The Ultimate Gift Guide for Artists of All Levels in 2024
Whether new to art or a seasoned pro we've got presents they'll be thrilled to open
Wondering what the best gifts are for the artist in your life? The options might feel overwhelming, but art supplies are truly one of the most meaningful gifts you can give.
Supplying someone with the tools to help them create and express themselves is a thoughtful way of showing you care.
With this regularly updated gift guide, we’ll “present”😉 the top gifts for artists across all skill levels. From total beginners to seasoned professionals, we’ve compiled quality tools for every creative on your list.
When you’re learning to draw, mistakes are part of the process. That’s why the Twist-Erase pencil from Pentel is our absolute favorite for beginners. The 1.25″ long eraser twists up from the back and is HUGE compared to most pencils. It even ranked among our favorite mechanical pencil erasers ever!
The thick, rubberized grip is also easy to hold and the larger 0.7mm lead won’t snap as easily under pressure.
We covered this tablet in detail during our hands-on review and can firmly say it’s one of the best gateways to digital art.
The 5×8″ working area is big enough to tackle a variety of projects without taking over your entire desk. The pen, textured surface and super slim dimensions all help the tablet punch well above it’s ultra affordable price tag.
Note that the tablet is just a tool and requires software to work with. Our pick for the best digital art software for beginners would be a tie between Corel Painter Essentials and the excellent Clip Studio Paint.
While this set might have everything you need for calligraphy and lettering, the tools have a much wider range of uses. Prismacolor has been producing quality art supplies for over 80 years and this kit stands as a great introduction for inking beginners.
Ideal for comics and cartoons, the hand lettering set includes:
There are hundreds of ways of adding color to a page, but few are easier than markers. Just pop the cap off and watch the vivid colors soak into the paper. Quality is important when it comes to colors, which is why we chose this 36 piece set from Arteza.
The alcohol based pigment is inherently quick-drying and easy to blend. The dual-tips feature a chisel side and brush side, which is great for varying line widths.
But the best part might just be the box… The lid folds into an ergonomic raiser and each marker has a dedicated slot for easy access.
When it comes to inking and lettering, PITT pens are some of the absolute best. At 260 years old, Faber-Castell knows a thing or two about crafting quality art supplies. Their PITT pen line is famous for using true India ink – the blackest, richest ink possible.
The ink is also waterproof, archival quality and completely odorless.
This 8 pen set has everything a hobby artist could ask for – pens range from 0.1mm to 0.7mm and include two brush tips and a calligraphy nib.
Winsor & Newton is another long standing art supply brand with a great reputation for quality. Their Cotman line of watercolors are made with the intermediate artist in mind and offer a vibrant range of colors at a fair price.
We’ve reviewed their Cotman watercolor kits before and were quite impressed by how capable these little sets are.
What makes this water brush pocket set stand out is how truly portable it is. Besides 12 paints and a folding case, the kit comes with a synthetic water brush with a refillable reservoir.
Just bring paper and you’ll have everything you need to start painting.
Buying a gift for a professional-level artist can be intimidating. They’ve spent years honing their skills and might already have a vast collection of art supplies at their disposal.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few items coveted by every pro artist. When you’re creating art as a career, top tier equipment is always appreciated. That’s why we’ve chosen the best brands regularly used by the pros.
Copic Markers 36-Piece Set
Often imitated but never duplicated, Copic markers are simply the best. Both eastern and western comic artists swear by Copic markers for their unmatched quality. The alcohol ink blends more like paint and doesn’t have the lines and streaking common with cheaper markers.
Part of why Copics are more expensive is that they’re endlessly reusable. The ink chamber can be refilled and the nibs can be replaced when they wear out. Some people continue to use the same Copic markers for decades!
The Copic Sketch set is our pick because of the large brush tip, which makes it easier to blend colors than the smaller nibs.
ImagineFX has been a stalwart magazine for the art community since 2006. Each month’s issue features over 90 pages of in-depth advice from the world’s best artists in the form of interviews, workshops and tutorials.
While billed as the “number 1 for digital artists” the magazine’s advice is usually applicable for a wide range of artistic mediums. Each issue also includes downloadable resources like brush packs and video lessons from the pros.
The magazine is one of the few sources of advice from people working in the industry and is a great way to stay informed and inspired.
The Wacom Cintiq can be considered the ultimate digital art tool for professionals. Studios at places like Disney and Dreamworks have Cintiqs equipped at every workstation with busy artists hunched over them daily.
Unlike the entry level Wacom tablet featured above, the Cintiq is a drawing tablet AND screen, meaning you draw directly on what you’re seeing. The HD display has a unique coating that makes it anti-glare and anti-smudge, while also feeling more like textured paper than the smooth screen of an iPad.
The venerable Wacom Pro Pen 2 features a stunning 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and never needs to be charged (it pulls power directly from the Cintiq).
The latest Cintiq comes in either 16″ or 22″ models and is compatible with Mac and Windows. Professional art software like Photoshop, Affinity Designer and even 3D sculpting apps like ZBrush are completely supported.
We hope this ultimate gift guide has provide you with at least a few ideas for the artists in your life. No matter their experience level, art can always find ways to express itself with the right tools.