Are you looking for some fun, fresh gift ideas for your artsy teen? Then, honey, have I got the list for you! In fact, many of these items are things I want for myself even though my teenage years are looong gone!
If your aspiring artist is like me, then good, old-fashioned art supplies will thrill and delight him or her. If that’s the case, I’ve compiled a mega list of art supplies here. But if you want gifts that inspire and encourage creativity, then keep reading!
Whether your teen wants to further develop his skills, show her devotion to (or obsession with) a master artist, make a statement with his or her clothing and hairstyle, or shout out to the world, “Hey, I’m an artist…and I’m freakin’ AWESOME!”, then this guide is for you!
And to help you hone in on what your teen would absolutely love, I’ve divided them into several categories:
- Art Sets
- Artist Tees
- Master Artist Fandom
- Jewelry for Artists
- Body, Hair & Nail Art
- Clothes Art
- Beyond Art Supplies
- Art Inspiration
- Artist Accessories
- Art Technique Books
- Art Courses
Does your teen want to learn a specialized style of art? Then why not invest in a starter set or two? There are so many fun art genres available and limitless amounts of creative fun to be had!
Art Drawing Set- 24 Pc Manga Animation and Comic Tool Set with Ink, Watercolors, Knives, Pen and Nibs, Eraser, and PencilsZentangle Drawing Starter Kit, Advanced – (Bundle of 5 Items) – Zentangle Art Therapy Instructional Guide, Sakura 6-Piece Pigma Micron Black Ink Pen Set, Pencil, Eraser and 60 Artist TilesHand Lettering Kit – Beginning Hand Lettering Set – DIY Hand Lettering for BeginnersStrathmore Tape Bound Calligraphy Pad with Manuscript Masterclass Calligraphy SetPopculta 70Pcs Letter & Number Wooden Stamp Set with Multi-color Stamp Ink PadD-M-C Mix & Match Gelatos Exploring Mixed Media Kit 22pc – TropicalGimars 12 Set SK5 Carbon Steel Wood Carving Tools Knife Kit – Kids & Beginners with Reusable pouchNPW W4083 Hypotrochoid Art Set17 in 1 Quilling Kits Collection with Quilling Paper (Set 1)Art Minds Leather Alphabet & Number Stamp Set 1/8 inch – 3mm. 36 PcArt Advantage Sumi Ink and Brush Set, 14-Piece by Art AdvantageProfessional Chinese Art Brush Set 8 Pcs Chinese Paint Brush Kit
You know your teen wants to let the world know just what a genius artist he or she is. 😉 Let them do so by sporting some awesome artist tees:
Earth Without Art T-ShirtMen’s I Am An Artist Welcome to My Mind Tee 3XL BlackWomen’s Weapon of Creation Rainbow Artist T Shirt Oil Acrylic Brush XL BlackMen’s Art artist heartbeat T-shirt Small BlackDrawing Hands into Existence Paradoxically Artist MC Escher Adult T-Shirt MediumWomen’s I’m Not Weird I’m an Artist T-Shirt Medium Asphalt
Master Artists Fandom
Is your teen a fangirl (or fanboy) of a certain artist? Let them GEEK out with these fun clothing pieces and accessories inspired by their favorite artist(s):
Men’s TeeDoozy Van Gogh Selfie T-Shirt Medium WhiteYizzam- Claude Monet –Frida Kahlo Mexican Artist Watercolors T-shirt Ladies New (xl)HSELL 4 Packs Women Funny Famous Painting Art Printed High Dress Socks Cotton,Multicolors,One SizeMagdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón ‘ Pop Art Handbag (Groovy Freed)Da Vinci Famous Figure Painting Mona Lisa Print Silky Chiffon Scarf Black
Jewelry for Artists
Here is some fun jewelry for your artsy teen to wear (and a bit more subtle than the tees):
Artist Bangle BraceletLeonardo da Vinci Backwards Unisex Analog Water Resistant Novelty Gift WatchArtist key – novelty keychain with inspirational quote card – the cool fun unique artsy small inexpensive art gift under $10 for giving kids teens teenagers friends girls womenArtist NecklacePaint Palette NecklaceCreate & Inspire Stamped CuffPaint Tube Artist NecklaceArtist’s Color Wheel NecklacePainter Palette Dangle Earrings Teacher Artist
Fun Body, Hair & Nail Art
Sometimes artists feel the need to make a statement – not only with their art, but also with their “look.” They need to express themselves in fun and quirky ways. They want everyone who sees them to know they’re unique, one-of-a-kind individuals. Here are some fun (and not-so-permanent) ways to add a bit of artistic flair:
Tulip Body Art Stencil Designs FavoritsJacquard Mehndi Glitter Body Art KitBMC 14pc Mehndi Henna Tattoo Body Art Starter Kit – 2 Color Cones w/ 12 Template Stencils108Pcs 3D Silver Flower Nail Art Stickers Decals Stamping DIY Decoration ToolsHair Chalk Set – Best for Temporary Hair Color, Pastel Hair Effects and Ombre Hair Color. 24 Pack Hair Chalk PastelsHair Chalk | Metallic Glitter Temporary Hair Color – Edge Chalkers – Lasts up to 3 Days, No Mess, Built in Sealant, 80 Applications Per Stick, Works on All Hair Colors-6 COUNT.
