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Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

Best Christmas Gifts for Artists
Artist Gift Ideas


Aurora art supplies colored pencils best christmas gifts for artists

If you have an artist on your Christmas gift list you are probably wondering about the best Christmas gifts for artists. Well since my husband is an artist and I buy him Christmas art gifts every year, I thought I would weigh in with some unusual gifts for artists to help those searching for the artist on their gift lists.

Believe me artists appreciate tools to do their art! It’s not an inexpensive hobby nor is it inexpensive to create all those masterpieces. And artists usually are in love with their tools and their processes so they really do love getting artist supplies as gifts!

I’m concentrating on painters and those who sketch but I do have suggestions for potters and sculptors too. So if you are looking for gifts for an artist, read on.

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Featured colored pencils are from Aurora Art Supplies


Cool Gifts for Artists

1. Canvases
Artist Gifts Ideas

 US Art Supply Multi-pack 2-Ea of 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 12×16, 16×20. Professional Quality MEDIUM 12oz Primed Gesso Artist Stretched Canvas

Painters need canvas to work on! Whether it’s for oils, acrylics or water colors, canvas is essential for getting their images out of their brain and onto the well, canvas. They can never have too much or too many. Get them a set and maybe they will paint you something! One of the best gifts for an artist.

This is a set with an assortment of sizes but if your artist likes a certain size canvas only then just click the link to see sets featuring only one size of canvas.

I like to make up my own artist set for beginners when I find out that one of the teens or kids on my list likes to do art. Get them into art and they won’t have money for drugs. Canvases are definitely one of the best Christmas gifts for artists because they help them paint their masterpieces.




2. Drawing Paper/Tablets
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

 Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. – pad of 100

All artists draw and sketch! Not just painters, even sculptors and potters like to put their ideas on paper first. You just can’t go wrong with a sketching pad, drawing paper, or drawing paper tablets.

If you are making up your own gift basket of sorts then this is an essential part of an art sketch kit. Art kits teenagers love the most have spiral bound  drawing paper.

Strathmore has quality paper for all those sketches and this one is spiral bound which is cool as lots of artists like to keep their sketch pads as journals or diaries of their artwork and to refer to later when an idea pops into their brain. My husband keeps them on a book shelf like other people keep books.



3. Paint Brushes
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

 ARTIST PAINT BRUSHES – Top Quality Red Sable (Weasel Hair) Long Handle, Filbert Paint Brush Set For Acrylic, Oil, Gouche and Watercolor Painting

Paint brushes are somewhat expensive, at least good ones are, and artists go through them. And it’s easier to paint with the good ones so splurge and get your artist a set of professional quality brushes. The cheap ones shed their bristles right onto the art work, not a good thing at all. Then they just have to buy new ones anyway. Much better to buy good ones in the first place, and clean them well after using. They also need different shaped brushes for different effects. So check their stash of brushes and see if they have flat heads or cone head brushes and buy them some of other type so they have a variety for different tasks.

Manufacturer says: The Natural Characteristics of the Red Sable Hair (weasel Hair) Offer Excellent Liquid Holding Capacity and an Easy, Smooth Flow of Paint. The Fine Filbert Head Paintbrushes Have a Luxurious Feel and Excellent Durability, Whilst Good Shape Holding Properties

4. Paints
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

Now this one should be obvious but maybe you think it’s a boring idea and not very special since paint is used all the time by artists. But paints get old and messy looking. Get them a new set and watch their eyes light up. Plus artist paint is fairly expensive so they will totally appreciate it!

Here are professional quality paints for every type of painter. Ones who paint in oils, acrylics, and water colors.

There are different qualities of paints, and for a gift I suggest you go all out and get the highest quality you can find. Better tools get better results. Very high quality paints are unique gifts for artists as they sometimes don’t think they can afford the best for themselves, but they will love you for it!

