50 Cool + Creative Gift Ideas for Artists of All Ages
Maya Angelou said, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have," and that's something all artists can relate to. Art isn't just fun, it can boost your mood and keep your stress levels low. Stress Management Specialist, Debbie Mandell adds, "Creativity fills the emptiness and takes you out of the narrow context of stress to refocus attention on a hobby or activity which is enjoyable and so, breaks the negativity." Creativity can also boost your confidence and for kids it can help foster mental growth and increase problem solving. Whether you've always lived on the craftier side of life or have been admiring art from afar, there's something on this list every artist, of every age, will love.
Brit + Co All-Access Pass ($10/month): It's only fitting that we kick off this gift guide with our creative classes! Brit + Co offers more than 120 classes from intro to embroidery, hand lettering, cake decorating, and more. Learn a new skill or gift a fellow creative with a class, now just $10/month for all access!
Knack The Creative Type ($88): This gift set is a nice creative nudge for the person who loves being artsy but doesn't feel they have the talent to be an artist. The set includes the "Outside The Lines, Too" coloring book, Wit & Delight Big Idea Sketchbook, a set of 12 colored pencils and a "creativity takes courage" mug.
Watercolor Paint Set by Crafts 4 All ($16): Whether you're a pro or just starting out, this watercolor paint set is for you. The consistency of the non-toxic paint is great for easy mixing and blending and comes with 24 vibrant colors.
Foto Custom Camera Strap ($85): Make sure everyone knows who you are with this custom camera strap. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, no one will accidentally grab your equipment again.
The Street Art Manual ($20): If your loved one has ever wanted to take their art from canvas to city block, this is the book for them. The manual covers everything from graffiti, stencils, projection and more. You'll have everything you need to creatively reclaim the streets in your neighborhood.
DIY Paper Craft Animal Kit ($85): Origami fans and crafters alike will love spending time building paper animals like James, the feathered owl.
100 Movies Scratch Off Poster ($15): This movie bucket list is a fun time for any filmmaker, and the best part is, you get to enjoy it too. Get together with your besties once a week, scratch off a film, and watch whatever you uncover.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera ($69): Capture instant memories with Fujifilm's latest, the Instax Mini 11 instant camera, with a slimmer build and a slew of vivid colors.
Kodak Smile Classic Instant Camera ($150): Capture moments in retro fashion with Kodak's instant camera. The old-school design comes with new-school tech, with the ability to snap a photo and get it instantly with its built-in printer. With the Micro SD card slot, you can download and save the images to your computer too.
Modernist Coloring Book ($19): Whether you need a boost of creativity, are bored during a Monday meeting or are looking for something fun to do with your nieces or nephews, this coloring book is for you.
Spark Creativity: 50 Ways to Ignite Bright Ideas ($13): Perfect for any creative pursuit, including visual arts, music, writing, and more, this gift box includes 50 faux matchsticks with printed prompts.
C7skates Premium Quad Roller Skate ($139): Roller skating is all the 2020 rage and these colorful skates are exactly how creative types roll.
We Are Knitters Venice Tee Knitting Kit ($72): Choose from a slew of colors, this kit comes with skeins of pima cotton yarn, knitting needles, a pattern, small sewing needle and embroidered label. It's a gift for giving!
Ameico +Lab / Yamazakura - Accordion Memo ($9): Always have room for ideas with these accordion notebooks.
Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit ($49): This modern calligraphy kit has everything you need to get started right away.
Renegade Women in Film & TV ($11): Get inspired by other boss babes with a collection of profiles highlighting 50 extraordinary women in entertainment from iconoclast Alice Guy Blaché to trailblazer Ava DuVernay.
Morph with 1 Free Overlay ($249): This portable pad allows you to swap out keyboards for whatever project you're currently working on including music, writing, gaming and more.
Paddywax Impressions Candles ($20): Express yourself with these impression candles.
Brother P-Touch Cube Plus Label Maker with Bluetooth ($100): Organize your crafts, scrapbook and more with this label maker that allows you to create from your phone and print wirelessly.
Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer ($600): Bring your creations to life with Polaroid's lightweight, compact 3D printer.
