10+ Gifts for Painters That Aren’t Just Art Supplies

Gifts for Painters

Shopping for a modern-day Picasso? Choosing gifts for painters can be tricky. While new art supplies are always welcome, maybe you want to make sure your gift is unique. Fortunately, My Modern Met Store carries a wide variety of creative gifts for painters—from interesting books to whimsical jewelry to art history-inspired action figures. You're sure to find something that your artist will love.

For instance, the Color Problems book by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel is the ideal guide to understanding color theory. It features numerous gridded squares that analyze the proportions of color from actual objects, like Assyrian tiles, Persian rugs, and teacups. Similarly, another great gift idea is a set of artist-inspired page flags to help them mark important pages in their favorite creative textbooks.

On the other hand, if you want to treat your painter to something that they can incorporate into their daily routine, you can't go wrong with a new coffee cup. The Bob Ross mug, for example, stars an image of everyone's favorite TV instructor. And when a hot beverage is added to the cup, a beautiful natural landscape appears behind the artist.

Scroll down to see some of our gifts for painters, and head on over to My Modern Met Store to browse the entire collection.

Want to treat a painter to some new art supplies instead? Then, check out our lists of the best watercolor sets, acrylic paints, and oil paints.

Surprise an artist with one of these creative gifts for painters.


Manifesto Poster

Manifesto Poster

Holstee | $28-36


Color Problems by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel


Museum Collection: Great Masters Page Flags Set


Claude Monet Action Figure


Color Wheel Socks


Coffee Then Create Mug With Color Inside

Coffee Then Create Mug

My Modern Met | $15.95


Paint Brush & Palette Earrings


The Great Wave 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

The Great Wave Puzzles

EuroGraphics | $19.95


Pocket Frida Kahlo Wisdom

Frida Book

Hardie Grant | $9.99


For the Love of Romanticism Unisex T-Shirt


Bob Ross Mug


Vincat van Gogh Enamel Pin

Vincat Van Gogh Enamel Pin

Niaski | $12.50


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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