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Mother’s Day Gifts – 10 Best Models for Mum

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by Tobias Hullette
May 11, 2019

Mother's day is a great time to remind your mama how much you love her! What better way to do that than with a unique 3D printed gift? Keep reading to find 10 great models to WOW your MOM.

Mother's Day Gifts

Enjoying the Presence (Presents) of 3D Printing

3D printed gift boxes in all their glory.
3D printed gift boxes in all their glory. Source: GoldXD / Thingiverse

Mother’s day is just around the corner! On Sunday, you will get to remind your mama (or mum or mom or mother or mommy or ma or…) just how much you love and respect her.

Even if you already have the perfect gift for her, why not add to it with additive manufacturing? With a 3D printer, you can make unique presents that show your appreciation.

Let’s take a look at 10 lovely models for you to print on Mother’s Day.

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Mother's Day Gifts

Two-Way Mother's Day Art

The model under different perspectives.
The model under different perspectives. Source: johnnyray / Thingiverse

What is it? Now you see it, now you don’t! This optical illusion is an impressive design that literally says you love your mom. This model is printed with an elliptical base that will let your mom easily display her gift and be constantly reminded of her favorite child… (We all know it’s you!) Let’s not forget about Mum though. The designer also includes a second file that says “Mum” instead of “Mom”.

At 0.2-mm layer height and 20% infill, this Thing takes a bit over 3 hours and around 35 g of material. Plus, no support material is required! That is a small price to pay for such an awesome gift! 

Who designed it? johnnyray

Who printed it? Several Thingiverse users have made this design, that looks good in any color.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Gift Box

The butterfly box showing off its figure.
The butterfly box showing off its figure. Source: 3DPRINTINGWORLD / Thingiverse

What is it? Actually, this Mother’s Day 3D print is not, per se, a print for Mother’s Day. However, it would certainly be a wonderful present. This beautiful butterfly box has a secret way of opening it. So, it could make an awesome jewelry box, candy box, or even the gift box for another present.

This design does include a significant amount of parts to be printed, however, the result is stunning. You may want to make sure you have enough filament before beginning this gift, though. It requires about 330 g at 100% scale. 

Keep in mind, this is obviously not the only gift box you can print for Mother’s Day. Thousands of models are available on Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, Cults3D, and Pinshape.

Who designed it? 3DPRINTINGWORLD

Who printed it? Over 160 Thingiverse makers have posted prints of this model. Several have even remixed this Thing so that it has another design instead of butterflies. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse or on Pinshape

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That's not plastic! ... is it?
That's not plastic! ... is it? Source: Marius / MyMiniFactory

What is it? Mamas love flowers! If they’re on your “give list” but you don’t want to buy them, you can 3D print them! You would never be able to finish reading this article if we included every single lovely flower model that you could 3D print, so we just included a neat flower that might just be the perfect one. 

This flower takes about 20 g of material and 2 hours of print time. You may notice, however, that there’s no file included for the stem of the flower. After printing the carnation, simply heat the end of 20-gauge wire and push it into the plastic. Tada! Your Mother’s Day present is complete. You may want to print more than one though. A bouquet of these carnations is positively breath-taking. 

Who designed it? Tanya Wiesner

Who printed it? Three makes of this model have been posted on MyMiniFactory. Only various shades of white and red have been used so far. But just like real-life carnations, they look good in any color. So, have fun with your filament choices!

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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Flower Vase

Three of the designs included in this Thing.
Three of the designs included in this Thing. Source: YSoft_be3D / Thingiverse

What is it? Now that you have a unique 3D printed bouquet, why settle for a boring, ordinary vase? This next gift idea is unique, beautiful, useful, and even easy to print. We should actually probably say “gift ideas”. This design includes four different models with different features. Pick the one that your mama would love the most.

