19 Gift Ideas for Your Artsy Friends

Hey, we get it: It’s hard to pick out gifts for your artsy friend, right? When you’re shopping for a person who seems to have impeccable taste, and an eye for the best, it’s a little intimidating to find a gift she won’t want to return or bury at the back of her closet. But fret not, because we’ve got you covered.

Check out these gift ideas for the person in your life who always has a creative idea in her head, a pen in her hand, and a few projects in progress.

Written by Abigail Cardi

Editor's note: This post is sponsored by Alex and Ani

Image: agrove/Flickr

Hand Cream

During winter, your friend is probably always in need of a good lotion (aren’t we all?!) Give her the gift of super-soft hands with these adorable hand creams, with packaging is reminiscent of paint tubes.

Lollia Shea Handcremes, $11, Amazon

Rock Candy Beaded Bangle

Always original, always expressing her unique personality, your artsy friend will love this colorful bangle by Alex and Ani. Even the simplest accessory can bring illumination to her inner style.

Alex & Ani Beaded Bangle, $29, Amazon

Laptop Sleeve

If your friend carries her laptop around, a good laptop sleeve is key. This one comes in a bunch of adorable prints – the black and pink floral is our favorite.

Anchor Sleeve, $40, Amazon


There’s no such thing as having too many sketchbooks, right?

Artist Model Icon Kraft Cover Sketchbook , $29, Amazon

Calligraphy Set

Hey, you might even convince them to create the invitations for your next birthday party, right?

Calligraphy For Beginners Kit, $15, Amazon

Pencil Case

Because art supplies are nothing without an adorable home to live in.

Pen Orgy In Here Tonight Glossy Pencil Case, $10, Amazon

Gel Pens

Who said gel pens were only for kids? These pens are adorable and guaranteed to add a new dimension to all your friend’s notebook pages.

Novelty gel ink pens, $9, Amazon

Portable Speaker

The ability to take your music with you, without cords, is the best gift you can give any friend. And with five colors and up to eight hours of play time, this one is a great choice.

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker, $119, Amazon

iPhone Case

Your friend is bound to love the beautiful design and pop of gold on this iPhone case. With the added bonus of protecting one of their most beloved objects!

Spigen iPhone Case, $16, Amazon

Colored Pencil Set

If your friend is the sketching type, give her this beautiful set of colored pencils. You might not be able to draw anything more sophisticated than a stick figure, but she’ll make good use of them.

Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencil Sets, $42, Amazon

Eye Pillow

Home decor only gets better when someone’s watching. This pillow will keep an eye on things while your recipient is gone.

Magical Thinking Embroidered Pillow, $39, Urban Outfitters

House Key Bottle Opener

No home appliance should miss the opportunity to be an art form in itself. This bottle opener looks good while also being really, really helpful.

House key bottle opener, $2, Amazon

Mac & Cheese Cookbook

It is not possible to tire of mac ‘n cheese (is it?). But your recipient will spice up her life with ideas like bacon Brussels sprouts and breakfast mac, and maybe she’ll make some to share.

Mac & Cheese Cookbook, $13, Amazon


Everyone needs a place to write down all their brilliant ideas, right?

Expressive Pocket Notebook, $12, Redbubble

Sevenly T-Shirt

Does your recipient like to do good and look good at the same time? Sevenly gives to a new charity each week, and all apparel features a custom design by a new artist.

Sevenly Racerback Tank, $29, Sevenly

Organizational System

Everyone needs to organize their creative space. This one is customizable, so sneak a peak at your recipient’s office space and buy accordingly.

Organize-it system, $14, Pottery Barn Teen

Meh Pop Art Print

Creative types look good while looking like they don’t care. This poster says it all.

Meh Pop Art Print, $30, Dormify

Art Print

Who doesn’t need a little inspiration?

Sewindie Shop Work Hard & Be Kind Art Print, $5, Etsy

Hand Painted Plates

These plates are absolutely beautiful, inspired by the sunset at Glacier National Park. Any artist is bound to appreciate.

Canyon Series: Glacier Hand Painted Porcelain Small Dipping Plates, $56, Red Raven