40+ Inspired Gifts for Artists Who Draw, Paint and Dream
The world of an artist is unlike that in which the rest of us reside. Where most of us simply see objects and people, an artist sees masterful strokes of profound colors and hues, carefully composed and elaborately designed. They have such a unique insight and take on the world that shopping for the best gifts for artists is as difficult as trying to draw two eyes that look vaguely similar – absolutely impossible to all but the trained professional. However, with a combination of dedication, skill and a handy list on your side, you can find a gift that will have your favorite artist singing your praises (or more likely, painting your praises).
Best Gifts For Artists
Cricut Explore Air 2
Clean, crisp cuts are essential to your artist’s work. But when an artist is making the same repetitive cuts over and over, it’s difficult not to get sloppy in the process. The Cricut Explore Air is the ultimate gift for the artist fed up with slicing and dicing. The fine point blade in the cutting machine neatly cuts through over 100 unique materials in half the time, allowing creative individuals to put together stunning masterpieces from card stock, vinyl, and just about any material they can get their paint-covered hands on.
Circadian Optics Light Therapy Lamp
Generally, an artist will pour their emotions into their work. In the long, cold winter months, that same emotionality can make it difficult for an artist to get motivated. For those who often feel the burden of the winter blues, a therapy lamp is a reliable, non-invasive treatment for the lethargy and anxiety that has plagued your loved one for so long. Artistic types in particular will be receptive to the stunning, Mondrian-esque design of the Circadian optics therapy lamp, inspiring them to return to their craft and gift the world their newest masterpieces. With no UV rays to worry about, your artist can enjoy the limelight even in the brutal cold of December.
LEGO Art Collectible Building Kit
Marilyn Monroe is an icon many artists continue to revere to this day, and the distinct style of Andy Warhol is unmistakable to the well-versed art connoisseur. With a set of LEGOs that celebrate both of these iconic figures, your loved ones can get their creative juices flowing, even when they’re feeling uninspired behind the easel. Consisting of over 3000 individual pieces across 4 separate images, this adult LEGO set is a gift that will entertain and frustrate your artist for many evenings to come.
Cricut Easy Press Mini
Heat transfers offer an easy method for an artist to rock their own custom designs, but who on earth still owns an iron that’s up to the job? The Easy Press mini is the compact iron designed specifically for heat transfer prints. The small, maneuverable build is gifted at managing small, intricate transfers, unusually shaped images, or just about any transfer project your artist might encounter in their work. A smooth, protective base allows it to glide over patterns and fabrics without burning or smudging, resulting in sharp, clear results that your artist can feel proud about wearing out of the house.
Pantone Formula Guide Set
Forget fumbling around the paint display at the local hardware store – Pantone has a better way for artists to introduce some color into their home. The Pantone formula guide is a booklet the interior designer in your life can’t go without a second longer. In this collection of sturdy cards, artists will be able to search through every Pantone shade imaginable, allowing them to quickly discover and compare shades without devastating the rack at their nearest Home Depot. When you give them the most updated iteration of this classic Pantone gift, your loved one will get nearly 300 new, vibrant hues to discover – along with countless new home projects to try out.
Wacom Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet
The talented artist should never be limited by their tools. Digital art can be a stunning form of creative expression, but if your loved one’s tablet or laptop doesn’t lend itself well to the creative process, a new gift might be needed to support the artist in your life. The drawing tablet is a pressure-sensitive pad that digitally connects to most standard devices, providing your artist with a space to draw when their electronics simply won’t let them. Slim and space-friendly, the tablet can be incorporated into even the smallest art studio. so that absolutely anyone can create the art they envision.
Magnetic Gel Pen Set
With a full set of gel pens, those most gifted in the world of art can create some pretty incredible masterpieces. A set of markers can be a pain, though, so for the artist fed up with their markers rolling away, it’s time for a loved one to work their magic. These magic markers will never roll away from your artist because, unlike the standard set of pens, these 20 colorful gel pens are stuck together through the magic of magnetism. Your artist can arrange and order the pen set however they see fit; Regardless of order, these loyal companions remain at each other’s sides through thick and thin.
Marbrasse Wooden Pen Organizer
“Artist” and “organized” don’t often go in the same sentence, but for the creative soul that does have a need for order, it’s going to take some special gifts to keep the entire studio in order. A pen organizer is the ideal storage solution for those who have a shade for every occasion; With a dozen shelves built-in for storage and an additional drawer in its base, this wooden organizer has space to store an entire rainbow of colored pencils and pens. Even bigger stationary like paper, tape, and staplers can find a home among the many shelves, tidying up your artist’s workspace until they begin their next major project.
