18 Gift Ideas For Exploring Artists (or Creative Sorts)

Most people share gift ideas right before the Hanukkah/Christmas holiday season, but Valentine's Day is only a little over a week away and there are always birthdays, anniversaries, graduations... so many gift-giving opportunities! If you are gift shopping for an artist, a art-appreciator, or just someone who is creative and fun, consider an art-related gift! Art supplies are such a fun (and sometimes unexpected) gift to receive. Even experienced artists love having something new to try out, or add into the mix just to keep things fresh.

So, if you're considering another mug or scented candle, hold off on ordering for a minute and check out the ideas below!

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18 Gift Ideas for Exploring Artists (or Creative Sorts) from danielleandco.com - perfect for Valentine's Day gifts!

In loosely clockwise order...

  1. Watercolor paints: I've been using this set from Kuretaki, and really enjoy it. It's affordable, and yet still has bright and vibrant colors.
  2. Watercolor pencils: While some people think they are "cheating", in mixed media work (or just for fun) I love my similar set of watercolor pencils for their versatility.
  3. Water brushes: It's a little thing, and an awesome add-on or stocking stuffer for anyone into mixed media, watercolor, ink, etc.
  4. Calligraphy set: Modern calligraphy seems to be really on trend right now, and a kit is an awesome gift for anyone who enjoys learning new skills.
  5. Modern Calligraphy Booklet by Mon Voir: On a related note, this booklet has been on my own wishlist for awhile now - or consider gifting someone a ticket to a workshop by a local artist! Mon Voir is located in Costa Mesa, CA.
  6. Art box/mini-easel: I have this one from Amazon, and really like it! It is sturdy enough, and makes it easy to take supplies on the go, for a road-trip or if you want to paint in a natural setting. I included it in my tiny art studio options post awhile back.
  7. Sketchbook: This little moleskin is affordable, well-made (Moleskin is a great brand) and is handy on the go.
  8. The Artist's Handbook: By author Ray Smith, out of all of the art books & guides I've read (I went to art school, so it's not a small amount) this is by far my favorite. I still reference it regularly, and find it provides such good explanations, it always makes me less nervous to try something new!
  9. Giftcard to a local store: Picking out your own art supplies can be the fun part! Maybe pair it with a smaller sketchbook or set of pens? This giftcard is to a local art store near us, Standard Art Supply & Souvenir in Ithaca, NY.
  10. Standing easel: These can be great for allowing an artist to move around more freely while working, and this one also tips so it can lie either horizontal or vertical (and comes with a carrying case).
  11. Micron pens: These pens are the BEST. These are handy for mixed media work, line drawings, but also just for sketching out ideas ahead of time. It's fun to collect different styles and colors, too! As a stocking stuffer or along with a giftcard, these could be a perfect fit. 
  12. Brush cleaner: This one is so cute! Little and adorable, and also functional. I always forget to clean my paintbrushes really well, and having this on a shelf nearby would be a great reminder.
  13. Palette: Very affordable, and necessary too. For watercolor painting, I find this type with many little wells really useful. 
  14. Portfolio case: Once you've started creating work, you need a way to store it! I actually keep my portfolio case under my bed; it just fits super well there.
  15. Art Inc.: Taking art from a hobby to a career can be intimidating; Lisa Congdon has a guide to make it so much more manageable.
  16. Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon wrote this small but inspirational book about being creative - it can be exactly what someone needs to keep on creating when the going gets tough.
  17. Adult coloring books: This one by Lisa Congdon (I love her, obviously) is awesome, and I think appeals to a wide range of people - geometric patterns are so neutral. It's a way to be creative and have fun, without the pressure of creating original artwork.
  18. A beret: Because, why not?  Artist's shouldn't take themselves too seriously.

For those who are more into art-appreciating than art-creating, consider some actual artwork - maybe something quirky and fun, or personal to your relationship. Emily A. Clark recently posted art gift ideas for your valentine, and had some great suggestions.

Any other suggestions? Anyone just want to buy some of the stuff for yourself?