 Daveliou Oil Paint Set – 24 Non-Toxic Oil Paints 12ml – Vivid Colors Acrylic Paint Set – Artist Quality Paints for Painting Canvas, Wood, Clay, Fabric, Nail Art, Ceramic & Crafts – 12 x 12ml Heavy Body Colors – Rich Pigments – Professional Supplies by MyArtscape Daveliou Watercolor Paint Set – 24 Non-Toxic Watercolor Paints 12ml – Vivid Colors


5. Colored Pencils
Cool Gifts Artists

If your artist is a painter you might not think of getting them colored pencils but I can tell you that they will be appreciated!

Artists like to take short cuts sometimes. (Who knew?) And for sketching colored pencils come in handy because they allow the artist to check out their idea before getting out the paints and brushes.

Colored pencils are great for fixing little errors too. And for checking colors against each other before committing to paint. Trust me, they are unusual gifts artists will really appreciate.

They are also great young artist gifts and wonderful in home made art kits for teens. (the kind you put together yourself) They are art gifts teenagers will love!


 Colored Pencils For Coloring Books, Bonus Mini Coloring Book included! 48 Colored Pencils for Adults. plastic carrying case, from Aurora Art Supplies. Colored Pencils For Coloring Pages and Coloring Books, Bonus Mini Coloring Book included! 48 Colored Pencils for Adults from Aurora Art Supplies.


6. Gesso
Artists Gifts Ideas

 Pro-Art 16-Ounce Premium Gesso Canvas Primer

Gesso! What’s gesso? It’s what is used to prepare the canvas to accept paint and is essential for painters.

No one is going to think you would get them gesso so its one of those unique gift ideas artists will really be surprised by. Get a good quality gesso like the one pictured here.

All painters who use canvas need gesso so they will really appreciate you for thinking of this unique gift idea for an artist.






7. Artist Sketching Kits
Langnickel Sketching and Drawing Artist Set for Beginners or Professionals

 Royal & Langnickel Sketching and Drawing Studio Artist Set

Drawing Sketching kits are awesome gifts for artists, beginners or professionals either one. This one is to take along to the beach or a camping trip or even just the local coffee shop.

Perfect for drawing and sketching on the go!
Includes color pencils
graphite pencils
sketch pad
blending tools
sandpaper block
instruction book
Black canvas zipper case

For a huge selection of Drawing Sketching kits click on the menu above. Drawing and Sketching kits are really some of the best Christmas gifts for artists, hands down.

8. Artist Gift Sets
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

 Royal & Langnickel Essentials Art Cargo Carry Bag

Here’s one of the best gift ideas for an artist. Make an artist gift set yourself and put some or all of the gifts on this list in the bag. The bag itself is unique and one of the most unusual gifts for artists so that’s a winner for you right there. But add in some cool artist gifts and you will wow them out of their mind.

Some cool gifts for artists are sketch pads, paints, colored pencils, charcoal pencils, paintbrushes, and a desk easel. (all of them are on this list!) And to make this set complete for a trip out of town, add in some bottled water and some healthy snacks.

Speaking of the bag, it has almost all 5 star reviews on Amazon by artists who have purchased it for carrying their art supplies. Put in a few of the art supplies on this list and you have a fantastic artist gift set.


9. Supplies for Hanging the Paintings
Unusual Gifts Artists

 OOK 59204 50 Piece Assorted Picture Hook Kit

After they paint, artists need to hang the paintings right? They aren’t going to hang themselves. Get them a set that has everything needed to hang them up for the world to see those masterpieces.

This set has 50 pieces including screw eyes, wire, hangers, and nails so you can hang any kind of painting. Very useful and essential really. One of the  most inexpensive unique artist gifts out there.






10. Desk Easel
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

 Art Alternatives Marquis Artists Adjustable Desk Box Easel, Natural

Now this is one of the coolest gift ideas for an artist on this page. If you see your artist painting at a table day after day, do them a favor and get them a desk easel like this one.

Put it in a gift bag if you want, or just wrap it up as is, but either way, you are going to be a hero when they open their gift! An easel makes it so much easier for them to paint their masterpiece. Easier on their back and their neck. Definitely one of the best Christmas gifts for an artist! This one has a drawer for paint brushes and a palette too. Folds up and has a handle, so completely portable for taking it to the park or class.





