pick the stuff.
  • How much is it? It’s up to you!
  • Where to get it? Amazon and MatterHackers are great stores from which to buy gift cards.

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