Top Christmas gift ideas for artists and art students

As the silly season ascends upon us I always get people asking me about gifts to get an artist. Many people want to get the right gift but are confused by all the choice. It’s also tricky knowing what to get if you are not arty yourself.

I applaud all those fabulous people who want to support others in their creative process so below is a list of Top 10 Christmas gifts ideas that might help. I’ve provided links to products I like but please feel free to do your own bargain hunting!

1. An Art Easel

This will help make them feel like a real artist. For beginners a table easel is a great way to store paint and work upright.
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If you have the space a full size easel is perfect.
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If your artist likes the outdoors a french easel will help them get out and create.
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2. Subscription to an Art Magazine

My favourite is Artist’s Profile that showcases some fabulous artists.
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For art techniques Australian Artist is a great choice.
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3. Art Gallery Membership

Give them a gift for the whole year.
Art Gallery of New South Wales gives great discounts to shows and the MCA gives you free access to many shows.
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4. Travel sketchbook and markers.

There are a range of fabulous sketchpads (I love the Moleskin brand) and teamed together with some good quality pencils or waterproof markers it is a great gift for the holiday season.Just keep the size of the pad small, A6 or A5 so it is easy to take out and about.
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5. Graphite pencil set

Start at the beginning and team with a nice sketch pad with thick paper (300gsm). Drawing on good paper is a treat for any artist.
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6. Acrylic paint starter set.

Chromocryl is a great brand for beginners and this set has enough colours to get you started.Pack it with a few bristle brushes and they will be set.
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7. Wet Palettes

A blessing for any acrylic painter in the hotter months. This will help keep paints wet and useable.
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8. Watercolour set

This travellers kit is a great compact size and easy to carry. Match up with a small watercolour pad and your little artist will love it.
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9. Gift voucher for a class or workshop

This will give them the opportunity to create with guidance.
Email me at [email protected] if you would like a personalised gift voucher for my workshops, classes or artworks.

10. An art DVD.

A great doco or movie about their favourite artist is sure to inspire
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