11. Gift Cards
Best Christmas Gifts for Artists

 Amazon.com $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card (Amazon Surprise Box Design)

This suggestion is for those of you who have been down the list and still don’t know what to get for your artist.

A gift card is an awesome gift for anyone and artists are no exception. I think everyone loves to get cash, don’t you? Get them a gift card from Amazon and let them pick out their favorite gifts for an artist. Easy for you and them. No shopping.

This one is for $50 but they come in any denomination starting with $5. Just click the link to choose your gift amount. Definitely one of the best Christmas gifts for artists!





Young Artist Gifts

Best Christmas Gifts for Artists
Art Kits Teenagers

For young artists, you might want to include coloring in the mix. So besides all the cool gifts for artists above, here are a few more suitable for the youngsters who love to color. Teenagers and kids love to color and paint and draw too. You can make a drawing sketching kit for them and add in some coloring pencils, crayons, and coloring books for a fantastic gift! Best Christmas gifts for artists has to include kids and teens. They are still in the Christmas fun stage.

Coloring Set
Art Kits Kids
Artist Gift Sets


 Faber-Castell – Young Artist Coloring Gift Set – Premium Art Supplies For Kids

This cute coloring set for kids is an instant gift set for young artists. Colors and colored pencils. A pad of drawing paper so they can get started on their masterpieces. All in a cute little case they can take with them to school or a friend’s house.

This is a great start for a young artist in training. Definitely one of the best Christmas gifts for artists. (Young artists.)








Cool Gifts Artists

Crayons are essential for art kits for kids. They are the usual first artist tool that children use. Much easier for mothers as they don’t make the mess paints do. Here are two different crayon sets. Either one will give hours and hours of fun. Inexpensive and easy best Christmas gifts for artists.

 Crayola; Ultimate Crayon Collection; Art Tools; 152 Colors, Durable Storage Case, Long-Lasting Colors Crayola 64 Ct Crayons (52-0064)

Coloring Books
Artist Gifts Ideas

Coloring books have come a long way! There are so many beautiful ones now. Here are two gorgeous ones and you can click on one to see many more. A simple art kit for teenagers or kids is: a few coloring books, some crayons, and some colored pencils. Lots of fun for very little money. That makes them get on the list of best Christmas gifts for artists.

 State Flowers of the USA Coloring Book: For Students and Teachers Shells From the Sea: Coloring Pages and Greeting Cards

Best Gifts for Sculptors and Potters
Artist Gifts Ideas

Besides the sketching kits and pencils, (yes, Sculptors and Potters sketch their designs too) Sculptors need clay. Lots of clay! And it is sort of expensive so they will love you for giving them clay! Be sure you find out if they use high fire or low fire clay so you can get them the right kind. Another of the best Christmas gifts for artists!

 ACTIVA Blackjack Low Fire Clay, 5 pounds White Amaco 45047J High-Fire Moist Stoneware Clay, #38 White

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Drawing Sketching Kits

Best Artist Drawing Sketching Kits
Artist Sketching Drawing Sets

Aurora art supplies colored pencils for drawing sketching kits


Drawing Sketching Kits are for anyone who loves to draw and sketch. Here you will find the best Artist Drawing Kits for yourself or someone you know who loves to draw. My husband is a glorious artist (and famous!) and he sketches all the time so we have many sketching books. I got his input on the beautiful ones here on this page. I have a few sketching books too. We have owned every one of these!

This is your complete shopping guide for Drawing Sketching Kits. Complete with everything you need to sketch, these are the best kits for artists who draw and sketch. But maybe you don’t need complete Drawing Sketching kits. Maybe you just need drawing paper, colored drawing pencils, charcoal drawing pencils, and books to learn how to draw.  It’s all here too.

You can create your own Drawing Sketching kits by buying the items that you want separately. You might want charcoal pencils instead of colored pencils for example. Or you might be buying gifts for young artists so your list might vary.

I have even included some videos that teach how to draw animals and cartoons.

