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5 Gifts For Your Visual Artist Friend

In life, there are two kinds of people. People who can draw things, and people who attempt to be creative, but despite their best efforts, make circles look like squares when they attempt to be artistic! Artists are gifts to this world, and without them, our lives would be a lot less colorful and interesting. 

However, when it comes to buying an artistic person a gift, it can be a bit difficult trying to figure out a way to buy them something meaningful, useful, and beautiful! That’s why we’ve put together this list of gifts for your friend who is an artist. 

Here’s a list of 6 gifts for a visual artist: 

1. A Session with a Professional Photographer

In today’s digital world, having your own blog or website is crucial to showcase your work and tell people about who you are as an artist. However, it can be hard to photograph your work, especially if you don’t have the money to buy a good quality camera and tripod to set up in your workspace. 

We think that a session with a professional photographer is a wonderful gift because your friend gets a series of high-quality photographs that they can post on social media and their website or blog! If you’re a professional photographer, you can offer your services as a gift as well. 

2. An Art Journal 

Every visual artist will have several sketchbooks lying around their workspace, but many artists might not have a journal to write their thoughts and ideas down. This is where you come in. An art journal is a perfect gift for an artist who has too many thoughts and ideas but nowhere to put them. If you’ve been struggling with finding a thoughtful but affordable gift, you can buy a blank, unruled journal and decorate the cover yourself. This adds a personal touch to your gift, without forcing you to spend too much money if you’re on a budget.

3. A Subscription to an Art Supply Service 

If you’re close to your artist friend or family member, chances are you’re familiar with the materials that they use regularly. In that case, you can find an art supply subscription service, and customize their box of goodies to be filled with supplies that they use every day. This gift is personal and delightful. If your friend is struggling to make ends meet but still make art at the same time, they won’t have to worry about trying to buy new art supplies as often as before! 

4. A Set of Art Books 

The reason we’re recommending a set of art books is because they help provide inspiration when an artist can’t seem to find any. We’d recommend buying around four to five books ranging in style and medium. If you choose to buy books featuring work from the same time period or on the same medium, your artist friend might get a little bored and find that they’re not as inspired as you might like them to be. A wider range of art to read about can provide them with more inspiration! 

5. Tickets to an Art Gallery 

If any of the gifts mentioned above haven’t worked out for your friend, then we highly recommend buying tickets to an art gallery and taking your friend out for the day. An art gallery gives them the opportunity to take a day off and appreciate the work of other artists, while also gathering material and taking inspiration from displayed work. 

The best part about going to a gallery is that you can make a day of it! Start your day at the gallery, then take your time and go out for lunch at a cafe. If you want to do some shopping, the gallery that you’ve chosen might have a gift shop, and you can purchase some art-related items! 


In this article, we took you through a list of five different gifts to give a visual artist. We tried not to stick to the standard gifts of drawing paper and charcoal, because we think that every artist would like a more creative and thoughtful gift. We also chose to include gifts that artists don’t typically expect to get!

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