And while they’re adding art to their body, hair and nails, why not also add some color to their own uniquely designed clothing?
Beyond Art Supplies
If your creative teen already has most of the items listed in my ultimate list of art supplies post, then here are even more mouth-watering supplies he or she may love:
Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Tote BagCONDA Cotton Canvas Professinal Bib Apron With 4 Pockets for Women Men Adults,Waterproof,Natural 31inch By 27inchRASKOG Home Kitchen Bedroom Storage Utility Cart Dark BeigeDylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 5 by 8-InchRustic Genuine Leather Pencil Roll – Pen and Pencil Case by Rustic Ridge Leather – BrownAIT Art Paint Brush Holder, Handmade From Natural Cotton Canvas, Roll Up Design Protects Your Favorite Small Brushes and Tools and Saves Space During Storage or TravelUS Art Supply Large Multi-Function Wooden Artist Tool & Brush Storage BoxMyLifeUNIT Artist portable Brush Washer Stainless Steel Portable Brush CleanerDaylight Company U33900 Professional Artist Lamp, 24-wattTracing Light Box, AGPtek 17Wacom Intuos Draw CTL490DB Digital Drawing and Graphics Tablet – New VersionLitup Artist Glove with Two Fingers for Wacom Graphics Tablet Monitor Pen Display Light Box Free Size Anti-fouling Glove for Left or Right HandMartin Ashley Art-Hobby Table with Stool, Black with Cherry Top, 23.5Coureo 24-inch by 36-inch Art Portfolio with rigid insert, CassettesUS Art Supply Coronado French Style Easel & Sketchbox with 12
What about some fun prints for their walls?
And, of course, every artist needs a vanity mug to drink from (or a set of mugs reminding him or her which one not to drink from) as well as some fun throw pillows to decorate their room:
Alone with My Art Supplies MugCreate Stuff MugPaint Water & Not Paint Water Mug SetPainting Better Pillows – Assorted Styles & ColorsArtist at Work PillowLife Is Better With Art Throw PillowNAVA Yellow Funky Dog Pop Art Artist Decorative Pillowcase Cushion CoverVincent Van Gogh Starry Night C 1889 Custom Zippered Decorative Throw Pillow Cases for Couch 18×18 inch(Two Sides)Frida Kahlo Throw Pillow
Art Technique Books
Every artist should be growing and developing his or her skills in new and different ways. Why not invest in some fun technique books in your teen’s favorite art genre? These are just a few of what’s available today!
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th EditionColor by Betty Edwards: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing ColorsHow to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and StudentsLearn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and DesignThe Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own StyleThe Art of Whimsical LetteringAdventures in Lettering: 40 exercises to improve your lettering skillsThe Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple TemplatesManga Art for Beginners: How to Create Your Own Manga DrawingsDK Art School: An Introduction to Art Techniques (DK Art School)Artist’s Sketchbook: Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the SpotArt: Painting For Artists – Styles: Acrylic And Oil Painting (art history, art books, art theory, art techniques Book 2)101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media artCompendium of Acrylic Painting Techniques: 300 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets200 Projects: Art Skills (Aspire)The Art of 3D Drawing: An illustrated and photographic guide to creating art with three-dimensional realismFoundations in Comic Book Art: SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists)Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo: Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions, Patterns, and Projects
And don’t forget fun art courses for them. Here are a few geared towards tweens and teens (click on the images below for more information):
What FUN gift ideas do you have for your aspiring artist? Comment below.
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.