Gift shopping can be a stressful, exasperating and time-consuming endeavor, even for someone you know well. Choosing a birthday, anniversary or holiday gift, especially for those people who have everything, can be difficult. Even for people who seem easy to buy for, you want to choose something that is different than what everyone else gives them. Original art is one of the best options to be sure you are giving someone a gift no one else will give them.
Choosing an original piece of art for someone as a gift shows that you spent a little extra time and effort choosing a particular item for them. It is easy to purchase a box of candles or grab a gift card at the checkout counter, but original art shows that you took the time to not only find a unique, individual gift, but that you had them in mind when you searched for the piece. Art also excites the person who receives it. When was the last time someone said “Where on earth did you find this?” when a friend or relative opened a gift you gave them? With original art, that is something you are almost guaranteed to hear.
Unique and Long-Lasting
Purchasing a piece of original artwork as a gift is unique – no one else will be able to purchase the same item. Keep in mind, original art is not one of those framed prints you find at your local department store, but a one-of-a-kind work normally found in locations like a fine arts gallery. The artwork you give will be unlike any other piece of art in the world. Art is also something that can be owned forever, even passed down through generations. Giving art can actually create family heirlooms.
Support the Local Economy
When you purchase art from local artists, you are supporting your local economy. Purchasing a gift from one of those big department or box stores, even in your hometown, is technically not supporting the local economy as they are owned by huge conglomerates that may not even be located in your state. By visiting a small, local gallery in your hometown, you are helping a local artist advance their craft while also building the economy in your area. In addition to helping the economy, art can be inspiring and boost morale as surrounding yourself with beauty improves mood. A study at University College in London found that looking at artwork causes blood flow to parts of the brain that elevated mood.
Not Always Expensive
Many people believe that original art is expensive, but it does not have to be. Of course, an original Van Gogh or Monet is out of the price range for the average shopper, but the works of an up-and-coming artists is well within the budget of even the average gift giver. In some cases, original artwork can be purchased for less than $50. It is also important to remember that art doesn’t become obsolete. Although styles may change, art itself never goes out of style. It will always be personal, beautiful and inspirational, even generations later.
Purchasing original art as a gift is one of the best ways to be sure that the person receiving the gift gets a unique, one-of-a-kind item that cannot be purchased anywhere else. It helps boost local economies and could give a young artist the boost they need to continue creating.