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15 Creative gifts for the artists in your life

Angie Golish

6. A New Camera

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If you’ve got a higher budget, or you’re buying for someone really close to you, you may want to invest in a gift that will really wow them: a new camera. If you’re going really big, get them a nice DSLR. These days, you can pick up something smaller like the Canon t3i (that’s what I shoot with) with a ton of supplies for only a few hundred dollars. If you go that route, I’d also recommend grabbing them a 50mm lens. It takes such stunning photos, and I picked one up for only about $99. If you know they already have a camera, just get them a new lens. (Amazon, $679)

If you want to keep it on the lower end, go with something fun and nostalgic – you can pick up an instant camera like the Instax Mini that will take them back to the glory days of shaking a photo while waiting for the image to appear. There’s nothing like a cute little camera that takes you on a stroll down memory lane while making new memories.

7. A Light Box

Light box
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I’ve never met a creative who wasn’t concerned about the lighting on their pictures. Some people can get away with window light when trying to take a photo for their blog or to sell their work, but even then they only have a certain amount of time during the day when they can get away with it. A light box makes life so much easier for anyone who takes pictures or lists items for sale. I’ve heard really good things about the Foldio and am adding it to my Christmas wishlist too! (I’ll probably just buy it for myself…). (Amazon, $75)

8. An Easel

Easels are such beautiful little tools, and even if someone doesn’t paint they can always put it up on display in their home as part of their artistic decor. When I was a teenager my momma made me an easel and I still have it even though I haven’t painted in years. It’s beautiful. You can pick up a new easel for under $20, or if you have any woodworking or construction talent you can build one. A handmade easel is something they’ll treasure always.

9. Adult Coloring Books

Adult Coloring Book
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Adult coloring books are all the rage, and you can pick up some seriously cute ones for not very much. Throw in a pack of crayons/markets/colored pencils and slap a pretty bow on it. Easy peasy, and guaranteed to please-y.

Plus, there are so many creative options. You can cater to their artistic ego and pick up an Expert Level Coloring Book, get them something that will relax and soothe them like this Mystical Mandala Coloring Book, or you can take the funny route and snag them this hilarious Coloring for Grown-Ups: Adult Activity Book. That’s totally what I’d do. Well, it’s what I did because I bought it myself… it was too funny – I mean there’s a “Hipster or Homeless” page and mazes that help you navigate yourself out of poor life choices. (Amazon, $10)

10. An Artist Color Wheel

If you’re staying on the less expensive end of the gift range, you can pick up a simple color wheel for around $5. This is basically just a wheel that shows the way colors mix and that the artist can use when creating things. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer!

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