Holiday gift ideas for your child artist

Published by Lori Pickert on November 19, 2007 at 03:05 PM


In the coming week, I'm going to focus on the art studio, our basic inventory, more advanced inventory, and how to store and display your materials.

Most of the large art-supply stores offer weekly coupons in the newspaper and online; they also honor each other's coupons! Tomorrow, my post will be about some nicer items you can add to your studio when you can take advantage of a sale or coupon.

Today, I have some suggestions for holiday gift ideas for your young artists. Another great use for the coupon!

sketchbooks (small for field work, larger sizes for working at home)

Bundle with a small field bag (you can sew yourself if you are handy), a plastic enclosed pencil sharpener, pencil case with pencils, small magnifying glass, a couple of small guide books, and you have one of my favorite presents of all time.

high-quality markers/marker sets

These markers will make everyone who sees them want to sit down and draw. They’re brighter and have more varied colors than typical children’s markers.

scratch-board kits with tools included

My sons love to do scratch art; the boards are kind of pricey and fall into special gift territory for us. You can also make your own boards once you have the tools.

small canvases with a set of acrylic paints

Canvases are available in every possible size and in bundled packages. Inexpensive craft-store acrylic paint sold in small bottles is fine for painting on these.

Stocking stuffer ideas:

multicoloredpencils.jpgmetallic pencils (for the best Star Wars drawings, robots, machine designs) (great on black construction paper)

glitter glue (a favorite of kids everywhere)

fat multicolored pencils

tiny sketchbooks

mini staplers with colored staples (great for tiny book-making)

fancy-edge scissors

Finally, here are some of my favorite children's books about art and artists:

The Yellow House

The Boy Who Drew Birds: The Story of John James Audubon

My Name is Georgia


Degas and the Little Dancer (and the others from the Anholt’s Artists series)

Story Painter

Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

A Bird or Two

Tar Beach


Artist to Artist: 23 Illustrators Talk to Children about their Art

Leonardo da Vinci

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of our favorites!


Comment by Stefani on November 19, 2007 at 09:15 PM

YAY!!!! I'm so excited about this post and all the glorious arty goodness and reading material therein! I can't wait for tomorrow's post!

Thanks, girl!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 19, 2007 at 09:30 PM

oops, forgot to link to you! fixed now...

this was one of those posts you start writing and it gets longer and longer and longer and longer ... i had to break it into *three* parts, and i was sorely tempted to break this one in half and put the books into a post by themselves, but then it was getting ridiculous. forget about nablopomo, i could post every day for december, too. ;^)

so, you *were* already linked in the original post, which is now tomorrow's post ... linky love to you. ;^) xoxo

Comment by amerlino on May 28, 2008 at 05:43 PM

These are really great ideas! Always staying abreast of great ideas for the little ones and these ideas span a wide age range!

Comment by christine on January 5, 2011 at 02:38 AM

love all your ideas. thanks for sharing

Comment by Lori Pickert on January 5, 2011 at 03:40 PM

thank you. :)

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