Are you looking for a unique hobby gift, or have no idea what to get that special tabletop gamer? Are you in a rush? No worries! Whether it’s for a special occasion, like the Christmas holiday season, an anniversary, a birthday, or a gift just to say “thank you for being an amazing person”, check out this list of unique gift ideas for any tabletop gamer and hobbyist.
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Hobby Things: Widgets and Doodads
These are gifts that every tabletop gamer or hobbyists could use at some point. Even if you’re not a hobbyist, or new to arts and craft, scale model building, or painting miniatures, I’m sure some of these products will be useful, too. Check ’em out below.
Utility is always a welcome gift!
1. Waxed Canvas Work Shop Apron
Let’s start with cool hobby attire. Keep your cloths free from glue, paint, and flying objects with an awesome heavy-duty work shop apron. The apron is waxed for fluid proof and maintenance free operation. And, how cool would it be a step out from your hobby space into the public wearing one of these? A perfect gift for yourself or a hobbyist friend. Always have your favorite tool on your person. See the other styles, details, and options here.
2. Mixed 2mm Static Grass Terrain
Miniature fake grass for creating small worlds that fit on your table top. Static grass is easy to apply: simply apply a thin coat of white glue to your surface, and sprinkle the static grass, liberally. You can use an applicator like that shown below (#4). Clean up the excess grass and you’re done! This set comes with 6 different colors of grass to give you that more realistic look and terrain making versatility.
3. Army Painter: Field Grass for Miniature Bases and Wargame Terrain
Army Painter (the company brand) is a staple in the miniature tabletop gaming and modeling community. Provider of all things terrain, art, and supply for the hobby, Army Painter makes quality products. This Battlefield Field Grass is designed for flocking the bases of scale miniatures and models for gaming and display.
4. TruePower Static Grass Applicator for Railway Terrain Modeling Diorama
This is a recommended tool for applying static grass (see #2 and #3). The TruePower static Grass Applicator induces a static charge between the grass and the. working surface. This makes it so that when applied, the grass will stand up vertically from the terrain surface (as it would in real life). This makes this tool indispensable for creating realistic scenery.
5. Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Styrofoam Sculpting Tool (2 Pen)
Are you making your own unique terrain piece? Every DIY terrain maker should consider getting a hot wire foam cutter. These tools use high heat combined with a thin metal rod or wire to cut EPS styrofoam and household insulation foam into custom shapes. You can sculpt any foam material safely with a hot wire foam cutter and sculpting tool, like the one shown here. Check out this post on what kind of terrain you can make.
6. Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner with Digital Timer
Do you airbrush or need a faster way to clean models, e.g, strip paint? An ultrasonic cleaner is a valuable tool for the hobbyist. They have so many uses than just beyond cleaning jewelry and “normal” things around the home. See this article guide of this and other ultrasonic cleaner models.
7. Digital Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
This ultrasonic cleaner is larger and more powerful than the one shown in #6. But, here I’m showing you an additional option for this valuable tool for the hobbyist. You can clean airbrushes, fine instruments, e.g., sculpting tools, and clean plastic, metal, and resin miniature and model kits before working with them. See this review for recommended ultrasonic cleaners.
8. Honda Electronics Ultrasonic Cutter
Cut through anything! This is the most technologically bewildering tool that actually works. Are you looking for a unique gift? This is probably one of the most novel gifts you can buy for the hobbyist or artist. The Honda Electronics ultrasonic cutter uses high frequency vibration to allow a sharp hobby blade to slice through any material. At more than 40,000 vibrations per. second, this is a knife that will cut through paper, plastic, wood, and even thin metals like a hot knife through butter. On the pricier side, this tool is for the serious arts and crafter who wants to get work done in the most efficient way possible. It’s a shockingly awesome gift for yourself or someone you really want to surprise with a cool gadget.
9. Dremel 4000 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Tool with 50 Accessories
The universal rotary tool that does everything useful around the house, at your workbench, or model zone. Dremel, the established name in utility rotary tools. This kit comes with a bunch of accessories to meet almost every need you might imagine. It comes in a handy plastic case for portability and easy storage. This is an essential tool to have around the home.
10. Hand Drill Bits Set 26pc – Precision Pin Vise
If you’re a scale modeler, a miniature hobbyist or tabletop war-gamer working with model kits, then, the pin vice is a key tool in your toolbox. You don’t get this because you like how it looks, or think its cool to have; rather, this is a necessity for all sorts of things like making sure your models don’t fall apart from weak bonds of glue (though we have some more suggestions for this problem here). Making small holes allows you to insert pins into model parts that create a secondary scaffold to join multiple pieces together in a permanent way. This is the tool to do that.
11. Iwata-Medea Airbrush Cleaner (16 Oz.)
Any hobbyist who stays long enough will eventually consider using an airbrush. If you or your potential recipient of your generosity has an airbrush, then this is the Airbrush Cleaner by which many cleaners are measured. Of course, you can use Windex, or other cleaning solutions in your airbrush; but this one is fast-acting, odorless, and environmentally safe. I personally use this cleaner in my ultrasonic cleaner once in a while.
12. Gorilla Super Glue Gel, 20 Gram, Clear
What is the best glue for miniatures and models? Do you play Warhammer 40k or other tabletop wargames? If so, then assembly is part of. your hobby workflow. This is one of the best glues for assembling plastic, metal, or resin miniatures. I have other suggestions here. But, if you have a need for speed (shipping delivery), this will arrive in 2 days or less.
13. Professional Grade Cyanoacrylate (CA) “Super Glue” by Glue Masters – Extra Large 8 OZ (226-gram) Bottle with Protective Cap
This is my favorite super glue (cyanoacrylate). I reach for this. glue anytime I need a job done. Super reliable, value aded (look at the size of this glue bottle!), and simply fantastic for almost every adhesive job I need.
14. Pacer Technology (Zap) Pacer Technology (Zap) Z-Poxy 5 Minute Set, 4 oz
When you’re unsure of the bond with super glue (which can be prone to cracking under certain conditions), turn to two-part epoxies. More info about glues and adhesives for miniatures and models here.
15. Testors Liquid Cement for Plastic Models
If you’re assembling plastic kits made of styrene based plastic polymer (most plastic kits on sprues), then you’ll want liquid cement for the most permanent bond. Liquid cement literally melts the plastic and when cured, the bond is one fused piece. Testors is a brand name trusted by scale modelers, kit builders, and tabletop gamers everywhere.