Of course, this is not the only vase you can 3D print. Vase designs can be found all over Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, Cults3D, and many other platforms. If the vast amount of vases to choose from is overwhelming, take a look at our curated list of the best vases to print

Who designed it? YSoft_be3D

Who printed it? This design is approaching 400 makes on Thingiverse. At at height of 200 mm, it takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Basically, in no time, your Mother’s Day flowers will be “growing” in style. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse (with other designs available on MyMiniFactory, Cults3D, and Pinshape

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This low-poly ring is low-key lovely.
This low-poly ring is low-key lovely. Source: levenement71 / Thingiverse

What is it? If you want to find a 3D printable jewelry model for Mother’s Day, you won’t have to look very hard. Search “Jewelry”, “Ring”, or “Bracelet” in your favorite 3D model website, and you will be met with thousands of designs. Some are elegant. Some are fun. Some even celebrate open source hardware

This particular model is a fun design, but you can even take this gift idea a step further. Various 3D printing services sell 3D printed jewelry fabricated in metal! Shapeways, for example, has a stunning assortment. 

Who designed it? levenement71

Who printed it? 3D printed jewelry has caused quite a stir. Perhaps its popularity is due to the ease and speed of printing as well as the beautiful final piece.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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2D Wall Art

This pineapple is just one example of unique 2D wall art.
This pineapple is just one example of unique 2D wall art. Source: UnpredictableLabs / Thingiverse

What is it? Moms are great at decorating. Why not help her out this Mother’s Day with some 3D printed 2D wall art? 3D printing 2D art might seem paradoxical, but paradoxical or not, the result is lovely. This particular model depicts a pineapple, but with a quick search on Thingiverse, you should find lots of models that your mama would love. 

2D wall art is also easy and quick to print. You don’t have to use much material and the final piece is simply beautiful.

Who designed it? UnpredictableLab

Who printed it? 2D wall art has sort of taken the 3D printing community by storm. Thousands of makers have printed 2D wall art. Color choice does depend on the environment in which it will be displayed, but black always seems to look nice. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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A Mona Lisa lithophane.
A Mona Lisa lithophane. Source: MakerBot / Thingiverse

What is it? This next Thing is actually not one particular model. It is rather a customizable design that allows you to 3D print your own pictures in the form of a lithophane. Simply open this design in Thingiverse’s Customizer and replace Mona Lisa with your picture of choice. 

The finished print will look like a weird topographical map until you put a light behind it. When you do, your picture will appear! This is sure to be a great present for Mother’s Day. 

Who designed it? MakerBot 

Who printed it? Over 100 Thingiverse users have printed this customizable thing. Remember to print in a white filament, at 100% infill, and using a high resolution.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Marking your spot has never been so fun!
Marking your spot has never been so fun! Source: Kris / MyMiniFactory

What is it? If your mother is an avid reader, you might want to consider printing her a bookmark. Losing your place in a book is frustrating. That will never happen again with this nifty print. 

Bookmarks don’t require much filament or print time, so maybe you could print several for Mother’s Day!

Who designed it? Kris

Who printed it? No one has yet printed this particular design on MyMiniFactory, perhaps you will be the first!

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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This coaster is the embodiment of form and function.
This coaster is the embodiment of form and function. Source: WallTosh / Cults3D

What is it? If your mom loves her coffee, her tea, or her organic Brazilian kale water, maybe a good Mother’s Day gift would be a fun coaster. This particular model depicts the silhouette of a tree, but with a quick search on your favorite 3D model site, you can find thousands of different coasters. 

Coasters are fun, easy to print models that don’t take much time to print or filament to print them with. Have fun with this idea. 

Who designed it? WallTosh

Who printed it? Be the first to print this model on Cults3D. Don’t expect such exclusiveness on Thingiverse, though. Over two dozen Thingiverse users have already posted makes of this design. 

Where to find it? Cults3D

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Design Your Own

A Tinkercad window with a few designs.
A Tinkercad window with a few designs. Source: Tinkercad Blog

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are thousands of other models that exist in the categories we mentioned. There are even many more different kinds of things you could print for your mama this year.

If none of the ideas caught your eye as the perfect gift, consider designing your own present for your mama. This will add to the uniqueness and sweetness of the present. If you are not an expert designer, don’t worry. Remember that Mother’s Day is not about a perfect 3D print or even a perfect present. It’s about loving and respecting your mother.

Happy Mother’s Day and happy printing!!!

Feature image source: GCode 3D / YouTube

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