Finding that perfect holiday gift is tough to begin with, and when you’re shopping for someone with distinct taste the challenge can be even greater. Here, we’ve taken the guesswork out of gifting to all the art lovers on your list.
1. Turn photos into personalized art.
Personalization and photo gift ideas are everywhere these days. We’re all better photographers because of our smartphones, but we rarely do anything with our photos (aside from posting them online). Use the Photos To Art™ tool to turn your best photos into gifts for friends and family who appreciate your savvy picture-taking skills. All you need is a high-resolution photo to get started.
2. Buy a friend a membership to your favorite museum.
Not only will you have a buddy the next time you want to go, but you’ll have new things to talk about the next time you hang out too. From the MoMA in New York City to the de Young in San Francisco, annual individual memberships typically run between $75-$100 for many of the top art museums.
3. Frame something for them.
Custom-frame one of your child’s latest masterpieces for grandma, finally frame you spouse’s diploma, or preserve an antique photo through the mail using Frame Your Art, a by-mail framing service that touts free shipping both ways and quick delivery. Just enter your piece’s dimensions online, select the frame you want, and then Art.com will send you prepaid packaging for shipping in your artwork. It beats getting quote after quote from brick-and-mortar frame shops (and it’s less expensive too).
4. Invite them to a local gallery crawl.
From Nashville to Portland, bustling arts districts all over the U.S. offer free gallery crawls for those looking to soak up their surroundings and explore their local art scenes. Invite a friend in December and make a night out of it. Don’t forget to pick up steamy beverages for the two of you along the way (that part’s important).
5. Give a trendy friend contemporary art on metal.
An alternative to more traditional wall décor, metal prints make for a unique, surprising focal point. Each piece is made of lightweight, ink-infused aluminum for a scratch-resistant surface that can survive wear and tear, which just may be useful for that friend who’s known for moving from apartment to apartment.
6. Host a wine and painting party.
Sure, you can pay to attend one of the many wine-and-painting events out there (they’re super popular right now), but why not just throw your own with a few friends at home instead? Vital ingredients: a bottle of wine and enough art supplies to go around!
7. Give them art they can change all year long.
Interchangeable art set like SwitchArt™ Magnetic Frames and Prints let art lovers easily change out their art by the season or when they’re up for redecorating on a whim. Pick out a set to get them started.
8. Don’t be afraid to throw in the towel.
Give them an eGift Card and they can choose their own art. After all, sometimes shopping for yourself is even more fun…