gifts for artists

27 Creative Gifts for Artists

Do you have a Van Gogh, Percy Shelley, Mozart, Tina Modotti, or Michelangelo in your life? We have the perfect gift for them. Here are 27 creative gifts for artists.

Color Wheel Pendant

This lovely pendant gilded in 22 karats will thrill artists and anyone else who loves the color. Each color is a pigmented paste that is hardened into enamel when fired. It’s made by Christine Schmidt, an artist from San Francisco.

Color Wheel Umbrella


Don’t let a rainy day get you down! This colorful umbrella will keep your spirits up even on the rainiest days, and you’ll never lose it in a big pile of black umbrellas or leave it in the back of a taxi. The large canopy is made from 24 separate panels which makes it sturdier than an average umbrella which has just eight.

The canopy is 100% nylon, and the lightweight frame has a manual open, and close button and the handle is rubber coated which means it won’t slip from your grip.

Vintage Camera Pillows 

In the age of selfies what could be more of the moment than these cute camera pillows? Confound your Millennial friends and family with stories of waiting for a film to be developed or waving a Polaroid to get it to develop faster.

Artist Ronda J. Smith of Brooklyn prints the photos on cotton sateen and then sews them onto cotton-twill. Each pillow is handmade.

Camera Charm Necklace

The shutterbug in your life will love this camera necklace. Artist Britta Ambauen hand makes each piece in Seattle. Both the charm and chain are sterling silver. The charm measures half and inch long and half an inch wide and the included chain is 18 inches long.

Vintage Camera Book Ends

Is the photographer in your life also a bibliophile? Combine both of their loves with this book ends. Each set of bookends is unique having been sourced by the artist, Breck Armstrong, from actual vintage cameras. One camera with include the old-fashioned flash bulb, and one will be without.

Wilde Literary Poster

“An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.” This poster from one of literature’s (and histories) greatest wits is perfect for the writer in your life. The image is on archival paper and measures 19 inches high by 13 inches wide. The piece is designed by New York artist Even Robertson and printed in Pennsylvania.

Chalkboard and Magnetic Clip Frame with Hooks

Maybe the artist in your life could stand to be a little more organized, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be creative about it. This piece combines both qualities. One side is a magnetic backboard, and the other is a chalkboard strung with a tiny clothesline complete with clothespins to write or hold lists.

The bottom has five metal hooks to hold anything from coats to keys. The frame is made of fir and the piece measures 30.04 inches wide, 1.81 inches deep, and 22.83 inches high.

Tree Wall Photo Holder

What better way to display your family tree than with a tree photo? This handcrafted photo holder is made of metal and measures 34.50 inches wide, 0.98 inches deep, and 28 inches high.

Bob Ross Master Paint Set

Ah, the soothing tones of Bob Ross. If you were a kid in the 80’s who stayed home sick from school, this is the voice that made you feel better. Now you can be like Bob and try your hand at landscape painting.

Get started painting beautiful landscapes with this kit that includes everything you need; oil colors, a landscape knife, and brush, background brush, fan brush, script liner, DVD, and instructions. 

Water Color iPhone Case

Artists of the world, stand up and be counted! This case made for the iPhone 7 will let everyone know you are among the creative class. This case will protect your phone without feeling bulky. It has precision cut-outs for the phone’s speaker, camera, and charging port.

Artist’s Apron

This apron can protect you from the mess of any artistic endeavor, painting, sculpting, cooking, crafting. The straps are adjustable for a custom fit, and it’s made from a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton.

Pantone Watch

Artists want color, color, color, and Pantone knows the color. This silicone watch comes in several colors and shows the date as well as the time.

642 Things to Write About

Even the most prolific writers can sometimes struggle with writer’s block. Stoke their imagination with this book of writing prompts. It’s also a notebook with plenty of room for the words just waiting to pour out.

Moleskine Sketch Book

Moleskin is the leader in well-designed notebooks. The classic design and smart features like an elastic closure and back pocket, it’s no wonder these notebooks are so popular with creatives.

