At Front Panel Express, we're used to interacting with creative types, hobbyists, and inventors alike and we know how particular they can be. It's not their fault, after all - their perfectionism and attention to detail is what makes them passionate, but that can lead to frustrations when it comes to holiday shopping. Thankfully, there are a lot of great holiday gift ideas for inventors that you may not have considered. If you've waited until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, consider these gift ideas for the inventor, tinkerer, or hobbyist in your life. 

Digitizer 3D Scanner

The closest thing to a Star Trek replicator, this dazzling desktop gizmo can digitally scan small objects and create a 3D model with impressive detail and accuracy. It's no cheap investment, but the look on your gadget guru's face will be well worth the surprise. 

Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen

The coolest way to jot down notes and keep a writing instrument close at hand is the Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen. Complete with military green, this pen is made from the same aluminum material as military aircraft, so the gadget's durability isn't in question. A no-nonsense alternative to flashy spy pens, this one shows you're a serious geek.

Raspberry Pi

Chances are that the inventor in your life probably already has a half dozen of these, but with a gizmo this cool at this price point, there's no telling how a creative mind will incorporate it into their inventions. The Raspberry Pi is unbelievably cost-effective and makes for the perfect low-risk programming tool for youngsters and students alike. Slip one into their stocking this year and be amazed at what they come up with.

Wacom Intuos Tablet

For detailed designs in any CAD program, you should know that even the most accurate mouse won't do the design justice. Instead, give the gift of a Wacom drawing and painting tablet to bring your inventor's digital designs to life. Their projects will never be the same. 

From the entire team at Front Panel Express, we wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to assisting inventors of every level of expertise with their creations into 2016 and beyond!

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