What to Buy the Artistic Types on Your Holiday List

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September 13, 2018 By Maria Cannon

Creative people are the best friends to have: they’re fun to be around, they come up with the best ideas and they can always be counted on for a good laugh. But you might be stumped about what to buy them this holiday season. Well, we have a few ideas that will help you find the perfect gift.


For the painter - Basic art supplies. Buying for a visual artist can be tricky because if they’re a pro, they likely have very specific ideas of what they need in terms of paints, brushes and the like. But most artists would be happy with any type of nice brushes or blank canvases. A set of nice acrylic paints would always be appreciated. Try an art supply or craft store and see what’s available. A storage box for art supplies would be helpful, too. If you want to blow your artist’s mind, get her a 3D pen.


For the crafter - If someone is artistic but prefers to make things from craft stores, such as scrapbooks, notecards, yarn crafts and the like, you can find any number of ideas at a craft store. Consider getting your crafter a paper cutting machine; those who do paper crafts love these machines. For the yarn crafter, almost any color of yarn is bound to bring her joy. Look for soft yarn that holds together well. A subscription to a yarn craft magazine would also be welcome -- but understand that knitting and crocheting are two very different crafts. Most people either do one or the other, so make sure you know which one. Yarn craft magazines are great resources because they discuss technique and illustrate unique knots, but they also have lots of patterns. Who wouldn’t want a monthly delivery of new patterns?

For the sketcher - You can never go wrong with a sketch pad. Everyone who enjoys drawing can’t get enough of these things. Consider a set of nice sketching pencils, including graphite and charcoal pencils, charcoal sticks, erasers and a sharpener. Easels can get very expensive. If you’d like a more affordable option, look for a table-top easel.

For the doodler - For those of us who don’t have skill with a pencil, adult coloring books help us be creative without the pressure. You can find adult coloring books almost everywhere. They come in many different styles, from nature scenes to cityscapes to cartoon characters and more. Whatever your friend’s interest, there’s likely a coloring book for her. Consider throwing in some nice colored pencils, too, so she never has to hunt for the right color. Coloring is a meditative practice that helps slow the mind, allowing someone to focus on the task at hand. It can help with stress, anxiety and depression.

For the writer - Every writer needs a journal. Not everyone keeps a journal every day, but every writer needs to take notes sometimes or jot down random ideas. Journals also help us focus inward and take stock of our lives. Plus, a writer appreciates a good, quality notebook. Show her you appreciate her writing talent with a great journal.

For the art appreciator - Give the gift of original art. Every town has local artists trying to sell their work. Go to an art or craft fair and see what you can find, or a local art gallery. There are often pieces in an array of price points. An artsy type will love an original piece, especially if you mention the piece reminded you of her.

If you’re completely stumped, ask your other artist friends what they would want, and go from there. Or you can give a good biography of a famous artist for inspiration. If you give the gift of art, an artistic soul will know you did so with love, so get creative when looking for gifts to give to the unique loved one in your life. 

An avid quilter, Maria believes having a cherished hobby is an important part of achieving happiness. She created Hobby Jr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love. You can email her at maria@hobbyjr.org.

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Maria Cannon