16. Master Airbrush Multi-purpose Gravity Feed Dual-action Airbrush Kit
At under $100, this airbrush kit has everything you need to get started right away. This is the best one-stop airbrush gift you can buy for the hobby tabletop miniature gamer or fine-scale modeler (more details here). On top of this, it has rushed 2 day or less shipping. Get going right away!
17. Badger Air-Brush Co. 105 Patriot Fine Gravity Airbrush
This is a “gold standard” airbrush, as regarded by many professional artists and hobbyists. In fact, most connoisseurs of fine airbrush equipment would regard the Badger Patriot 105 as the do-it-all tool for airbrushing. Classic American-made, simple upkeep, and long-lasting high quality parts make this is a gift that keeps on giving. Check out the details here.
18. Badger Air-Brush Co. Sotar 2020-2F Large Gravity Feed Airbrush with Fine Head
For the more detail-oriented airbrush needs, the Sotar 20/20 is the Badger equivalent of the high end IWATAs. Built to. compete aginst the top tier airbrushes by other well-known companies, the Sotar 20/20 is a fine instrument for miniature painting and art work. The same high quality and low-maintenance needs of the Patriot 105 make this a wonderful tool for the discerning airbrusher.
19. Master Airbrush Model TC-40T – Cool Runner Professional High Performance Single-Piston Airbrush Air Compressor with 3-Liter Air Tank
Of all the airbrush compressor to get this, is the best you’ll find for the price. It comes with an air tank, pressure regulator, water trap, and automatic shut-off (when you don’t need the pressure reserved in the tank). This is an affordable compressor that I would highly recommend for anyone interested in airbrushing miniatures or models.
20. Badger Air-Brush Co. TC910 Aspire Pro Compressor
This is the airbrush compressor I have. As a commissioned painter who has provided years of miniature painting services, this compressor has been a pillar in my work. It is, in my opinion, the best airbrush compressor to get if you don’t want to cut any corners. Mine has been in operation for years and years without any maintenance (zero maintenance!).
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I don’t know about you, but car makers need to learn something from this type of engineering. Hah! It comes with an air tank, pressure regulator, water trap, and automatic shut-off. On top of this, the compressor has enough horse power to operate more than a a few airbrushes at the same time. The Aspire Pro is also portable, built into a strong metallic frame with a sturdy carry handle. Details here.
21. Master Airbrush Portable Hobby Airbrush Craft Spray Booth
Spraying acrylic via airbrush is a potential mess. A spray booth takes that risk and says “nope”. This is a portable version that will fit in most hobby spaces with no problem. You can either use the built in filter or vent the over spray through the provided hose to the outside. A suction fan will provide the negative pressure to direct the airflow away from you and the rest of your ambient air space. Take a look.
22. Master Airbrush Smooth Rotating 7.5 in. Diameter Turntable
Spraying a 3D object is a lot easier if you turn the object rather than yourself. This is your turntable, like a record player or lazy Susan. Practical and simple, this turn table keeps your hands from the spray as well provides access for your airbrush work to the working surface.
23. Tamiya Surface Primer Gray
There are a lot of options for priming miniatures and scale models. I’ve reviewed several of the best primer options here. And, Tamiya is near the top of the list.
24. Badger Air-Brush Co. STYNYLREZ Primer (Gray)
For those of you who don’t want to use aerosol spray can primers (I don’t blame you), then use an airbrush-able primer. Badger makes a great version, Stylnylrez, which is greatly respected as a reliable surface primer by many hobbyists.
26. Testors Dullcote Spray Lacquer 3oz, Varnish
You need to protect your models after you paint them, don’t you? Here’s how. Testors Dullecote spray is the best matte varnish you can buy for protecting and sealing a miniature paint job. This makes this one of the key essential hobby agents you’ll want to get for yourself or someone else. To see what my miniatures look like with Dullcote spray check this paint job out.
27. Vallejo Matt Model Color Varnish, 17ml
If you’re looking to spot varnish a miniature, a brush on matt varnish like this Vallejo brand varnish will do a great job. I would not neglect applying a more resilient matte varnish, e.g., enamel-based sealant, over an entire model, especially if the miniature will be handled for game play.
28. Liquitex Professional Matte Varnish, 16 oz
This is a go-to standard matte varnish for most artists. It can either be applied with a regular brush or applied via spray to evenly coat a piece’s surface. A single bottle of Liquitex Pro Matte Varnish (16oz) will last a very long time if you’re painting miniatures. So, despite the 2 day shipping, once delivered, it’ll last a long time! Last quite note: you can use matte varnishes to make your own DIY glazes for acrylic painting.
29. Sanded Tile Grout, Sandstone Color
Wait, what? See why tile grout makes it into the essential hobby list. With 2 day shipping, you can have a huge supply of terrain-making material for scale modeling, miniature making, and tabletop DIY projects ready to go now! This is the perfect solution for re-creating realistic looking dirt, mud, and other earthy ground effects for your miniatures. No joke. Get this for your hobby friend or for yourself!
30. Sanded Tile Grout, Pre-Mixed, Delorean Gray
If you don’t want to mix your own tile grout (see above), then check out this premixed version. Sanded tile grout that comes in a jar, applied to your working surface as a paste, that dries fast and hard. Mimic the look of scale sandy, dirt, and mud ground surfaces easily with tile grout. See how I would use tile grout in my workflow for creating base texture on models.
31. da Vinci Brushes 3 Brush Gift Set
I love these brushes. High quality, long-lasting kolinsky sable brushes are the best type of brushes you can buy for painting miniatures. They provide years of service if they are well maintained. This is 3 brush gift set that comes with 3 sized brushes. Check details here. Personally, I would cherish such a gift. They provide excellent brush tip control for painting details, as well as good snap characteristics for more advanced paint blending techniques.
32. da Vinci Watercolor Series 10 Maestro Paint Brush, Round Kolinsky Red Sable, Size 1
Similar to above, except this is a single brush, a size #1 pointed round. This is the most versatile paint brush size and shape you’d need for painting miniatures. See why this is true here. Worth every penny if you want the best in miniature painting brush quality. Of course, you’ll need to care for this, but if you’re serious about the hobby, this would be a highly prized gift.
33. Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brush – Round #1
The gold standard for years and years for miniature painters everywhere. The Winsor & Newton Series 7 (or simply the “Series 7”) is a brush that all other brushes are compared against. The pointed round #1 size is perfect for 28-35 scale miniature painting. See why I call this my favorite miniature painting instrument in this article.
