Christmas has been and gone and if you have a friend’s or loved one’s birthday coming up, it can often be hard trying to decide what to buy as a gift. Buying somebody a gift that relates to their passion is sure to please, and there are plenty of amazing presents you could buy for a friend or partner whether they’re a professional artist or just enjoy spending time painting or drawing. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you along the way; perfect presents for the artist who has everything.
Something to watch
Art DVDs are an unusual gift that is always well received, and you’ll find DVDs relating to watercolours, painting in oils, charcoal and acrylics. Give your artistic friend or partner a break from their easel and show them you’ve put some thought into their gift – perhaps they’re a fan of Monet or love the work of Van Gogh? There are plenty of DVDs to choose from that will suit all tastes.
Whether they’ve tried printmaking before or just fancy giving it a go, printmaking sets make a great gift – what artistic, creative person wouldn’t want to try something new? Printmaking sets usually include everything except a printing press, which you can buy separately; either a manual/lino press or a metal block press is best. Most kits include screen, acrylic colours, drawing fluid, medium and accessories such as a squeegee and apron – everything you’ll need to get started with this exciting hobby.
Something to paint
If it’s painting that fires their creativity, websites such as Jackson ‘s Art Supplies are a one-stop shop for everything you need. From watercolour sets to pastel and oil painting supplies, or brushes and other equipment for acrylic painting, you’ll find it all online, and at a much more competitive price than your local art supplies shop. Tailor your gift to match the recipient; if they’re new to painting you may want to give instructional books or DVDs, or perhaps a watercolour paint set, whereas if they’re more experienced you may be able to choose special brushes for them.
Creative activities such as painting and printmaking are not only a fun hobby, but art can help people to express difficult emotions and process them – it’s a creative outlet for the mind which can help to relieve anxiety, depression and of course boredom! Choosing an artistic gift for the creative person in your life is easier than ever before thanks to the huge range of gift sets and accessories available online – whether they’re into drawing, painting or other forms of creative expression, you’ll be able to find the perfect present to keep them happy and engaged with their work. Buying an artist equipment and accessories to enable them to carry on creating is an incredibly thoughtful and personal gift that they’re sure to appreciate – even the artist who has everything will be grateful!
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