Holiday Gift Guide for Creatives: 30+ Ideas for the Artist in Your Life

The holiday season is fast approaching, friends, and if you’re like me, you’re already trying to think of the perfect gift for everyone on your list. While I can’t help you with the ideal present for your great-aunt Doris, I can give you lots of ideas for anyone in your life who happens to love art and crafts! I’ve pulled together a list of some of my favorite things, and I’m pretty confident that you’ll find at least one gift idea that would be perfect for an artist you know. Even if that artist happens to be yourself…;)

The gift guide below is divided into categories by price range, starting with ideas under $10 and ending with gifts over $100. I’ve also included a special section just for crafty kids. In each category, you’ll find a photo collage showing the items along with their prices, rounded to the nearest dollar. These are the prices I found as of November 15, 2018; depending on when you shop, they may fluctuate or you might find even better deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Below each collage is a list of clickable links that will take you right to where you can purchase each product. Some of the links are affiliate, meaning that if you click the link and then make a purchase, I receive a {very} small commission that helps support Amy Latta Creations and feed my kids. Thanks for that, they eat a lot.

Ready to shop? Here goes!

Ideas under $10

Strathmore 9×12 Bristol Board Pad 

Bristol Board is ideal for all types of artists to use when creating finished, frame-able projects. It’s what I use when teaching workshops, and also what I personally use when doing the illustrations for my lettering books!

ImpressArt Artisan Bezel Blank Kit

These gorgeous bezel sets are brand new and take your metal stamped designs to the next level. Choose from large or small circles, ovals, and rectangles in pairings of gold and silver.

Tombow Mono Drawing Pens: 01, 03, 05

This set of fine line markers happens to be what I use when illustrating my books and for all my non-brush lettering. There are three sizes, and I use all of them constantly. Anyone who draws, sketches, or hand letters will love them.

Vintage Home Sewing: Create 8 Easy Projects for Your Home

This fun little book will walks readers through eight totally “doable” projects that are perfect for decorating the home! It’s a great present for anyone who sews, or buy it for yourself, then give away what you create!


Created to Create Mug

If you’ve listened to my “Creativity: Yes You Can!” podcast episode, you know I’m passionate about this quote and the fact that we were made to be makers. Here’s a great reminder in the form of a coffee mug; two of my faves put together.

A4 LED Light Box Tracer 

I actually went searching for a light box because my son has been asking for one. I expected a very different price point, but this one is super-affordable, portable, and seems like a really useful tool for artists of all ages.

Tombow Beginner Lettering Set

If someone you know is interested in hand lettering, this little set is literally exactly what they need to get started. It contains 2 Dual Brush Pens, a pencil, a Fudenosuke brush pen, a MONO eraser, and a dual ended permanent marker.

30-Minute Jewelry

This fun book is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to make their own jewelry. It’s full of beautiful projects, all of which can be created in 30 minutes or less.

Eat, Sleep, Art, Repeat T-Shirt

This shirt comes in both men’s and women’s sizes/styles as well as a few color choices. It’s definitely on my wish list {in purple, in case you couldn’t tell}!

Hand Lettering for Relaxation

So, I’ve heard some really great things about this book. It’s a great introduction to hand lettering, with more than 45 chapters, each teaching a different skill and giving readers an opportunity to practice and create a new design. I’ve also heard the author is super-awesome.

ChalkOla 10 Pack Chalk Markers

These are some of my favorite chalk markers, and this 10-pack is a great deal.

Paint Water/Not Paint Water Mug Set

Because the struggle is real.

Bucilla 10″ Weaving Loom

This little loom is the perfect size for small projects like wall hangings. It’s a fun introduction to weaving, and you can read about my experience with it here.


Created to Create Tote Bag

As I mentioned, this quote speaks to me. If coffee isn’t your friend’s jam, here it is on a tote bag. After all, one can never have too many bags, right?

