How about a custom Christmas Tree Ornament of your home for your tree? Or the home you grew up in? I was trying to decide on a Christmas Present for my sister-in-law, the one who is impossible to buy for, and it occurred to me- she loves her ornaments, and she loves her house. After that it was simple.
The ornament shown was done in White strong and Flexible material. It is sprayed with silver glitter spray from Michael's, I drilled a small hole and used gold embroidery floss for the string- again from Michaels. The ornament can also be made with a modeled in loop for attaching the string to.
The cost of the design is $20 U.S. After that you can order as many ornaments as you like for the cost of printing. How about ornaments of the house that you and you siblings grew up in for the whole family? The cost you see above is the cost of the model and does not include a design fee (IF YOU ODER THIS MODEL YOU WILL GET A COPY OF MY SISTER-IN-LAWS HOUSE!). Lead time for the design is one to two weeks, depending on my schedule, and printing from Shapeways generally takes a week or two. Order early for Christmas.
I am working on offerings ornaments in Full Color Sandstone, which allows it to arrive painted, but it cannot produce fine fine details, like the railings on this model.
Design is done from photographs. I do not do an exact scale replica for the basic design cost, for instance the sides and back do not have details, but if you want as exact a replica as possible contact me and we can see what is possible.