Gifting a creative!

Dec 11, 2019

Okay, I get it! No-one wants to be the person at the Christmas party with cheesy gifts. You know the ones – the lens cup, the landscape photography calendar, the journal & gel pens. My god girl, put those gifts down & read below!! I’ve got you. I’ve compiled a list of top 10 gifts your creative friends of any age will love this Christmas & they’ll make you look like a rockstar!

 

1. Art supplies

And I don’t mean the ones from the supermarket crafting isle… Good art supplies aren’t cheap & your creative friend is probably already using high quality paints, sketchpads & markers from their local art shop in their creative endeavours. Truth be told, they’re probably using them long after they should have been thrown in the trash because it can sometimes be hard to justify the outlay for replacing them. If you don’t know what brands they are using, ask an art shop owner what is great quality. Still stuck? An art shop voucher is ALWAYS a great option.

 

2. Adobe CC or Skillshare subscriptions

These make great gifts for the budding artist. Skillshare is an online tutorial space where creatives can go for inspiration & education within their craft. If they’re not already using Adobe software, they’ll likely want & appreciate the opportunity to learn & explore. A subscription is a great way to get them started in the digital realm of creativity.

 

3. A yearlong design/arts magazine subscription

My personal favs are Frankie, Desktop & No Cure Magazine but anything that oozes creativity, soul, inspiration & skill building from the pages will likely be a hit. Choose specific to your creative’s interest field.

 

4. Original art & designer creations

This sounds awfully expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. Look for handmade pieces – pottery, hammered jewellery, enamel pins, hand painted shoes, printed illustrations & unique, funky textiles. Anything truly unique & ‘artsy’ & housed in creative packaging. Avoid anything mass-produced for mall shops & instead look towards small boutiques & artist creations. Include the artists details if you can so your creative friend can look them up.

 

5. Tickets to an art show, gallery or workshop

Take them to an art gallery, performance or to a painting workshop any day! Why not do it together? It’s so much more fun in pairs!! Look on AGDA.com.au for hosted events & workshops all over Aus to see if there’s something near you or check out your nearest art gallery to see what they’re showing. It doesn’t have to be big or reputable. Look for uncommon things and experiences that are off the beaten path or a little unusual. Any opportunity to hang out for coffee or drinks with friends in a creative space is likely to be well received.

 

6. Anything that pokes fun at the creation process

If your creative has a sense of humour, a poster from gfda.co would surely perk them up. Anything uniquely ‘inspirational’ & crass.

 

7. Pantone or design merch

Ok this one is kinda cheesy, but it will still show you’re creative friend that you totally get it! Pantone watches, mugs & journals are a thing. Get on board & grab one for your friend. It’s also pretty hard to go wrong with any clothing or accessories showing design references.

 

8. Craft alcohol

One common trait of many creative people is that they are often more open to exploring and trying new things. Your favourite creative likely appreciates the opportunity to try a good aged wine, malt scotch whiskey, rum, full-bodied bourbon or craft beer. We love the process of creation, in all it’s forms. Allow them to get even more creative and to experience craft drinks. You’ll get extra brownie points if you learnt anything about the maker, making process or label designer.

 

9. Know where they shop

We ALL have our favourite shops & your creative friend is NO exception. Knowing where they shop is never going to go unnoticed. If they’re a minimalist by nature, they probably have very specific views on what they buy or need in their life space, so pay attention to what they’re eyeballing or play it safe & give them a store voucher!

 

10. Something you’ve created or commissioned

Every creative loves it when someone else gets creative. We are the people who will honestly & truly appreciate the effort you’ve put in to a handmade or handwritten gift. Why not flex your own creative muscle, get out the sewing machine, clay, pencils, or even those well loved baking utensils & create something truly thoughtful? Hand-decorated gingerbread is 100% on my creative wishlist.

Alternatively commission another artist to create something personalised & unique for your artistic friend.

 

So there you have it! My top 10 ideas you can get your creative friend this Xmas. But don’t stop there. These ides can be used for any celebration.

If you’re an artist or creative & you have other ideas, let me know!

