How can you possibly brainstorm a unique gift idea when you’re shopping for the most artistic person you know? Don’t worry: we’ve rounded up the best gifts for artists that will impress any creative soul — whether their passion lies in painting, drawing, sculpting or another more niche form of artistry.
If they’re still honing their craft, you can buy them fresh art supplies like watercolor paper, paint brush cleaner or a stylus pen as a sign of encouragement. On the other hand, more experienced artists may prefer to receive something to keep all of their supplies organized (like a paint brush roll) or a coffee table book that deepens their love of color (like Kassia St. Clair’s The Secret Lives of Color).
There’s also a number of adorable and funny gift ideas from Amazon — like a Van Gogh pun T-shirt and a Bob Ross mug — that will give any creative a good laugh. If you’re shopping for an art teacher or mentor, there’s a beautiful artist palette’s necklace that an artist girl will love flaunting in the classroom.
Keep reading to find a gift for every type of artist, whether you’re hunting for a personalized gift, a present that feels like luxury or something techy and a bit more unusual (like an electric hand massager). The best part? We’ve included something for every occasion, even if you need a thoughtful housewarming gift, last-minute Christmas gift, a unique present for a special woman in your life, a cool birthday idea or a “just because” gift that’ll make them feel loved. Start shopping to claim your spot as the best gift giver!
Perfect for anyone who loves watercolor painting, these mini ceramic cups are wheel-thrown and hand-glazed to perfection. They hold up to seven ounces of liquid and there's even a groove to rest their brush in between strokes. Colors include red coral, honey and sea glass.
When they're trying to come up with their next big idea, they can use this water brush to let their creative juices flow without wasting ink, paint or paper. Just dip the bamboo brush in water and drag it across the board for a mindfulness practice-turned-art piece.
They'll love to explorethefascinating stories behind 75 colors and where they came from — whether it's from fashion, politics, art or war. Amazon reviewers note The Secret Lives of Color is "easy to read," "hard to put down" and "makes a fantastic coffee table."
In some cases, it takes tracing someone else's work to enhance the artistic skills you already have. This tracing pad makes it easy — give it a quick tap to turn on the light and adjust the brightness as needed.
Great for the painter on the go, this waxed leather case can keep their favorite brushes organized and in tip-top shape. Custom the outside or one of the inside pockets with their name, initials or a short phrase.
Make old paintbrushes look and feel new again with this citrus-scented cleaner. Nearly 4,000 artists swear by it on Amazon, even going so far as to say that "it could have saved" so many of their old brushes if they knew about it sooner.
Chances are your favorite artist is a little rough on their hands. After a long day of painting, sculpting or drawing, they can sit and unwind with this cordless hand massager. They can choose from six massage and intensity levels, including heat and vibration.
Amateurs and accomplished artists alike will get something out of Master Class's annual membership. They can pick and choose from dozens of online classes taught by the best in art, including Annie Leibovitz, the famed photographer known for her iconic work with celebrities.
If painting is their favorite medium, they're going to love this gorgeous painter's palette. It's handmade with real pressed flowers and adorned with shimmering gold, silver or rose gold flakes. Choose from a number of flower color options, including red, purple and green.
With this beautiful pendant necklace, she can keep her most valuable tools around her neck. She'll feel inspired every time she looks down at the colorful painter's palette. Made with beautiful zircon gemstones and available in silver or rose gold.
She may know about Georgia O'Keefe and Frida Kahlo, but there are so many other incredible women who shaped the art world. This book highlights 50 of the most daring, everyone from quilter Harriet Powers to sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis.
Not sure what to get them? Sign them up for this monthly subscription service that delivers art supplies to their front door. Curated to inspire, each box includes a full-size surface plus enough supplies to create a work of art. There's also a quarterly subscription box for watercolor lovers.
Painting, drawing and stitching may bring comfort and release, but molding clay is loved by art therapists for known stress relief benefits. This colorful putty lets them squish, shape, and play, all while taking in the mood-boosting scents of orange, lavender, or eucalyptus.
Here's a great gift if they love experimenting with new mediums or they're looking to perfect their calligraphy. Due to the pen's spiral design, they'll be able to write 20 to 60 words after each ink dip. The hand-blown glass pens are easy to clean (just rinse with water), and they can easily be used again and again.
Any artist who starts the day with the famous painter and PBS personality is clearly destined for greatness. Cool feature: When empty, the mug’s background is black; fill with hot coffee and a Ross-ian masterpiece comes into full view.
It goes without saying that Frida Kahlo is one of the most iconic artists in history. This book takes everything we know about her and helps your artist live the Frida way — bold, fearless, and way ahead of her time.
Harvested straight from the beaches of North Carolina, these gilded oyster shells can be decorated with personal artwork (just send a digital file to the maker) to become home accents, trinket trays, you name it.
Their painting skills are on par with the pros, and now their workbench can reflect it. The next time they're working with watercolors, acrylics, or another medium, they can rest their brushes with this clay holder.
If they use their iPad to sketch designs, draw landscapes, or dream up future art pieces, then a stylus pen is a must. This one is compatible with all recent iPad models (minus the Pro), and it's precise tip gives way more control than their finger ever could.
Every artist needs a solid foundation to work with, and this two-pack of high-quality paper is the best of the best. It's thick and strong enough to withstand many washes and layers without any warping or bleeding.
They don't even have to hop on a plane to experience all of the artistic beauty that Athens has to offer. Sign them up for an hour-long virtual walk, so they can get a glimpse of the street art in six different neighborhoods.
After a long day of painting, drawing, or sculpting, they can alleviate any built-up tension in their palms, wrists or forearms with this mini foam roller. It's only 12" long, so it's small enough to carry around easily or store out of sight.
Amanda GarrityAmanda Garrity is a lifestyle writer and editor with over seven years of experience, including five years on staff at Good Housekeeping, where she covered all things home and holiday, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.
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