The holidays are upon us–Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. Only a few weeks away, the holidays are big for businesses, online and locally.
When trying to decide the right gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one, consider giving art as a one-of-a-kind gift this year. I have given art as gifts in the past, and I plan to do the same this year.
Since I create art (View my art at Daily Paintworks), I can personalize it to fit the recipient. I also like to buy art from fellow artists and give them as gifts. There are so many art styles available everywhere, locally and online, you are sure to find a piece of art that will fit any recipient.
Giving the gift of art, whether it be an original piece of art, a fine art print, or an image from an artist’s sketch pad, can be something that will be cherished for a lifetime. It may be a daunting task to buy art for someone, but if done successfully, it can be a lovely sentiment.
Here are several questions to ask yourself when giving the gift of art.
1. What are the recipient’s interests? In order to buy a gift for someone, you will need to know what that person likes or dislikes if you want to choose a gift that will be well received. Does the person like to cook? Consider giving a food-related painting. Is the person a sports enthusiast? Why not give the person a painting of a baseball? Is the person into vintage cars. A classic car painting will be an ideal gift. Knowing the answers to some basic questions such as these will go a long way to helping you choose the perfect art gift for your loved one.
2. Are you buying art for the recipient’s home or office? Knowing where the art will be hung is an important consideration when buying art for someone. Will it be hung in the living room, the bedroom, or the kitchen? Will it be hung in the home office or the work office? Knowing the answers to these questions will make choosing a piece of art easier for you.
3. Will you buy original art? It can be quite a compliment to receive a piece of original art by a well-known artist or by a local artist. It can also be expensive. But if you take the time to choose a work of art that suits the recipient, you will definitely win points with him or her. Also consider that original art can be an investment, so choose wisely.
4. Will you buy a fine art print? Not everyone is able to afford original fine art. An alternative is to buy a reproduction of the original art. That reproduction can be in the form of a fine art giclee print or digital art prints made on inkjet printers.
5. Will you buy art locally? Buying art locally gives you the chance to meet the artist in person. You can become a collector of that artist’s art. The art can also be an investment as you will know the artist personally. Buying locally means that many of the artists are beginning, emerging, or even established artists whose works are still affordable, and as times goes on, the works will increase in value as their talent matures. Buying a piece of art at this stage in the artist’s career gives you the advantage of watching the your investment grow.
6. Will you buy art online? One advantage of buying art online is the wide variety of art available for every taste. Another advantage is the ability to buy art from artists that are not local. Buying online can be less expensive than buying from a local gallery as many artists can sell their work inexpensively from their own artists websites. In addition, the convenience of being able to click your mouse and purchase a piece of art is very enticing to many would-be art collectors.
7. Will you have the art framed? Framing a piece of art can be expensive, especially if you purchase a large fine art print or an original painting. You may not want to spend a lot on framing artwork for a gift. Consider giving the art unframed and allow the recipient to decide how he or she will have the art framed. Receiving a one-of-a-kind piece of art can be rewarding in itself, with or without a frame.
I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories. View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.
Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.