One of the Most Original, Thoughtful and Fun Things You Can Give is Art

Message card with a red ribbon

Many people may shy away from giving art as a gift because it is personal and subjective, but that can be said of many gifts that people give. 

Art is one of the most original, thoughtful, fun - and unexpected - ideas you can have for gifting. 

Plan Ahead When Giving Art

The single best tip for giving art as a gift is to plan ahead, and here are 4 tips to successfully plan giving art as a gift.  

Tip #1 - Gauge What Your Friend Likes

You can gauge what kind of art your friend likes by looking at what he or she already owns. Also, you could have a casual conversation asking, "What do you think of this?" when you come across an artist or work that you think your friend might like. Take a picture, send a picture and ask for his or her opinion. 

Tip  #2 - Determine Level of Maintenance

Many choose not to give a gift that requires high maintenance, so do a little research on whether or not the artwork requires special maintenance — such as specific humidity requirements or care.  On the other hand, you may know of a specific work your friend really wants so maintenance is a non-issue.

Tip #3 - Allow Time for Creation

If you are having a piece of artwork made for your friend (this is called commissioned artwork), take into account the amount of time it will take for it to be created.

If your gift requires framing, you'll need to allow time for the frame to be completed... or you might choose to include a gift certificate for framing.

I recently received a request for a commissioned painting and a frame. Without sacrificing quality, I was able to complete the painting and the framing within 2 weeks. I think it's safe to say that 2 weeks is a minimum for procuring commissioned artwork, but you would definitely want to ask the artist since each of us work with different mediums and at different paces.

Tip #4 - Arrange for Packaging and Delivery

Giving the gift in person. If you want to give the artwork personally, have the sender (this might be a gallery or the artist) package the artwork as would normally be done to ensure its safe arrival to your doorstep. Tip: Do not remove the original packaging. When you receive it, you can dress it up however you want before you give it to your friend.

Having the gift sent directly to your friend. If you're having the artwork sent directly to your friend, you should discuss options with the sender ahead of time for any special arrangements such as a gift card and its message.

Prep your recipient. Also, it's a good idea to send your friend a little warning message that something special is arriving — you want someone to be able to receive the work when it's delivered for safety and insurance reasons.

Gift Certificates for Art

Art by Rachael gift certificate

A gift certificate for art is also a nice idea, and it's a pretty safe bet since your friend can use it to have artwork commissioned or buy something that you did not know that he or she wanted.


Whether it's a piece of art that you purchase for your friend or a gift certificate, you will surely delight your friend or loved one with your gift of art.

Just think... every time he or she looks at that very special piece from you, you will readily come to mind and cause a smile to come across his or her face.

It's true... I have a piece of original artwork from a comic drawer that my friend Court gave me years ago. I think of Court every time I look at the drawing, and guess what?  I smile!  

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