34. The Army Painter Wargames Mega Brush Set – 10 Miniature Paint Brushes
Sometimes a problem comes along that no single tool can handle. This is when you consider getting the Army Painter mega brush set. Like a collection of golf clubs, there’s a brush in here that’s made for every needed stroke you might need to encounter when painting miniatures. While the majority of the brushes are synthetic (which are still excellent and highly useful), there’s also a kolinsky sable included in this set. For painting miniatures, there can be no greater valued brush set than this one if you’re looking for versatility for every potential project. Check out the brush review of the Wargamer Regiment brush (included in this set).
35. Miniature Paint Brushes Detail Set – 12pc Minute Series XII
Other options to this set are shown here for synthetic brushes you can abuse. I’ve gone through why synthetic brushes are perfect for many jobs. This set provides you with detail brushes for fine miniature painting work. Any hobbyist would enjoying have a set like this. This particular paint brush collection comes in a handle drawstring bag for easy portability and safe storage. Inexpensive and functional!
36. The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver
All brushes need maintenance for best results. This brush soap is especially designed for keeping your kolinsky and other natural sable brushes clean and conditioned. This brush cleaner soap comes in a handy plastic puck that can go wherever you go. Here are our simple brush cleaning tips that use this brush soap.
37. Games Workshop Citadel Painting Handle XL
Painting miniatures can be a pain, literally. Holding onto small models with your fingers in a claw-like grip can lead to serious issues in the long term. Ergonomics to the rescue. I love the Citadel Handles (the entire line). See my review of this painting handle. I own several of these myself already, receiving 1 or 2 as gifts, too. These make great stuffers along with other gifts. This is the Extra-Large handle that allows you to hold larger based models comfortably. Always useful and welcomed by miniature tabletop painters and hobbyists.
38. Games Workshop Citadel Assembly Handle
The Citadel Assembly Handle is the most versatile of the line. It can hold small parts for you while you assemble them. The clips are attached to flexible armatures that moves in all directions. This has been also useful for me when airbrushing or painting small pieces. See what I think here, or for other painting handle options.
39. Games Workshop Citadel Painting Handle
When these came onto the market, I was skeptical. But, since getting one, I ended up buying multiple Citadel Painting Handles. They operate very well with a single hand; while you paint with the other. For long painting sessions, they are comfortable. When you want to airbrush or do other spraying jobs and need a better grip on a miniature, this is the most convenient tool around. Much better than gluing your miniature bases to empty spray caps, cork, or other DIY options. Sure, it’s a little money, but the value this has added to my workflow has been significant.
40. The Army Painter Warpaints Quickshade Wash Set – Miniature Painting Kit of 11 Dropper Bottles with Fluid Acrylic Paint Color Washes
Everyone loves getting paint as a gift. Have this Army Painter Wash set delivered in 2-days or less with Amazon guaranteed! Acrylic washes are superb for many painting techniques; and especially useful for speed painting. This Quickshade set will allows you to add that key high contrast effect to your miniatures with little extra effort.
41. Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Adventurer’s Paint Set
Every game has an iconic color motif. This paint set provides you some of the main colors that you may see painted scale miniatures for your next RPG campaign. Dungeon and Dragons is incredibly popular, and the game often uses miniatures to represent players in the “world”. This imaginative-hybrid of gameplay in D&D with miniatures and theater-of-mind is what makes the stories of the game so visceral and immersive. This paint set is a great start to an ageless hobby. Here are other great paint set starters for in the hobby.
42. Games Workshop Citadel Warhammer 40k Base Paint Set
The literal foundation of every Games Workshop paint job starts with a base coat of paint. These Base Paints in the set are formulated to provide that first coat of color to miniatures. The medium base brush that comes with this set is my absolute favorite workhorse that I use for the majority of my paint jobs. Receive this base paint set in 2-days or less (buy below).
43. Games Workshop Citadel Shade Paint Set
Shade paints are Games Workshop’s version of a wash. What is a wash and how do I use them? I’ve been a fan of Citadel Shade Paints for a long time. Every miniature painter has at one point or another used these washes/shades in their work. They have been around for a long time and are trusted in many miniature painting techniques, in both simple and advanced workflows.
44. Reaper Miniatures Learn To Paint Bones Kit
Reaper miniature paints are at the top of my list for best paints for miniatures. I’ve used many miniature and model paints, but Reaper has distinguished themselves with their paint formulation. The MSP paint line are made of paints that dry in a reasonable amount of time, permitting advanced blending techniques, and finishing in a matte look (e.g., low reflection). This ultimately makes it easy to maintain a high contrast look to my finished paint job. This paint kit comes with a subset of the core paints you’ll want to start with or add to your collection. The handle plastic case lets you takes these where ever you go and is a nifty storage solution.
45. Vallejo Rust, Stain and Streaking Set Paint Set
I love weathering my models. I often use oil paints, but they can be messy. In my opinion, Vallejo makes some of the best acrylic technical colors for realistic modeling. This set contains acrylic colors for reproducing rust, stain, and streaking effects on miniatures and models. For modeling tanks, vehicles, and other mechanical miniatures, this will be an incredible asset to any hobbyist.
46. Model Color – 72 Basic Colors Set in Plastic Case
What can I say? If I had to start over from scratch, I would start with this set of model paint. Vallejo Model Color is probably the most widely used paint line for competitive miniature painters. They dry matte, allow for seriously creamy blending, and come in a wide variety of colors for realistic, vivid looking miniatures. This color set comes with 72 colors in a plastic case. Oh, how I wish someone would get this for me…though I have too many paints in my collection already!
47. The Army Painter Miniature Painting Kit – Acrylic Model Paint Set with 50 Colors
In my opinion, these paints are the alternative to the Citadel Paint line. They are formulated for gaming miniatures for tabletop play. As a bundle, this mega paint set is a great value buy. Either as a gift or for augmenting a current paint collection, there is no doubt this would be welcome by any miniature painter. Take a look here for more details and more opinions.
48. Scientific Laboratory Vortex Mixer For Model Paint
All miniature and model paint needs mixing for best results. This is a unique gift for anyone who is in the midst of a painting binge. Pigments often settle to the bottom of a pot or bottle over time; an annoying problem! You can use arm-power to shake your paint into submission. Or, you can speedily vortex them like a food blender using a vortex mixer. Check out how these work in my review here. This is is a powerful paint mixer (review), and is an incredible tool for making life easier for the miniature painter and hobbyist!
