Good quality art kit is treasured by artists. It’ll make fantastic Christmas gifts for artists and painters, as it’ll be well-used and very appreciated. The amazing thing about any gifts for artists is that they really are the gifts that keep on giving. That’s what makes buying presents for artists so satisfying. A painting kit or art set certainly often looks impressive and beautiful in itself. But you can also be assured that your creative gifts will be used to produce all manner of art pieces. Plus, if you opt for luxury gifts for painters, you’ll be making a real investment into someone’s art practice. From a beautiful boxed oil paint set or acrylic painting kit to robust easels and professional lighting, top-quality art kit and equipment really are the best gifts for artists. We’ve selected five key presents for artists that will not only impress and delight but also enhance the painterly practice.
A colourful collection
An oil painter will really appreciate the Rembrandt Excellent Artists Oil Colour Box. Rembrandt Artists' Oils are made in Holland to exacting professional quality standards. The oil paints have a smooth, creamy, buttery feel and intense colour. The depth of colour is due to the way the paints are made; pigments are ground to extreme fineness in a binder consisting of the purest linseed or safflower seed oil. The paints are also lightfast, meaning artwork created with these oil paints won’t fade. The exquisite wooden box set contains a stunning collection of 41 Rembrandt oil colours along with six mediums, 10 brushes, and accessories such as palette knives, colour charts and charcoal sticks.
[image: Winsor & Newton Galeria Introductory Gift Collection] While oil paint’s colour luminosity, blendabilty and long drying time are loved by many painters, some artists prefer the quick drying time of acrylic paints. Acrylics are water-based, so you also don’t need to use lots of spirits to dilute and clean your brushes as you would with oils. It’s no wonder an acrylic paint set is a popular gift idea for painters, particularly beginners. Introduce a budding acrylic artist to fine quality paints with the Winsor & Newton Galeria Introductory Gift Collection. This smart art set includes five paint colours (Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Winsor Blue, Titanium White and Ivory Black) that are perfect for mixing. It also has a flower paint palette with six petal-shaped wells and a centre section, plus varnish, acrylic paper and brushes.
A good light
When exploring gift ideas for artists you don’t have to opt for paints. Help an artist get a precision result and true colour as they work by presenting them with some professional lighting for their studio or workshop. Standing proud at 2.2 metres in stylish, brushed aluminium, The Artist Studio Lamp from the Daylight Company is a perfect gift for an artist – painter or otherwise. The lamp is extremely powerful and spreads the light across large areas, so it’s ideal for working in open spaces such as an artist studio. The natural bright daylight the lamp produces reduces eyestrain and glare while also allowing for truer colour matching with larger work. You will be really helping an artist’s day-to-day practice with this thoughtful gift.
The perfect canvas
Walk into any painter’s studio and you’ll see a whole collection of artists’ canvases piled up, hung up and leaning on walls. Whether you paint in oils or acrylics; canvases are a true painting essential. Loxley Gold Artists Canvases are 100% cotton canvas with medium grain and smooth texture. A favourite of both oil painters and acrylic artists, the canvases are primed in a four-coat process. This priming process allows paints to sit on the canvas surface more effectively, so colour doesn’t sink into the cotton.
To last a lifetime
Do you know a travelling artist or painter who likes to work outside? Why not treat them to a quality easel that is compact enough to use on the go, but sturdy enough to work with over long periods? The Mabef M22 Sketch box easel is just the ticket. While it’s large and robust, it’s also easily transportable as it can be folded up and carried. Mabef easels are constructed from high-quality, oiled, stain-resistant beechwood and are designed to last a lifetime. This is a really good quality gift that will be appreciated for years as the wood gains more character as it ages. Its box easel is tin-lined and has four compartments to store tools, brushes and paints. The box has a sliding drawer and a wooden palette, which also acts as a cover when folded up for transporting. Its adjustable legs offer a variety of working positions, allowing you to work on your surfaces flat or vertically. This present is sure to delight. Mabef easels have a particularly well-loved reputation. Mabef have been making high-quality easels for artists since 1948. All Mabef artists' easels are made from solid beechwood, sourced from certified geographical areas guaranteed by the Forestry Commission. All of the scraps and shavings from these wooden easels are collected, broken up and used to heat the Mabef factories and offices. So this is a sustainable as well as practical present for a painter.