10 Great Gifts for the Artist in Your Life

Have a person in your life who loves to create? Here are some gift ideas that will put a smile on their face!

1. Sticky Notes, $11.95 (Crate & Barrel)

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If your artist is anything like me, they need constant reminders. These stickies are a classy way to keep up to date on everything they need to remember.

2. Skillshare Gift Card, $10 – $100 (Skillshare.com)

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We never stop learning. With that thought in mind, why not give the gift of learning to your artist this season? Skillshare’s manifesto is one of the most inspirational you can find:

“Our mission is simple. Reunite learning with education and make it accessible to every single person on this planet. Anyone can learn anything, at any age, at an affordable cost, anywhere in the world.

Learning has no roadblocks, prescribed paths, tests, quizzes, or outdated majors and degrees. It’s driven and powered by students. Here, students never ‘graduate’ because they are lifelong learners. Caps and gowns don’t see the light of day.

Teachers are passionate. Students stay curious. Because curiosity is the compass that leads us to our individual passions” Learn more.

3. Cachet Hardbound Canvas Cover Sketchbooks, $20.29 (DickBlick.com

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Now, I know what you’re thinking: “A sketchbook? How original.” But here’s the thing. As an artist – I LOVE getting sketchbooks. You can never have too many sketchbooks. But I find the generic black sketchbooks to be extremely limiting in their personality.

When I am using a sketchbook it starts to gain personality in the smudges, bumps, and scrapes it goes through while I work in it. What I absolutely love about these canvas cover sketchbooks is the ideas don’t just stay in the book, they can stretch out onto the covers.

A lot of times I find quotes, phrases, or words that reflect what stage of my life the book is representing at the time and that’s how I utilized mine.

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One of my favorite parts about getting a sketchbook as a gift is when the gifter writes a small note to me inside the sketchbook. Those words stay with me through every creation.

4. Colorblind iPhone Case, $27 (Threadless.com)

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This design by Matheus Lopes is just one of the many beautiful designs you can purchase at Threadless. Have a look at their selections, but if you want to get your creative a fun gift that they most likely won’t get themselves – Threadless is a great place to look.

5. Schiele bag crafter organized tote pocket brush storage bag for artist, $56 (Etsy, Lunica)

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Most artists search for the perfect bag to carry all the things they’ll need to create on the go – but Lunica has made a bag that makes that decision easy. She even embellishes the bag with a print from Schiele or Klimpt.

6. Pencil, $59.95 (Shop 53)

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Does your artist have an iPad? Do they complain constantly about not being able to use the iPad in their artistic process? No? Well – beat them to the punch and get them this. Pencil paired with the Paper iPad app is the closest tool to pen and paper that tablets have put out so far.

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They can sketch, change color, erase, smudge, etcetera. Have a look at what it involves in their video.

7. Kinfolk Full Subscription for a Year, $60 (Kinfolk Magazine)

imageIs your artist impossible to shop for? Give them the gift that gives all year long. Kinfolk is a beautifully curated lifestyle and arts magazine that will give them inspiration for months to come.

Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly, 144-page, ad-free print magazine that collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do.” Learn more.

8. LMNT Headphones, $68 (Anthropologie.com)

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I don’t know a single creative who doesn’t work with music. Here’s a great way to keep the creative juices flowing and the bass pumping.

9. Handpainted Abstract Journal, $98 (Anthropologie.com)

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Is your artist a journal lover? Look no further than this hand painted journal from Anthropologie. A beautiful and useful way to keep their ideas alive and thriving.

10. Painter’s Tote, $498 (Anthropologie.com)

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For you high rollers out there, this gorgeous tote is for the couture artist in your life. They can’t ever leave without their sketchbook, magazines, ebook, camera, and maybe their wallet can come to if it can fit.

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