Christmas is right around the corner and the season of giving is in full swing! Seeing tinsel and lights and hearing jingle bells in every direction can’t help but fill you with the holiday spirit, but the season of giving comes with a bit of grieving when you think about how stressful, time-consuming, and expensive Christmas shopping can be.
It’ll take a Christmas miracle to come up with affordable and unique gift ideas for friends and family that are personal and won’t cost an arm and leg. Let’s not forget having to brave through the shops and the crowds of people.
This year, that Christmas miracle is called your 3D printer. With countless 3D printer designs available, you can really get creative when it comes to things to make as gifts. On top of that, printing your gifts this year will save you from having to go to the store and spending big bucks on gifts your family and friends may not even like.
By printing your gifts, you can personalize each one, costing you only filament (a kilogram of filament costs as low as $17 which will get a lot of printing done) and time spent on choosing designs. It’s the inexpensive Christmas gift you’ve been looking for!
Here’s a list of 30 Christmas gift ideas that are cheap, unique, and truly one-of-a-kind.
For those who basically live in the office:
PEN AND PENCIL HOLDER
A little organization never hurt anyone. This honeycomb inspired pen holder has a place for all your pens and little trinkets that never seem to have a place to call home. Download it here.
ZIPPO BUSINESS CARD HOLDER
Every signed, sealed, and delivered deal at work starts with a good first impression. This flip top card holder will make any potential client want to do business with your friends. Download it here.
VINTAGE FLIP CALENDAR
Time flies so fast nowadays that we forget what day of the week it is constantly. This flip calendar will remind any busybody of the date and the person who gave it to them. Download it here.
For any night owls who come alive when the sun goes down, this lamp design will brighten every nook and cranny on your desk. Download it here.
Whether it’s paper clips, staples, or flash drives, these pip boxes will keep all those little knick-knacks out of sight and out of mind. It’s perfect for that friend who is always losing their keys. Download it here.
For those who like pretty things:
It can be a little tricky to buy jewelry as gifts so the next best thing is a place to put all that jewelry. The branches on this jewelry tree are perfect for keeping all those necklaces, bracelets, and rings in sight and makes for a great gift idea for her. Download it here.
There’s endless personalization when it comes to what a letter board says. Pro-tip: It can double as your Christmas card too. Win-win. Download it here.
BOTTLE CAP MASSAGER
A little TLC is just what the doctor ordered. This handheld back massager that makes use of plastic bottle caps will provide some much-needed relief anytime, anywhere. Download it here.
The great thing about a table top bowl is that you decide what goes in it-- fruit, keys, pens, or “assorted” items. This lattice stunner will make anything you put in it look classy AF. Download it here.
Nothing says “with love” like a good old fashioned stamp. Take it a step further and design a personalized stamp for them with their name on it. Download it here.
What goes on your wall says a lot about you. Gift a friend with a piece of wall art that you know they’ll love and will actually hang up. Download it here.
SELF WATERING PLANT BOX
Geometric planter boxes are so last year. We’re all about the independent plant life. If you’ve got a friend with a green thumb, you’re going to get two thumbs up with this gift. Download it here.
FLOATING PHOTO FRAME
Picture perfect moments deserve to be on display. This floating photo frame will liven up any room with your loved ones’ favorite memories. Download it here.
For the techie of the family:
For the family member who refuses to get on the earpod train, this little guy will help them keep those knotty earphone cables at bay. Download it here.
We all have that friend who changes their phone case every two weeks. A phone case made by yours truly might just be the keeper. Download it here.
We all have a sticker or piece of tape to cover out webcams. Give a friend the gift of an upgraded version. Download it here.
Not quite a speaker but this sound amplifier will get the job done. It’s perfect for Netflix and chill nights in when you don’t feel like socializing. Download it here.
PHONE AND TOILET PAPER HOLDER
It’s genius. Your friends would be crazy not to love this. Download it here.
For the children and children at heart:
A bit of nostalgia goes a long way. You can’t go wrong with a customized lego set that will take any friend of a family member on a trip down memory lane. Download it here.
Anyone who loves to work with their hands will love the DIY aspect to this gift. In a way, the pair of you will have built it “together”. Download it here.
INTERLOCKING CHESS PIECES
There is a reason why this 1500-year-old game has stood the test of time. Any thinker in the bunch will appreciate a one-of-a-kind set like this. Download it here.
Like dominoes, scrabble pieces, and playing cards, every house is bound to have a bag of marbles lying around. This marble machine will put those little guys to good use. Download it here.
Figurines may not have more than an aesthetic function but choosing the right design will show loved ones just how much you know them. Download it here.
For the home and homemakers:
People tend to forget how much pizzaz the humble coaster can bring to the table. Literally. Print out a set of these and your gift will make an appearance at every meal. Download it here.
UNIVERSAL BOTTLE OPENERS
The receiver of this gift will be the lifesaver of every party. It’s also a great party favor if it’s your turn to throw this year’s Christmas dinner. Download it here.
MUG TOP COFFEE MAKER
The coffee addict in your life will never stop thanking you for this gift. You’ll probably want to make one for yourself too. Printing tip: be sure to use ABS or PET filament for this one so it can hold that hot cuppa. Download it here.
This is the gift you never knew you needed to give. Like the phone and toilet paper holder, how can anyone not love this? Download it here.
SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER
Nothing says adulting like a salt and pepper shaker set. When you’re adorning your home with “non-essential” kitchenware, you know you’re in the big leagues. Download it here.
One straw goes a long way nowadays. Any friends and family who are living zero waste are sure to love this little gift. Download it here.
WINE GLASS CHARMS
You can’t go wrong with a wine bottle holder or a wine plug, but these wine charms are a unique gift for the boozy of the family. Download it here.
For more gift ideas, you can check out websites like Thingiverse and Cults. They offer thousands of free, downloadable designs for your 3D printer projects and things to make. So whether it’s a Christmas gift idea, a birthday gift, or your next present, all you need to do is turn on that 3D printer and get gifting.
Happy holidays from 9T Labs!