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It’s not quite time for Noddy Holder to scream that famous exclamation at us just yet, but you can’t avoid the fact that Christmas is coming.

I know, I know. It’s the middle of November for goodness sake. But let’s face it- Christmas lights are going up in town centres, stores are jam packed with festive products and UK Gold is starting to show Christmas editions of sitcoms (not that it doesn’t broadcast these at any other time of the year, though!).

It may seem early to some, but to others their festive shopping has probably already started as they look to get a head start on their presents and supplies for the holiday period.

And for those that haven’t yet, the time is fast approaching to start thinking about those gift ideas.

We’ve found a host of items on the web made by 3D printers that would be great Christmas gifts. Ok, so we know that 3D printing is still in its infancy, but could this be the way more of us do our Christmas shopping in the future?

3D You

This is something you could actually pick up the next time you pop to the supermarket! For those of you that spend extended periods of time away from loved ones (or if you’re just ridiculously vein), at Asda you can get 3D printed figurines of yourself, friends and family members. Keep those that are closest to you, erm, close to you at all times!

Image courtesy of Asda

Image courtesy of Asda

Cufflinks to help you get lucky

For the Daft Punk fan in your life (or basically anyone that listened to a commercial radio station over the last 12 months enough to have Get Lucky etched into their psyche), have them adorn their cuffs with this replica of the French electro band’s famous helmets.

daft punk

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

 

Mario Kart turtle shells

If you ever played Mario Kart on the N64, these pesky things could make or break a race. But regardless of how annoying they were to be struck by, these are pretty damn cool!

Image courtesy of Engadget

Image courtesy of Engadget


Rock around the Christmas tree

Could this be the answer to the prayers of those artists that just can’t help but smash their instruments to pieces? “Ok Mr Townshend, how many guitars shall we print off ahead of your world tour?”

Image courtesy of Scuplteo

Image courtesy of Scuplteo

Checkmate

For those families that still have enough energy on Christmas Day evening to actually think as opposed to slowly falling asleep in front of the telly, these 3D printed chess pieces put a quirky modern twist on a game that’s been played for thousands of years.

Image courtesy of Mashable

Image courtesy of Mashable

Functional but still cool

Smartphones have become one of the most popular items on a Christmas wish list in recent years. So this printed phone stand makes perfect sense as an accompaniment (and will cost a helluva lot less to make one than it would cost to buy from Apple).

Image courtesy of Mashable

Image courtesy of Mashable

 

Get rid of those tatty Christmas decorations

Have you got old shabby looking decs that live in your attic and have been in your possession for about 30 years? 3D printed trinkets could be the modern touch you’re tree is crying out for.

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

3D printed jewellery

Now we’re not saying opt for these over actually ever buying jewellery for your spouse again (you cheapskate!) but accessories like this printed celtic necklace still look pretty good!

Image courtesy of i. Materialise

Image courtesy of i. Materialise

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

That’s right, inside an egg cup shaped like a robot, of course!

Image courtesy of Mashable

Image courtesy of Mashable

Modern moose

Remember that scene from Fawlty Towers with the moose’s head? It would have hurt poor old Basil a lot less with one of these!

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

“Look dear, I’ve got you something that you’ve always wanted..”

Why would anyone want anything else? Ok so it’s probably not a “main gift” type idea, but this rain catcher with watering can is still pretty ingenious!

Image courtesy of Shapeways

Image courtesy of Shapeways

Love coffee

For the friend, family member or significant other that loves coffee, this heart shaped espresso cup will remind them of you every time they make a brew.

Image courtesy of Shapeways

Image courtesy of Shapeways

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