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29 Best 3D Printed Gifts You Can Print Today in 2021

Many people believe that commercialism has taken over too many of our beloved celebratory events. From birthdays to Christmas, or one-off celebrations like graduations and housewarmings, a lot more people are taking to making their own 3D printed gifts to add that personal touch.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Glowing Box

3D printed gifts are a popular choice for homemade presents because of their customizability and personalization. Everyone loves getting a present tailored to them made from something they like, are passionate about, or even just a unique or practical thing that they know was made with care.

Gifts come in many forms, from decorative to practical, and so 3D printed gift ideas are abundant. We’re going to look at some of our picks for the best 3D printed gifts here for a variety of occasions and tastes that will be the talk of the party.

Personalized 3D Printed Gifts

One of the best things about 3D printing is the ability to personalize almost any project. While this is great for personal printing, 3D printing gifts can really help you show your appreciation and knowledge for a friend or loved one.

Gifts are always welcome gestures, but nothing says you care quite like a truly unique present tailored to another’s likes.

Nameplates

3D printed gifts come in many shapes and sizes, but few are more personal or versatile than 3D printed nameplates.

Name Plates

These personalized stands have many uses, whether as a bookend for a housewarming or a desk plate to congratulate someone on their new job.

Whether this ‘Dad’ nameplate for Father’s Day, or a marker for a pet’s bed or bowl, all plates come in a variety of styles for a lot of uses. They’re a great 3D printed gift idea for anyone who doesn’t just want to get something at a store.

Bookmarks

The best 3D printed gifts don’t have to be large gestures in big packages, sometimes the little things are the most appreciated.

Bookmarks are one of those things we always have until we really need one. Many of us have turned to using receipts, paper scraps, or – heaven forbid – dogearing to remember our place in our story of choice.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Bookmarks

3D printed bookmarks make for fantastic gifts that can be as simple or as complicated as you like to suit the gift receiver. Bookmarks are fantastic as small presents and stocking stuffers because they can be anything, like pop-culture references, monograms, or even designs that match their favorite reads.

3D printed Bird Bookmark

You can find some a collection of some of these 3D printed bookmarks here.

Keychains

Our keys go everywhere with us, and so many like to personalize their sets with keychains to show off their personality as well as making them easily recognizable when the darn things are inevitably lost.

3D Printed Keychain Cat

Keychains make for some of the best 3D printed gift ideas because they can be almost anything, animals or characters, or objects like books or game controllers.

3D Printed Keychains SNES Controllers

If you’re creative enough, you can take keychains as a base concept and turn almost any design into a 3D printed keychain as a gift for anyone of any taste.

3D Printed Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

While most of the best 3D printed gifts on this list would suit most occasions, there are a few things that just feel much more at home under the tree or in a Christmas stocking.

So here are some of our favorite 3D printed gifts that make for great Christmas presents for young and old alike.

Toys and Figurines

Thinking of Christmas gifts always conjure up images of toys and figurines no matter your age.

3D printed toys and figurines can be action figures, figurines, board game pieces, and puppets just to name a few. Any gamer will be happy to receive any of these 3D printed Pokémon figurines, and any chess player will love their custom pieces.

Pokémon Figurines

Figurines are a popular as 3D printed gifts as well, as they add an extra level of personalization to any décor and will always make for talking pieces from grateful giftees. They can be meticulous and detailed like this Kakashi figurine, or small and cute like these robots.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Iron Man Robot Cute

Traditional toys and action figures make for unique and fun 3D printed gifts for kids too, great for birthdays and Christmases as big presents or smaller toys as stocking stuffers.

See also: our ranking of the coolest 3D printable toys.

Jewelry

Jewelry may not be just for Christmas, but its place under the tree cannot be denied.

Making homemade jewelry is a much more common pastime than many assume, and 3D printed jewelry is an excellent way to give a personal air to any wearable present.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Heart Necklace

Favorite animals and designs can help a person show off their passions, or for the truly creative 3D printing gift giver, you can 3D print jewelry with slots to fit gems or birthstones.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Gold Ring

If you use metal, there are hundreds of 3D printed jewelry designs for gifts, and even more that can be tweaked and redesigned if you want a one-of-a-kind way to pop that special question.

See also: the coolest 3D printed jewelry.

See also: the best jewelry 3D printers.

Bookends

Bookends are another common stocking stuffer that always go noticed. The standard A and Z are nice, but why not add that personal touch with Game of Thrones or guitar bookends?

Best 3D Printed Gifts Game of Thrones Bookends

For the gamer in your life, there are bookend designs for Portal and Zelda, or for your more active giftees there are these martial arts stickmen.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Portal Bookends

These designs are example templates, and should give you a good outline for some 3D printed gift ideas for the next festive season.

Housewarming Presents

Housewarming parties are a long-standing tradition to welcome and tour people around a new home. These 3D printable gifts are normally decorative, practical, or both to make a new house feel like a home.

Door Knockers

3D printed gifts for housewarmings don’t come more noticeable than a homemade door knocker. Lions are the most traditional, but who’s to say a dragon is so out of place?

Best 3D Printed Gifts Dragon Door Knocker

Or, if your homeowner friend is a Lovecraft fan, you can 3D print a great gift in the form of this octopus!

Name Signs

Name and address signs are not only a great way to personalize a new home’s exterior, but also helps friends find your new dwelling without much trouble.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Name Signs

This is an especially thoughtful gift for friends who live in named houses, though family members, nicknames, or joke titles can be printed on these fully customizable templates.

Tooth Brush Stands

Every home needs a personality, and no room is more uniform than the bathroom, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be decorated with fun and unique decorations.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Toothbrush Stands 1

These ‘Tooth Brush Standz’ are a great housewarming present due to their fun and minimal designs that can be changed or printed in different colors or sizes depending on household members.

They’re simple, but no less heartfelt, and anyone mid-unpacking will be happy to not have to use a glass from the kitchen in the meantime to store their toothbrushes.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Toothbrush Stands 2

The files here come in a variety of poses, from waving to a thumbs up, and even one that seems to be brushing its own teeth.

Plant Pots

Houseplants are as common a housewarming gift as candy canes at Christmas. While 3D printing your own plants might be a bit of a stretch, there are plenty of cool designs for plant pots you can make as 3D printed gifts!

Best 3D Printed Gifts Plant Pot Self Watering

These pots range from standard designs, unique shapes, and even self-watering, all of which put a modern spin on a traditional gift. Our favorite is this bamboo vase for its elegance in simplicity that would look at home in any household.

Gift Card Presentation Boxes

Gift cards are a divisive idea for a present, some see them as impersonal, while others think of them as a more freeing way to both give and receive a gift.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Gift Card Box

While you can’t 3D print gift cards, you can 3D print this very cool gift card package. The files here include pre-designed ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Birthday’ lids, but there’s also a blank one so you can customize it yourself to suit any occasion.

If you’d rather go for the look and feel of a traditional present, this 3D printed Christmas gift card box is a very cute way to offer up your present.

Gift Tags

3D printing isn’t limited to the gifts themselves; a present’s presentation can be important too. 3D printed gift tags are a great way to add that personal touch to any gift before it’s even been opened.

Best 3D Printed Gifts Gift Tag

These can be added for any occasion to be the recipient’s name, an image, or a mark for the holidays. 3D printed Christmas gifts can be marked with ‘Joyeux Noel’ or ‘Merry Christmas’, and similar tags can be made for birthdays, housewarmings, or any other event.

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