Interleaved Journaling Bible {ESV} by Crossway

I’m constantly asked what Bible I use when I do my journaling on Instagram Stories. This is one of my two favorites, and the reason I love it is that next to every single page of text, there’s a full blank page for art.

ImpressArt Economy Stamping Starter Kit

If someone you know is interested in getting started with metal stamping, this kit is the absolute perfect present! It contains all the tools you need for the best value you’ll find: a hammer, a small steel block, a basic alphabet stamp set, Stamp Straight tape, enamel, and guide stickers for just $50.

Tombow Fudenosuke Colors: 10 pack

This fall, Tombow took my absolute favorite brush pen and made it even better by creating it in 9 new colors. These are by far the #1 brush pens I would recommend to any lettering artist, hands down.

thirty-one Get Creative Caddy

Do you know someone who’d like a way to take some of their favorite craft supplies on the go? This Creative Caddy has a variety of pockets inside to hold everything from crochet hooks to markers to paint, and it’s collapsible for easy storage.


Apple Pencil

When it comes to digital lettering, the Apple Pencil is an absolute must-have. It’s uniquely responsive to pressure, allowing an artist to create the distinction between thick and thin strokes. It’s compatible with all sizes of the iPad Pro, as well as the iPad 6th generation. I recommend using it in conjunction with the app Procreate {$9.99}.

thirty-one Get Creative Carry-All 

For the crafter-on-the-go, this Carry-All bag is a gift they’re sure to love. The structured satchel top stays open for easy access to projects, while eight pockets organize crochet hooks, knitting needles, markers, brushes and more.

Dayspring Illustrating Bible

This is the other of my favorite Journaling Bibles, mostly because of one unique feature: the spiral binding! The unique construction lets the pages lay flat while you work, which any artist will tell you is a huge advantage. The pages are also a little thicker than those in most Bibles, making it ideal for journaling.

ImpressArt Metal Stamping Starter Kit

This kit is a step up from the Economy version in the lower price bracket. The main differences are that it contains a larger/better stamp set and a large steel block rather than the small one. A fantastic gift idea for anyone who wants to get started with metal stamping.

Ideas over $100

iPad Pro 10.5″

The iPad Pro is a dream come true for any artist who wants to create beautiful digital work by hand. With the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app, it’s easy to make beautiful lettered, sketched, and colored art on this device.

Cricut EasyPress

This fun little tool is a combination of the best features of an iron and a heat press. It allows for easy iron-on transfers as well as making t-shirts and other projects using heat transfer vinyl.

Cricut Maker

This electronic cutting machine cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate paper and fabric to mat board and leather. With its powerful blades, pens, and scoring tool, the Cricut Maker grows with you as you learn each new craft.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens: Set of 96

This collection of Dual Brush Pens will have any artist drooling. One end is a fine bullet-tip, while the other is a brush tip perfect for lettering. They can also be blended and used with water for all kinds of amazing effects.

Ideas for Crafty Kids

Express Yourself: A Hand Lettering Workbook for Kids

Ok, you knew that was coming. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I think the artsy craftsy kids in your life would love my newest lettering book! It teaches 20 different lettering skills, with room to practice and special designs to create at the end of each chapter. It’s also filled with quotes, doodles, and messages designed just for kids ages 7-17.


OOLY Make No Mistake Erasable Markers

A perfect complement to my lettering book for kids, these bright markers from OOLY are actually erasable! What a great idea!

Make Clay Charms Kit

If your kids enjoy creating with clay, they’ll definitely get excited about this little charm kit.

Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit

Because, who doesn’t love painting rocks?

Kids’ Treats: 50 Easy, Extra-Special Snacks to Make With Your Little Ones

Aspiring artists and chefs will have a blast creating these snacks that are as adorable as they are delicious!


Well, friends, that’s a wrap! I hope something on this list jumped out as a perfect gift idea for someone on your list this year. Or maybe you found a few things to put on your own wish list. Happy shopping!

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