Top 15 Gifts to buy for 3D Artists

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is coming with less than 20 days to go, and it is tough to find a nice gift for CG and 3D Artists to buy, so the 3DArt team decided to create a list of the 15 best Christmas gift ideas to give to our friends 3D enthusiasts.

The Top 15 gifts to buy for our 3D Artists’ friends (or for ourselves!)

Gift n. 1
Wacom Cintiq 22 Creative Pen Display

If you have a high budget for your gift and you want to hit the mark with a gift that leaves you speechless, surely this is definitely one of the most appreciated and desired products by every concept and 3D artist who works on 3D character sculpting. Plus, this Cintiq 22 has the lowest price Wacom has ever offered for a drawing display of this size. Surely you can find similar products for a lower price, once again working on a Wacom and with its quality makes this product unique.

Wacom Cintiq 22 Creative Pen Display including adjustable Stand

Gift n.2
Oculus Quest 2

A VR headset is always welcome as a gift, and if you don’t have the budget for a PC-based VR setup, which requires more money, cables, and fuss, the Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best options out there for VR beginners and experts alike. This mobile VR device gives you easy access to everything that makes VR special, delivering high-quality virtual reality experiences at a fair price. Quest 2 allows you to literally enter the virtual world, as well as access 360-degree video content and apps, this VR viewer is great for use in modeling, sculpting a 3D character.

Oculus Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 256 GB

Gift n. 3
3D Printer Creality Ender 3

How about a 3D printer as a gift? Why not! … this type of product at the moment has an excellent value for money. When it comes to printing performance, the Creality Ender 3 exceeded our expectations. There are a number of features that make Creality Ender 3 one of the most popular 3d printer machines currently on the market. It has a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm, a BuildTak-like heated build plate, power reset mode, and a narrow filament path that makes it easy to print with flexible materials. These are hard to find in even more expensive printers.

Creality Ender 3 is an excellent option for beginners or creators on a tight budget. While this 3D printer has its flaws, affordability makes it a worthwhile investment, while also ensuring high-quality 3D printing. Furthermore, the growing community using this 3D printer has led to more and more updates.

Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing Function 220x220x250mm

Gift n. 4
Space Mouse Pro 3D Mouse

SpaceMouse Pro 3D Mouse is a great gift for professionals who work many hours on complicated 3d scenes, it is a product developed to provide intuitive 3D navigation, we recommend it for all 3D Artists, level advanced who work many hours in CAD modeling, who it cannot be experienced using a standard mouse and keyboard.

3DConnexion 3DX-700040 SpaceMouse Pro 3D Mouse

Gift n. 5
Set of 3 – Star Wars Original Classics Movie 24×36 Poster

Star Wars cannot miss in the top 10 of the most appreciated gifts by a 3D Artist, ILM studio creators of Star Wars special effects are one of the cornerstones of what Computer Graphics and 3D have been, so always a super gift appreciated, “May the gift be with you young padawan!”

Star Wars Original Classics Movie Poster

Gift n. 6
Human Anatomical Anatomy

For every artist it is essential to know the human anatomy, for this reason also in 3d it is fundamental as in classical techniques, to have a careful eye and a manual ability in drawing, recognizing the strengths of our image or our characters. Before moving on to apply structure and proportion to our characters we need to learn the reference points of the human body.
This gadget is always welcome to have on your desk next to the monitor, while you are modeling a 3D character.

Doc.Royal 30cm Height Human Anatomical Anatomy Skull Head Body Model Muscle Bone

Gift n. 7
Space Mouse

We also add this other device for 3d navigation in the top 10, the space mouse compact was developed to provide intuitive 3D navigation, we recommend it for all 3D artists who work many hours on modeling design projects, and for simple modeling and accurate in CAD applications.

3Dconnexion 3DX-700059 Spacemouse Compact 3D Mouse

Gift n. 8
ZBrush Creature Design Book

Scott Spencer is one of the most appreciated 3DArtists by 3d artists, so why not give this book as a gift?
Very useful for 3D Artists and Concept Artists to learn how to create a character from start to finish, following the advice of a 3D guru. Clear instructions, which walk you through the use of Photoshop in combination with ZBrush, to model and 3D sculpt a creature. Scott Spencer shows us how to start working from the concept in ZBrush as a preliminary digital model and then further refine it in Photoshop for an incredible final render.