Microfleur Max Microwave Flower Press
A true artist remembers events through their colors and composition, and flowers are a large contributor to the overall aesthetic of an occasion. While preserving flowers has always been a hit or miss art in the past, with the gift of the flower press, every petal and leaf can be saved in full color from this moment forward. All it takes is a few minutes in the microwave for the press to preserve a plant in all its vibrant shades, saving the memories of an event forevermore in an eternal form that won’t dull or die. Never lose another pressed flower to time or space – with it, your artist’s work is about to bloom into its full potential.
Painting has never been an on-the-go activity for your artist, but all that is about to change. Aquapaint allows an artist to bring detailed, colorful images to life without ever reaching for a can of paint. When water is painted onto the Aquapaint canvas, the image underneath will be revealed, giving an artist the feel of painting without the need for the mess. Each of the 5 pictures included with the gift is reusable for up to a year; Best of all, though, everyone has been demonstrated to provide positive stimulation for those artists especially those struggling with visual and mental impairments.
Four World Famous Painting Blocks
The world’s most iconic masterpieces are recognizable to an artist in any form. But has your artist ever re-imagined these pieces in LEGO form? As it turns out, constructing such memorable artworks as the Mona Lisa and The Scream as LEGOs is a fun, hands-on way to entertain an artist and teach them the history of the medium. In the gift set, your artist will receive the pieces to put together 4 famous paintings they no doubt already know, allowing them to re-experience the wonder of each for the first time once more.
Secret Lives of Great Artists
With any artist, even an incredibly talented one, a single work of art can only tell half the story. When your artist starts to feel discouraged because their career doesn’t look picture-perfect, this illustrious artist’s book can offer them a new perspective on their idols. Uncover the imperfect details of the lives of famous artists and discover what was going on behind the picture-perfect image. Once your loved one realizes that no great artist is as perfect as the textbooks suggest, they can at last find the confidence to love their own projects, despite their own struggles.
Moleskine Art Sketchbook
You can get fancy with your gifts for artists, but the basics will never go out of style. Most artists these days get their start in a trusty sketchbook where they can practice and explore, and this Moleskine sketchbook is perfect for the creative soul in your life. With 104 completely blank pages to fill, your artist will be able to let their imagination run free; Afterwards, they can shut the sketchbook with the elasticated band and keep their WIPs out of the judgment of the public eye.
Derwent Scale Divider
Even accomplished artists can struggle with proportions from time to time. Messing with the scale or proportions of an image is a bold creative choice for an artist to make, but getting the details right is essential to bring the work together. A Derwent scale divider can be a useful means of perfecting the proportions of a masterpiece, gifting your artist the outside, unbiased perspective they need to get every line right down to the most minute details. Don’t leave any part of the project to chance – the divider is a small, simple gift that offers major benefits to an artist in the long run.
Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models
Paper airplanes were just the beginning of your artist’s kirigami career. While the work of a skilled architect like Frank Lloyd Wright might seem impossible to the amateur artist, with the paper models kit, your loved one can fold iconic structures like a pro. Thanks to it, your creative friend can recreate 14 of the famous architect’s most iconic buildings, letting them feel less like a Wright brother and more like Mr. F. L. Wright, American innovator, designer, and star artist.
Da Vinci Wireless 3D Printer
3D printing has redesigned artistry forever. The ability to create from scratch unique figures and forms on a 3D plane opens new doors of creative expression previously unavailable to the common man. For the artist inspired to take on an original new technique, the da Vinci Mini 3D Printer is not so much a gift, but an opportunity they can’t afford to miss. We’re at the threshold of a style destined to define this generation – now is the time to follow in da Vinci’s footsteps and innovate.
Bamboo Tabletop Flip Clock
The unusual, eye-catching and thoroughly original are the favorite gifts of any artist. Original modern pieces can inspire through their bold use of motion and form and are essentials for the modern artist’s studio. The Tabletop Flip Clock is one such piece. Do away with the vintage face and the computerized digital clock; in the age of modern aesthetics and sharp, clean lines, this clock is the tool of the artists and the inventors.
3Doodler Create+ Printing Pen
As established previously, 3D art is the art of the modern-day. 3D printing can be an intimidating process to those of us with limited technological know-how though. Many artists prefer to work with their hands than with their computers. If your artist prefers a more interactive, free-form approach to their work, the 3D Printing Pen offers an alternative approach to the 3D trend. Artists can bring their work to life like never before when they pick up this incredible gift and let their imaginations run wild.
