31 Gifts For Painters That’ll Color Them Happy

Updated on January 13, 2022 Updated on Jan 13, 2022
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    Whether you need a gift for a professional artist, a weekend watercolorist, a Rembrandt-in-training, or an art teacher, these gifts for painters are creative, vibrant, and fun.

  1. iPhone Case
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    Have you ever seen such a tactile-looking phone cover? And for a painter, it’ll undoubtedly disguise any paint splashes. This case fits the latest model iPhones: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. For an iPhone 11 look over here.

  3. Stemless Wine Glass 
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    The perfect tongue-in-cheek gift for an art teacher, a pro artist, or a wine drinker who loves to brushstroke in alcohol-fueled painting classes. The bottom line is: none of them make any “monet” from it.

  5. Gouache Paint Set 
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    This one definitely isn’t a phone case. But a nice set of actual gouache paints. Gouache is a form of opaque watercolor that has the vibrancy and richness of oil or acrylic paint, but the easy-to-fix (just add water) quality of watercolor. This set is highly rated on Amazon and comes in under $30.

  7. Color Wheel Enamel Pin 
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    This gift was made for an art teacher. It’s a fully functional color wheel that’s also an enamel pin so they can easily teach color theory all day, every day. It’s a fun, unique gift that any artist, or lover of color, would truly appreciate.

  9. Witty T-Shirt
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    For the professional house or construction painter in your life, this play on Chamillionaire‘s rap lyrics will give (and get) them some laughs. It’s available in five colors and men’s, women’s, and youth sizing.

  11. Painter’s Palette 
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    When art supplies become works of art themselves, they may look like this ceramic artist’s palette. Each piece features a colorful splatter glaze, six wells for paint colors, plenty of space for mixing, and the thumbhole works for righties and lefties. 

  13. Van Gogh Mug
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    This hand-crafted Van Gogh mug is made of bone china and features the artist’s famous Iris printing. A thoughtful gift for any artistic loved one who also loves their coffee or tea. The mug holds just over 12 ounces.

  15. Travel Watercolor Brushes 
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    If the artist in your family likes to paint wherever they go, this travel brush set is compact and excellent for watercolor, gouache, illustration, animation, and beyond. Perhaps a couple of these painting sketchbooks for the road as well?

  17. Color Wheel Umbrella 
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    A rainbow umbrella brings uplift to any grey day, but this color wheel umbrella brings 24 colors to the rain party. Perfect for painters who understand the color wheel on a whole other level.

  19. Plein Air Artist Easel 
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    This “Plein air” French-style easel is perfect for artists of all ages and skills. Crafted from high-quality Beechwood, it’s sturdy yet lightweight and includes a storage sketch box. It folds down to an 18” x 24” desk top easel when not in use and a carry handle and shoulder strap make it easy to carry to any scenic location.

  21. Art Palette Clock  
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    This clock will create envy in the art world because it’s both a gorgeous and highly creative gift. A great gift idea for any art lover but a perfect gift for an art teacher to display in her classroom. It can also be personalized with their name or a small message.

  23. Fine Art Socks 
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    How about a sock gift set featuring some of their own favorite artists? These art socks come in several mix-and-match designs and include such famed art as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Munch’s The Scream, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Klimt’s The Kiss, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and several more.

  25. Funny Coffee Mug
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    Interruptions mess with creative flow. This ceramic mug seeks to rectify that – in plain English. This mug makes a fantastic Christmas stocking stuffer for the artsy type in your family.  

  27. Coffee Table Book
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    This visually splendid art book takes you on a unique guided tour of 2,500 of the world’s most influential paintings and sculptures – from cave paintings to modern masterpieces. It’s presented in chronological order and helps you understand the artist’s origin, influences, and techniques. 

  29. Painting Apron


    A canvas artist’s apron can keep their clothes protected and tools at the ready. This one has ten pockets, plenty of room for everything they need. It’s also completely unisex.