ZBrush Creature Design: Creating Dynamic Concept Imagery for Film and Games

Gift n. 9
Monitor Stand

This is another one that enters the top 10 of the tools that are very useful for a 3D Artist, and therefore to give as gifts!
This year working from home, I recently installed this stand as a workstation upgrade for my two monitors. This fantastic tool has saved me space on my desk and improved my posture during the long days of work in front of the computer. I definitely recommend it as a gift to give to those who don’t have it yet.

Huanuo Dual Monitor Stand


Gift n. 10
Pixar (Disney) Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear, is another of those gadgets that a 3D Artist can’t help having! The desk companion par excellence, which forcefully enters our top 10.
This Toy Story character made the history of computer graphics when Pixar for the first time in the history of animation launched this self-produced feature film in 1995, made entirely in computer graphics with what was then the very first version of Alias Maya.

Disney Buzz Lightyear Interactive Talking Action Figure

Gift n. 11
Action Figure Model for Concept and 3d artist

Action figure models always have their charm, very useful in the concept and modeling phase of a character’s posture, they can be placed in the pose you want. The action figures are perfect for artists who wish to have a small scale human model on hand for human anatomy or a reference pose, they are a great reference for practicing drawing sketch, modeling a 3d character. The action figures include extra, interchangeable body parts and accessories, as in the image you see. What can I say, a very useful product for every 3D Artist!

Body Kun DX Set Male& Female Gray Color Body-Chan Action Figure Model

Gift n. 12
Gorilla Pod Tripod

This very comfortable tripod, easy to manage and attach, is perfect for taking videos or photos or making a video call during a delivery.
You can wrap it around a branch, pole, pretty much anything, so you’re free to use your phone as needed.
This is another gift idea that I can’t wait to receive, so here it is on the list for those who want to give it to me 🙂

GripTight ONE GorillaPod Stand

Gift n. 13
The Art of Ghost in the Shell

This is another of those gifts, which are always welcome, for a 3D Artist this volume is full of concepts, and making of the incredible work created by Vitaly Bulgarov and other artists for the Ghost In The Shell movie. A valuable resource for all CG artists, who will be able to study character design and expand knowledge on visual effects for the film and entertainment industry.

The Art of Ghost in the Shell Book

Gift n. 14
Ergonomic Mouse Wireless 

We recommend this mouse for people like us who work long hours in front of the computer. It is a mouse with an ergonomic and scientific design, which encourages you to work in the correct positions for the wrist and arm. The “handshake” position, for example, allows for smoother movements and less overall effort.

Ergonomic Mouse Wireless, 2.4G USB Vertical Gaming Mouse with 3 Adjustable DPI 800/1600/3200 Levels 6 Buttons Design for Computer, Laptop, PC, MacBook

Gift n. 15
Artist Glove for Graphics Drawing Tablet

This gadget is much appreciated, in addition to giving a “fashion” touch 😉, it reduces the friction between the hand and the tablet surface and prevents accidental touch of the touch screen. If you are on a budget and want to give a useful gadget, the glove is great;).

Artist Glove for Graphics Drawing Tablet

  • 1 Wacom Cintiq 22
  • 2 Oculus Quest 2
  • 3 3D Printer Creality Ender 3
  • 4 Space Mouse Pro 3D Mouse
  • 5 Star Wars Original Classics Poster
  • 6 Human Anatomical Anatomy
  • 7 Space Mouse
  • 8 ZBrush Creature Design Book
  • 9 Monitor Stand
  • 10 Pixar (Disney) Buzz Lightyear
  • 11 Action Figure Model for Concept and 3d artist
  • 12 Gorilla Pod Tripod
  • 13 The Art of Ghost in the Shell Book
  • 14 Ergonomic Mouse Wireless
  • 15 Artist Glove for Graphics Drawing Tablet

Please share your best Gift ideas in the comments below!

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