Smart Digital Frame
Skilled artists deserve the opportunity to proudly display the fruits of their labors. Yet for many artists, displaying a painting for the public is not ideal in the long term. Exposure to light and air for extended periods can distort an original piece, a lesson any seasoned artist has learned, so especially valuable pieces should be stored in specific conditions. With the Smart Digital Frame, your favorite artist can have the best of both worlds: the frame renders paintings with remarkable realism, allowing the public to appreciate pieces in all their glory while the original work is stored for safe-keeping.
1000 Colors Jigsaw Puzzle
Artists are skilled with their use of color and light in their work, but just how strong are their color matching skills? When an artist needs to wind down after a hard day of work, the colors puzzle is just the gift to keep their mind sharp while their body relaxes. Constructing the vibrant CMYK color spectrum should be a breeze for those with a strong understanding of how colors interact with one another. Is your artist up to the challenge?
Adobe Ink & Slide
Digital art gets a bad rap, but in such a diverse world, there’s room for all forms of artistic expression. In fact, some of the most provocative work is created when these different forms interact. The Adobe brings together traditional pen and paper art and a technological world to grant artists a new creative approach to their expression. With pinpoint accuracy in displaying each stroke of the Adobe pen, the Ink & Slide is bringing traditional art into the 21st century.
Field and Studio Sketchbox Easel
As with any profession, an artist requires an optimized space to work at. An easel that keeps materials neat, organized and within arms reach is vital to the painter. Portability is key as well; world conditions change, so what is the ultimate work environment one moment may be impractical the next. This Art Easel makes creating a workspace not just possible, but a quick and easy process for any artist. An artist is only as good as their tools – fortunately, once they’ve received this great gift, your artist will have the very best at their disposal.
Kuretake Watercolor Set
Watercolor art is incredibly difficult to master, and doing so can require years and years of practice. If your artist tends to reach for the watercolors over any other paint, then you can be sure of two things:
- They are incredibly patient and hardworking, willing to put in the time and effort to develop this difficult technique.
- They’re going to require a lot of watercolors over the next several years for practicing.
So paint is always a welcome gift for a watercolor artist, and in terms of variety and quality, the best choice in paints is this Watercolor Set.
Genuine Crafts Watercolor Brush Pens
Every artist has their own go-to tools for creating their work. Still, any artist can benefit from understanding how to best use a number of tools – even if painted art isn’t your most developed skill, there are times when paint lends itself to a piece more readily than any other tool. When shopping for the creative gifts for artists, always consider what could expand their horizons. Could they branch out into or away from watercolors? A gift like the Brush Pens are ideal for the artist interested in mastering a new technique, but not sure where to begin.
Nix Mini Color Sensor
Rarely will an artist have all of the colors in a painting sitting in a bottle in the closet. A big part of the painting is blending colors to create a range of hues throughout an image. While this can result in a vibrant, eye-catching image, it does pose a unique challenge to an artist – when it’s time to mix more paint, how can you know you’ve produced the exact same shade the second time around? The Mini Color Sensor takes all the guesswork out of identifying hues. Scan a color and check your phone – perfect color matching is in the palm of your hand.
Weatherproof Bulk Copier Paper
Not all art has the luck to be stored in a comfortable museum or in a millionaires private gallery. Much of the art we see day to day comes in the form of flyers stapled to telephone poles and fences outside. Works of art that need to withstand the elements require special care to ensure their survival – they require Weatherproof Copier Paper. Environment and printer-friendly, these weatherproof papers are convenient to use and drastically extend the lifespan of your flyer.
The All Media Easel Artist Set
The Artist Set: the mother of all artist gifts. If your artist is a regular jack-of-all-trades, a master of the pen, pencil, acrylics, and oils, then no single gift is going to meet all their needs. The Artist Set is an incredible assortment of utensils, all neatly organized in one convenient box. The set even features a built-in easel, allowing artists to create wherever they take this ultimate artist’s gift.
World's First Electric Drawing Pen
Of course, an artist loves to draw and with the addition of technology in this modern-day, why not think about giving your artist friend or family member the electric drawing pen. This will allow them to make creations in an entirely new way, one which perhaps, they have never experienced before. With varying speeds, the artists can select just how they wish to use this innovative tool.
A4 Ultra-thin LED Light Box Tracer
This is the ideal gift for an artist who loved precision, giving them the ability to draw using the assistance of the lightbox. Featuring a fully dimmable bulb that can be powered using the USB connection. The product is lightweight and thin meaning that your artist friend can take it with them wherever they go. It comes in an A4 size which is the most popular paper size and so will get many hours of usage.
