The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Artist

I think it's so much fun to shop for people who really appreciate art and design, so I really ran with these gift guides. Whether it's a reinterpretation of a classic work or an entirely new innovation, I love how these everyday items are taken into a more clever aesthetic territory that the art-lovers on your shopping list are sure to appreciate.

*As with a lot of the guides, so many of these items are entirely gender-neutral, so take the "his" and "hers" very lightly.

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Strong geometric shapes are a major accessories trend this year, as seen in this colorful mosaic Delfonics clutch and sculptural leather and wood fanned earrings. I think the tongue-in-cheek surrealism of these Milk lip markers and banana vase is really clever, while a plate set from MoMA celebrates a leader in the Surrealist movement, René Magritte. Any perfectionist would appreciate both the spacially-balanced zen that is Things Organized Neatly, as well as the Slate, which instantly digitizes detailed paper drawings. Color amps up a painted denim jacket and a beechwood backgammon set, while graphic black and white packs a punch on a pair of flatform trainers and the most gorgeous chocolate caramel marbles from Maggie Louise Confections. And finally, these adorable wooden dolls painted like famous artists would surely be a cute surprise for any art-loving lady.

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If the clothes make the man, than this artist needs some creative duds, like a scribbled star print shirt, color wheel cufflinks, marble-soled sneakers, and an inky, artsy watch. For gifts that entertain, a comic strip coloring book and Bourgeois colored pencil set are frugal finds, while an uber-modern acrylic chess set and whimsical easel tv stand are splurge-worthy gems. A fine arts buff will appreciate a match strike inspired by Roman sculpture, and a graphic artist will love the CMYK coasters, a nod to the classic ink color profile. Soaps from Wary Meyers, a company doing truly gorgeous things with glycerin, and artfully-packaged Nathan Miller chocolate bars, which come in flavors like salt + wafer and pretzel + cherry, make for stocking stuffers that are true treats.

What's your favorite art-inspired find?


Before you go, check out more gift guides from the series:

The Trendsetter  |  The Free Spirit  |  The Techie  |  The Entertainer  |  The Animal Lover  |  The Homebody  |  The Athlete  |  The Old Soul