It’s officially the time of year when stressing about finding the perfect gifts is all but guaranteed. Thankfully, we’ve got a gift guide for everyone on your list. Today’s subject? The creative.
Some things to keep in mind: Creative people have an inclination for self-expression, have an eye for clear-cut aesthetics, and may value practicality over, say, a throw pillow with an art-related pun on it. It may sound tricky, but don’t let the pressure get to you! Keep reading to find seven stellar gift ideas for the creative in your life that should keep them feeling inspired well into next year.
Kuretake Gansai Portable Watercolor Set ($38.90, shop here)
Anyone with artistic blood knows that inspiration can strike during the most inopportune times – so it’s important to be armed with your materials at a moment’s notice. Though you can’t carry around a full-sized palette and tubes of acrylics 24/7, you can bring this portable watercolor set along! Meticulously crafted in Japan, the paints are stored in a durable mixing palette-turned-carrying case and come with a fine-line pen and self-cleaning watercolor brush.
7Keys Retro Bluetooth Typewriter Keyboard ($138.99, shop here)
Every writer has seemingly fantasized about clacking away on an old-school typewriter. Well, now you can be responsible for making that dream a reality. This keyboard perfectly blends the vintage ways of typing with modern technology. Your gift recipient can connect this keyboard to a device of their choice and type out texts, stories, and emails with the satisfying symphony of retro clicks and clacks.
Moleskine Coloring Kit ($39.95, shop here)
Few things are more irritating than spending time on an art piece and finding out that it’s bled through the page (or compromised the other papers in your sketchbook!). Save the artist in your life from this woe by gifting them a sketchbook ready to handle every stroke of the pen, pencil, or paintbrush. The kit features a high-quality paper notebook that lays perfectly flat and 12 watercolor pencils.
Sculpd Pottery Kit ($65, shop here)
Nowadays, you don’t need to book time at a pottery studio to make an array of clay works. This air-dry clay kit from Sclupd consolidates an entire studio into an easy-to-use box containing clay, tools, paintbrushes, a smoothing sponge, glaze, and a pottery guide for inspiration. Buying this gift for someone in your life is really buying yourself a gift because your recipient will be so moved by your belief in their clay-bilities, they will have no choice but to gift you with a homemade trinket or two!
The Woobles Cat Crochet Kit ($30, shop here)
Buy someone a crocheted gift and keep them warm for a day; teach someone to crochet and keep them warm for a lifetime. This is the ideal gift for the aspiring yarn artist, as it teaches them how to create a cute little cat stuffie through a kit that includes a crochet hook, yarn, stuffing, plastic eyes, a needle, and more. Over 100,000 people have learned to crochet through The Woobles, which is partly due to the company’s stellar customer service. Not only will your recipient have access to detailed crocheting tutorials, but they can also get unlimited help via email (and even attend office hours for more in-depth aid!).
Personalized Leather Sketchbook Cover (starting at $77, shop here)
Rather than buy someone new art supplies, why not allow them to dress up what they already own? This leather sketchbook will enable artists of all levels to carry their supplies in grand style. Hand-cut, hand-stitched, and able to be personalized with a monogram, this gift can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Plus, you’ll be supporting a small business in the process. How’s that for the spirit of the holidays?
Lego Disney’s Mickey Mouse Wall Art ($119.99, shop here)
Lego booms in popularity during the holiday season – mainly for kiddos, but it may have just the thing for the art-savvy individual in your life. This Lego project allows the recipient to build a 15.5-inch Mickey Mouse portrait using thousands of circular-shaped pieces. Mickey is just one of wall art projects that Lego has on its site, so there’s something for everyone – including Harry Potter and Elvis!