Bamboo Slate Smartpad Digital Notebook
In this digital age, no artist wants to be carrying around multiple paper notebooks which can become damaged or lost, meaning that they lose their precious work. So why not consider buying them this impressive smart notebook where they can pen their designs and ideas and then, at the touch of a button, transfer them to a smart device of their choosing. The notebook uses Bluetooth technology and can be paired with both Apple and Android devices. This makes a wonderful gift for any creative mind and will definitely be well received.
Scribit Drawing Robot
This futuristic-looking drawing robot makes for an exceptionally unique gift for any artist. The robot is used to create images on the walls of your home, which are non-permanent and cause no damage. Simply use the bot to create your design and change it up as often as you like. It is not uncommon for people with creative minds to become easily bored with their surroundings and this is the perfect solution to that problem. Your artist friend will have a choice of working with four colors and works with an app that can be installed on their smartphone.
This quirky doodle duvet is the perfect gift for someone who is massively into art. The product gives them the chance to literally doodle and design their own duvet, and the possibilities are endless. This is an excellent way to let your artist friend express their creativity and will be a gift that they enjoy for many years to come. Best of all, the doodle duvet can be machine washed so that the artist can begin the process all over again, giving many hours of enjoyment.
Color Muse Device
When an artist is trying to color match their paint perfectly, many problems can often arise but this whole process is made much more simple by giving the color muse as a gift. This handy little device is able to match to a whole host of brands and does so by scanning and entering the information into the brilliant little app that sisters this product. This is not only a gift that an artist will love but is also one that will be of great use to them.
Wall Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener
This isn’t just any ordinary pencil sharpener, this is a retro classroom pencil sharpener. An artist is always going to have a need for a tool such as this and why not take them back to their childhood by giving them this amazing looking sharpener that can be mounted onto the wall and comes in a smart chrome finish. The sharpener features eight holes suitable for a variety of different pencils and is extra durable so this will be a gift that keeps on giving.
If anything, this product just looks simply amazing. Delicately hand blown, this sand timer is ideal for any artist either as a functional or decorative piece. The timer runs for 25 seconds and its most defining feature is the beautiful iron stand on which it sits, which attracts the tiny iron filings inside the device giving a unique and creative display. For those times when your artist friend needs a distraction, this is the perfect gift!
Prinker Temporary Tattoo Device
One of the perks of being an artist is that they can create their very own beautiful tattoos but not all artists want a permanent piece on their body. With this super useful temporary tattoo printer, the artist in your life will be able to print her or his own temporary tattoo designs. For use with the specialized temporary tattoo paper, this gift will provide hours of entertainment for anyone who loves to design and create.
Golden Ratio Coloring Book
Whilst this is a slightly more expensive coloring book than you might usually see, it is certainly one which is completely individual and like nothing your artist friend will have ever seen before. Coming from Verona in Italy, the feel for art has already been instilled in this piece and features beautiful hand-drawn pictures from a renowned artist. This is perfect for keeping the creative mind happy and with the super high quality of paper, it will be something that they can keep long after they have finished using it.
Gun Cylinder Pen Holder
Any artist will tell you that they are forever losing pens and would love somewhere to keep them. If this is the case, then why not consider giving this stunning pen holder as a gift. Made from durable stainless steel that will not scratch or mar, this is a gift that will last the artist for many years. With the capacity to hold up to six of your artist’s favorite pens, this gift will prove to be an invaluable addition to their desk space.
Transon Art Portfolio Case
Many artists will not only spend their time working in one location and so it is important that they have something in which they can transport all their things. This super useful artist backpack will provide a solution to this problem and also comes in a variety of colors meaning that you can tailor the gift to the person’s own taste. This large bag has a selection of pockets which means that your artist friend can carry everything they need with great ease.
3D DIY Puzzles
Do you have artists friends who are into creating complicated things using their hands? Are they into putting brains to the test with brainteasers? It is quite likely that they would like to try stuff that involves both skills (handicraft and intelligence) such as scale models, neat gadgets, and 3d puzzles. This gift will suit their taste. Made completely out of plywood and birch, it is durable and resistant, the pieces are laser cut with absolute precision so each will fit right perfectly, you won’t even need glue to create this cute little safe. Not only is it delicately crafted, but it is also beautiful, which means you will have plenty of fun when building it, and when looking at it, storing things inside as well.
Buying the best gifts for artists is an experience all of its own. An artist is someone who has a unique personality, the creative mind works in weird and wonderful ways. So when it comes to choosing the best artist gifts for those who draw, paint and dream, it can be a little overwhelming to select just the right thing. These quirky and unique people deserve a gift that is just as wonderful as they are, and this list provides you with some great choices when it comes to buying gifts for artists.