Gift Ideas for Artists


Hello all!

With the holiday season coming around the corner I thought I’ll post something a little different today. I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for people who are planning to buy something for their artist friend/family member, but don’t know where to start! These are just a few things that I’ve come up with or would personally love to receive as a gift.

1) Tools – It never hurts to have more tools! Of course, these are our essentials to making great art! Depending on the type of medium your person uses or the level at which they are at in their career, you might consider purchasing some of these:

  • pens
  • brush pens
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • markers
  • brushes/brush set
  • colored pencils
  • watercolor/watercolor set
  • ink
  • paint
  • paper
  • sketchbooks
  • drawing pads
  • digital drawing tablet & pen
  • laptop
  • desktop
  • scanner
  • camera
  • external hard drive

2) Gifts for the Workspace – Having stuff for the workspace is also an essential component of our art making. Maybe the person you’re gifting actually needs a nice place to work or a way to store their art supplies? Well, here are some things you can considering gifting:

  • desk
  • table
  • chair
  • bookshelf
  • shelves
  • lamp
  • storage/filing cabinets
  • wall art

3) Subscriptions/Memberships – I know I work with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a lot, but to do so I must buy a subscription! If you know your artist uses an art service or might be interested in taking online art course, how about consider gifting them a membership or paying for their class? Below are a few examples:

  • Adobe suites subscription
  • Online art courses
  • Tickets to conferences, conventions, or workshops
  • Premium accounts (DeviantART, Patreon, etc.)

4) Books/Artwork/Miscellaneous – As much as we are artists, we are also art lovers and consumers! We are most likely fans of another artist’s work or collect items of some sort. If you know your artist friend/family member well,  here are some ideas of stuff to consider gifting:

  • art books/“art of” books
  • art prints
  • posters
  • plushies/toys
  • stickers/sticker books
  • buttons
  • enamel pins
  • patches

5) Gift Cards/Money – Yes, it never hurts to gift them a gift card! Chances are, the artist will probably have a better idea of what to get themselves. Here are some places where artists shop for art supplies:

  • Michaels Arts and Craft
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Dick Blick
  • Amazon
  • Ebay

6) Something you created! – We love thoughtful handmade gifts as well, so if you’re on a budget consider making us something!

I hope this helps some of you out. Again, the holidays isn’t about just gifts! Gifting your time and attention is the most important gift of all.

Duachaka Her