49. LabGenius Mini Vortex Mixer for Model Hobby Paint
A smaller, but no less useful vortex mixer than the one listed above. This mini LabGenius vortex mixer will return your separated model paints back into the homogenous solution they need to be for painting with best results. More details here! A good point to make is how small this vortex mixer is: it’ll fit anywhere in your hobby space, out of the way, but ready to do the job.
50. Badger Air-Brush Co. 121 Paint Mixer
The equivalent of a miniature hand-held milk frother (the cappuccino or latte kind), this paint mixer will help you get going with your painting project. Dip the mixing tip into a pot of paint and flip the switch. A few seconds later, you have a nicely mixed aliquot of paint ready for application. Inexpensive, versatile, and ever welcome for the miniature painter you know (or for your own work). Check out more paint mixer reviews here.
51. Robart Manufacturing Paint Shaker
It goes without saying that model paints are formulated for achieving great results for miniature artists. The drawback, of course, is that the high pigment density also means that paints designed for model painting tend to separate in their bottles. Separated paints are often viscous, so they require some vigorous shaking to return them to their useful state. In comes the hobby paint shaker shown below. I love mine and use it all the time. Take a look!
52. Citadel Medium Project Box
Okay, so there’s a lot of paint lying around. This is a great item to have for organizing that mess. And, if you’re looking to travel a little with your hobby, this would also meet that need. This sturdy plastic project box will hold a good sized number of Citadel Paint pots, provide easy portability and storage. There’s a few more features you’d be interested in, as well as other sizes; check them out here. For other hobby paint statinos you can take with you check out these portable workstations.
53. The Broken Token Modular Paint Rack
This rack holds paint bottles, brushes, and other miniature painting and hobby things that may be scattered about your desk space. Lightweight and modular, this paint rack will fit where you need it to go. The step configuration makes your hobby supplies easily visible and within reach. Here are other ideas for organizing your hobby paint collection.
54. LED Light Helping Hands Magnifier Stand with Clamp and Alligator Clips
Sometimes, you just need an extra hand. This is where the LED Light Helping Hands stand with magnifier and clamps comes to the rescue. Useful for anything that you might encounter a miniature hobbyist or artist. This will give you that extra boost to getting those tiny parts and pieces fixed, painted, or assembled. Take a look at the features on this veritable Swiss army knife.
Photographing and filming your miniature painting hobby is part of the fun. Share photos and videos of your hard work on social media, e.g., Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest. Even make better battle reports with an eye for good perspective, composition, and action. Take a look at some of the great gift ideas in the photography realm of the tabletop miniature and modeling hobby space.
55. Neewer Extension Grip Arm and Boom Arm – Equipment for Studio Video Photography
I’ve made a few painting videos and used this stand to help prop my camera above my hobby painting desk. Are you excited to upgrade or start your video/photography journey? Take a look at how this could help you. Details here.
56. MeFOTO RoadTrip Classic Lightweight 61.6″ Aluminum Travel Tripod/Monopod w/Case
This is the exact camera tripod I own. I take photos of all my miniatures with my camera mounted on this tripod. Check out my gallery. Stabilizing your camera is important for photographing your miniatures, whether they are in a light box, or elsewhere (maybe even at night?).
57. UBeesize Tripod S, Premium Phone Tripod, Flexible Tripod with Wireless Remote Shutter, Compatible with iPhone/Android Samsung
You can use your smartphone to photograph miniatures. They make great images that you can share immediately on social media. This tripod would make a great gift to someone who is dabbling in miniature photography, or general photography as a hobby.
58. Foldio 360
Ever wonder how some studio photos of miniatures you see on websites or social media, e.g., instagram, can often spin (e.g., gif or animated)? The Foldio 360 is a blue-tooth operated turntable for creating animated photos/videos of your product or miniature. Details here.
59. Neewer Photo Studio Shooting Tent Light Cube Diffusion Soft Box Kit with 4 Colors Backdrops for Photography
Every serious miniature painter who wants to share great photos of their work online should consider using a good lighting system. This photo tent light box is an all-in-one photographic solution of making great images of your miniatures.
60. AmazonBasics Portable Foldable Photo Studio Box with LED Light – 25 x 30 x 25 Inches
This Portable Photo Studio Light Box is on my top 5 list of photo light boxes (see light box reviews here). For a miniature hobbyist and painter, good light is the key to better visual results.
Wood Whittling and Knives
Whittling is the art of using a single tool, e.g., a knife, to create something from a block of wood. Unlike wood carving, whittling uses a single tool and is often a freeform art (though you can work from plans). For me, whittling has been a relaxing past time that takes me away from the busy noise of electronic gadgets and bright screens. Here are some great gift ideas for the new or veteran whittler that you know. Whittling is an amazing hobby.
61. Flexcut Cutting Knife, High Carbon Steel Blade, Ash Handle, 1-1/4 inch Blade Bevel Length (KN12)
Flexcut is the most common name in commercial whittling knives. There are boutiques that custom make knifes for wood working, but Flexcut sells some of the best value whittlers today. This Flexcut knife is designed for utility; the do-anything knife for the whittler. Sharp, durable, and long-lasting this knife is a great addition to any whittler’s toolbox, but is more than welcome to the new, curious whittler that you know. Receive this knife as a rush gift with 2 days or less shipping from Amazon. See more features and knife options here.
62. Complete Starter Guide to Whittling: 24 Easy Projects You Can Make in a Weekend Beginner-Friendly Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Ready-to-Carve Patterns for Toys & Gifts
Books are still relevant in today’s digital age. This is the complete starter guide to whittling. I received this book as a gift when I was a kid and it’s still around! A great reference and guide for anyone looking to whittle wood with a pocket knife or fixed-blade.
63. Premium Basswood Carving/Whittling Beginners Kit
This basswood kit is a convenient way to get started in whittling. Quick delivery and reliable wood quality make this a wonderful product to get when you want to get to the fun part. I’ve purchased this in the past and made a few cute things, like various animals and trinkets. Basswood is the go-to wood for whittlers because it is soft, but holds good detail, and takes knife cuts predictably. You can even paint or stain basswood for a different finish.