Featured Colored Pencils are from Aurora Art Supplies.

Click here for awesome Artist Sketching and Drawing Kits!


Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to
remain an artist
once we grow up.
~Pablo Picasso

 Complete Drawing Sketching Kits

Complete Artist Sketching Kit
Royal Langnickel Sketching and Drawing Artist Easel Set

 Royal & Langnickel 104-Piece All Media Easel Artist Setsketching drawing sets

This complete artist drawing kit is all you need to start your art career!

The manufacturer says: Royal Langnickel Sketching and Drawing Easel Set is a comprehensive 150 piece collection of artist materials ideal for the beginner, student, or artist.

This set features an assortment of paints fitted into a convertible chest. The storage chest converts into a sturdy table-top easel. The mast and holders for the easel assemble quickly and easily. Then simply remove and conveniently store in the chest when traveling. An outstanding collection of tools for your studio or an ideal gift for an artist or serious art student.




Best Selling Drawing Sketching Kit
Royal Langnickel Sketching Drawing Artist Set

 Royal & Langnickel Deluxe Sketching Artist Box Set

A favorite Art sketch kit!

The manufacturer says: The Deluxe Sketching Box Set by Royal Langnickel is great for those who love to sketch and draw. The art set features a large array of tools to start experimenting or refine the sketching and drawing talents.

Includes 12 graphite pencils, 6 compressed graphite sticks, 6 compressed charcoal sticks, 12 compressed color sticks, 4 pastel pencils, and more. Also includes 1 5-inch by 7-inch sketching/drawing pad, 1 mannequin, 1 6-inch ruler, 1 sanding block, 1 sharpener and more. Wooden storage box measures 13-7/8-inch by 6-7/8-inch by 2-1/2-inch.




Darice 80-Piece Professional Art Set
Drawing Sketching Kits

 Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set

A wonderful sketching Artist kit! 80-piece deluxe art set including art supplies for drawing, painting and more.

Includes color pencils, oil pastels, watercolor cakes, paintbrushes, pencils, and accessories. Provides an artist with a wide range of materials in a compact, portable case.

Case is wood with snap-shut handle. This is a great set for an artist to take with him or her to class or demonstrations. Perfect for a Christmas gift or birthday gift too.







Pink Artist Sketching Kit
Drawing Sketching Kits

 Royal & Langnickel Pink Art Beginner Artist Sketching and Drawing Wood Box Set

A sketching artist box set in Pink! Swoon from the pink lovers! The art set features all the essential tools to start experimenting and drawing.

Includes 6 graphite pencils, 12 color pencils, 3 charcoal pencils, 1 sketching/drawing pad, 3 blending stumps, and much more.

All supplies are stored in a convenient wooden storage box with handle for ease of use, travel, and storage.





 Drawing Sketching Supplies

Art Drawing Set
Sketching Drawing Sets: Beginners

 Reeves Drawing & Sketching Complete Set

Art Drawing Set – 21 Piece Set by Reeves
10 Colored Pencils
4 Sketching Pencils
1 Graphite Pencil
2 Blending Stumps
1 Sandpaper Block
1 Eraser
1 Sharpener
1 instruction book







General Pencil Classic Sketching and Drawing Kit
Art Sketch Kit

 General Pencil Classic Sketching and Drawing Kitsketching drawing sets

Classic drawing and sketching kit. Just add drawing paper and you are set to go. Perfect for beginning artists and illustrators both.

Includes pastel pencils, charcoal pencils, other assorted pencils, eraser and sharpener. Made in the USA.

Manufacturer statement: AP and ACMI approved conforming to ASTM D-4236Ideal for studio, sketching, design, illustration, and creative projects of all levels. Pencils handcrafted with sustained yield incense cedar wood.








Prismacolor Artist Pencils
Drawing Sketching Supplies

 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count

There really is just no comparison between Prismacolor and other Artist Pencils. Smooth and creamy execution for all your drawing!

Manufacturer says: Designed to handle detailed work for advanced students and artists, these Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils feature high grade pigments for rich color saturation.

