5 Useful Christmas Gift Ideas For Artists
If you're thinking that you don't want to end up giving the artist that you know drawing materials and paintbrushes and the like as a Christmas present because, somehow, it just seems so trite and ordinary, as if you didn't even think about it, then you've come to the right place.
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Of course, nevertheless, you would still want your Christmas gift to be special and you want it to appear different and unique while, at the same time, being useful and helpful to its recipient.
But what are some of the useful Christmas gifts that you can give to artists anyway, without having to resort to seemingly ordinary presents or how can you make a gift that might seem ordinary look more special and unique?
Gifts For Artists
Those who love to draw, paint and more
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The usual Christmas presents that are expected to be given to artists are, more often than not, things like drawing materials, art supplies, paints, sketchbooks and the like.
It's natural for people to think that those who love to paint or draw will surely appreciate getting gifts like this, which may be so, however, that doesn't have to mean that you should automatically give them those kinds of presents year after year after year.
You can try to be different and you can try to put more effort into your Christmas gift choice, which will surely delight the artists even more.
Of course, the best choice is still to go for products and items that can be useful and helpful for these people. These kinds of gifts should be able to help them improve their arts skills or make their drawing and painting much easier for them.
Useful Christmas Gifts
What kinds of gifts will artists appreciate receiving for Christmas?
You must be thinking, 'but paintbrushes and colored pencils and the like should be useful for artists so why can't I or why shouldn't I give them such a present?'
It's not that you can't give them those kinds of presents. If you really want to, then go for it. These kinds of presents can really be classified as useful however they also appear ordinary and not really all that special.
For instance, say, you're planning to get someone a set of acrylic paints but that person makes use of acrylic paints regularly and can easily acquire these for his or herself. If you give him or her such a gift, do you think the present will still appear to be special and well-thought-of?
A possible solution to this would be to not limit yourself with just one item and to make use of what you know about a person to come up with a good gift for him or her.
For example, if you know that your artist always makes use of acrylic paints, then get him or her other kinds of paints so he or she can be introduced to new things that he or she may not know about.
Or perhaps, instead of giving just one item, you could get a set of many different items such as a set of colored pencils, pencils, paints and the like.
You could put them all into one container or package and add your own designs and decorations to make your present more special and appealing. But, aside from all that, what are some of the other possible useful gifts that you can choose to give to artists for Christmas?
1. Artist Sets
All Media Easel Artist Set
The item featured to the right is one great example of sprucing up your seemingly ordinary Christmas gift and letting it turn out to be really special without taking away its usefulness and helpfulness to its recipient.
So, instead of just simply giving your artist a set of paints or an easel or some other such item, you can give them an artist set, which holds more than one product.
To illustrate, the artist set featured to the right actually has 104 pieces, which includes oil paint tubes, watercolor paint tubes, oil pastels, plastic palette knives, wooden palette, among many other items.
Your artist friend or relative doesn't even have to go through the trouble of having to carry all of these items and having a hard time doing so because he or she will also get a storage box with which to store these materials as you can see in the images here.
The storage box itself can even double as an easel. As such, you can easily carry this set around and be able to paint and draw pretty much anytime, anywhere.
Just by itself, a single art or drawing material doesn't seem all that special, at least not enough to be given as a gift but, if you combine all these art stuff into one whole package like the Royal & Langnickel All Media Easel Artist Set, then you can come up with something that is worth giving as a Christmas gift.
In fact, if you decide to get this item from Amazon.com, you can have it gift-wrapped so it can be ready to be given to your artist, just in time for the Christmas holidays.
2. Software for Artists
There are a number of programs, like the SketchBook Pro 6 featured to the right, that have been made especially for artists.
These applications are indeed very useful and helpful for artists as they get the opportunity to draw and color and paint and make their very own works of art digital-style.
For those that are used to drawing and painting by using traditional means like pens and paints and paper, it might be time to try something new in the form of software like the SketchBook Pro 6, which allows you to unleash your creative side, only in a much different way than the traditional methods.
For those that are making use of other art programs, it might be interesting to try the SketchBook Pro 6. Who knows, you might end up liking it or even preferring it as compared to other applications out there?
The SketchBook Pro 6 is available for both Windows and Mac users. It's got a whole lot of features that are sure to make artists and budding artists very happy indeed.
Highlights of SketchBook Pro 6
The program has such tools as pencils, markers, paintbrushes, airbrushes, and more, all making it seem like you really have these things right in front of you instead of just being in the software.
The YouTube video to the right shows the highlights of the many features of the SketchBook Pro 6 and, if you check out its Amazon product page, you can see many more images there.
