Holiday Gift Guide: For Artists

Santa_Blue_Pkg._2s_Fabian_QSince it’s the time of year when holiday shopping is in full gear, it seems like a good time to come up with some great gift ideas for artists. This is the first in a series of posts to help any of you with artist-types on your holiday shopping lists!


There are so many things you can buy artists; it can be difficult to narrow it down to just a few items. In addition, buying artists the tools of their craft can be overwhelming, since there are many brands, and artists are often very specific about their tools. (I know I am!)

With that in mind, I thought of a variety of accessible ideas anyone can get that the artists in their lives will enjoy, without needing to know anything about brands, pencil weights or PMS color values!1. A visual coffee table book or a highly reviewed biography of their favorite artist can provide a little bit of inspiration for your artist friend to turn to when they need it.

2. Speaking of inspiration, I always find some in uplifting quotes. Find (or make) an inspirational quote charm tied onto a ribbon to be hung in the artist’s studio.

3. Prints by a favorite artist are always nice, and you can be creative: Who says a print belongs on the wall? Try that print on a mug, t-shirt or pillow for some added fun.

4. Like any other trade, it’s important for artists to stay up-to-date on their craft. For this, a subscription to an artist magazine, such as Watercolor Artist or The Artist’s Magazine makes the perfect practical gift.

5. Artists are all about handmade. For that direct artist-to-holiday tie-in, try a handmade ornament. Need an idea? Check out this beautiful reverse-painted Van Gogh “Starry Night” ornament.

6. As Small Business Saturday gains momentum each year, think local for your artist too. Find an original piece of local artwork to add to your friend’s collection. After all, the small gallery scene is integral to the artistic ecosystem.

7. There are always new skills to learn, but as working artists, it’s often hard to find time to get out and take new classes. Inquire (discreetly) into what your artist wants to learn, and give them a gift certificate to finally take that art class!

8. It’s always nice to spend time with friends and loved ones, so box up a homemade certificate good for a visit to an art gallery or museum. After all, the joy of sharing what we love the most with the people we love the most is an amazing gift.

Tune in soon for additional gift ideas for the artists on your holiday shopping lists!

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