10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Creatives

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If you’re anything like me, then you’re here because you’ve totally procrastinated on Christmas shopping and need some gifts like NOW! Well, I got you covered with some last minute gift ideas for creatives that will truly “WOW” that special artist in your life.

I can’t believe it’s already almost *that time of year* and 2023 is just around the corner! That totally snuck up on us, didn’t it? Whether you’re spending this time of year with family or loved ones, working or alone, YOU are worth being celebrated, too! So if you’re the artist in your life, you deserve a special gift as well. I made sure to curate a list of really awesome tools and products for gift ideas that I use on a daily basis and love…so you know they’re dope.

Related: Gift Ideas for Creatives, The Little Artist Gift Guide, and Jenna’s Favorite Things Gift Guides

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10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Creatives

#1: Moleskin Journals

Moleskin Journals are my favorite journals to sketch in, write down ideas and just carry around with me EVERYWHERE. I’ve been using these since high school and love doodling on the cover and making each one a new “book”. It’s a creative must have!

#2: Blackwing Matte Pencils

Having pencils that not only work well but are cute for the ‘gram are crucial IMO. The best pencils for both of those categories is the Blackwing matte pencil. Cute, chic and bomb.

#3: Set of Tombow Erasers

If you draw a lot, then you know that those erasers that come with the pencil just DON’T CUT IT. These erasers are great for taking off any pencil lines you don’t need from your paintings or if you’re sketching in your sketchbook and such…love em!

#4: Autograph Lightpad

Ok, this is for the serious illustrators! This lightpad is perfect for anybody doing intricate line work or looking to trace over a sketch. It’s basically a really bright pad that shines a light through your paper so you can see what’s underneath on a different sheet! It’s bomb.

#5: Bamboo Rollable Brush Holder

Need a brush holder that’s not clunky? My favorite brush holder has been everywhere from Singapore to Paris to Vancouver, B.C. It’s lightweight and looks like a little rolled up sushi guy!

#6: Travel Watercolor Palette

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know all about my favorite watercolor palette to travel and just in general is this plastic guy. He folds up nicely for putting in a bag, he’s lightweight, he’s perfect.

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#7: Everyday Watercolor Sketchbook

My watercolor sketchbook…of course I had to include something I made/wrote!! The Everyday Watercolor Sketchbook is full of prompts and blank pages for you to paint in, throw it in your bag and take with you during the holiday season!

#8: White Bombay Ink

I love adding a touch of white ink in my mixing well with watercolor paint. It just takes some of the colors up a notch, softens them, makes them a bit more pastel. This white ink is perfect for mixing or for using on its own as a white detail!

#9: Watercolor Ink Set

I love watercolor ink with all of my heart. This watercolor ink set and this one with these jars is the perfect combo and trust me, you’ll be obsessed! I just mix and match the colors to get the hues I want inside those plastic jars.

#10: Masking Fluid Pen

If you’re into more realistic style paintings, then you’ll know about masking fluid or drawing gum. Instead of dirtying a brush, I love using this masking fluid marker for all the fine details and lines that I don’t want paint getting into. 


I hope this list gives you some good gift ideas for those special creative people in your lives (and remember, that includes yourself! 😉).

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