  31. Paint Brush + Palette Earrings 
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    These mismatched earrings are high-quality, cute, and vibrant! The studs are gilded in 22 karat gold and have hypoallergenic posts for those with fussy ear lobes. Dress them up or just wear them around the studio. Either way, they are CHARMING. They also come in a unique little glass vial.

  33. Bob Ross Funko Pop 


    This Funko Pop is sure to delight any Bob Ross fans and is a great reminder to any aspiring artist that there are no such thing as mistakes, just “happy little accidents.”

  35. Keychain
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    This keychain is a little reminder to both the aspiring young artist or the older “lifer” to keep pursuing that dream. It makes a lovely stocking stuffer or a sweet “no reason at all” gift.

  37. Oil Pastel Set 
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    Oil pastels can be a less messy, yet equally brilliant alternative to paint. They have the blend-ability of acrylic or oil paint but are more similar to a crayon and are great for all levels and ages – yep, even kiddies! Here’s a great pastel pad you can team them up with.

  39. Paint Splatter Cushions
  40. gifts-for-painters-cushionWhat better way to decorate an art studio than with pre-prepped splatter to hide what’s to come! These cushions make an attractive finish to a studio, bedroom, or living area and come in two sizes.

  41. Cosmetic/Art Supply Pouch
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    Whether they use it for makeup or art tools, this double-sided pouch is all about the art. You can turn this into a pleasing but inexpensive gift set by adding something inside: Perhaps this highly-rated little palette knife set?

  43. Painter’s Cup
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    Every great master needs a special paint cup to aid in their creations. This ceramic paint water cup has a paintbrush holder on the rim and is both food and microwave-safe if they suddenly need a coffee hit

  45. Samadhi Board
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    A Samadhi board is an artistic way to practice the art of letting go. Fill the stand with water, dip in the bamboo brush and start painting on the drawing tablet. It’s incredibly meditative. But you can only admire your artwork in the moment as it will slowly begin to fade away.

  47. Artist Mug + Spoon
  48. gifts-for-painters-drip-mugThis vibrant “paint drip” mug makes a standout gift for a painter. It’s made of high-quality bone china and durable ceramic so it’s light but sturdy. And as a bonus, it also comes with a rose gold-colored spoon.

  49. Watercolor Brush Pens
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    Watercolor pens make a fun change from the usual for a dedicated painter. Unlike a traditional pen, the flexible tip allows complete control over each stroke so you can easily create a range of delicate or broad brush strokes. Each pen has been made with rich pigments except for the refillable “water brush” pen which helps to mix inks seamlessly.

  51. Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar
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    An art gallery for their desktop makes a terrific gift for painters. Hundreds of curated masterworks will greet them throughout the year – one a day in fact. While they also keep track of what day it is in the depths of their studio.

  53. Funny Art T-Shirt
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    This tee is sweetly funny but the art palette graphic is also really eyecatching. The artist in your life will certainly make a statement wearing this. Available in men, women, and youth sizes.

  55. Rock Art Book
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    Rock art is hot right now and is a great way for painters to try out a new canvas. This book has tips and techniques for transforming rocks into art and proves that almost anything you can do on canvas, you can do on a rock. 

  57. Painting Hat
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    Made famous by Rembrandt and Vermeer, a wool beret can be a fun gift for an artist – as either a gag gift or a genuinely useful hat for fall or winter painting – especially when outside. These are less than $10 and come in six colors.

  59. Palette Christmas Ornament
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    The perfect Christmas ornament for artsy friends and family, this little paint palette is lifelike and cute! Made of wood that has been stained and handpainted, you can select it with or without a paintbrush. You could also gift one of these throughout the year as a present topper.

  61. The Full Monty!
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    One of the best gifts you can give to an aspiring painter, this 95-piece wooden art supply box has it all! It even transforms into an easel. It includes 36 different oil, watercolor, and acrylic paints; two canvases; two palettes; a watercolor pad; a sketch pad; and an assortment of pastels, brushes, and pencils.