12 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVES FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

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Empty Mijello 18-well watercolor palette.

1. MIJELLO 18-WELL PALETTE

This gift deserves the #1 position in my rating of best gifts for artists. In fact, it is so great that I wrote a special blog post about it.

  • air-tight and leakproof

  • suitable for gouache and watercolors

  • prevents your paints from drying

  • compact

  • has a large mixing area (most palettes don't! But how do you learn to mix paints without a large mixing area?)

Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art



Etchr's the Perfect Sketchbook, 100% cotton, size A5

2. ETCHR THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK

  • size A5

  • high-quality paper (100% cotton, 300 g/m2)

  • convenient for sketching on location, and fits easily into any bag.

Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art | Splendith (Dutch webshop)


Etcher's 100% cotton Premium Watercolor postcards and envelopes

3. ETCHR PREMIUM WATERCOLOR GREETING CARDS

  • high-quality paper (100% cotton, 220g/m2)

  • contains 100 greeting cards

If you like sending postcards to your friends and family, this set is perfect! Use it for holiday greetings or bring these along on vacation. Great for holiday sketches.


Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art | Spelndith




10 colors set of Winsor & Newton's Designers Gouache in 14 ml tubes

4. WINSOR & NEWTON DESIGNERS' GOUACHE introductory 10-tube set

An artist can never get enough of the basic paint colors!

This is a small set, perfect for beginning artists or for those just starting out with gouache. Primary colors (+ green and yellow ochre), enough to mix almost any color you might need.

Not sure how to mix colors, read this post.


Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art | Spelndith



Himi Gouache set in a yellow box

5. HIMI GOUACHE SET

Everyone is raving about it now! It looks like a box of candies. Popular with artists and students alike. It is a fun set: lots of pretty pre-mixed colors, ready to use.

While I recommend learning how to mix your own colors, I think it is also great to just play around with these ready-made ones sometimes.

Buy on Amazon


Winsor & Newton's Professional quality portable Field Box with 12 half pans with a travel brush and a water container

6. WINSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOR Field Box

  • very compact and portable

  • includes a water container and a sponge

  • comes with 12 colors

  • you can replace the original paints with colors of your choice

  • a large mixing area

  • a travel brush* with a thin tip, perfect for small details

*The brush does not cover all your sketching needs, you will need other brush sizes.


Buy on Jackson's Art | Amazon


Encode Travel brushes set in a red pocket

7. ESCODA ARTIST WATERCOLOR TRAVEL BRUSH SET

These are legendary!

  • synthetic,

  • high-quality,

  • perfect for location sketching.

This travel set protects your brushes from getting ruined in your bag. It is a perfect match for the Winsor & Newton Compact Set above.


Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art


20 colors CARAN D'ACHE Luminance 6901 PENCIL SET

8. CARAN D'ACHE PENCIL SET

This is a set of 20 Luminance 6901 pencils that work so great on their own and in combination with gouache.


Buy on Amazon | Jackson's Art | Splendith


If you want to buy pencils separately, here's the list of Luminance pencils that I use in my sketches.


Coliro (Finetec) metallic colors set with 6 colors from gold to silver

9. COLIRO PEARLCOLORS (FINETEC)

This is a set of 6 metallic watercolors, a gold and silver range.

  • natural pigments

  • paints adhere to different types of surfaces

  • each color in a separate pot

Buy on Amazon | Splendith



Tripod and selfie stick in one. A very handy tool for sketching on location.


10. TRIPOD + SELFIE STICK

This is not the most obvious gift idea, yet I find it very useful! It's a tripod and a selfie stick in one compact format. I have had it for a year and use it almost daily.

  • take photos of yourself while sketching

  • take group photos at sketching events

  • place your phone conveniently when watching art tutorials

Buy on Amazon*


*make sure it is compatible with your phone size.


Dahle 133 manual pencil sharpener

11. PENCIL SHARPENER

That may come as a surprise, but finding a good pencil sharpener for a reasonable price is no easy task.


This is a manual pencil sharpener that doesn't break your pencils. It has an automatic cutting system that prevents over-sharpening. I've been using it myself for years now. Still very happy!


Buy on Amazon


T-shirt with an inspirational quote "I'm not weird. I am a limited edition"

12. T-SHIRT

Every artist is weird... I mean, unique! And the world should know it.


Get this T-shirt from my Redbubble shop. This design is also available for other colors and styles of clothes, as well as on a variety of other items: greeting cards, stickers, posters, etc.


Visit my Redbubble shop and check out other inspirational quotes and fun designs.




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