Not sure what to get your designer friends—or yourself—for the holidays? We’ve curated a list of our favorite tools and toys for artists of all levels. Bonus: ounce per ounce, they’re all less expensive than printer ink.
DIYPrintShop Table-Top Kit
With everything you need to make a mess—and make screen prints—the “classic” do-it-yourself kit includes an instructional DVD, eco-friendly ink, cleaners, squeegee, and a professional screen, plus other tools. It’s a great kit for making custom t-shirts and posters, and the company’s how-to customer support is renowned.
$129.99 from DIY Print Shop
Intuos Art, Small
Drawing tablets are must-have tools for digital artists and designers, enabling far more precision than mouse or track pad movements. Think signing your name with a pen versus a mouse—or, better yet, a pressure-sensitive digital paintbrush. Not sure if drawing tablets are right for you? Read our quick start guide to drawing tablets.
$99 from Wacom
Scrabble Typography, 3rd Edition
Redesigned by Andrew Capener, America’s favorite word game has never looked better. The special edition board game features twelve designer fonts and a gorgeous board that, together, make the prospect of getting all vowels easier to cope with.
$49.99 from Winning Solutions
Wood Prints from WoodSnap
Paper has new competition when it comes to printing art and photographs: wood. Natural grain and handcrafted wooden canvases give these prints a natural and artisanal feel—no frames necessary.
$16 and up from WoodSnap
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Pencils
These are not the colored pencils you grew up with, unless you grew up coloring with professional art sets. While there are many good brands of premium colored pencils, Prismacolors have developed a devoted fan base thanks to their balance of relative affordability, superior coverage, and smooth blending abilities—making them ideal for coloring both inside and outside the lines.
$59 for set of 72 from Amazon
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
One of the biggest trends in art and illustration is the rise of adult coloring. At one point this year, the two bestselling books on Amazon were adult coloring books, and “Secret Garden” continues to hold the top spot with more than two million copies in print worldwide.
$15.95 from Amazon
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Check out this DIY wrapping paper tutorial to see these designs turned into handcrafted wrapping paper that looks too good to tear.
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