As the holidays are approaching, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things in various categories in case you need a little help with some Christmas shopping. I’m often asked about the supplies I used in my studio, office, and sewing room, so here is a round-up of a few things that would make nice gifts for the creatives in your family (or perhaps to put on your own list!) Here is my Christmas shopping gift guide for the creative…
Gift Guide for the Creative | Stocking Stuffers
If I wasn’t able to buy tools, supplies, and materials as a business expense, my stocking would be stuffed with pencils, paper, little notebooks, brushes, and other fun goodies to use when creating. I rounded up a few of my favorite little things here…
All of the products are featured in the slider below, but here are the highlights…
THESE pencils are a must for me! I use them all the time and have at least one at each desk, one in my purse, and one in each to-go art pouch. I bought them for Jeff and Calvin’s stockings last year because they kept borrowing mine.
THIS NOTEBOOK is another staple. I have a pocket version for my purse and the largest version for my desk. I fill it with three inserts – one lined for journaling, one bulleted for notes, and one blank for sketching. I like that it lays flat, it’s refillable, and both the leather notebook and kraft inserts are high quality.
THESE SCISSORS are the best for paper and fabric. They hold a very sharp edge!
THESE wooden crochet hooks are my favorite. They feel nice in your hand and look beautiful, too.
They aren’t pictured, but I use THESE little sticky flags all the time for marking pages in books I want to revisit. Anytime I’m feeling a little lost or stuck, I’ll pull out a book with a bunch of tabs sticking out of it and it always gets my creative juices flowing. I also like that they are repositionable, so I can reuse them.
THIS 5 x 7 pochette notebook is a great way to store sketches or small paintings. It also comes with a pretty envelope filled with extra paper. The paper is pretty thick and accepts light washes and acrylic paint.
I have lately been using a block of French olive oil soap to wash my brushes and it does an amazing job at cleaning up oils and acrylics. I’ve been using one for a few months and it’s only worn down about 1/4 of the block (and I paint a lot!) One block will last a looooong time.
Gift Guide for the Creative | Custom Pieces
In an age when it’s easy to just order something online and have it shipped directly to the recipient, it’s nice to find things that can be personalized. That little extra step shows some additional thought and consideration. Last year, I bought my dad a beautiful monogrammed leather guitar strap for Christmas. In keeping with that idea, here are a few things that can be personalized…
I have two of THESE brush/pencil rolls and I love that I was able to have my name or monogram put on both of them. I was even able to have the larger brush roll customized to fit my longest brushes.
I also love THIS monogrammed pouch for carrying crochet/cross stitch supplies. It could be used for make-up, pencils, and several other things, too.
Gift Guide for the Creative | Books
I have so many favorite art books that it’s hard to pick just a few! I have picked out my very favorites for painting and sketching, though, and they are listed in the slider below…
Gift Guide for the Creative | Gift Cards/Digital Products
If you know someone who would like to take an online art class, the art courses from Jeanne Oliver’s Website are some of my favorites. There is a wide variety and the classes are always inspiring.
Blick is my first stop whenever I’m shopping for art supplies. They have just about everything and their prices are typically better than you’ll find at a local art/craft store. A gift card from Blick would be a welcome gift for any creative!
Gift Guide for the Creative | Big Gifts
If you want to splurge, here are some of my favorite big-ticket items…
Of course, my easel. I actually get asked about my easel a lot, so I’m planning to do a review on it in the near future and show how it works and why I love it. It is the Sienna Counterweight Studio Easel. After researching easels for several weeks, I narrowed in on a counterweight easel, so I could easily adjust the height without cranks. I can just raise and lower it with the push of a finger. I can paint as small as 3 x 5″ (although that’s a little silly for such a large easel) and very, very large. I don’t even know how large, but I can paint as big as I’ll ever want to paint, I know that! It’s one of my favorite gifts I’ve given to myself through my art journey.
My drafting table is another splurge. It is such a beautiful piece of furniture, though, with knobs and gears that adjust the height and tilt of the table to make it a very versatile piece.
I hope this gives you some good ideas to add to your list! These are all items I own, use, and highly recommend, not just a round-up of things I curated online.
If you’d like even more ideas, you can find my favorite creative books and supplies on my Art Resource page.
I’ll be sharing more gift guides in the coming weeks!