20 of the Boldest, Most Creative Gifts for Art Lovers

updated Nov 1, 2021
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Nothing quite beats a trip to a museum or gallery to see original art in person, but these art-inspired gift ideas certainly come close. From sculptural candles and vases to painterly pillows and wearable accessories, there’s something for anyone — and everyone — that appreciates the visual arts and design in this colorful mix.

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Misette
$40.00

Upgrade your BFF's candle collection with this hand-painted pair of tapers. Bonus points if you throw in the swirly confetti glass holders, too, made by Brooklyn-based artist Andrew O. Hughes.

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Helen Levi
$62.00

Ceramicist Helen Levi creates these stoneware mugs in her Queens studio. The allover rainbow splatter pattern, coated in clear glaze, will make morning coffee a little bolder — and brighter — for any art lover you gift it to.

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Idyll Collective
$168.00

There's something so soothing about aerial photography. Italian photographer and digital creator Andrea Caruso shot this meditative, colorful-yet-neutral photo. Framed and matted or printed full bleed, it's the perfect edition to a minimalist's gallery wall.

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Etsy
$186.75
was $249.00

Take their selfie game to new heights with this wavy, irregularly shaped mirror from Etsy. It comes in a slew of sizes, so one is bound to fit whatever free wall space they have.

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Great Jones
$75.00

Shopping for someone (or a couple) who can't get enough of the culinary arts? Then this handsome ash wood utensil set from Great Jones will be right up their alley. You'll be gifting a handcrafted ladle, spatula, and slotted spoon plus an exclusive East Fork Pottery spoon rest in their Lapis glaze, which isn't available anywhere else!

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Design Within Reach
$59.95

The design nerds and architecture buffs on your list won't be able to get enough of this coffee table book, which features 400 of the world's most innovative architect-designed houses built since the early 20th century. They'll travel by book to remarkable spaces they've never seen before, plus homes from legends like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer.

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Wovn Home
$57.00

Made of 100 percent Belgian linen and sewn in North Carolina, these bespoke pillows, which come in square and lumbar shapes (as shown here), ship with hypo-allergenic pillow inserts and can be customized further with colored piping. The art lover in your life will love this Chagall-inspired brushstroke print which comes in three colorways: tan, rose, and blue.

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Amazon
$35.00

Have a budding muralist on your list? Provide some practice with this street art coloring book, where your giftee can take a crack at reimagining art from legends like Kenny Scharf, Ron English, and Lady Pink. Every coloring book sold is matched with educational textbooks artists bring to schools in need.

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Van Gogh Expo
$39.40

Give the gift of an up close and personal, immersive experience with the art and life of Van Gogh. Open in 10 cities nationwide, this exhibit is sure to thrill anyone who's ever gazed longingly at his paintings of sunflowers and irises.

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Hem
$189.00

Any fan of op art will appreciate these colorful blankets. Woven from fine New Zealand lambswool, each features bold striping that creates a pattern within a pattern motif. Choose from four different vibrant colorways.

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MoMA Design Store
$165.00

For the art loving kiddo on your list, nothing beats this sweet "Radiant Child" chair lifted out of (and licensed from) Keith Haring's work. It's the perfect, fun, and functional accent in a corner of a kid's room or pulled right up to a play table.

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Humanscale
$299.00

With a compact central column and lightweight air-filled domes, Ballo provides an artsy, even more ergonomic take on those ball chairs that were so popular a few years back. For the person that has it all and geeks out over their WFH setup, this splurge-worthy stool's sure to be a hit.

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Minted
$38.00

Start a younger sibling or cousin’s art collection off on the right foot with this framed abstract print. You can go larger, sure, but they'll always be able to find a spot for the 5 by 7-inch size no matter where they move.

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MoMA Design Store
$25.00

Turn your tabletop into a work of art with these placemats, which are designed to look like stained glass. They're super easy to clean, too.

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Amazon
$69.00

Elevate cocktails to art with a set of these glasses that feature neon bases. Even better, it's easy to identify drinks with this set, as every base sports a different colored hue.

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Tessuto Editions
$135.00

Truly wearable art, these silk scarves feature the work of contemporary artists like Lena Wolff, Francesco Igory Deiana, and Faith Ringgold, whose "Dancing at the Louvre" painting is depicted here. At 38-inches square, they're also a great size for framing.

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Art Sugar
$32.00
was $80.00

Art Sugar recently launched a collection of small items and this sprinkle paperweight might be one of the cutest pieces. Add a dose of color to a loved one's desk or shelf with this petite glass dome, which comes ready to gift in a decorative box.

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Areaware
$48.00

Functional art for a countertop? Sign us up. This patterned pepper mill from Dusen Dusen for Areaware is sure to make mealtime a little more cheery. The colorful, geometric motif feels reminiscent of Alexander Girard's textiles made during his tenure at Herman Miller.

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Design Within Reach
$55.00

Well-designed board games basically double as art, so giving your family this chess and checkers combo will check two boxes with one gift. It'll set off just about any coffee table and is striking enough to be left out round the clock.

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Hudson Grace
$20.00

For a foodie with a sense of humor — or a Warhol enthusiast — you can't get much more festive than a soup can ornament.