Other features include soft, thick cores for superior blending and shading, and a color coded wood casing for easy identification. The soft cores also resist breaking. They are designed with professional artist quality for every level of expertise. These pencils come in an assorted set of 72, and include a convenient tin case.





Prismacolor Charcoal Pencil Drawing Set
Artist Drawing Kits

 Prismacolor Premier 25 Piece Charcoal Sketch Set In Reusable Metal Tin

Still Prismacolor, just charcoal for all your black and white and shades of gray drawings. If you or your artist are really into pencil sketch art, this is the set you will want to get!

Manufacturer says: Prismacolor 25 Piece Charcoal Sketching SetThis set of professional quality charcoal drawing supplies is ideal for beginners and masters alike. Included are 10 sticks of vine charcoal (extra soft soft medium); 4 compressed charcoals (extra soft soft medium and hard); 4 charcoal pencils (black soft medium and hard; white extra soft) and; 2 sketch pencils (sepia and sanguine).

It also includes one Magic Rub eraser, one Kneaded rubber eraser, one steel sharpener and one blending stump. All of the supplies come in a reusable portable metal tin.





More Awesome Prismacolor Pencils for Sketching
Sketching Drawing Sets

 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 48-Countsketching drawing sets

If you buy an artist sketching kit it will most likely include some colored pencils. If they are not Prismacolors, just go ahead and order these now. You will like them so much better! This set has 48 different colors in a tin.

It’s the most popular set of colored pencils on Amazon for a reason! 48 colors is enough to cover every color of the rainbow and then some. You will have every color you need for all your drawings and sketches.





“As the sun colors flowers,
so does art color life.”
~John Lubbock


Prismacolor Graphite Drawing Set
Sketching Drawing Sets

 Prismacolor Graphite Drawing Set

Extra-large kneaded eraser included in this professional graphite pencil set.

Magic rub eraser and Steel Pencil Sharpener and Sanding Board allows beginning artists to experiment with many products and to determine his/her favorites.

Perfect for the serious illustrator or a painter who does extensive sketching or studies before the actual painting. Also graphic artists need seriously good pencils and these deliver! Great to add to Drawing Sketching kits if the one you buy doesn’t have charcoal pencils included.







Strathmore Drawing Paper
Drawing Sketching Kits

 Strathmore Medium Drawing Spiral Paper Pad 8

They put this wonderful drawing paper in a lot of the drawing sketching kits you see for sale. Special art deserves special paper. End of story.

Manufacturer description: Strathmore Drawing Paper Pads Series 400…Versatile Sheets of cream colored drawing paper for sketching and finished work. The medium surgace readily accepts pen and ink pencil charcoal crayon and markers. The Smooth surface with its non-reflective finish and uniform formation is especially suited for line drawing and technical work. Twenty-four 80lb. acid-free sheets per spiral-bound pad.





These are just a few of the online drawing tutorials available. Just go to YouTube.com and type in the search box for whatever you want to draw, and there will be instructions. How cool is that? You can learn so much online now! So go ahead and get one of the cool Drawing Sketching Kits and watch some videos. You will be creating art in no time at all.


You really can learn to draw, and you really can get better at it too. Here are some books to help. None of the Drawing Sketching  kits have either of these two wonderful books so it’s good to add one or both in a gift basket if you are getting gifts for artists.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear
Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

 Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

Amazon says: This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined! Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions.

Perfect for the beginning artist on your list who wants to learn from a book instead of going to class. Add it to your Drawing Sketching kits if you are making your own gift basket!





Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
by Robert Beverly Hale

 Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

A classic art instruction manual. Perfect to add to your own kit if you are making Drawing Sketching kits for artists on your gift list.

A book whose sales have not diminished but rather increased dramatically since its publication 45 years ago, this bestselling classic is the ultimate manual of drawing taught by the late Robert Beverly Hale, who’s famed lectures and classes at New York City’s Art Student League captivated artists and art educators from around the world.





“The aim of art is to represent not the outward
but their inward significance.”

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