Artists are notoriously difficult to shop for. After all, they’re artists, with unique perspectives, and old souls, and more creativity in their little fingers than most people have altogether. But if you’re searching for the perfect present for an artistic type, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for 30 great creative gifts for artists.
Art Palette Cookie Cutter
This art palette-shaped plastic cookie cutter creates “3D” cookies. It’s handmade from food-safe plastic, and measures approximately 3” x 2.75”.
480 Color Combinations Reference Book
Artists will appreciate having this gift close at hand. Alina Zoll’s 480 Color Combinations is a helpful reference guide featuring hundreds of different four- and two-color combinations and schemes.
Paint Palette Keychain
With this paint palette keychain, your favorite artist will be reminded daily to “Create Something Beautiful Each Day.” The keychain, which includes two charms, even comes with its own card and velvet package to make gifting this creative gift easy.
Watercolor Paint Set
Top up a watercolor artist’s paint supply, or get an art-loving child involved in watercolor with this 42-color watercolor paint set by Dyvicl. The set includes 42 high-quality pigments that are safe and non-toxic. The case is thoughtfully designed, and makes it easy for artists to keep all 42 colors close at hand.
Artist Tools Necklace
This pretty necklace from the Etsy vendor PingoVita features a charm of a mug full of artist tools. The necklace comes on an inspiration card, but can also come with an additional birthstone or initial charm. Buyers may choose their preferred necklace length: 14, 16, or 18 inches.
Bob Ross Bobblehead: With Sound!
If there’s an “ultimate painter” among painters, then that painter is Bob Ross. Artists of all kinds are sure to get a kick out of this Bob Ross bobblehead from Amazon. The bobblehead features everything for which Ross is most famous — including the hair! Press a button, and you’ll hear 10 different wise and witty phrases in Ross’s voice.
“Art is Life” Bangle Bracelet
This stainless steel bangle bracelet reads “Art is Life,” a sentiment that is sure to be appreciated by your favorite artist. The bracelet’s length is a comfortable 5.63 inches and .2 inches thick. Gifting the bracelet is easy, as it comes packaged in a beautiful velvet bag.
Monogram Spiral Sketchbook
Nearly every artist has a sketchbook, but why have a generic book when you can have a monogram spiral sketchbook like this one? The Etsy vendor Meredith Collie Paper makes and sells this sketchbook, which is available in a slew of color and monogram options. The handmade sketchbook measures 8.5”x11”, and includes 50 blank sheets of paper.
Encourage your favorite artist with a cup of coffee and this funny mug which reads, “You’re an awesome artist, keep that shit up!” The ceramic mug is handmade and the design appears on both sides. Buyers may choose an all-white mug, or a mug that is black and white as shown. The coffee cup is available in either 11 or 15 fluid ounces.
“Warning: Artist at Work” Sign
This vintage-style sign reads “Warning: Artist at Work,” and makes a great addition to any artist’s workspace. The handmade sign is made from durable aluminum composite and is made to look worn. It is available in sizes ranging from 9×6 inches to 20×16 inches.
“It’s Hard to Get a Handle on Modern Art” Tea Cup
The modern art aficionado on your list is sure to get a kick out of this porcelain tea cup. It’s missing a handle, but hey, it’s modern. The 10-ounce mug is debossed with portraits of famous modern artists. It is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Novelty Art Printed Crew Socks (Pack of 7)
This pack of women’s crew socks consists of seven different pairs of socks. Each pair features a famous painting. Instantly recognizable figures and scenes include the Mona Lisa, a Starry Night, and Girl With a Pearl Earring, to name but a few. The socks are made of cotton, spandex, and polyester, and fit U.S. shoe sizes 5-9.
“Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors” Book
It’s only natural to have an interest in those who came before us, and for artists, those people are figures like Frieda Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edward Hopper. This book by Elizabeth Lunday recounts a number of outrageous anecdotes about artists like Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and so many more! The stories are mind blowing and delightfully entertaining, especially for those already familiar with the different artists.
642 Things to Draw: Inspirational Sketchbook to Entertain and Provoke the Imagination
This guided art journal is perfect for artists of all ages. 642 Things to Draw is full of imaginative prompts ranging from “Draw a bicycle” to “Sketch the sound of girlish laughter.” The book provides the perfect outlet for casual doodling, or to spark creativity.
Give an artist the gift of encouragement with this adorable artist fairy from the Etsy vendor Lotty Lollipop. Each fairy is hand painted, and comes with a wish card. The 6-centimeter tall peg doll can even be customized with your choice of hair color and a name or other personalization.