64. Morakniv Wood Carving 120 Knife with Laminated Steel Blade, 2.4-Inch
Surgical steel. Hard, razor hair-splitting sharp, and durable, this knife is a classic design with a Scandinavian blade grind (i.e., no bevel). This makes it a great knife for beginners who are learning to care for a blade. Sharpening is much easier with this kind of knife, for example. This Morakniv 120 wood carving/whittling knife is the perfect size and shape for a variety of wood whittling and carving needs. A rounded handle with a full tang blade give this knife excellent balance, a firm grip, and control. Be careful this one is really, really sharp from the factory (e.g., trust me, I know first hand).
65. Opinel No8 Carbon Steel Folding Pocket Knife with Beechwood Handle
You’ll find the Opinel in many outdoor shops. Get this popular folding pocket knife online and delivered quick. See more details about this knife.
66. PenBlade 3 Pack – No. 10, 11 & 15 Retractable Stainless Steel Utility & Hobby Knife
For more detailed work, a Penblade using surgical carbon steel blades might come in handy. This set of 3 different sized utility blades are a good set for anyone looking for hobby knives. Details available here.
67. Precision Exacto Knife Precision Craft Kit
Of course, if you’re a hobbyist and need to work with precision an exacto knife is the way to go. This set comes with multiple hobby knives and extra replacement blades. A metal ruler helps you keep that straight edge cut for plasticard, wood, thin MDF, or other raw materials for your hobby. Scale modelers and model railroad enthusiasts know the value of a sharp hobby knife. The cutting mat is icing on the cake. Check here for more details.
Coffee Table Games
Are you looking for a board game that looks great on a coffee table? Not mere entertainment, but also a good display, these are good looking games that you can leave out in your living space and be proud to display. Casual, easy to play games that require a tad of wit and skill to win, these are my top choices for games that I would love to have around when guests come over. These tabletop games make great gifts for anyone who likes strategy and good company.
68. Chess Armory 15″ Wooden Chess Set with Felted Game Board Interior for Storage
As old as history, chess is the strategy game that transcends time. This wooden chess set is both a board and case all-in-one. Details here.
69. King Arthur and Camelot Themed Chess Set
If you’re looking for bespoke looking chess set, this is it. Not budget friendly, but certainly unique, this King Arthur and Camelot Theme Chess Set will surely turn eyes. Take a closer look.
Quarto is a two player game of abstract strategy and reasoning. This game plays fast (under 15 minutes), and looks great on any tabletop. The rules are simple and easy to learn. I’ve played this many times and it’s a lot of fun! This would make a wonderful gift! More details here.
71. Monopoly Luxury Edition Board Game
Invented during the American Great Depression, Monopoly is a game of chance, economic strategy, and family fun. This luxury edition version of Monopoly takes the old school look a takes it up a notch. This is a lovely set of wooden pieces, excellent card stock, and handy dice. Are you in a rush for getting a gift for someone? Pick this up quick and receive/deliver this to any doorstep in 2 days or less shipping time.
72. Chess Basic Digital Chess Clock & Game Timer
Add a chess clock to your chess game and take the skill tension up a few rungs. This is a digital chess clock that tracks timed turns, among other features.
Hobby How-To Books
Everyone forgets how important books are nowadays. Don’t be that person. Give the gift of a good how-to hobby guide book. I’ve reviewed a few of my favorite how-to-paint miniature books. A few of the ones listed below are my recommendation for gifts to anyone in the tabletop miniature painting hobby.
73. Vallejo Painting Miniatures from A to Z Vol 2
This is one of my favorite books by far in the miniature hobby. The book is written by Angel Giraldez, lead studio artist for Corvus Belli (creators of “Infinity the Game”). You can see some of the approaches I learned from this book in my Gallery.
74. Battlefields in Miniature: Making Realistic and Effective Terrain for Wargames
In this book, Paul Davies, takes you through the steps for making the basic battlefield landscape on your tabletop. He goes through the techniques of making a beautiful miniature landscape for your war games. There are specific chapters for different historical periods and geographic locations, e.g., urban, farmland, deserts. There are also detailed instructions on how to add vegetation, building, roadways, trench systems (WW1 anyone?), etc. This book contains beautiful photographs (eye-level and above) of the work-in-progress as well as finished terrain set pieces!
75. How to Paint Board Game Miniatures: The Beginners Guide to Painting Board Game Miniatures
The book is FREE with Kindle Unlimited (30 day free trial). It’s a fairly short book, but it’s great for beginners! It has easy to follow instructions, pictures with what-to-do instructions, and a list of needed starting materials. This checks off most of the things I look for in an instructional book for painting miniatures. Again, it’s pretty hard to beat free.
76. Painting Wargaming Figures
In this book, Javier Gomez, a professional miniature painter shares his secrets in this ‘how-to’ guide to painting miniatures. This is a great reference for a reader to learn the whole process, from material and supply choices, and even photographing the finished model. Learn how to use techniques such as dry-brushing, ink-washing, shading and highlighting through step-by-step instruction. A must-have for anyone in the hobby.
Fountain Pens, Journals, and Ink
I love fountain pens. They provide you with a unique writing experience, and are simply fun to use. The modern fountain pen is practical, even utilitarian. There’s a pen for every personality. Did you know fountain pens are a way to help the planet? Take a look at the fountain pens, journals, and inks below. They make great memorable gifts!
77. Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
If someone asked me what fountain pen to start with, the Lamy Safari fountain pen would be my #1 recommendation. Form follows function in this pen design. Durable, reliable, and elegant, the Lamy Safari is an amazing writing instrument. Smooth writing nibs (many different sizes) and compatible with the endless range of inks for fountain pens. These are lovely gifts, and I own 5 of them myself! Take a look!
78. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen, 1.0mm nib
A solid writer, the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen is the perfect gift for students, professionals, and creative writers who love the analog approach. The pen has a weighty brass metal barrel, well-balanced design, and comes with an elegant Pilot gift box. The Pilot Metropolitan is one of the most highly-rated fountain pens on Amazon. See here!
79. PILOT Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain Pen, Matte Black Barrel
This is my personal everyday carry fountain pen. This fountain pen has a “capless” design. To extend the nib, you merely click the button like a ballpoint pen would. When finished writing, the 14k gold nib retracts again into the barrel with a nifty trapdoor in the tip to protect the tip. The pilot vanishing points comes in many colors and designs.
