Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it: Valentine’s Day is coming up. With just a few more weeks to go before the annual love-fest sends Cupid on his dizzying whirlwind flight of feelings, you might be at a little bit of a loss as to what you might want to give as a token to your loved ones. Whether romantic or familial, your loves can be celebrated with gifts a little cooler than a heart-shaped box of chocolates from the gas station that just screams “last minute”: Cubify’s Valentine’s Gift Guide has just gone live, and it’s here to save you from convenience store solutions.
3D printing is pretty cool, and while it’s certainly making a splash across headlines, there’s still something infinitely novel and distinctly cool about receiving a 3D printed gift. It’s more personal than a mass produced made-in-China teddy bear, that’s for sure. And to make it even more accessible, Cubify, a 3D Systems’ company, is offering free shipping on select Valentine’s gifts with the coupon code “love3D,” which should be pretty easy to remember.
In the Gift Guide are some fun suggestions for anyone you might want to gift a little token of love to this Valentines Day. The guide includes a section “for her,” “for him,” “for the kids,” DIY 3D printing projects, and even gift cards if you think your loved one is harder to shop for.
Among the gifts for her selections are some jewelry collections that cater to her taste, whether she’s more of a prickly pear or a delicate flower. The Bespiked collection offers edgy designs including a pendant, earrings, and bracelet that showcase her devil-may-care attitude, while the brand new Forget-Me-Knot collection is “very elegant and sweet, more classic than most 3D printed jewelry collections,” as Alyssa Hoyt, 3D Systems’ Director of Marketing for Consumer Products, described it to us. There are also shoes, photography gear, and swan-inspired cell phone cases to look through. These ladies’ gifts offer a nice variety of options, and let you really take her interests to heart when you shop.
For men, the Volcanic Rock collection starts the options off with accessories no man would be afraid to rock. These sleek pieces, like the key fob, ring, and phone case, have the look of volcanic rock and look great next to leather — even proven in a leather-and-“volcanic rock” laptop case. He might also like a watch or to take on a project. The DIY Blazing Ukelele can be fun in his workshop space, or as a couple’s project to literally make music together using your CubePro.
If you’re shopping for the kids, there are some fun apps to engage them in 3D printing. Since 3D printers are making their way into education anyway, it’s pretty likely that kids will at some point encounter them. Learning starts at home, so if you have your own 3D printer, Cubify’s apps can get them interested now by providing them with the tools to make their own fun projects. The Love Notes app lets kids pick the shape of and accessories for a personalized 3D love note (great for classroom valentines!), while the Kids’ Jewelry app designs bracelets for kids with pretty much any interest (pirates, too!), and the 3DMe Kids app can turn your little princess into a princess figure with her face — if a small figure of herself as a princess isn’t enough, she can design her own crown (as can your little prince) in the Royalizer app.
These Valentine’s Day gifts have a nice variety, spanning interests and tastes for pretty much everyone. While I love the blazing ukelele, I don’t have my own 3D printer (at least, not yet…), so I think I’ll have to stick to the pre-made ones — thank goodness for free shipping for some of Cubify’s fun collections! And if my fiancé is reading this… I love the Swan pendant. Just putting it out there.
What about you? Do any of these Valentine’s Day collections strike your fancy, as either something you’d want or might purchase for your significant other, child, or friend? Let us know your favorites over at the Cubify Valentine’s Day Gift Guide forum thread at 3DPB.com. Check out photos below of some more fun gifts from the guide.