Even with all the delicious food and seeing friends and family, my mind is always focused on gift-giving during the holiday season. I’m sure there are many, many, many more people out there like me—that’s why Black Friday sales always end up being so intense.
For me, it’s great to get a discount, but what’s more important to me is that the gifts are interesting, personable and fun.
This year, I’m engaged in a heated battle with procrastination and have already begun my pre-shopping preparation. It paid off too, because I think I found one of the coolest online shops ever.
It’s called Shapeways. It’s an online-based 3D printing store that accepts designs from outside artists. Artists from all over submit their designs in computer file form, customers shop around, order, and Shapeways’ army of 3D printers produce the piece and ship it to you. It’s so cool.
With such a wide variety of things on Shapeways, I’m pretty confident it’d take roughly 56 years to look through the whole selection—it’s that immense. From dinosaur figurines to model cars, jewelry to paperweights. There are also plenty of cartoon, movie, and pop-culture-related items as well. Just go and take a look here: Shapeways
One of the coolest things I’ve seen on the site is a scale model of Theo Jansen’s Straandbeest sculpture. If you’ve never heard of these sculptures, they are these insect, robotic-looking things that are powered by the wind to literally walk around. Check out this video:
The scale models from Shapeways are way smaller, but is just as cool. Most of the models can also move around and impress your friends.
Shapeways is definitely on my shopping list this holiday season because I’m pretty sure I’d find the perfect gift for just about anyone. So for those of you who are worried about picking out gifts, I’d definitely check it out.
Be warned, after you’re done shopping, you’ll likely find dozens of items that “would look just perfect in my apartment…on my desk or my bedroom nightstand.”
I’d love to hear what your holiday shopping strategies are. Love Black Friday shopping? Snag all the deals online perhaps? Let me know in the comments section below!