They are entrepreneurs, after all. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for all they do, and give them something special. Although this can be time-consuming and require a lot research, brainstorming and shopping, we also love artists and wanted to help.
Below are holiday gift ideas to artists. They have tons of options that will appeal to their creative side.
Artists can subscribe to the Subscription Box
Have you heard of those subscription services like FabFitFun that deliver a monthly box of goodies to your door? Now, subscription boxes are available from companies that cater to artists! SmartArtBox offers a year of monthly art projects for your artist, as well as an ArtSnacks subscription box that contains supplies designed to inspire you to create.
Creative block is something that every artist will experience at one point or another in their careers. Why not prepare them for it? There are many fun ways to get out of the funk like The Complete This Drawing book, The Stoal Like an Artist interactive journals or Creative Block sketchbooks, as well as 642 Things to Draw inspirational sketchbooks.
Professional Photo Session
Your artist has probably taught you by now how crucial art marketing is for growing your art business. Book a photo session to help your artist improve their online presence. This is something they may not be able spend on elsewhere, but it will show support for their dream career as well as make them feel professional and confident.
A flexible tripod for your artist’s smartphone is a great way to improve their Instagram skills. It can be used for non-blurry photos of their work, studio shots or timelapse videos that will amaze fans. And they’re a steal, we found this one for under $7 on Amazon!
Art Museum Membership
Is there an arts museum close to your home? Artists love museums because they can explore, be inspired, and learn about the history and future of art. It’s also something that they might not consider treating themselves to. And, many annual memberships are cheaper than you’d think–The Denver Art Museum offers individual memberships for only $55.
Although organization may not be the most fun gift, it is one that will keep on giving year after year. These rolling carts, this DIY Pegboard or a drying rack are great options for artists looking to organize their studio space. You’re not sure which one would work best? You can substitute a gift card to The Container Store, or IKEA with a gift card!
Art Supplies Gift Certificate
Talking of studio supplies… We asked artists to nominate their top gifts. The winner was clear–a gift card to their favorite art supply store. It’s simple, but it’s so appreciated by artists at all levels! Blick Art Materials offers certificates online or delivered to your door. You can also check with your local art supply shop to see if they offer any great deals!
Set of Postcards
You don’t have to be a creative person. You can brighten their day by sending them a collection of postcards. Encourage them to start a correspondence with other artists (hello pen friends!). You can also encourage them to come out of the studio whenever they feel like it. These are our favorites These famous works are from The Met.
The hardest thing about starting an art business is the lack of a support system. You don’t have anyone to tell you when to go to the studio or who to call if you are having doubts about your work. Books are the best answer. You can turn to it for business advice or inspiration, and artists will feel supported. Artist Dana Piazza recalled Art/Work as one of the greatest gifts he received as an artist. Check out our other book recommendations here.
Stocking Stuffers with Art Themes
Sometimes the smallest gifts can bring holiday cheer. If you’re in need of some cute stocking stuffers, check out our picks: Mini easels to dress up your dining table or desk space. Socks featuring famous works from Degas, Picasso, Klimt, Monet, and more. Garden seed kits supporting local artists. A chalkboard table runner for creative diners of all ages. Or graphic T-shirt guaranteed to make them chuckle.
A Public Art Tour
You don’t have to give a gift in a box. Gift your artist with a tour of the public art around your city. You can find out what is in your local area, map it, and learn fun facts about each installation. A fun lunch spot is a great addition to make it a memorable day!
Supporting other Makers
The arts community is proud to support artists. A handmade gift, such as a holiday fair gift or Etsy gift, can show your support.
Games for Artists
Is Pictionary too difficult for game night? Try an art auction game where you bid on famous works and try to collect the highest values. An art museum game where you become a world-class curator, collect famous artwork, and organize exhibitions in order to save the failing museum. A Bob Ross board game where you earn “chill points” by painting landscape features using colors and brushes from your hand of cards. Or, a color puzzle that tests even a seasoned artist’s visual palette by using only their color instincts to assemble it.
Legion’s Artist Pad Collection
The personalization of art supplies is key. There are many quality options for materials. It can be risky to gift supplies to an artist you don’t know.
That’s why we love gifting the Legion Artist Pad Collection. The Legion Artist Pad Collection offers a variety of high-quality paper textures in luxurious weights. Brightly colored drawing sets can be used for watercolors, pencils, ink, color pen, and most other mediums. These packs contain enough pages to allow you to get a feel of each high-end paper and surface, or pick a favorite. They are also a joy to see on your desk.
A Spa Day
Artists are hands-on, use their hands and sit at a desk all day. Artists can’t do their best work if they aren’t at their best. A little relaxation and some stretching at the spa would be a great gift for tired artists! Or if you’re looking for something a bit longer-lasting, take a look at this heated hand massager to take away artists’ aches!
A music streaming service
Do you know of an artist who enjoys listening to podcasts or music while they create? You could gift them a Spotify or Pandora subscription to help them create without having to listen to annoying commercials.