Art Snacks

This is so neat! It’s a monthly subscription service of art supplies. Your box will include 4-5 full-size premium art products, as well as a “Menu” describing each product, best practices, and new techniques to try. They offer 1, 3, 6, and 12-month options.

Rue Wall Easel 

Artists aren’t known for their large, lavish homes. This easel doesn’t take up any precious floor space. The easel fits on any wall and comes in three sizes. It’s made of beautiful hard wood which means it’s attractive enough to become a permanent part of the decor when you display your finished work of art on it.

Chelsea Classical Mediums

These are made from safer materials than most oil painting mediums which makes them great for artists who work in small spaces that don’t have a lot of ventilation. Rather than smelling strongly of chemicals, it has a lovely lavender scent.

These mediums are made from ingredients like linseed and lavender spike oils.

18. Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Artists could use some self-help but they don’t have time to read weighty tomes, they have creating to do! This book is a quick read at just 134 pages. The authors are artists themselves, and they explore how art gets made and why sometimes it doesn’t get made.

Creating art can be a lonely thing, and this book shows that other artists share the struggle to create.

Membership to a Museum

When I lived in NYC, I had a membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I loved spending time there and went often. Spending time in a museum can cure a lot of ails, it’s inspiring when you have a creative block, it’s comforting when things are turbulent because some things in a museum are thousands of years old and have endured, it’s contemplative because it’s quiet and you can usually find at least one section of a museum that’s free of other guests.

Going to a museum is also a great date, a great thing to do with out of town guests, and a great way to spend time with a friend without spending a lot of money.

Art Bin Tote

This tote is like a suitcase on wheels for art supplies! Great for artists who want to “get out of the studio and into the light!” It’s made of two compartments that buckle together. The top compartment is 12″x12″ and can hold sketchpads, notebooks, and small canvases. There are 26 loops to hold brushes, pens, and markers.

The bottom compartment can hold paints and other larger items. There is a shoulder strap for terrain where the wheels can’t navigate and a sturdy handle.

Art Portfolio

As an artist, your work is your resume. When you are hustling galleries, you need to keep it safe. This 24 x 36-inch portfolio keeps your work safe and organized. It has interior pockets to store small supplies and a larger outside pocket. The handle also converts to a shoulder strap.

Van Gogh Silk Scarf

If Van Gogh isn’t among your favorite artists, watch the Dr Who episode Vincent and the Doctor and he will be. Honor the spirit of Vincent with this beautiful charmeuse satin silk scarf. The scarf is made with eco-friendly dyes which Vincent would have liked.

Jackson Pollock Mug

An artist needs a bracing start to the day so wake up and drink your coffee with a bit of Jackson Pollock. This ceramic mug holds 15 ounces and features Pollock’s One: Number 31, 1950 which hangs in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

Art Deco Ottoman

This 16 inch square ottoman is made of natural cowhide and pony hair brings an Art Deco touch to your decor.

Post Cards from Penguin

Handwritten postcards are a lost art. Bring them back with a literary flair with these postcards. Each postcard features cover art from classic Penguin books like A Clockwork Orange, The Great Gatsby, and Wuthering Heights. The bibliophile in your life will delight in these postcards.

Typewriter Cuff Links

There is just something about a man in cuff links, it speaks to sophistication and erudition. If this describes a writer in your life, these cuff links modeled after typewriter keys make a perfect gift. Made of metal with a silver finish and a resin top coat, the cuff links are 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch each.

Literary Themed Candles

Artists like to set the mood and candles are a part of that. But no vanilla or lavender scented candles for the artist in your life, too pedestrian. This set of three, four ounces, soy wax candle comes in three unique scents; Antique Books which is a blend of cedarwood and patchouli, New Books which is a blend of jasmine, sandalwood, and patchouli, and Ancient Scrolls, a blend of frankincense and myrrh along with sandalwood.

The wicks are lead-free, each candle burns for approximately 30 hours and the glass jars can be reused.