Inkbox Free Hand Ink ($20-$75): Planning to become a tattoo artist? Get tons of practice with this temporary ink. Practice on your friends or yourself and in two weeks, do it all over again. Don't have the skills to fly solo? The site also has pre-made tattoos too.
Pilot Enso Parallel Pen Hand Lettering Calligraphy Set ($28): This kit comes with everything you need to get started hand lettering. The set includes mixable color pens, a calligraphy set, and an instructional guidebook.
C'Est Moi Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set ($25): Create vibrant, bold looks from a statement eye to a full-face masterpiece with these makeup crayons.
BodyMark by BIC ($19): Created with celebrity tattoo artist, Miryam Lumpini, these markers are designed to be safe for your skin. Forget the pen and paper, and color outside the lines by wearing your art on your skin.
Perpetua - Recycled Graphite Pencils ($8): Graphite-strong, these pencils don't break easily, have big erasers, and are 80% recycled using industrial graphite waste. The pencils don't contain wood, so they don't leave dust, even in the shavings.
Monopoly: The Met Edition ($50): For ages 8+, this classic board game features 5,000 years of art with Met-only twist.
Family Camera Set ($148): This kit has all you need to teach kids old-school photography, plus 50 scratch-off adventures to get some cool snaps.
Sago Mini Box: Gift these educational subscription box stuffed with make-and-play activities that teach modern skills to preschoolers through play.
Making with MoMA: Shadow Box Kit ($25): Kids ages 8+ can make a creative story shadow box, designed by MoMA educators in collab with designer Todd Oldham.
Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox ($50): Creative teens can turn their passion into profit with this eight-step-plan goal-setting kit.
Science Academy: Deluxe Shimmer Lab ($35): Kids ages 8+ can set up their own cosmetic chemistry lab and make your own sparkly soaps, bath bombs and lip balm. Sweet!
Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller ($80): Screen-free and emission-free, this fun story maker lets kids (ages 3-8) choose a hero, an object, a location and more among 48 stories.
Build-Your-Own Fort Kit (65+): This is the year of the fort as kids spend more time at home. This kit makes it easier for kids and parents to build with hooks, clothespins, sheets, and more!
Hape All-in-One Easel ($80): This award-winning easel comes with a chalkboard, dry erase board, and rod for securing paper. Your little Picasso will enjoy hours of art-making, and its compact size won't take up the entire living room.
Osmo Creative Starter Kit for iPad ($70): This kit comes with a pad that interacts with an iPad to bring any child's actions to life while teaching problem solving, drawing and even early physics.
Educational Insights Artie 3000 The Coding Robot ($48): You design the code and Artie draws the pictures. Choose from a series of preprogrammed designs or start from scratch.
Read All About It! 10 Mini-Magazines to Make and Share ($18): You'll enjoy reading your kiddo's publication after they make their own magazine with this make and share kit.
Loog Electric Guitar with Built-In Amp: ($179): Fast-track your kids' music lessons with this electric guitar with built-in amp. For ages 8+, it comes with an accompanying app so kids can learn to play songs—not just scales or exercises—on the guitar in just one day.
Disney Frozen 2 Exquisite Elements Jewelry Kit ($15): Make your own jewelry with this Frozen 2 inspired jewelry kit.
Crayola Ultimate Light Board ($20): Your kids will love to see their creations in lights! This drawing surface is easy to clean and can be used with the light off or on.
Poopsie Rainbow Surprise Slime Kit ($70): Make your own slime with this kit that includes DIY slime powders, eyeshadows, lipstick colors, lip glosses and an exclusive bottle.
Cra-Z-Art Shimmer 'n Sparkle Make Your Own Glitter Sensory Bottles ($18): Kids can make their own bedroom decor with this DIY sensory bottle kit.
Artkive Box ($39): Help the kids give a gift they made themselves with Arktive. Order a box, fill it with their artwork and ship it back. Then, order a book of their artwork or a framed mosaic. Parents and loved ones will enjoy the custom art pieces, and the kids will be so proud of themselves.
Neon Chalk Lettering Toy ($19): Don't let your art be contained by paper, color the world with this neon chalk lettering set.
Janod Dinosaur Stamp Kit ($16): Little ones can stamp out a story as they pretend play.
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