Leather Pencil Pouch
This zippered leather pencil pouch from Rustic Town provides a beautiful way to carry around one’s art pencils or paint brushes. Made of genuine buffalo leather, the pouch is high quality and spacious. It measures 8” in length and 2.5” in width.
“Let It Gogh” T-Shirt
Elsa who? This hilarious t-shirt from Artist Shirts Co. features the classic portrait of Vincent Van Gogh and the words “Let It Gogh.” It is available in men’s, women’s, or youth fits, and in three different colors. The t-shirt is machine washable and lightweight, with a classic fit.
Adjustable Painting Apron with Pockets
Painters will find the job so much easier with this adjustable painting apron with pockets. The durable, heavy-duty apron is handcrafted and double stitched, ensuring that this is one apron that will last many years. The comfortable apron is thoughtfully designed to distribute weight evenly across the body.
“The Struggle is Real” T-Shirt
Any artist who has ever accidentally put their dirty paint brush in their coffee mug knows that the “struggle is real.” This lightweight, classic fit t-shirt is available in your choice of five different colors, as well as a men’s or women’s fit. It is machine washable, and made of 100% cotton.
“I Arted” T-Shirt
How funny is this t-shirt from Chummy Tees? Featuring an artist’s paint palette and the play on words, “I Arted,” this t-shirt is available in your choice of grey or white. It is available in myriad styles and sizes, including men’s and women’s t-shirts, hoodies, and men’s tanks.
Set of Handmade Paper Sheets
This set of handmade paper sheets includes seven 14”x11” sheets of fine paper. They are multi-purpose papers and perfect for the artistic person. Included in the set are a sheet each of White Cotton, Warm Grey Cotton, Tan Cotton, Cream Cotton, ALL, and Antique Tan, plus a mystery type.
Artist Tote Bag
Whether they’re transporting goodies from the farmer’s market or items from the art supply store, your favorite artist is sure to find this artist tote bag very helpful. The aptly named Practically Packed hand prints this canvas tote, which features a gusseted bottom and extra long, 15” arm straps. Buyers may choose between a traditional tote, or a tote with a zipper. Plus, buying this tote bag does some good! Each tote bag sale provides 10 meals to people in need through the organization Feeding America.
“’Til Death We Do Art” T-Shirt
This unisex t-shirt allows your favorite artist to declare their love to the world. Reading, “’Til Death We Do Art,” this t-shirt ElephanTees is available in your choice of black, white, grey, or navy. Sizes range from small to 2XL.
Designed by the artist Charles Good-Man and available on Uncommon Goods, this magnetic notebook is a brilliant addition to any artist’s collection. The notebook’s 55 pages are “bound” to a magnetic spine, which allows its owner to remove and replace pages in whatever order makes the most sense. The journal is bound with vegan leather, and includes 55 separate sheets. Refills are also available.
The Etsy vendor Darrell Standing makes this beautiful leather roll for holding an artist’s paint brushes or pens. Constructed from “Crazy Horse Leather,” the roll is stitched by hand and designed to look like a vintage piece. It consists of seven pockets. Buyers may customize the roll by choosing from nine different colors, or having initials added.
The Original Buddha Board
The Original Buddha Board makes a wonderful gift for any artist who enjoys painting for pure enjoyment. This unique board is easy to use. Simply fill the stand with water, dip the included bamboo brush, and start drawing, painting, or writing! Images will appear like a traditional Japanese ink drawing. As the water evaporates, the image fades, allowing artists to practice the art of letting go.
Multi-Color Painter’s Palette Necklace
Crafted of solid sterling silver, this beautiful painter’s palette necklace is perfect for an artist who appreciates stylish pieces. The necklace features small charms in multiple colors as an added, eye-catching characteristic. An 18” chain is also included with the purchase.
Artist Charm Bracelet
Ocean Palms Jewelry makes and sells this beautiful charm bracelet that is perfect for artists. The bracelet is handmade, and features a nice collection of charms. These include a paint brush, art palette, and sewing machine, among other things. The bracelet is adjustable to ensure a proper fit on any size wrist, and even comes wrapped ready for gifting in tissue paper and an organza drawstring pouch.
Personalized Stationary Set
VL Hamlin Design makes this adorable personalized stationary that’s perfect for an artist. The generous set includes 10 folded note cards, 10 flat note cards, 20 envelopes, and a 50-page notepad. Each can be personalized with a name of your choosing, in your choice of more than 50 colors.
Bilateral Artistic Easel
This gorgeous bilateral artistic easel is from the Etsy vendor Lucky Art Create. Handmade from beechwood, the easel features such advantageous qualities as telescopic metal legs on hinges, multiple pockets and drawers, and a shoulder strap for carrying.