40 Gifts to Help Art Grads Kick Off Their Creative Careers

Graduation Gifts for Art Students

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Picking out a present for an art school graduate can be tricky. While any graduation gift will do for such a special time, why not congratulate the creative new grad in your life with a present that will help them kick off their career?

In this selection of graduation gift ideas for art students, you'll find colorful products that are both personal and practical. For a bit of how-to help, nothing beats art books like the career-focused Art Inc. and project-driven Creative Block. To help budding artists save money, treat them to a host of handy art supplies, from professional-grade pencils to a portable paint set. And, finally, make sure they stay motivated with jewelry and accessories inspired by the greats.

The future is bright with these gifts for art graduates!

Say “congrats” to your favorite art school graduate with these gifts to help them kick off their creative careers, including handy art supplies…

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Drawing & Painting Tools


Apple Pencil 

Apple Pencil Second Generation

Apple | $129


Ceramic Palette and Brush Rest 


Water-Soluble Colored Pencils


Portable Easel

Wood French Easel

Blick | $127.99


Easel Brush Clip


Gouache Paint Set


Professional Drawing Pencil Set

Derwent Professional Drawing Pencil Set

Derwent | $29.12


Copic Marker Set of 72

Copic Marker Set

COPIC | $300.41


Watercolor Sheets

Viviva Colorsheets Set

Viviva | $19.95+


Canvas Brush Organizer

Canvas Brush Organizer

Blick | $32.49


Arts & Crafts Tools


Foldaway Cutting and Ironing Mat

Professional Art Supplies

Omnigrid | $31.49


X-Acto Knife Set

X-Acto Knife Set

X-Acto | $30.58


108-Piece Modeling Tool Kit

Modeling Tool Kit

HIJRH | $45.92


122-Piece Woodburning Tool Kit

Woodburning Tool Kit

GIIFER | $27.97


Accessories Inspired by Art and the Greats


Keith Haring Tote Bag

Keith Haring Tote Bag

LOQI | $14.95


Frida Kahlo Mug


Abstract Artistic Water Bottle

Abstract Artistic Water Bottle

Xspring | $26.65


Color Wheel Pendant Necklace


‘Museum Collection: Great Masters' Page Flags Set


Van Gogh Action Figure


Balloon Dog Tape Dispenser


Modern Artists Socks Set

Modern Artists Socks Set

Chattyfeet | $39.95


Frida Kahlo & Milagro Earrings


The Kiss Candle

The Kiss Candle

Flatyz | $17.95


Picasso Quote Print

Art Desk Decor

OldEnglishCo | $11.71+


Salvador Keychain

Salvador Dali Keychain

SKETCH.INC | $25.95


‘Basquicat' Enamel Pin

Basquiat Inspired Cat Enamel Pin

NIASKI | $12.50


Notebooks & Journals


Lined Journal Notebook

Lined Journal Notebook

PAPERAGE | $9.95


Deluxe Weekly & Monthly Life Planner


Habit Tracker

Habit Tracker

Lamare $16.95


Starry Night Planner

Starry Night Planner

BooQool | $9.99


Nature Art Journal: The Wildflower's Workbook

Nature Art Journal

Katie Daisy | $$16.95


Books for Aspiring Creatives


Art Inc.

Art Career Books

Lisa Congdon | $9.99+


Creative Block: Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists


Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic

Art Career Books

Lisa Congdon | $18.95


The Business of Being an Artist

The Business of Being an Artist by Daniel Grant

Daniel Grant | $19.99


Your Creative Career

Books for Graduates

Anna Sabino | $13.61


Art For Money


How to Be an Illustrator

How to Be an Illustrator

Darrel Rees | $21.98


Art is My Career

Art is My Career

Seem Martin | $20.64+


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This article has been edited and updated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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