25 Favorite Gifts for Artists This Year

Unique Gifts for Artists and Art-Inspired Gifts

As I write this, I’m hoping that the upcoming holidays will bring you warm thoughts, memories, and good feelings all around. I’ll be the first to admit that while I try to maintain a balance of minimalism and conscious spending, a little shoptherapy does one good sometimes! With the holiday season approaching, gift giving is top of mind – but of course, we won’t judge if you decide to put these on your wish-list or even buy any of these art-inspired gifts for yourself! 😉

1. Pochade Box

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This plein air / pochade box is available through the Peg and Awl shop on Etsy

2. “Art is Life” Bracelet

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Available through the CynicalRedhead shop on Etsy

3. “Weekend Forecast” T-Shirt for Artists

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This funny T-shirt for artists is available through the MerryAndWit shop on Etsy

4. Frame a Painting

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From one of our sponsors: Offer to frame a painting for someone; or go to ArtFrames.com to frame a painting you plan to give. They offer free shipping with $350 or more (flat rate of $18.95 and 10% discount with eight or more frames.) Use the coupon code 10-Off at checkout.

5. Give an Art Magazine Subscription

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Click here to order a gift subscription to Fine Art Connoisseur or Plein Air Magazine

6. Paint Brush Cleaner

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From one of our sponsors: Bristle Magic Paintbrush Cleaner and Reconditioner

7. Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors

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From one of our sponsors: Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors, Handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York, for over 50 years, from Blick Art Materials

8. Paint by Note Value Specs for Artists

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“Paint by Note” Value Specs, which are specially created to remove all colors so you can see the notes, or values, in any scene or photo.

9. Wood and Leather Artists Palette

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This natural wood and leather palette for watercolor is available through the Peg and Awl shop on Etsy

10. “Reasonably Fine Artist” Hoodie

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“Reasonably Fine Artist” hoodie from Charlie Hunter’s line of “Reasonably Fine Art Stuff”

11. Easel Brush Clip

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The Easel Brush Clip – “A Painter’s Nightmare Solved”

12. Claessens Belgium Linen Panels

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From one of our sponsors: Multimedia Artboard linen panels are available in three styles of Claessens Belgium Linen

13. Just for fun! “Fo Sheezle My Easel” T-Shirt

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Another funny T-shirt for artists! This design is available through the BackPorchOutfitters shop on Etsy

14. Gallery-Quality Lighting for Art

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From one of our sponsors: Made in Naples, Florida, Situ Art Lighting offers art lighting solutions (from wireless to plug-in) for any size art.

15. Van Gogh Rain Cape

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The “Undergrowth with Two Figures” rain cape is available from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s gift shop.

16. Plein Air Painter’s Apron

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We couldn’t find the perfect painter’s apron, so we had our own made! The Plein Air Magazine Painter’s Apron is made of denim, has adjustable strings, and deep pockets.

17. Oil Paint Set from Jack Richeson Fine Art Materials

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From one of our sponsors: The Shiva Series of Richeson Oil Sets comes in pre-selected colors for easy gifting.

18. Renoir Jigsaw Puzzle

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Also available through the gift shop of the Cincinnati Art Museum is this Auguste Renoir, “Oarsmen at Chatou” 500-piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19. Raymar Panels

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From one of our sponsors: Raymar offers painting panels for all levels of artists.

Plus More Gifts for Artists, Such As…

20. Easels for Artists

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Maggii Sarfaty uses a Joshua Been Day Tripper easel. Read our feature article “The Best Plein Air Easels for Artists” to see what dozens of artists say is their favorite easel for painting outdoors.

21. Paint Brushes

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Laurel Daniel shares four essential brushes for oil painting in this article on “four crucial brushes” from our sister site, RealismToday.com.

22. Books for Artists

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We can never have too many resources to improve our craft. Check out these 6 Composition Books for Artists for ideas, and browse more titles at streamlineartvideo.com.

23. Art Video Workshops on How to Draw and/or Paint

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With hundreds of hours of painting instruction available on DVD or digital download through Streamline Art Videos, you’ll find endless possibilities for learning how to paint any subject.

24. The Gift of Authentic Art

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Shown: “Attendance” by Jenifer Cline, which won first place at the Plein Air Artists Colorado 21st Annual Exhibition and Sale, as seen at our sister site, FineArtConnoisseur.com. The exhibition is on view at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico, through December 31, 2020.

25. And If You’ve Been REALLY Good This Year…

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… You can ask for a ticket to Watercolor Live or the Plein Air Convention!

While some of the items above are from our paid sponsors, our editorial team believes that all of these will make wonderful gifts for artists. Do you have a favorite art-inspired gift that others should know about? Share it with us in the comments below!


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