15 Best Gifts for Artists Who Paint (Creative Ideas for 2023)

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Have you just spent the last half an hour trying to figure out the best set of paint brushes for an artist when you know almost nothing about painting yourself? Or trying to figure out the difference between oil and acrylic paint?

Basically, just desperately searching the internet for gifts for artists who paint?!

You are in the right place. We know that the standard gifts you might consider often don’t seem suitable for that arty person in your life and we have come up with this list of 15 super cool ideas that any painter will appreciate!

Unique Gifts for Artists Who Paint

1. meizhouer 24k Rib Large Color Rainbow Umbrella

meizhouer 24k Color Rainbow Umbrella Fashion Long Handle Straight Anti-UV Sun/Rain Stick Umbrella...
  • Textured handle : Pure black frosted texture handle, matched with all black steel, suitable for single, double, couple, car spare and other occasions that need to be enlarged. This rainbow umbrella is...

All of the painters that I have ever met are not only obsessed with color but love to play around with it in their outfits. I mean, when was the last time you saw a painter wearing dull clothes?!

This color wheel umbrella therefore makes a great accessory for any artist who paints!

It quite literally brightens up a rainy day. Importantly, it is also a good size and very durable – perfect for those long walks to get inspiration for painting. You can’t really go wrong with this as a gift idea.

2. LookHUMAN Paint Water (Don’t Drink This) Coffee Mug

LookHUMAN Paint Water (Don't Drink This) White 11 Ounce Ceramic Coffee Mug
  • Our 11-ounce Mug features large handles for easy gripping and a wrap-around print. These heavy-duty Mugs are both dishwasher and microwave safe. Printed in the USA.

If you have ever spent some time painting, even as a child, you’ll vividly remember the fear of mixing up your mugs! One mistake and suddenly you are drinking paint water instead of your cup of tea…

This mug, which can also be bought in a pair with a matching “drink this” imprinted mug, provides a funny but also very necessary reminder of which mug is which when you’re painting with a mug of something to drink to hand.

The humorous mug is nicely designed and would certainly look great in any artist’s workspace.

3. ARTEZA Pouring Acrylic Paint Set

ARTEZA Acrylic Pouring Paint, Set of 32, 2oz Bottles, Assorted Colors, High Flow Paint, No Mixing...
  • Pre-mixed, Ready to Pour - This high-flow paint has the right ratio of pouring medium already mixed in, so no need to worry about prepping your paint

Artists love pouring acrylic paint because it gives them the freedom to explore more abstract and colorful forms of art. The ARTEZA paint set includes 32 different colors that have been premixed and therefore don’t need any preparation before pouring. The colors span from metallic, to neon, to pastel, with plenty of black and white paint to form a base for mixing new colors.

If you know an artist who paints and loves to play around with new and abstract forms of expression, you can’t go wrong with the pouring acrylic paint set by ARTEZA.

4. CHICHIC iPhone 6s Case

CHICHIC iPhone 6s Case Cute,iPhone 6 Case Cool,Full Body Protective Slim Flexible Soft TPU Rubber...
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Speaking of mixing things up… This iPhone case looks so much like a watercolor paint palette that it could almost be mistaken for one!

This would make a great gift for the painter in your life since their phone is probably already so covered in paint most of the time, they might as well style it out.

This is a durable case that is not at all bulky. Just don’t forget to get the right size case for their phone (this one is for an iPhone 6s)!

5. Make Art T-Shirt

Make Art T Shirt

Artists who paint love to show their creativity with their wardrobe just as much as they do with their creations. This cute graphic tee with the slogan “MAKE ART” allows artists to make a bold statement about their passion and look great doing it. The image of a rainbow paint palette with colorful lettering is striking against the block color background of the tee.

The t-shirt is available in sizes from small to 3XL and is made from comfortable, lightweight cotton. It’s also made from ethically sourced fabric, making the Make Art T-shirt by moonchildworld a great choice for consumer-conscious artists who paint.

6. OPHIR Wooden Paint Rack

One of the more practical items on this list, this paint rack makes a great gift for an artist who likes to paint and is perhaps not so organized!

With this rack, you can display over 50 bottles of paint and there are also cute drawers at the bottom for storing tools.

Though it is one of the more expensive items on the list, at around $35, it is great value because it is really well crafted and will last a lifetime. The paint rack comes flat packed, but you won’t need any tools for assembly.

7. Jane Davenport Wonderland Storytime Paint Pens

Spellbinders Wonderland from Artomology by Jane Davenport StoryTime Paint Pens, Multi
  • Storytime Paint Pens Wonderland is a Set of 10 Acrylic Paint Pens in Five Colours with Two Different Nibs (Broad and Fine)

Paint pens allow artists to achieve the same effect as paint without all the mess. This 10 pen set includes 5 different vibrant colors of acrylic paint that have either broad or fine tips for different painting effects.

The paint pens are comfortable to the grip and can easily add details on top of any paint or ink surfaces for adding extra detail. If the artist in your life likes to experiment with new ways of using paint, they will delight in the whimsy of the Wonderland Storytime Paint Pens by Jane Davenport.

8. Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream

Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, 3.2 Oz (Pack of 3)
  • BURT’S BEES HAND CREAM: With Burt’s Bees shea butter hand repair cream, give your hands the break they deserve with this naturally moisturizing hand lotion that revitalizes tough, dried out skin;...

