It's that time of year. You're making your list and checking it twice, and you probably already know who's been naughty and nice. Now it's time to shop for the creative in your life. So I'm here to give you a little advice.
1. Museum Membership
Giving a museum gift membership is a meaningful way to fuel a creative soul. It also makes your holiday shopping dollars go farther. First, it's a gift that can be enjoyed all year round. Second, memberships come with a host of benefits and perks. Third, dual and family memberships are available, making for a great shared experience. Fourth, a portion of the cost may be tax deductible. And fifth, your gift supports the cultural enrichment of your community. Talk about bang for your buck!
2. Art Supply Subscription
From ArtSnacks to Smart Art to SketchBox, an art supply subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. There's an assortment of services out there and they work simialiarly. First, you pick the subscription plan you'd like to give, typically one month, three month, 6 month and 12 month subscriptions are available. After that, the creative in your life receives a curated box of high quality art supplies in the mail each month. How great is that?
3. Art-Related Books
Freezing temperatures during the long winter months are an open invitation to throw on some sweats, brew a hot cup of tea, and curl up on the couch with a good book. The editors at artnet News have our backs. This past summer and fall, they compiled lists of art-related fiction and non-fiction works. (I'm hoping a winter list comes out; stay tuned ...)
"Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer" by Arthur Lubow and "How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass" by JoAnneh Nagler are just two of the selections. The perfect gift might just be on one of these two lists:
artnet News Summer Reading List
artnet News Fall Reading List
4. Brit + Co Online Creative Class
Brit + Co, a new media and commerce company that enables creativity, offers an array of online classes lead by expert instructors. Visit www.brit.co to peruse a wide selection of lettering, illustration, photography, business, design, fiber arts classes as well as quick projects. There's bound to be a class that'll get the creative juices flowing. Brit + Co makes giving the gift of creativity easy.
5. Q&A a Day for Creatives: A 4-Year Journal
Q&A a Day for Creatives offers daily inspiration to keep creativity flowing all year long. Each page of this four-year journal features a compelling question designed to get someone thinking, drawing, and dreaming. It's go-to source for inspiration, whimsy, and idea generation.
6. Magazine Subscriptions
Whether you're shopping for a painter, crafter, writer, jewelry maker, or graphic designer, they all long for creative ideas. A subscription to a magazine focused on their artistic trade will deliver inspiring content to their door or inbox every month. From tutorials, to industry trends, to product reviews, to inspirational stories, art magazines can help creatives produce their best work yet! A few ideas are Artnews, Craft Ideas, Drawing, Jewellery Focus, Photo District News, and Uppercase.
7. Wacom Bamboo Spark
Pen and paper is essential for any creative type. When an idea hits, it has to be written down or sketched out. If a creative block hits, doodling can just be the trick to push through it. The Wacom Bamboo Spark transforms any note, doodle or masterpiece from paper to digital ink like magic and saves it. No scans or pictures. Just paper, pen and creative ideas.
What gift ideas do you have for creatives? Or, are you a creative person; what's the best gift you've received or would like to receive?