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Top Tips for Gifting Art

Gifting artwork can be a wonderful and thoughtful gesture, but it can also feel daunting. To help you out, here are some tips on how to choose and present artwork as a gift:

Choosing the right piece:

  • Consider the recipient's taste and personality: What kind of art do they already own or admire? Do they prefer bold colours or muted tones? Abstract or realistic? Think about their interests and hobbies for inspiration.

  • Match the artwork to their space: Consider the size and scale of their home, as well as the existing decor. A small, framed collage might be perfect for a cosy flat, while a larger canvas might be better suited for a spacious living room.

  • Go meaningful: Choose a piece that evokes a specific memory or shared experience between you and the recipient. This personalises the gift and adds sentimental value.

  • Set a budget: Art comes in all price ranges, so decide how much you're comfortable spending before you start browsing. It might be that a number of you club together to purchase a piece of art that the recipient would never be able to justify buying for themselves. A limited edition print from an artist is still a very special gift but will be more affordable than the original.

  • Think beyond the usual suspects: Galleries and museums are great places to find unique pieces, but don't forget local art fairs, online shops, social media and even street vendors. You might be surprised by what you find!

  • Start the search in plenty of time: Finding the perfect piece can take time, even more so if you commission an artist to paint something in particular. Shipping art can also be a lengthy process especially for larger pieces that require couriers or works that are coming from overseas.

Presenting the artwork:

  • Frame it, if necessary: Having the artwork framed shows you put extra thought into the gift and makes it ready to hang right away. Choose a frame that complements the style of the piece and the recipient's decor. A good gallery or the artist themselves will be able to offer suggestions. I always recommend investing in art glass if the piece is to be behind glass.

  • Wrap it carefully: Protect the artwork with acid free paper and bubble wrap before packaging in brown paper.

  • Personalise it with a note: Write a heartfelt note explaining why you chose the piece and what you hope it means to the recipient. You can even share a story about the artist or the artwork itself. The artists themselves may even add a note to the piece if selling directly.

Bonus tips:

  • If you're unsure, you could ask an art consultant or an artist for help and advice. This way you could find the perfect piece straight from the artist's studio or even commission something especially for the recipient.

  • Consider a gift card: If you're still struggling to find the perfect piece, a gift card to an artist, art gallery or online retailer can be a great option. This allows the recipient to choose something they truly love.

  • Most importantly, have fun! Choosing and presenting artwork should be a joyful experience. Relax, trust your instincts, and don't be afraid to go for it.

I hope these tips help you find the perfect artwork to surprise a special someone with! I am always happy to help pair people with the perfect painting, just ask!

Em x

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