Any painter will tell you that the problem of having dry hands is very real.

Artists who work with paint spend so much time scrubbing paint off their hands, it makes a lot of sense that their hands are not always in the best condition. That is of course why hand cream makes such a great gift idea!

This shea butter hand cream set by Burt’s bees is amazing because not only is it suitable for both men and women, but it comes in really nice packaging and, more importantly, is a super effective product that smells great too.

9. ARTEZA Gouache Painter’s Bundle

ARTEZA Gouache Paint and Canvas Pack Bundle, Painting Art Supplies for Artist, Hobby Painters &...
  • Rich, Pigmented Colors - These paints are packed with so much pigment that they are densely opaque and have a matte finish.

Gouache painting uses a unique type of paint that creates an opaque watercolor effect, allowing artists to create dreamy scenes that range from realistic to fantastical. This comprehensive painter’s bundle includes 60 high quality gouache paints and 8 stretched white canvases that are begging to be used.

The paint itself is artist quality, with clear markings on the tubes that show its paint opacity, color, and light exposure rating. It provides opaque coverage and has a matte finish, making the Gouache Painter’s Bundle by ARTEZA a great gift for artists who want to try out new kinds of paint.

10. 15-Inch Paint Brush Organizer

15 Inches Artist Paint Brushes Case Roll Up Pen Holder Canvas Pouch Bag (Yellow Tree Without...
  • LARGE PAINT BRUSH ORGANIZER - L*W 15.7"*15", can hold long paint brushes within 14"; containing 20 slots, and each slot is 1.57" wide

Paintbrushes definitely require a little more care and attention than other kinds of stationery. Without special treatment, they end up drying out and becoming basically useless.

This canvas case allows artists to store their prized brushes away safely but also looks pretty in any office or workshop. The design, with its woodland theme, is something any artist would appreciate.

What’s more, the material is a durable canvas and it rolls up very compactly, so this brush organizer is a great present to give any painter or watercolor artist who is always on the go.

11. Paint Carrying Case

Vallejo Acrylicos 80-Bottle Paint Case
  • Acrylicos Vallejo 80-bottle Paint Case

Artists on the go struggle to find ways to transport all their paints and accessories without making a mess. The answer to their prayers is this practical carrying case. It has a transparent plastic top that allows artists to clearly see their paints and rapidly select the color when they get to their art station.

The bag can hold 72 different paints in 17 ml bottles. The Carrying Case is a great gift for any artist who appreciates organization in their life.

12. Marble Field Adjustable Wooden Tripod Easel Display

At just under $55, this is the most expensive item on our list, but we just had to include it.

So many artists who enjoy painting dream of being able to take their work out into the world but are limited by the fact that, when painting outside, they have nothing to properly lean on.

This easel is attractive and would look great inside but can also be folded flat and taken anywhere! There is no doubt about it- this would make a thoughtful gift for a painter who doesn’t already have a good quality easel.

13. Jane Davenport Brush Buff Brush Cleaner

Spellbinders Buff Brush Cleaner, Multi
  • Using scrubber, work Brush Buff brush cleaner into brush, adding water to create lather

The worst part of an artist’s day is having to clean all their paint brushes. It’s time-consuming, messy, and takes away from time that they could be creating. Thankfully, you can help them out with a brush cleaner that can be massaged into the bristles of paint brushes.

It easily removes paint and pastels, even if they’re already dried. There’s no need to use fingers either, with the accompanying silicone scrubber that removes paint without damaging brushes. Help out an artist who paints with the Brush Buff by Jane Davenport.

14. Ceramic Brush Rest/Holder with Cat Design

This brush rest would make a sweet and thoughtful gift for an artist who loves to paint. Not only would it look cute in any artist’s set up, but it also provides somewhere for an artist to rest their brush.

This is super important as sometimes, struck by inspiration, an artist may need to quickly change brush but have nowhere to put their current brush without it getting lost among the others. This ceramic brush rest solves the problem!

Trust me when I say this… I live with an artist and it is incredibly stressful when the correctly sized brush goes missing!

15. ARTEZA Canvas Panels

ARTEZA Canvases for Painting, Multipack of 28, 6 x 6, 8 x 8, 10 x 10, 12 x 12 Inches, Square Canvas...
  • Cotton Makes the Ideal Art Surface: Our canvas boards are made of cotton, so brushes just glide right over them & make painting effortless. Board core made of acid-free recycled paper.

Canvas is one of the most classic surfaces for artists who paint, due to its versatility and texture. This canvas panel pack includes 28 different canvas panels that range in size from 6×6” to 12×12”.

The panels are pre primed with titanium acrylic gesso that makes painting quicker and more affordable, and the 100% cotton surface has the ideal texture for most kinds of paint. They’re lightweight and compatible with most standard easels, allowing artists who paint to explore their passion with ease. If you’re looking for a practical gift, you can’t go wrong with the canvas panels by ARTEZA.

Gifts for All Artists Who Enjoy Painting

Finding a creative present for a creative person isn’t easy but we’ve got your back…

While this list of unique gift ideas suits every price range, all these gifts would still be equally special to any painter or artist.

Each of the gifts in this list not only make it easier for artists who paint to improve their art and to be inspired but, put simply, all of these gifts will bring an extra splash of color and joy to any artist’s day.

You can now just look forward to seeing what they will paint next!