It’s a big internet. And the holiday season is hectic enough without gift-buying stress. First we’ll share our top selects for the artists and photographers in your life. Then we’ll add some ideas for that DIYer neighbor, or the cousin who isn’t an artist per se, but sure appreciates a creative gift. Of course, when you land on something you like, be sure to share the link with loved ones whose list you’re on.
For the Artist on Your List
642 Things To Draw
Talk about thinking outside the sketchbook. This guided art journal invites you to try your hand at drawing everything from robots to rolling pins, pickles to kisses. A mix of simple and conceptual prompts will inspire the artist in your life, including yourself. Buy here.
Artist Canvas Apron
Brushes, paint tubes, and pencils, oh my! Where to stash them all within reach? This rugged waxed-canvas apron has a generous 16 pockets to load up with painting paraphernalia. It even wraps fully around, protecting your back side from inadvertent artistry. Buy here.
Hand-Made Leather Paint Brush Roll
The ability to carry art supplies effortlessly is appreciated, especially with the resurgence of plein air painting. We love this waxed leather paint brush roll for its vintage look and manual saddle-stitching. Buy here.
Who can argue with this simple, colorful message? It could be just the inspiration your artist pal needs while keeping warm this winter. Pre-shrunk 50% cotton/50% polyester has a classic fit with double-needle stitching. Buy here.
For the Photographer on Your List
Fotografiska NYC Admission
This museum might just be the holy land for photographers. Founded in Stockholm to showcase the world’s best imagery in an approachable way, the iconic NYC location houses five floors of exhibits, cultural events, plus wining and dining on site. As the website invites, “Have fun. Stay late. Get deep. Spill your drink.” Buy here.
As photographers know, a typical camera strap takes a toll on your neck after a while. That’s why we appreciate this harness, which distributes camera weight, adds stabilization, and has two small pockets to boot. The quick-release buckles make it quick and easy to attach and detach the camera body. Choose from six designs. Buy here.
Camera Lens Coffee Mug
A fun, clever gift is always welcome. But when you can throw in practicality and quality, you’ve got the perfect aromatic blend of gift-giving. This mug features a screw-on lid that won’t spill, a retractable slide opening for easy sipping, and a stainless-steel lining to keep java hot or iced coffee chilled. Buy here.
Flaunt your talent to freeze time while staying toasty warm. Hand-warmer pockets are always a bonus. Cotton/poly ratio depends on the color you choose: black, navy, royal blue, dark heather, or heather grey. Buy here.
For the DIY/Creative Aficionado on Your List
3D Printing Pen
For the creative person who has everything, wrap up something they never saw coming. This basic 3D pen is a user-friendly entrance into the world of 3D art. Make custom items like coasters and bookends — or anything your imagination inspires. Buy here.
Felt Succulents Kit
No green thumb required for this gorgeous garden. Especially satisfying for those who love texture. Makes 18 felt plants. Buy here.
Hand Lettering 101
This introduction to calligraphy claims to be the world’s No. 1 best seller. We can understand why, given liberating instructions like, “dip your tails” and “throw in some loops.” There’s plenty of space to practice, and the spiral design lets your pages stay flat. Buy here.
Artful Phone Cases
“Electric Ocean, “Words of Affirmation,” “I’m a Mess,” and “Sun Palm” are just a few of the original designs for phone cases that make a statement while making you smile. Society6 is a global marketplace for independent artists and their creations of all kinds, from duvet covers to duffle bags. iPhone or Android sizes available. Buy here.
Frame Destination Favorites
Artie Leather Weight
Anyone who’s tried to hold down a print while mounting it for framing knows you can’t just grab random objects to do the job, or you risk scratching the print. Enter the Artie Leather Weight, featuring our famed panda mascot. Heavy enough to keep prints in place, but covered in soft, non-abrasive leather to protect the art. Priced low enough to buy a set of four, and cover every corner. Buy here.
Art Is Life Gift Card
We can’t help but sing the praises of our gift e-card. It’s delivered by email, so no gift wrapping required. Your recipients get to choose exactly what they want from our array of ready-made picture frames and other framing supplies. Plus, it’s a great add-on to the gift of original art: your recipient gets to choose how to frame it. Buy here.
For additional holiday gift ideas, see our 2020 list here.
Last updated September 22, 2021