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Give the Gift of Art for the Holidays

The holiday season is a hectic time for everyone. There is plenty of preparation that needs to be done, including buying gifts for friends, family and co-workers. Finding the perfect present for the important people in your life isn't always simple. This holiday season, give the gift of art for your special someone(s). Here are some ways you can gift art:

Become the artist
Never underestimate the power of homemade gifts. Oftentimes, these can be the most meaningful presents. There are plenty of things to make that show your loved one how much you care. In addition, you can test out your art skills. You have plenty of options here, but you aren't limited to your craft. If you're a painter, giving someone a personalized painting is a great way to show that you put time, thought and care into his or her gift. On the other hand, now is the time to explore a little. Try working outside your usual art medium to see what you can create. 

Support artists
Another way to show your support for the arts is to buy something from an artist to gift to someone you love. With this, you have an incredible amount of freedom. You can buy local art from a gallery or an online gallery like Max Grumbacher Gallery, craft show or through websites like Etsy. Here are some ideas:

  • An independent poetry novel.
  • Graphic poster.
  • Homemade jewelry.
  • Embroidery.
  • Hand-knit scarves, hats or gloves.

Be sure to include the artist's information or business card so your recipient can check out the creator's full body of work. Maybe next time your loved ones need to give a gift, they'll do the same thing. 

Gift an art class
If you're looking for an innovative gift for your loved ones this holiday season, try giving an art class. There are plenty of people out there who yearn to be creative but don't know where to start. Give them the tools they need to express themselves with an art workshop, learn new techniques or brush up on existing skills. Your local Michaels store offers a variety of painting, drawing and craft classes. One great idea is to pair a Grumbacher painting class with the class starter kit.

Art classes are the perfect way for someone to try on the different hats of the art world like painting, sculpting, knitting, scrapbooking, etc. As a result, your recipient could find his or her niche to pursue down the road. In addition, your friends or family members will be able to be in a open atmosphere to meet new people and get feedback from highly trained professionals. You could even throw in some supplies so they are all set for their first lesson.