It’s that time of year again when we start making our list of goodies to give or receive. I thought now would be a good time to give you some gift ideas for the artist on your list or maybe a few ideas for art supplies you would like to add to your own list.
This list includes several mediums and price ranges and a few whimsical gifts for when you just can’t decide. If you are just looking for stocking stuffers check out my post on Stocking Stuffers for Artists.
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Gift Ideas for Artists
1. Artist Brushes
Brushes tend to wear out or get damaged over a year of painting. Fresh new brushes are always welcome. There are hundreds of brushes to choose from for watercolour, acrylics or oils.
Water brushes are also a great gift for artists. They are easy to carry and have the water in the brush. They make great stocking stuffers.
2. Drawing Pencils
Drawing pencils make great gifts for artists who draw. They are perfect for all skill levels and mediums.
Whether the gift is for a graphite artist or someone who just wants to sketch out their ideas, good pencils are always welcome.
I have used several different brands, but I keep coming back to this set. They are my favourite drawing pencils.
3. Drawing Paper
Good drawing paper can be expensive so treat the artist on your list (or yourself) to some good paper.
There are papers designed for all mediums such as graphite drawing, colored pencil and pastels as well as mixed media paper which can be used for a variety of wet or dry mediums.
Smooth papers for graphite and coloured pencil, more textured for pastels. I like Bristol Vellum for my graphite drawings.
4. The Gift of Knowledge
Encourage the budding artist in your life with the gift of learning. Enroll them (or yourself) in a local art class or one on one lesson from a local artist.
Better yet, check out CreativeLive for hundreds of classes in drawing, mixed media, color, Photoshop, crafting, photography or even classes to help with the business side of art.
You may find a few you are interested in for yourself.
5. Calligraphy Pens and Inks
For the calligraphy artist there are a variety of pens, inks and brushes available. A beautiful boxed set would make a great gift.
I know an eraser is probably not something you would think of as a gift, but I’m talking about electric erasers that are great time savers for artists who draw.
Another great gift would be my absolute favourite eraser…the Tombow Mono Eraser.
It’s small enough to get into the tightest places and is great for adding highlights to hair. Great as a stocking stuffer or as part of a gift basket.
7. Artists Coloured Pencils
Most coloured pencil artists have their own preference for which brand they use and many use several brands interchangeably.
A reasonably priced set of Prismacolor is a good place to start.
If you have a little more money to spend you could purchase something a little more expensive such as Polychromos.
8. A Sketch Book
Always a nice gift for an artist or anyone who likes to draw or journal.
A personalized sketchbook would also be a great gift idea for the artist.
9. Tripod and Camera
If you are looking for a more expensive gift for the artist in your life or even for yourself, a good DSLR camera and tripod is a great idea.
Artists need to take good pictures of their work for marketing and a good camera will get the best picture for them.
Having a good printer to produce prints, business cards, advertising etc., is a great advantage to any artist. A wide format photo printer would be best.
11. Drawing Tablet
An electronic drawing tablet, such as this Wacom tablet, that can connect to your computer, is another great gift for anyone interested in digital art or photo editing.
There are hundreds of web sites selling cute artist themed jewelry, t-shirts, bags or just about anything else you can think of.
You can make it a personalized gift or even a gag gift. Etsy is always a good place to check. It’s a great place to find gift ideas for the artist.
13. Gift Cards
14. Studio Decor
Gifts for the artist studio can include lighting, storage, furniture or just little things to brighten up the studio.
I love getting unusual items for my studio and this year this Dali clock is definitely at the top of my list. It’s the perfect unique gift for artsy friends.
15. Artist Gift Basket
If you really can’t decide, consider doing a gift basket for your artist friend (or yourself).
Fill the basket (bin, crate or whatever you like) with smaller items such as small sketch books, pencils, Micron drawing pens, pencil extenders, colour wheel, grey scale, chocolate, gift cards, candles, music, chocolate (yes, I know I wrote chocolate twice :)) and maybe a cool artists apron.
Who doesn’t love getting a basket full of surprises.
I hope you find something on this list to treat the artist in your life (or yourself). If you have ever gotten an awesome or really unusual artist gift, tell us about it in the comments below.
Thanks for reading. 😀