10 Unique Artist Gifts For Under $25

10 Artist Gifts for Under 25 Dollars

The holidays are upon us, and we’re all looking for a little something special to pop into a stocking or send in the mail to our favorite artists.  Maybe you need to give your own friends and loved ones a little nudge in the right direction.  Check out these fun finds from Amazon that are currently all under $25 with free Prime shipping.  Have the items gift wrapped for a nominal fee and save your time for enjoying this season of light! 

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#1 – Collage Frame

Collage Frame

From swatch cards to masterpieces to happy mail, brighten your painting area with this unusual frame that can hold up to 30 small pieces of art. 3 colors available.

#2 – Lead Holder Set

Lead Holder Set

This Koh-I-Noor clutch pencil/lead holder gift set includes the multi-colored lead holder and a Faber Castell dustless eraser as well as a variety of graphite, charcoal and magic lead. Great for underdrawing and value sketches.  5.6 mm thick leads can be pointed with the cap on the holder or sharpened in a traditional hand-held sharpener.

#3 – Paint Storage Tin

Paint Storage Tin Starry Night

Store your extra paint pans securely or create your own master palette. Magnetic tape and either half or full pans included with tin. Several different lid styles.

#4 – Porcelain Rose Palette

Porcelain Rose Palette

This unusual hand-sized porcelain palette allows the artist to mix several small washes of color and see them together in an organic way.

#5 – Keep Painting! Hardcover Gift Book

Keep Painting Book by Gordon MacKenzie

Chock full of inspiration, tips, and reference, Gordon Mackenzie’s newest book is a treasure chest for watercolorists. (click here to read Gordon’s artist feature on Doodlewash!).

#6 – Travel Paintbrush

Travel Paint Brush

Popular sized travel brush (size 6 round) that ticks all the boxes–full capacity, good snap, sharp point, and a protective cap.  This weasel brush is a cult favorite that consistently gets rave reviews.

#7 – Platinum Superfine Fountain Pen

Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen

Featherweight pen with a superfine nib feels like a brush in your hand, but writes like a cross between a technical and fountain pen. Refillable with either ink or converter, included ink is waterproof. Choose “buy all three” to get extra ink cartridges and converter.  I already own two of these and wouldn’t be disappointed to find a third in my stocking.

#8 – Daniel Smith 238 Color Dot Chart

Daniel Smith Dot Card

Give your favorite artist the gift of color — all 238 of them — with the beloved Daniel Smith Dot Card Set.  Dots contain enough paint for a small  painting, and allow your favorite artist to try before they buy.  Want a little more paint?  The Daniel Smith Primary Triad set offers three full sized tubes in Perylene Red, Hansa Yellow Medium, and French Ultramarine Blue.

#9 – Plein Air Watercolor Artboard Pad

Canson Watercolor Artboards

Ten 9″ x 12″ boards are a delight to paint on because they won’t buckle or warp and can be easily framed. Cut down to any size with a razor knife without affecting performance.  Montval watercolor paper on top surface.

#10 – ArtBin Paint Storage Cube with included palette

ArtBin Paint Storage

A compact caddy with dividers for storing a collection of watercolor paint tubes or bottles.  Paint tray included.  Help your artist corral their collection with this nifty storage option.

What are you hoping for under the tree?  Do any of these suggestions look like something you’d like to receive?  Talk to me in the comments!

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I’m a science and math educator who has been creating since childhood. I picked up watercolor four years ago and have been on a grand exploration discovering its playful and enigmatic personality.  Follow my adventure on Instagram!

12 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    Excellent choices! I may have to print this out and leave it where hubby can find it, lol!

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      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! I was pleased to find a number of gifts under $25 that weren’t items most people would already have (except maybe the pen!)

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    What a great collection of unique gifts for the artists – thanks for this post, Bekki.

    • Author
      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sharon. I tend to get specifics if I’m spending more, but it’s fun to have an unexpected item under the tree.

  3. Amanda Leighton 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Bekki – I followed your link and ordered myself one of the porcelain palettes.

    • Author
      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      I hope you enjoy it 😊 The small porcelain palettes fit almost any workspace, and I loved the way the wells were shaped and interwoven.

  4. Sandra Gilbert 3 weeks ago

    Great list. I have several of these myself. That rose porcelain palette is my favorite mixing palette.

    • Author
      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      Good to know, Sandra. My brain likes the free form A LOT.

  5. Sharon Nolfi 3 weeks ago

    Great ideas. I love the Rose Palette.

    • Author
      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sharon. That seems to be the favorite on the list this year 😁

  6. Kayla Groening 3 weeks ago

    Great list! Those paint storage tins are too cute.

    • Author
      Bekki Page 3 weeks ago

      Yes, I’ve got those on my list! I love all the different covers so that half pans can be organized.

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