2021 Holiday Gift Ideas for Artists

Unique Gifts for Artists and Art-Inspired Gift Ideas

As I write this, I’m hoping that the upcoming holidays will bring you warm thoughts, memories, and good feelings all around. I’ll be the first to admit that while I try to maintain a balance of minimalism and conscious spending, a little shoptherapy does one good sometimes! With the holiday season approaching, gift giving is top of mind – but of course, we won’t judge if you decide to put these on your wish-list or even buy any of these art-inspired gifts for yourself! 😉

2021 Holiday Gifts for Artists:

#1. Charcoal Sets for Drawing

charcoal drawing sets
From one of our sponsors: “From Edge Gear, the Casey Baugh ‘Bubble Effect’ Charcoal Kit has everything you need to create the effect!” 10-supply kit for $117.00 at EdgeProGear.com, or email [email protected]

 

#2. Portable Easel

Portable easels for artists
From one of our sponsors: “From Edge Gear, the hand crafted large, medium and small PaintBook portable easel.” Starting at $338.00 at EdgeProGear.com, or email [email protected]

#3. Watercolor Sets

Watercolor sets for artists
From one of our sponsors: “Expertly crafted Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor Pan Sets come in an array of vibrant palettes.” $80.00-$269.29 at DickBlick.com or 800.828.4548.

#4. “Art is Life” Bracelet

Unique gifts for artists
Available through the CynicalRedhead shop on Etsy

#5. Paint Savers

Paint saver palettes
From one of our sponsors: “Never waste your paint with Camille Przewodek’s Paint-Saver Palette Kit. Ideal for plein air, clip-on surface stores in freezer.” $69.00 at FineArtTech.com.

#6. “Weekend Forecast” T-Shirt for Artists

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This funny T-shirt for artists is available through the MerryAndWit shop on Etsy

#7. Art Magazine Subscriptions

gift subscription to Plein Air Magazine
Click here to order a gift subscription to Plein Air Magazine
gift subscription to Fine Art Connoisseur magazine
Click here to give a gift subscription to Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

#8. Value Finder

value finders
From one of our sponsors: “An indispensable tool for judging values, the Edgmon Value Finder is a must for every artist!” Value strip included, free shipping cont. USA. $9.00 small, $17.00 large, $25.00 combo pack at EdgmonArt.com. Email [email protected] or call 479.787.5098.

#9. Paint Brush Cleaner

gifts for artists - BristleMagic brush cleaner
From one of our sponsors: “Bristle Magic is an eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner that restores brushes — like magic!” $6.49-$54.99 at BristleMagic.net; email [email protected] or call 707.779.9317.

#10. Acrylic Paint Sets

acrylic paint sets
From one of our sponsors: GOLDEN OPEN Slow-Drying Acrylic Intro Set is a balanced palette of clean mixing, slow-drying acrylic colors.” Priced at $37.69. Visit GoldenPaints.com for more information.
acrylic paint sets
From one of our sponsors: “GOLDEN OPEN Slow-Drying Acrylic Landscape Set is an ideal outdoor painting palette with eight colors plus OPEN Thinner.” Priced at $57.29. Visit GoldenPaints.com for more information.

#11. Paint by Note Value Specs for Artists

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“Paint by Note” Value Specs, which are specially created to remove all colors so you can see the notes, or values, in any scene or photo.

#12. “Reasonably Fine Artist” Hoodie

shirts for artists
“Reasonably Fine Artist” hoodie from Charlie Hunter’s line of “Reasonably Fine Art Stuff”

#13. French Sketchbox Easel

sketch boxes
From one of our sponsors: “For your home studio or en plein air: Mabef’s high quality, oiled, stain-resistant, solid beech wood Full French Sketchbox Easel.” $439.95 at Mabef.it. Email [email protected].com or call 510.846.6787.

sketch boxes

#14. Just for fun! “Fo Sheezle My Easel” T-Shirt

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Another funny T-shirt for artists! This design is available through the BackPorchOutfitters shop on Etsy

#15. Valor Palette

value scales and color wheels
From one of our sponsors: “Work the Value Scale and Color Wheel while painting with Robin Caspari’s Valor Palette!” $28.00 at RobinCaspari.com or email [email protected]

#16. Oil Paint Sets

oil paint sets
From one of our sponsors: “Embrace the night with the Casey Baugh Nocturne Palette Rembrandt Oil Set.” 10x40ml Tubes $249.95 at royal-talens-north-america.myshopify.com. Use code SLP2021 for 40% off list now through December 31! Email [email protected] or call 413.300.1899.
oil paint sets
From one of our sponsors: “Dive into water-mixable oils with the Lori McNee Special Edition Cobra Solvent-Free Oil Set.” 10x40ml Tubes $199.00 at royal-talens-north-america.myshopify.com. Use code SLP2021 for 40% off list now through December 31! Email [email protected] or call 413.300.1899.
oil paint sets
From one of our sponsors: “Williamsburg Oil Colors Landscape Set is excellent for producing the variety of colors found outdoors.” Priced at $52.49. Visit WilliamsburgOils.com for more information.
oil paint sets
From one of our sponsors: “Williamsburg Oil Colors Traditional Set is ideal for exploring traditional colors in the Williamsburg palette.” Priced at $64.79. Visit WilliamsburgOils.com for more information.

#17. Brush Holders

From one of our sponsors: “Keep track of your brushes in the studio or en plein air with the Jumbo Clip-on Brush Holder!” $28.97 at SmartArtProducts.com or email [email protected]
unique gifts for artists
The Easel Brush Clip – “A Painter’s Nightmare Solved”

#18. Artist Apron

We couldn’t find the perfect painter’s apron, so we made our own! Adjustable ties and deep pockets. PleinAir Magazine Pocket Apron, $35.00 at OutdoorPainter.com/apron.

Plus More Gifts for Artists, Such As…

#19. Paint Brushes

Paint brushes for artists
Laurel Daniel shares four essential brushes for oil painting in this article on “four crucial brushes.”

#20. Books for Artists

books for artists
We can never have too many resources to improve our craft. Check out these 6 Composition Books for Artists for ideas, and browse more titles at streamlineartvideo.com.

#21. Art Video Workshops on How to Draw and/or Paint

How to paint portraits and figures
With hundreds of hours of painting instruction available on DVD or digital download through Streamline Art Videos, you’ll find endless possibilities for learning how to paint any subject.

#22. And If You’ve Been REALLY Good This Year…

Watercolor Live art conference

You can ask for a ticket to Watercolor Live or the Plein Air Convention!

While some of the items above are from our paid sponsors, our editorial team believes that all of these will make wonderful gifts for artists. Do you have a favorite art-inspired gift that others should know about? Share it with us in the comments below!