 

 

Gifting a creative!

Dec 11, 2019

Okay, I get it! No-one wants to be the person at the Christmas party with cheesy gifts. You know the ones – the lens cup, the landscape photography calendar, the journal & gel pens. My god girl, put those gifts down & read below!! I’ve got you. I’ve compiled a list of top 10 gifts your creative friends of any age will love this Christmas & they’ll make you look like a rockstar!

 

1. Art supplies

And I don’t mean the ones from the supermarket crafting isle… Good art supplies aren’t cheap & your creative friend is probably already using high quality paints, sketchpads & markers from their local art shop in their creative endeavours. Truth be told, they’re probably using them long after they should have been thrown in the trash because it can sometimes be hard to justify the outlay for replacing them. If you don’t know what brands they are using, ask an art shop owner what is great quality. Still stuck? An art shop voucher is ALWAYS a great option.

 

2. Adobe CC or Skillshare subscriptions

These make great gifts for the budding artist. Skillshare is an online tutorial space where creatives can go for inspiration & education within their craft. If they’re not already using Adobe software, they’ll likely want & appreciate the opportunity to learn & explore. A subscription is a great way to get them started in the digital realm of creativity.

 

3. A yearlong design/arts magazine subscription

My personal favs are Frankie, Desktop & No Cure Magazine but anything that oozes creativity, soul, inspiration & skill building from the pages will likely be a hit. Choose specific to your creative’s interest field.

 

4. Original art & designer creations

This sounds awfully expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. Look for handmade pieces – pottery, hammered jewellery, enamel pins, hand painted shoes, printed illustrations & unique, funky textiles. Anything truly unique & ‘artsy’ & housed in creative packaging. Avoid anything mass-produced for mall shops & instead look towards small boutiques & artist creations. Include the artists details if you can so your creative friend can look them up.

 

5. Tickets to an art show, gallery or workshop

Take them to an art gallery, performance or to a painting workshop any day! Why not do it together? It’s so much more fun in pairs!! Look on AGDA.com.au for hosted events & workshops all over Aus to see if there’s something near you or check out your nearest art gallery to see what they’re showing. It doesn’t have to be big or reputable. Look for uncommon things and experiences that are off the beaten path or a little unusual. Any opportunity to hang out for coffee or drinks with friends in a creative space is likely to be well received.

 

6. Anything that pokes fun at the creation process

If your creative has a sense of humour, a poster from gfda.co would surely perk them up. Anything uniquely ‘inspirational’ & crass.

 

7. Pantone or design merch

Ok this one is kinda cheesy, but it will still show you’re creative friend that you totally get it! Pantone watches, mugs & journals are a thing. Get on board & grab one for your friend. It’s also pretty hard to go wrong with any clothing or accessories showing design references.

 

8. Craft alcohol

One common trait of many creative people is that they are often more open to exploring and trying new things. Your favourite creative likely appreciates the opportunity to try a good aged wine, malt scotch whiskey, rum, full-bodied bourbon or craft beer. We love the process of creation, in all it’s forms. Allow them to get even more creative and to experience craft drinks. You’ll get extra brownie points if you learnt anything about the maker, making process or label designer.

 

9. Know where they shop

We ALL have our favourite shops & your creative friend is NO exception. Knowing where they shop is never going to go unnoticed. If they’re a minimalist by nature, they probably have very specific views on what they buy or need in their life space, so pay attention to what they’re eyeballing or play it safe & give them a store voucher!

 

10. Something you’ve created or commissioned

Every creative loves it when someone else gets creative. We are the people who will honestly & truly appreciate the effort you’ve put in to a handmade or handwritten gift. Why not flex your own creative muscle, get out the sewing machine, clay, pencils, or even those well loved baking utensils & create something truly thoughtful? Hand-decorated gingerbread is 100% on my creative wishlist.

Alternatively commission another artist to create something personalised & unique for your artistic friend.

 

So there you have it! My top 10 ideas you can get your creative friend this Xmas. But don’t stop there. These ides can be used for any celebration.

If you’re an artist or creative & you have other ideas, let me know!