So I made it up to Phoenix/Mesa this past weekend for the Rubberstamp/card-making show ( see some pics in papercut card thread 3D papercut holiday cards ) and stopped at IKEA on the way home. Found some (I think) neat items that I could possibly Glowforge (I like using that work as a verb).
These are a bamboo bath brush (front and back), A bamboo hand mirror and small cutting board.They were all only a few dollars each, but think of some kewl personalization you could add to these !! And the cutting board (they have several different ones that are relatively inexpensive compared to buying elsewhere) could be either functional or a good size for a decorative (even has the hole in handle) hanging ! IKEA also carries a bottle of clear conditioner or finisher or sealer type liquid to apply to cutting boards every so often to “condition” them. I will have to look into that more (may be some type of oil), but it may help with the idea of “…what if you laser the food prep side…” question ( by helping “seal” it).
Some other items and ideas I picked up…
The pics don’t do justice to the glass/crystal heart ornaments (flat), But they just beg to be engraved , the wooden spatula as well - A nice kitchen gift or again, engrave, add a ribbon or mount it and could be a displayable gift(after lasering). The glass baking plate was only a couple dollars and I had to get it for my sand blasting/engraving ( you mirror and engrave the bottom). The cork hot plates are a pack of four, again, a nice personalizationalble item that is inexpensive but functional.
Last , in the “scratch and dent” area I picked up this door for $5 only for the wood
Maybe pine? Not exotic or anything but I can cut it up for some nice pieces of wood - the inside panels are actually 1/4 or less, so they may actually be laser-cutable? for $5 worth a try.
Hope this gives you some ideas ( did pick up some other things, but these were my favorite Glowforeable items. I think the glass hearts were the most expensive, so overall some great gift ideas for less than the price of a hallmark card !! Happy Holidays to all !!