80. Ancora Titanic Luxury 18K Gold Nib Fountain Pen – Elegant Expensive Gift – Fine Writing Instrument
Jewelry that functions as a pen. This is the Ancora Titanic Luxury 18k Gold Nib fountain pen. I’m not sure if I would suggest carrying this around. In fact, I’m not sure how this got on my list of potential gifts. This pen is exorbitant. Take a look for yourself.
81. Diamine – Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink, Night Sky 50ml
Ah, inks. Lovely inks. Pretty colors for days on end. I love shopping for fountain pen ink. So much possibility in a little package. Diamine is a very well known fountain pen ink company. They make a huge variety of colors. This particular shimming fountain pen ink is special, however, as it is designed to “shimmer” with sparkly gold flecks. Creative writer? Rejoice when you see your words on a page literally come to life under the right light.
82. J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Inks – Gold Sheen 50 ml Bottled – Emerald of Chivor
This is a top-shelf fountain pen ink. Make sure you swirl your pen before you start writing so the gold particle mix well. This is a beautiful emerald colored blue-green fountain pen. Highly-rated and beautiful.
83. Leather Writing Journal Notebook, MALEDEN Classic Bound Refillable Notebook
If you’re giving the gift of a pen and ink, why not add a notebook? Words and words wrapped in a fine leather package. This is a beautiful dark forest green journal notebook that will never need to be thrown out when you’re done. It’s refillable! Take a look at the other designs.
84. Embossed Leather Dual Dragons Journal
Preparing your next fantasy novel, or a creative writer friend need some inspiration? Take a look at this journal. Leather bound, handsome accents, and budget-friendly. This makes a great gift to anyone who loves stories, writing, and cool stationary.
Organizers for Paint and Art Supplies
Okay, you’ve collected a mass of art supplies and need a better solution for keeping it organized. Here are a few ways you can keep things in order. Get it quickly with 2-day shipping! Of course, some of the items I’ve suggested below aren’t necessarily for art supplies. But, who cares, if it works for your need? I’m particularly fond of the nail polish shelving system. They work great doubling as a paint holder that easily keeps everything visible and within easy reach. For a more efficient, productive hobby time, my pro tip is to dedicate a hobby space and keep it organized.
85. Stow-n-Spin 2 Tier Lazy Susan Turntable Rack Organizer Rotating Deep Shelves
This is a common kitchen organizer for spices and condiments. It has a fairly small footprint. The cool part about the stow-n-spin is that it rotates to give you access to the different parts of the organizer. The non-slip surface keeps things in place as you spin. This doubles well as a paint rack for different sized bottles and pots. Reasonably priced, this is an affordable option for organizing your paints.
86. 360 Degree Rotating Makeup Organizer, Adjustable Storage with Large Capacity
This is a full 360 rotating organizer. The neat part about this organizer is that it takes up so little footprint space. At the same time, it holds so much! Store paint and other media while still maintaining easy access to your supplies.
87. Acrylic Organizer Holds up to 102 Bottles, Storage Shelf
I have four of these shelves. They sit around my hobby crafting desk. They allow me to see my paint bottles and at-a-glance grab the one color I need. They are sturdy and you can hang them on a wall. It can hold a lot of paint bottles or anything in a similarly sized container.
88. iDesign Clarity Plastic Tiered Organizer for Storage of Cosmetics, Paint, and Accessories
If you’re looking for a smaller modular way to organize your art supplies and paint, this could be the way to do it. The tiered organizer will sit on your desk within easy reach. Simple and functional: what else could you ask for?
89. Brush Cleaner With Drying Rack
I use this to clean my brushes as well as store them while they dry. The spring is sized perfectly for small diameter handle brushes, and has enough length to all you to keep the bristles in cleaning solution. Inexpensive, but ever useful. This is a nice useful gift to your fellow artist, painter, or hobbyist.
90. Acrylic Pen Holder Display Stand Clear, Fountain Pen or Brush Rack (2 Pack)
I love these. I keep my brushes on these racks when not in use. They way this displays your brushes lets you reach for the one you need without digging through a drawer. Even better if you already own fancy kolinsky sables to show off your professional acumen with your art instruments.
91. Paint Brush Holder, 22 Slots Paint Brush Storage, Roll Canvas Pouch, Army Green
Are you or someone you know a painter on the go? This is a paint brush holder that goes where you go. Store brushes, tools, and other art implements in this handy roll canvas pouch. Protect and store your art supplies when you travel!
92. U.S. Art Supply 96 Hole Plastic Pencil & Brush Holder – Desk Stand Organizer
Classic pen and desk organizer. If you’re looking for something simple, hassle-free, art supply plastic pencil and brush holder might be it.
Many hobby activities have some risk. But, of all the potential harmful things that could happen, breathing in dust or other contaminants is probably the most dangerous. Protect yourself from doing the things you love and you’ll be able to enjoy them even longer.
93. Dust Breathing Mask with Extra Activated Carbon N99 Filters
I wear something similar when I’m working with resin or sanding materials that kick out a lot of dust. This is a flexible mesh constructed mask that doesn’t get sticky with your sweat. The mask also uses a design that makes breathing easy so I can wear this for a long time without feeling like I’m breathing through a straw. The mask comes with replacement filters that you insert into the slots on the front. Check here for more details.
94. 3M Dual Cartridge Respirator Assembly
This is a professional respirator designed to keep out all sorts of contaminants from your lungs. This will provide up to 40 hours of light solvent filtering work. Fairly risk things like spraying aerosol primer and airbrushing will be safer when you wear this respirator. Importantly, the assembly protects from organic vapors, and recommended for spray paint applications often used in the automotive industry. I find this a very comfortable mask to wear for those longer sessions of painting, though be sure to replace the filters.
95. Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens
Did you know that the bright daylight bulbs you use for painting miniatures can lead to sleeplessness? See why blue light is bad for you. These blue blocking computer glasses might be just the things for your special someone if they have trouble sleeping. They block blue light, which has been shown to disrupt sleep. Take a closer look. Another option if you already wear prescription glasses is to use clip-on blue light blocking lenses.
96. DEX FIT Level 5 Cut Resistant Gloves
Anyone who works with model kit assembly or other similar hobby activity has experienced the shock of a blade through a finger or other body part. It’s an inevitable part of working with knives. I use these cut resistant gloves when I know I’m at risk of having a blade slip, e.g., whittling or terrain-making. These gloves have superb protection and will stop any non-powered blade. The rubberized grip is effective! Keeping a good grip even when the gloves are wet is a key feature that makes me recommend this to anyone. They are comfortable for use in warm weather for long periods of time. Make sure you check for the right size.
