4 Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Aspiring Artist

Dec 9, 2020 | Art supplies

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We all have people in our lives who are tricky to buy for at Christmas.  

Sometimes it’s the older members of the family who have everything and don’t need more ‘stuff’.  Sometimes, younger members of the family are the problem, because it’s impossible to keep up with their interests! 

But if the person happens to be an aspiring artist, we can help you find the perfect Christmas gift for them. Read on! 

Basic art supplies 

If there’s one thing an aspiring artist needs, it’s basic art supplies. The problem is, shops that stock art supplies can be overwhelming because there are so many things to choose from. But don’t worry, were here to help. 

You really can’t go wrong with any of the following: 

  • Sets of paints, pens or pencils – including starter sets for beginners 
  • Sketch pads or canvases as these are always in demand 
  • An easel to help artists with bigger projects 
  • Paint mixing palettes 
  • Paintbrushes 

You might need to snoop around a little to find out what kind of painting they like to do or want to try. But even without this, we can advise you about products that can be used in a range of projects and will always be welcome. 

Finishing equipment 

If you know a little about the kind of art that they do, you can also buy some finishing equipment and supplies as a present. 

For instance, fixatives and varnishes might not look like the most exciting gift but they are a crucial part of protecting and preserving the finished artwork. 

Items such as artist knives and cutting mats can also make practical and very welcome presents. 

Art studio organisation 

Whether the person has an art studio, a home office, a spare bedroom or just a little space in the house, they will need equipment for organising their art materials.   

Left unchecked, art materials can spread everywhere and suddenly, the artist can’t find the thing they need. 

So help them start out on the right foot by looking at some art studio organisation ideas.  There are lots of fun, colourfulpractical ideas that make a great present. 


Books are great sources of inspiration for artists. If you know your friend likes an artist or an era, then you could get a book on that person or time. 

For people who enjoy testing different types of art, you can buy books that help them experiment. From learning to draw books through to step by step watercolour projects, there are plenty of great ideas. 

The perfect Christmas gift 

Artists will always welcome art supplies as gifts, even if they are just starting out. And if youre unsure what would work best, you can come into one of our shops or email us. 

We’re always happy to help you choose the perfect Christmas present. We stock a wide range of quality materials to suit all budgets from reputable suppliers such as Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney and Colart.   

We look forward to helping you soon!