We all know someone creative in our lives. What we don’t always know is what on earth to get them for their birthday/Christmas/etc. How on earth are you supposed to match that awesome mosaic mural they made you, or that batch of darling hand-decorated cupcakes? Well, that is why in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing 10 awesome gifts ideas you can get for the creative people in your life. Whichever one you choose, I guarantee they will love it!
Remember that for each of these ideas you can always go splitsies with some other friends or family members to help make things more affordable.
And if you’re the creative person reading this, be sure to pass it on to your friends and family as an oh-so-subtle hint 😉
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10 Gift Ideas for Creative People
1. The Artist’s Way
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is not only my #1 recommended book for creatives; it’s my #1 recommended book for human beings. It’s that good. And it will change your loved one’s life. Especially if they are struggling with perfectionism or have lost their artistic mojo, they will gain so much value and help from this beautiful book.
The book itself consists of a 12-week course in discovering and recovering your creativity. And in case you’re not convinced yet: after reading only a few chapters from The Artist’s Way, I was able to overcome a 4-year creative block and write 40 000 words for my novel in less than 30 days. Life-changing, I’m telling you. And I’m quite sceptical about these things.
2. Craft Shop Voucher
Where does your person love to get all their craft supplies from? PNA? Scrapbook.com? A smaller, more local outlet (local is lekker!)? Wherever it is, why not help them out with their next purchase by getting them a gift voucher to spend there? This is especially ideal if you’re someone who finds the idea of gifting money too impersonal.
If their favourite craft shop doesn’t offer gift vouchers though, bundle up some cash in a pretty card and include a message saying that you’d like them to spend the money at that specific shop.
In the end, your loved one will be thrilled that you’ve taken the care to remember where they love to get all their crafty goodies.
3. Skillshare Premium Membership
Cost: R160 ($12)
Learning is a task that is never complete, and all creatives know this. And gifting your creative friend a Skillshare Premium Membership is the perfect way to help them keep improving.
I absolutely love Skillshare and have been using it for a while now. It’s an awesome online learning platform with over 17 000 classes in a variety of different fields to choose from. Premium membership gives you unlimited access to all these classes under a single monthly fee. You can upload class projects to show off your work and get meaningful feedback from the class teachers.
Premium membership is about R160 ($12) per month, but if you’re feeling particularly generous in your gift-giving (you do love this person after all!) you can get them a year’s subscription for R1250 ($96). Remember you can always band together with others to keep costs down.
The best part though is that you can try Skillshare absolutely FREE for 2 months by using this link. That way, you can make sure your friend or family member enjoys using the platform before you commit to a subscription. I know they will love it. But free things are still awesome. 🙂
4. Craft Subscription Box
Cost: Variable (R100 and up)
If your person isn’t shy to try new things, firstly, introduce them to my blog. Secondly, consider getting them a craft subscription box. These days, there seems to be a box for everyone, from foodies to gamers. There’s also a fair share of arts and crafts themed boxes.
The idea of a subscription box is that it’s filled with a bunch of curated goodies around a specific theme/hobby, and it is then delivered straight to your door on a regular basis. Some are monthly, some are only delivered twice a year. Costs vary as well. It really all depends on the service you choose.
You can also get craft-specific subscriptions called kits. The paper crafting world has literally dozens of these to choose from. If you can, speak to your person about what kits or boxes they would most enjoy.
While I struggled to find craft subscription services based in South Africa, here is a list of subscription boxes that ship to SA. Just be sure to order early so it arrives in time!
5. Creative Software
More and more, creatives are starting to rely on digital software to do what they do best. Digital artists use Adobe Photoshop, YouTubers can benefit from programs such as Cyberlink PowerDirector, and writers rely on things like Grammarly and Scrivener to streamline their process.
What I’m getting at is that your family member may be in need of a program like this but can’t afford it on their own. You can help them out enormously by buying it for them or contributing some money towards it. They will thank you endlessly.
6. Tailwind for Instagram
Cost: R200 ($15)
Does your loved one use Instagram to share their creations? Are they trying to boost their following or grow an online business through the platform? There’s a really awesome way to help them achieve this. Enter Tailwind for Instagram.
The trick to growing on Instagram is a combination of posting regularly, using effective hashtags, using analytics to know what’s working and engaging with others. Tailwind takes care if the first three so you can focus on the last one. Using the app you can bulk upload your pictures and then Tailwind will schedule them to be posted at the ideal times for maximum impact. It also suggests the best hashtags to use for each image, and there are in-depth stats on your dashboard to know exactly how each image is performing.
In a nutshell, this will save your loved one a lot of time when it comes to promoting their content so that they can focus more on creating it.
Once again, there’s an awesome free trial to make sure the app is a good fit – you get 30 free posts to start off with. After that, it’s about R200 ($15) per month, or R1560 ($120) for a year. Even if your loved one stops using the service after a few months, they will learn a lot about Instagram marketing by using it. And one day when they are Insta-famous, they’ll remember you.
Psst – You can get another free month ($15 credit) of Tailwind by using this link. You’re welcome 🙂
7. Adult Colouring Book
Cost: R50 to R350
Adult colouring books have taken the world by storm, and I’m not surprised! Beautiful images and fine details make colouring in their pages a veritable act of meditation. No jokes.
Not only is it very calming, but it’s the perfect opportunity to flex your creativity. You can colour in using any medium and with any style or colour palette your heart desires. You can pick these up at your local Checkers or Pick ‘n’ Pay, or at any stationery- or bookshop. When you give it to your family member, include a note reminding them to take it easy and enjoy the simple things.
8. Etsy Voucher
There are tons of goodies on Etsy to suit every creative out there, from the gorgeous to the quirky. You can grab a mug with a funny message on the front, a set of personalised wax seals, or even one of those paper crafting kits I mentioned earlier. But with so many things to choose from, you may just want to opt for a gift voucher instead so that your creative person can choose for themselves.
9. Recipe and Ingredients
If your family member loves to cook and bake, this is a really neat idea! It’s also perfect if you want to pool together with some friends to get it. Find a recipe (online or from a cookbook) and buy all the ingredients needed to make it. Package them together in a hamper, write out the recipe on some pretty card, and watch as your family member’s face lights up in delight when they receive this thoughtful and unique gift.
And remember to drop subtle hints that you’d like a taste of whatever they’re making in the near future (you did make sure you chose a chocolate brownie recipe, right?).
10. Polaroid Camera
Let’s admit, we’ve all wanted an instant camera at some point in our lives. And creatives would just lap that kind of thing up. Think of all the artsy possibilities! I’ve heard great things about Fujifilm’s Instax range of instant cameras. This one is a bit pricey though, so reserve it for big birthdays or events. You can add a really sweet and sentimental touch by printing out a Polaroid-style photo (Time Frames Printing does an amazing job with these) of you and your loved one and including it with the camera itself.
There you have it, my top 10 gift ideas for creative people. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below! Everyone can benefit from a few extra ideas 🙂
As always, thank you for reading this blog post – I’ll see you in the next one!