Fun Geeky Gamer Gifts for All Ages
Fast 2-day shipping for games and gifts for loved ones and friends of all ages. Buy with peace of mind knowing you have a hassle-free return policy. Take a look at the gift ideas below!
97. Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers with Carrying Case – Builds to Over 4-Feet
There are giant sized timber blocks that stack up to 2.5 feet high. As you play the game, the timbers may end up stacking even further up (up to 4 feet high!). Based on skill level, this is a game for all ages. How many blocks can you pull out from the tower (stacking them on top) before it all falls down? This comes with a handy carrying case for portable hours of indoor or outdoor fun!
98. Vintage Victorian Steampunk Goggles – Cosplay Costume Accessories
Do you like to dress up? Maybe you know a cosplayer, or want to get something for your RPG party. These goggles are a different take on the costume that blurs the boundary between history, science-fiction, and fantasy. Take a look at the other options here.
99. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Game & Learn Controller
For really young children, you have to be a bit more discerning for gaming toys. Here’s a cute idea. Get a Laugh & Learn Game controller. Built-in games and buttons will entertain a young child for hours (maybe). Give this one a try. Take a look here for more details.
100. Girl Gamer Wooden Signs for Bedroom Novelty Door Sign (10″ X 5″)
Okay, so we need some signage to identify things. Give a novelty door sign as a gift. Lots of options to choose from.
101. Gamer Coffee Mug – “I Went Outside Once”
I love coffee and mugs. They seem to go together. Here’s a mug with personality.
102. Gift Silver Steampunk Skull Coffee Mug – 14oz
This will certainly turn heads at the office, college dorm, or wherever. A simple mug with metallic festooned pipes, gears, and….skull? Why not! Drink up, harty-ho!
103. Mug – “I Promise to Love You When You’re Old Still Play Video Games”
Video games are for young people, you say? Love is for everyone. Well, this mug has it all.
104. “Level Complete” Gamer Bowl
A bowl of cereal, soup, and gamers! A controller motif makes it easy to drink without a spoon, while mimicking the pose of a gamer.
105. “Game Over” 12 oz Black Ceramic Mug
When the coffee ends, it’s time to go about your business. This is a mug that reminds you of those happy or sad endings. The end, nonetheless.
106. Handmade Beer Mug Oak Wood Stainless Steel Cup Carved Natural Beer Stein Old-Fashioned Brown – Capacity: 20oz (600ml)
A wooden mug with a size-able beverage capacity. Bring this to your next RPG campaign and turn heads! Give this as a gift to that special someone who needs more geek and bespoke in their lives.
107. Mug Oak Wood Stainless Steel Cup Gift Natural Eco-Friendly Wooden Tankard 0.3L 10oz Classic Brown (Set of 6 Mugs)
Are you playing in a role playing campaign? Get this gift for your entire party! Your favorite beverage in a tavern themed mug.
108. CREATURE CUPS Dragon Ceramic Cup (11 Ounce) | Hidden Animal Inside
Who doesn’t love cute surprises? Take a look at these creature cups. So many to choose from (here). Ceramic cups for hot or cold beverages make a great gift.
109. Critical Hit D20 Ceramic Mug w/ Lid
It doesn’t get much nerdy geek than this mug. A ceramic mug shaped into the iconic D20 die. With a lid, this will keep that soup, coffee, or other hot beverage warm and protected from the rain, snow, sleet or shine.
110. Dungeon Master Mug, Dungeons & Dragons Tankard
Get your favorite dungeon master this huge mug, and I’m sure those NPC encounters will get that much more friendly. This doubles a dice cup! Of course, the metal badge makes it impossible for anyone to mistaken who this tankard is for. Take a look at the other styles and options here.
111. Dragon Coaster Holder With 4 Coaster Set
You have all these beverages, cold or hot, and a hardwood game table. You’ll want some coasters! This is a 4-piece coaster set themed for your fantasy geeky game night. Take a look.
112. Dungeons & Dragons: Shaped D20 Throw
I don’t know how much more DnD fan-boi this gets than this sofa throw. Keep warm on those game nights or watching your favorite YouTube channel.
113. Whiskey Stones and Glass Gift Set – Fancy Drinking Cup, Gold Stainless Steel Chilling Rocks, Slate Coaster
For the older gentlemen and ladies, this is a great gift for anyone who likes an ice-cold quaff in the evenings and weekends (or anytime I suppose).
114. The Original Battle Grid Game Board – 23×27 – Dungeons and Dragons Set – Dry Erase Square & Hex RPG Miniatures Mat
This is the battle grid game board for all your D&D or other role playing game (RPG) needs. The board is dry-erase washable and comes with an eraser and a set of markers. Make your games come alive with this living map that never stays the same. Successfully crawl through dungeons and caves with hidden dangers around every corner. Then, do it all over again!
115. Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
Take initiative! Get your buddy started in D&D with this seminal handbook for the world’s greatest role playing game! Everything you need to get started in D&D as a player. Grab a set of polyhedral dice and get going today!
116. Suburban Sphinx Metal Dice Set – Perfect Polyhedral Dice Set for RPG’s – 7-Die Set with Tin and Exclusive Art Insert
Fancy dice! Everyone loves the anticipation and excitement not knowing what comes next. Keep it fresh and random with an awesome set of polyhedral dice. Weighted for fun. More details and styles here.
117. Polyhedral Dice, 42 Pieces Dungeons and Dragons Dice with Gold Patten Bags
The dice you use for your games is often personal. This is a huge set of dice that would make a great gift for your RPG game party. These come with a convenient drawstring dice bag.
118. Blacksmith Craft Dice DND Dice Set – Metal Polyhedral Dungeons and Dragons Dice Sets with Dice Bag for RPG Gaming
Customize your dice rolling experience with metal dice. Blacksmith craft dice will standout on any table. Good balance and novel aesthetics make these a cool gift for your fellow tabletop gamer.
119. Folding Dice Tray w/Red Velvet for Tabletop Games
Keep your dice from rolling off the table with a dice tray. This one folds up for easy transport and storage. A soft felt-like surface muffles that clack of your dice rolls for a quieter gameplay experience. Keep tokens and other game pieces organized in this tray for your next game. Check out some other personal dice trays you may like for yourself or as a gift.
