Gifts for Watercolor Artists: Your 2023 Holiday Shopping Guide

2023 Holiday Gifts for Watercolor Artists – Compiled by Sarah Webb and Kelly Kane

It doesn’t have to be difficult to find a gift for the watercolor artist in your life – even if it seems like they have every single art supply, there’s always something new to try! This list has it all: beautiful paints, gorgeous frames, and even a special “gifts under $50” section. If you’re anything like us, a few of these might make it into your cart as gifts for yourself, too. 😉

The Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set contains cool and warm primary colors, a secondary green, and four earth colors, with 12 empty half pans to add your own colors. Priced at $66.05 at
The vivacious colors of the Sennelier French Artists’ Watercolor Travel Set were inspired by the original French Impressionists’ palette. $68.17 at
The QoR Artist Watercolors Mini 12-pan Set is full of deep, rich colors priced at $99.99. Visit for more information.
Take your favorite brushes wherever your creative journey leads with the Princeton Neptune Series 4750 Synthetic Squirrel Round Travel Brush Set for $56.14 at
Showcase your artwork with a hand-crafted custom-made frame from FrameCraft. Frames crafted with traditional techniques in mahogany, walnut, and oak. Priced from $200-$1,000 at Email [email protected] for a custom consultation.

Art Workshops on Video

With hundreds of hours of painting instruction available on video or digital download through, there are endless possibilities for learning how to paint any subject.


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Gifts Under $50

Browse this collection of gifts for artists – all under $50!

Gifts for artists
Give the gift of sketching on the go! The SketchBuddyTM Binder V2.0 comes with a mini drawing board and can be customized with other accessories (available separately). $47.99 at
Click here to order a gift subscription to Fine Art Connoisseur or PleinAir Magazine - gifts for artists
Click here to order a gift subscription to Fine Art Connoisseur or PleinAir Magazine


holiday gifts for artists
The Blick Utility Apron offers all-day comfort and heavy-duty protection against splatters for $23.99 at
Gifts for artists
Never lose your brushes with the Easel Brush Clip. Simply clip it to the side of your easel, studio or plein air! $27.97 for one, $44.97 for two, $57.97 for three at
holiday gifts for artists
Unlike other red lenses, these Paint by Note Value Specs $26.95 are specially created to remove all colors so you can see the notes, or values, in any scene or photo. Once you look through these, you may be surprised how far off your perceived value notes were!
A video workshop teaching "The Easiest Way in the World to Learn Painting (Even if You Have No Talent) - great for aspiring artists!
A video workshop teaching “The Easiest Way in the World to Learn Painting (Even if You Have No Talent)– great for aspiring artists!
vegan gifts for artists
Raphael Stradivarius Synthetic Kolinsky brushes offer all the attributes of natural hair but are vegan-friendly. Ideal for watercolor, they have a fine point, excellent spring, and water retention. Priced from $12.95 – $85.50.
gifts for artists under $50
Iain Stewart’s book on watercolor: “En Plein Air – Light and Color.” Geared for beginning artists, En Plein Air: Light & Color introduces a variety of techniques for on-location watercolor painting.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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