38 Fun and Creative Gifts for the Artist in Your Life

Best Gifts for Artists

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Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday, birthday, or just the everyday, it’s always a good idea to have gifts in mind for the artist in your life. There are a ton of items out there that are sure to inspire your favorite creative person, so how do you choose the best gift? Luckily, the search is over. We’ve found some great gifts for artists that'll spark their inspiration—no matter the season.

It doesn't matter whether you are buying for a budding artist or someone with a lot of experience, there's something for creatives of all skill levels. These unique gift ideas cover everything from portable art materials that the traveling artist will love to items that will keep them inspired and motivated. So whether you want to make their talent shine by upgrading their paint brushes or feed into their passion by purchasing an online art class, thanks to these thoughtful gifts, they'll know you care.

Some of our favorite things fuse analog media with sleek digital technology. The Friendly Swede Brush stylus, for instance, looks like a traditional paintbrush, but it’s cleverly disguised as a pen to use on their favorite tablet device. A 3D printing pen is also a great gift idea, as it brings drawing into the 21st century with its capability to create small sculptures out of their renderings.

But, if your creative person prefers to keep pencil to paper, have no fear. There are plenty of great gifts for artists that don’t involve plugging in a device. For artists on the go, there's Derwent’s Sketching Wallet. It’s small enough to fit in a handbag, but it comes equipped with a sketch pad as well as graphite pencils, eraser, and sharpener. Or try Viviva Colorsheets, a portable paint set that makes painting en plein air a breeze. In either case, when inspiration strikes, they'll have the right tools at their fingertips.

Looking for a fun gift for your favorite artist? Check out our list of over 36 creative gifts for artists.

Art Supplies


Viviva Colorsheets


Derwent Sketching Wallet

Gifts for Artists Who Draw

Derwent | $40.98


Travel Paint Brush Set

Travel Paint Brush Set

Princeton | $57.99


10 Mini Artist Pad Collection Set

Creative Gifts for Artists DIY

Legion | $33.89


Block Printing Kit

Creative Gifts for Artists DIY Printmaking Kit

Speedball | $57.99


Art Markers Set

Chameleon Markers

Chameleon | $32


Chalk Sketchbook

Chalk Sketchbook

Bindewerk | $6.99


Studio Accessories


Petal Painter's Palette


Paint Water Cup

Ceramic Paint Water Cup

BNCA Pottery | $36.89


Leather Roll Case


Artist Apron


Sketchbox Table Easel

Tabletop Easel

Blick | $74.99




Dropcloth Samplers Color Wheel


Felted Owl Kit


Online Embroidery Class


Accessories and Fashion


Color Wheel Necklace


Almond Blossom Reversible Tote Bag

Almond Blossom Weekender

LOQI | $17.50


Brush and Palette Earrings


Pencils Heart Enamel Pin


Artist Socks 

Creative Gifts for Artists Socks

Chattyfeet | $39.95


I Do It for the Monet T-shirt

Gifts for Artists

Nine to Nine | $24.99+


RGB and CYMK Earrings




3D Printing Pen

3D Printing Pen

MYNT3D | $60.59


Friendly Swede 4-in-1 Stylus


Wacom Drawing Tablet

Wacom Drawing Tablet

Wacom | $249.95




642 Things to Draw: Journal


Artists and Their Cats Book


Cartooning Made Easy by Margherita Cole


Color Problems by Emily Vanderpoel


Toys and Games


Solo Drawing Game


Frida Kahlo Puzzle

Frida Kahlo Puzzle

eeBoo | $21.99


Leonardo da Vinci Action Figure


Genius Art Playing Cards


Just for Fun


Manifesto Poster

Manifesto Poster

Holstee | $28+


Solar Photography Kit

Gifts for Artists

UncommonGoods | $14.95


Bob Ross Color Changing Mug


Paint Palette Phone Case


Unique Chalk Set


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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