120. Forged Dice Co. Deluxe Dragon Dice Storage Box with Custom Dice Foam Insert – Container Holds up to 6 Sets of Polyhedral Dice or 42 Individual Dice
Where do you store your dice? Upgrade from that ziplock plastic baggie. This Dice storage chest holds up to 42 individual dice. Or, use the custom foam insert for a more comfortable experience for your select favorite polyhedral. Treat your dice well and maybe they’ll return the favor! (No, seriously). Custom dice trays are also great gifts for the tabletop gamer.
121. Pocket Compendium: Tome of Recollection | Customizable RPG Item, Spellbook & Reference Card Holder – Includes 54 Custom Poker-Size Player Cards
Flash cards for your discerning gamer. This is a high utility gift for your friends. Write with a dry-erase marker on these poker-sized playing cards. Store spells, notes, and other effects in a convenient compendium you can take with you. A fun, cute, and useful item. A great gift for anyone who plays RGPs, or other games that require some book keeping.
122. Tabletop RPG Adventurer’s Bag – Dungeons & Dragons Travel Bag fits Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide & More – Padded Mini Figure Storage, Dice & Token Pockets (Fits 4-8 Books)
Oh! This is the ultimate gift for that tabletop RPG gamer friend. Take your books, reference guides, maps, and other doodads in this custom Adventurer’s bag. It has so many cool features. See them here.
Lights and Other Illuminating Gifts
What kind of light setup do you need for painting miniatures and other hobby activities? Good quality, diffuse lighting can prevent eye fatigue, a major roadblock to a comfortable long hobby session. The best lamps and light setups provide proper white balanced light at the right brightness. These kinds of lights will also improve your ability to paint or work because they will accurately reveal issues of contrast and color. See more reviews of my recommended best lights and lamps for painting miniatures and tabletop gaming.
123. OttLite Desk Lamp with Swivel Base
OttLite is brand trusted for making high utility daylight lamps. Not only is the OttLite desk lamp (more details here) highly functional for my needs as a miniature hobbyist, it has lasted years. Give this unique gift and light up their life. Check out a review of my favorite portable task lamp for the miniature and modeling hobby.
124. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, 5 Lighting Modes with 7 Brightness Levels, Touch Control
Poor lighting reduces contrast and distorts color on a model as it is painted. These lamps mostly emit light that is too warm in color and dim. I have one of these lamps for reading or working on regular office tasks at home, but I don’t use it for painting miniatures. The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is perfect as a light source for artists, painters, and hobbyists who need good quality, bright light to work. Read more details here. This lamp also includes USB ports for charging your smartphone and powering other accessories you may want around the workbench.
125. PHIVE LED Desk Lamp, Architect Clamp Task Table Lamp, 20W Super Bright Extra Wide Area Drafting Work Light, 4 Color Modes, 5 Brightness Levels – Great for Workbench, Office, Art Studio, Reading, and Painting
Great quality swing arm lamp that emits a powerful, yet diffuse light that has lasted me more than 5 years without changing the bulb. See the review and other lights for painting miniatures. The LED’s are white-balanced for proper color reproduction on miniatures. LEDs also do not produce much heat, so you won’t burn up during those long painting sessions. What more could you ask for. Check out the other features of this lamp.
126. Swing Arm Lamp, LED Desk Lamp with Clamp, 9W Eye-Care Dimmable Light, Timer, Memory, 6 Color Modes, Modern Architect Table Lamp for Task Study
This is an architecture style flexible swing arm lamp that you can easily position wherever you need light. The light has adjustable color temperature, which makes this one of the most versatile desk lamps you can get. The clamp attaches to the side of any table or desktop. The LEDs are efficient, long-lasting, and durable. For more details, check here.
Optical Magnification for Hobbyists and Artists
To paint details on miniatures, you need good fine-motor skill and eagle eye sight. Magnification aids in particular, e.g., visors, headsets, or reading glasses, can improve detailed painting. See the full review for my thoughts on the top 3 best magnifier visors. Headband visors are a unique gift idea for anyone who is looking to work with miniatures and objects with fine details. I use a visor when I’m painting faces, eyes, or free handing. Magnifying lamps are an option, too, for those of you who don’t want to wear your lenses.
127. Donegan OptiVISOR LX Binocular Magnifier-Lensplate, #4 Lens Magnifies 2X At 10″ Focal Length
The advantages of the Optivisor Headband is the ability to switch out the glass lens inserts for different magnification power (1.5 to 3.75x). This makes the visor incredibly versatile and can adapt to your personal needs and tastes for painting miniatures. This magnifier is also incredibly comfortable for long painting and hobby work sessions.
128. LED Head Magnifier, Rechargeable Hands Free Headband Magnifying Glass with 2 Led Professional Jeweler’s Loupe Light
This is a slightly cheaper option than the Optivisor shown above. This visor comes with lenses of different optical power. But, in contrast to the Optivisor that uses glass lenses, this visor uses plastic lenses.
129. Brightech LightView PRO – LED Magnifying Glass Desk Lamp for Close Work – Adjustable & Dimmable – 2.25x Magnification
This is a welcome unique gift for any hobbyist who needs more light and visual power. The 2.25x magnification lens (5″ inch diameter) on this Brightech LightView Desk Lamp is well-suited to painting miniatures. The swing-arm clamps to the side of any desk. For long painting sessions or hobby work, e.g., soldering, model-making, this is probably the most cost-effective magnifying lamp you can get. Check out the other awesome lamp options I recommend here.
130. LED Magnifying Lamp with Clamp, Addie 1,200 Lumens Dimmable Super Bright Full Spectrum Daylight 5-Diopter Magnifier Glass
The Addie LED Magnifying Lamp is the direct competitor with the Brightech LightView Pro LED. Nearly the same in price and functionality, there are several notable differences. The Addie Lamp is brighter than the Brightech at 1200 lumens (compared with 800 lumens of the Brightech). Although the Addie Lamp has a glass lens that is only 4″ in diameter compared with the Brightech, the Addie has slightly more magnification power at 2.5x. See more details here.
Must-Have Electronic Gadgets
Here are unique gift ideas for the hobbyist who works long hours at their workbench.
131. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling
This is arguably the best in over-ear headphone noise cancelling technology. The Bose QC 35II is on the pricier side of gifts, but who wouldn’t love better sounding music, audiobooks, and podcast listening while they work and play. Details here.