16 Best Gifts for Artists
We found gifts for artists that are useful, inspiring and sure to please every type of creator.
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Buying gifts for artists is so inspiring! We found presents for every type of creator, from basic art supplies for a beginner to specific tools and inspirational pieces for an intermediate or advanced artisan. From theme-inspired jewelry to stylish storage, we’ve got your virtuoso in mind. Whether you’re shopping for a sculptor, calligrapher, painter or graphic designer, our goal is to bring them some holiday cheer with something they’ll actually use and enjoy.
We have options for a variety of age groups, so whether you’re buying gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for kids or people impossible to shop for, we’ve got you covered. There are also picks for all skill levels, so take note if you need Secret Santa gift ideas or white elephant gifts. On a budget? No sweat. These affordable delights start at just $10.
For the sketch artist: Drawing Set
Looking for gifts for artists who love to draw? This complete sketch kit has everything a novice or pro needs to whip up a masterpiece, all in a zippered carrying case. You’ll get a 100-page sketch pad, various graphite and charcoal pencils, a kneaded eraser, pencil sharpeners and charcoal sticks. Plus, it includes a sandpaper block, blending stump, art knife and pencil extender. Even better? It’s an Amazon Prime gift with free next-day delivery.
For artists on the go: Wooden Tabletop Easel
Arteza’s wooden tabletop easel is a convenient way to create a work of art. It holds a canvas or sheet of paper up to 11 by 14-inches and has a drawer underneath to store supplies. Its portable lightweight construction and useful carrying handle allow for on-the-go creativity. The adjustable design lets you sketch or paint with ease at any angle.
For the calligrapher or still life artist: Double Tipped Art Marker Set
Quality markers are among the best gifts for artists. The sky’s the limit with this 48-piece dual-tip marker set. The alcohol-based smudge-free utensils dry instantly, so wet ink won’t ruin your work. The wide chisel tip is ideal for calligraphy or filling in large areas; while the fine brush side is perfect for lettering, lines and curves. The color-coded caps prevent tips from drying out, and the portable case keeps the set organized for the artist on the go.
For the fashion-forward artist: Embroidered Dad Baseball Cap
Dad hats are trending right now, and this Outsider Supply unisex version is perfect for artists. Let everyone guess whether the “fine art” embroidery refers to a piece of work, or yourself. It’s also machine-washable, so don’t worry if your artisan gets a little paint, clay or plaster on it. An adjustable back strap makes it a fitting gift for teens.
For the digital artist: Apple Pencil
The tilt and pressure sensitivity on this Apple Pencil is incredible, and the matte finish is simple but classy looking. The graphic designer on your list will love the wireless pairing and charging features, along with the pixel-perfect precision. A simple double tap lets you change tools within any program, on any Apple device. Prime members can score same or next-day delivery for a last-minute Christmas gift.
For those looking to learn: Master Class Membership
Starting at just $8 per month, gift a budding artist access to more than 150 classes (across 11 different categories) with Masterclass. Learn from experts like Jeff Koons, who teaches an art and creativity class, or Kelly Wearstler who imparts her interior design wisdom. David Carson explains graphic design, while Usher teaches a class on the art of performance. Buy a membership as a gift for your best friend and join her as a fun experience!
For the savvy snacker: Composite Agate Cheese Board
This gorgeous cheese board is like an artist’s palette, except for your snacks. Use it serve hors d’oeuvres during dinner parties or as a plater for fruits and veggies during art sessions. Crafted from pieces of natural agate stone, each board is a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.
For the cluttered artist: Melia Woven Baskets (Set of Four)
Need gifts for artists who own lots of supplies? Stylish organization solutions are key. This set of woven baskets does the trick. The jute fabric containers are ideal for corralling brushes, pens, pencils, scissors, erasers, beads or sketch pads. They also make noteworthy gifts for tweens who need help organizing school supplies.
For the jewelry lover: Artist’s Palette Dangle Charm
This Pandora dangle charm is a stylish gift for painters, and a chic way to display their passion. The hand-finished sterling silver palette features multicolored gems (pink, yellow, green and blue crystal stones and red cubic zirconia). Two small paint brushes with bristle detailing and beads finish off the bejeweled bauble.
For the oil painter: Oil Paint Set
This Kingart oil paint set features a rainbow of 24 rich pigment choices. The acrylic paints create a thick and creamy finish and work on a variety of surfaces, including canvas, paper, metal, plastic and wood. Artists love their fast-drying nature, which isn’t always the case with oils. They’re also non-toxic, making them a creative gift for kids.
For the artist with joint and muscle pain: Bath Soak
You may not think art is a physical activity, but those who sit or stand all day can get the same aches and pains as an athlete. After a long day of creating in the art studio or out displaying work at a farmer’s market, it’s time for some relief. This Muscle Rehab bath soak has epsom salts infused with essential oils and arnica to relieve muscle pain and soreness. It’s a thoughtful gift for doctors or nurses who are on their feet all day, too!
For married artists: Polished Silicone Ring
Finding gifts for artists who already own all the tools and gear for their craft can be tricky. This silicon ring is a unique present for anyone who wants to wear a wedding band while creating messy projects. Designed for flexibility and comfort, the smooth finish reduces friction so it won’t pinch or squeeze your finger while pouring ceramic molds, blowing glass, carving wood or mixing paints. It’s scratch-, fade- and oil-resistant. Basically, it’s suitable for the dirtiest jobs in the harshest environments—and a stylish gift for husbands!
For young kids: Watercolor Paint Set
When it comes to gifts for artists who are just starting out, this watercolor paint kit is top notch. The set includes 32 vibrant watercolors, two brushes, a paper pad and plastic storage case. The affordable $10 price tag makes this an incredible cheap Christmas gift for young artists.
For those with a sweet tooth: Belgian Bonbon Truffles
Artists will appreciate these scrumptious handmade Belgium chocolate truffles, each one seemingly more colorful and unique than the next. Andy Anand Chocolatier’s edible artwork is all handmade using natural and sustainable ingredients. The box includes 24 decadent bonbons in various flavors like salted caramel, fresh cream ganache and crispy praline. It’s also a gift that gives back: The brand donates 15% of proceeds to schools where children are given free education.
For painters with lots of brushes: Art Caddy
A neat and organized space leads to increased productivity. So, gifts for artists that create a beautiful work space will lead to beautiful art. This custom art caddy keeps an artist’s brushes tidy and exposed to the air for natural drying. The handmade wood container can be laser-engraved with any message, making it a thoughtful personalized gift.
For the interior decorator: Modern Abstract Sculpture
This stunning abstract sculpture sets the stage for the modern art collector. Whether you’re home for a quiet night of creating, or inviting friends over to see your collection, this piece is sure to get people talking. As far as gifts for art lovers go, this Stella & Eve number is a show-stopping winner.
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