Christmas Gifts

3D Print Your Way Out of Christmas Shopping

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Who should read this: anyone looking of ideas to do some last minute Christmas shopping, perhaps without even leaving the house
A videogame inspired Christmas Tree topper will make your kids very happy (image: thingiverse)
A videogame inspired Christmas Tree topper will make your kids very happy (image: thingiverse)

# 1: Christmas tree decoration

Christmas trees are the holiday’s decorative culmination point, with the star on top being maybe the most highlighted feature and the one item that will irradiate the Christmas spirit. If you’re in the search for a good gift, why not go for the obvious: create a unique, videogame inspired Topper Star using your 3D printer. You can change the color, add custom details, build it bigger or even implement some LEDs into it to make it shine like no other. No matter how you do it, a Christmas tree top star is sure to be used and enjoyed this time of the year.

You can download the Christmas Tree topper at Thingiverse.


#2: New 3D printed tools

If you want to create something that will be useful year-round, though, you should probably consider something like this Wrench Tool, that is created assembled and ready to be used right away (after removing the support material on the screw area). This tool also bears a special significance as it symbolizes the modern way that machines are building tools and you can make it of any size your 3D printed can handle.

Who said you cannot use desktop 3D printing to make nice looking objects? Nervous Systems' Cellular Lamp would make a very special gift (image:
Who said you cannot use desktop 3D printing to make nice looking objects? Nervous Systems’ Cellular Lamp would make a very special gift (image:

#3 A cool individual lamp

To end the list of items you can build at home, you can also download and create a Cellular Lamp that will captivate people with its light playfulness and patterns. The design by Nervous System is truly unique and will stand out in any home. Try experimenting with colors and settings to get the best results possible, and this lamp won’t disappoint.

#4: Your little alter ego: 3D Selfies

What could be cooler than a surprise 3D printed avatar? You can use Leblox’s design application to create a “blocky” digital copy of anyone and then get them 3D printed in gypsum and delivered. The avatars are created using a colored block by block technique that gives them a unique, caricatural, pixelization effect. After you are done creating you can just order it and get it delivered to your doorsteps.

One watch with many different 3D printed belts is like many different gifts (image: Cubify)
One Nooka watch with many different 3D printed belts is like many different gifts (image: Cubify)

#5: Your perfect 3D printed watch

As we move into a premium range of 3D printed products why not invest in the amazing Nooka Watch Zub range you can find on 3D Systems’ Cubify Network? These are watches that can use interchangeable high quality 3D printed bands. Nooka is already known for its futuristic and unconventional design: the bands and accessories available for the Zub 40 line can transform them into something simply astonishing.

#6: A really unique bracelet

If you’re looking for a unique bracelet for a unique person, then this Tropezian Bracelet by Freshfibe is one of best the candidates to consider. Created by famous 3D printing designer Janne Kyttanen for his Lost Luggage collection, the outright chic design and durable nylon material make it one of the best choices of its kind in the less-than-$50 price range.  Available in 5 colors and 3 sizes, the Tropezian Bracelet will grace and adorn the hands of its wearer in the most advanced way.

It does not come cheap, but neither does any designer dress (image: Cubify)
The 3D printed Drape Dress does not come cheap, but neither does any tailor made designer dress

#7: A high class dress

Stepping into something amazing and unique, the Drape Dress is one of the most beautiful and detailed items ever to pop out of a 3D printer. Taking advantage of the new possibilities opened by the rise of the 3D printing technologies in cloth manufacturing, Freshfiber is offering something truly spectacular for consumers. Available in four colors, this dresses’ only downside is the price: a whooping $1,990!

#8: 3D printed jewelry

As we continue to explore our Christmas gift options for the ladies, we can’t turn our back to the possibility of choosing a 3D printed piece of jewelery. One of most simplistic, yet beautifully entangled, piece of jewelry that can come out of a 3D printer is called the Ora Pendant and it can be made out of almost anything. It is available in Colored Plastic ($5), Steel ($24), Bronze ($25), Brass ($30), Silver ($87), 14k Gold ($651), 18k Gold ($905) and even Platinum ($1,804), making it ideal for any wallet.

One of the coolest and most useful 3D printed designs ever "materialised" (image: iMaterialise)
One of the coolest and most useful 3D printed designs ever “materialised” (image: iMaterialise)

#9: A very unusual bottle opener

You want to buy 3D printed gift a present for him? Look no further than the Klein Bottle Opener available at iMaterialise. The design of this famous bottle opener, created by Bathsheba Grossman, derives from a mathematical paradox that wants a surface with only one side. It was built to be used as a real bottle opener, so it is rigid enough and supposed to lasts forever. There are many material choices here too, most of which cost around 77$.

#10: Your own chess piece set

Christmas means cold for the northern hemisphere and cold means more board games right? Why not choose a present that will refresh your friend’s chessboard and make it look cooler than ever with this crazy Chess Piece Set. Although the overall cost is a bit on the high side (240$), it is understood as these amazing looking pieces are priced at 7.5$ per item. The plastic used is thick and flexible so the pieces are built to stand the test of time and children’s torture. You can even brake free from the black and white classical limitation and go for a more interesting combinations, like yellow and green, or a very Christmasy red and green!

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A whole different approach to those winter night chess games (image: Shapeways)