Furthermore, while this is a software and can easily be downloaded to one's PC or computer if you select either the Mac or PC download options on Amazon.com, you can actually have this item gift-wrapped if you select the PC/Mac option, which is especially great if you really want to give this as a gift.
3. Tablets & Laptops for Artists
If you know that your artist is in need of a new tablet or laptop, then you can consider giving him or her one for Christmas.
Of course, if you're giving an artist either a tablet or laptop, then it's best to go with something that they can actually use to draw.
The item featured to the right is a good example of this. With its 13.3-inches screen, the Sony VAIO Duo SVD13215PLB 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon Black) looks lightweight and portable, which is perfect for people on the go because it means they can pretty much sketch or draw anytime, anywhere.
One of the best and coolest things about this VAIO Ultrabook is the fact that it is a 2-in-1 convertible touchscreen, which means that you get both a laptop and a tablet in just one item.
Thanks to the Surf Slider, you can easily switch between the laptop and tablet without taking much time at all.
With its many other features, this laptop / tablet isn't just for artists as other people can make use of it too.
This is a good thing even for artists because it means they don't have to be limited to just doing arts and creative stuff on their ultrabook. Instead, they can also make use of it for many other things.
But enough about the Sony VAIO's other features since artists will most surely want to hear about the art side of this ultrabook.
For starters, this laptop / tablet comes with the Active Pen digitizer stylus, which allows you to draw and sketch and make works of art by using the touchscreen tablet. There is even the ArtRage Studio Pro, which includes such tools as watercolors, oils and the like.
You can see some images of the awesome Sony VAIO here and even more images on its Amazon product page.
4. Tablet with Pen
Wacom CINTIQ Graphics Monitor & Digital Pen
A digital sketchbook for artists?
"But wait," you say. "Do I really need to get a convertible ultrabook laptop / tablet for the artist that I know? Sure, it's cool, but it has so many other features that aren't necessarily for artists alone.
Isn't there something that focuses mostly or entirely on artists? And what if the artist that I know prefers something bigger that will really let them see whatever they're drawing or working on?"
If this is what you're thinking, then you might be better off looking into the Wacom CINTIQ 22HD to get as a possible Christmas present.
The Wacom CINTIQ 22HD appears to be a digital sketchbooks of sorts which many artists will surely want to make use of.
It's got a 21.5" HD display that really makes whatever is on its screen highly visible so it's perfect for those that want to see all the details of their artwork to make sure that everything is up to their standard.
Wacom CINTIQ Pen & Tablet
Of course it comes with a pen, which works well enough with the tablet and allows people to be able to draw and make works of art on the Wacom CINTIQ akin to how they would draw on a paper sketchbook with pens and pencils.
In addition to the pen stand that comes included with this item, there is also a display stand for the graphics monitor itself and it is adjustable.
Just like you can see in the YouTube video to the right, it's so easy to move and tilt the tablet practically any which way you want whenever you want so you can easily reach the other parts of the screen and be able to draw and work in the way that you want to. The video also shows some of the other features of the Wacom CINTIQ. There are also many images on this item's product page on Amazon.com.
5. Digital Pen for Artists
Wacom Inkling Digital Pen
"Okay," you say. "Those tablets and laptops are really cool and I can see how artists will surely love to have one of these items. But I don't have the budget for these products. Isn't there anything cheaper?"
Or, alternatively, you might be thinking, "these laptops and tablets are so awesome and useful that the artist I know already has his or her own copy and it would be useless of me to get him or her a new one since theirs is still working perfectly. Are there other cool things that I might consider giving to them?"
If, for whatever reason, you cannot or you don't want to give your artist a laptop or tablet for Christmas, you can always just get them a digital pen instead.
A good example of one is the item featured above. The Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen is definitely cheap when compared to the 2 previously-mentioned products. It only costs $67.69 from Amazon.com (as of this writing).
This item is also even more portable and lightweight as compared to the tablet or laptop as the Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen includes, aside from the pen itself, a receiver, USB cable and spare pen ink cartridges.
The included storage case ensures that you don't have to lug these things around separately.
This digital pen is especially for those who prefer to draw on paper before transferring things to their computer where they can do further edits on their work of art.
You can use the pen to draw or sketch on paper while, at the same time, being able to make a digital copy of the drawing, which can then be moved to a PC where you can work on it further.
Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen
Have you decided what kind of gift you will give to your artist for Christmas?
These are just some of the possible gifts that you can give to your artist for Christmas.
What do you think of these gift ideas?
Do you think that your artist friend or relative will want to receive any one of these as a Christmas present?
Do you think that a useful gift will be better appreciated as compared to a gift that is just for display or one which the recipient doesn't really have any use for?
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