Buying Art as a Gift: A Complete Guide

For Art Lovers

Art makes a memorable and timeless gift for many occasions. It seems to be the perfect choice for even the pickiest gift recipient since it can be unique and personal at the same time. Art is also the answer when you have to buy something for the person who already has everything. It’s always a nice gesture since taking the time to buy art as a gift means that you thought enough of that person that you were brave enough to venture into art buying territory.

Why do some people stay away from buying art as a gift? Here’re some common answers: It’s too hard, I don’t have the time, I don’t know what they like… True, giving artwork as a gift may seem challenging, but it’s not as hard as you think. We would like to offer some tips on buying art for friends and family.

Before we start, we’d like to make this clear, there’s no wrong way to give the gift of art. Don’t over think it, you’ll make the person feel special regardless. However, by doing some homework, you’ll be well on your way to choosing a lasting gift someone is sure to love and cherish.

    1. Buy for the recipient. This one should go without saying, but we often buy things we like for other people and forget the fact that the gift is not for ourselves. This is why this one is the number one rule for buying art gifts or any gifts for that matter. Consider their taste, not yours. Get to know them a little better if you don’t already. It pays off in the end.
    2. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s the thought that counts. This is especially true when buying art as a gift. Set a budget first, everything becomes easier after that. When buying online, most websites nowadays have price filters making it a breeze to shop within your price range.
    3. A small gift can make a big impact. Bigger isn’t always better, a small piece of artwork can be very personal and intimate. It also allows the person you’re giving the gift to more flexibility and freedom about where to display the piece. Especially if your special someone has limited space, gifting small will definitely make you a more considerate person in his/her eyes.

    4. Trust your instinct. We all have a tendency to second guess ourselves, especially when there’re seemingly endless options out there. ‘I may be able to find a better one than this if I keep looking, right?’ ‘Should I get as many opinions as possible?’ Remember, everyone has different tastes and certainly different opinions. Don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed. If you find yourself keep circling back to that first choice you had, don’t fight it. Be brave, go for it!

    5. Don’t limit yourself to a theme. We buy gifts for many occasions, holidays, birthdays, weddings and baby showers etc. Nobody usually sets a theme for these occasions. We do it automatically. A heart themed gift for a couple, a snowman for Christmas, it’s a no brainer for some people. But it’s better to think outside the box. When it comes to art, we all want something timeless and classic, something we’ll cherish for a long long time. Put some thought and effort into your choice. Your gift recipient will be pleasantly surprised when you do.

    6. Get your art gift customized. It’s easier than you think. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Contact us if you need help. We’re here to help you communicate with the artists regarding your needs. Most artists try to accommodate the clients when they can. Please do plan ahead since it takes the artists longer to do custom work, especially during the busy holiday season every year. But, it’s worth the wait.

Art shopping can be fun when it’s done right, either for yourself or for family and friends. Enjoy the process and rest easy after your decision is made!


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