Gifts for Artists | Creativity Jump-Starts

If you’re like me, you start getting excited about holiday gift giving as soon as the pumpkins are carved! Is there a creative soul on your holiday gift list? Or perhaps you’re thinking of bringing more creativity into your life as a New Year’s resolution and the favorite artist on your list is you.

Discover the perfect creative gift to give (to yourself or someone else) with this “Gifts for Artists | Creative Jump-Starts” edition.” And, stay tuned for more awesome lists from the editors of

Creative Thursday1. Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice by Marisa Anne

Marisa Anne is the loving guide and caring mentor you need to help you commit to moving through resistance, stepping outside of your comfort zone and making creativity a regular part of your life. (You can see a supercute trailer for the book here.)




Pulse of Mixed Media2. The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed by Seth Apter

A fascinating reveal of real thoughts and feelings from artists who often typically only show us one side of themselves. Reading this book is like connecting with a diverse group of artists over happy hour at a large art retreat.




Destination Creativity 3. Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of the Art Retreat by Ricë Freeman-Zachery, Photography by Earl Zachery.

Ricë and Earl make incredibly fun traveling companions and offer you an unbiased snapshot of many different types of retreats. Let’s face it, few of us can attend all of them in person, but at least with this book, we can get a taste of many different venues for less than the price of a good meal.


The Artist Unique 4. The Artist Unique: Inspiration and Techniques to Discover Your Creative Signature by Carmen Torbus.

This book is packed with mixed-media techniques and perfect for the artist who isn’t sure what medium best acts as a vehicle for her expression. There is a taste of many different approaches in this book and it makes the perfect gift for someone who may not be sure yet which artistic road to take.



Creative Stuff 5. Creative Stuff: An Activity Book for Visual Thinkers by David Gouveia and Christopher Elkerton.

Packed with interactive games fun puzzles and thought-provoking challenges, this book sharpens your brainpower and stimulates the senses and get those creative juices flowing fast and furious. This book would be great for the art journaler on your list as well—many exercises would make great journaling prompts.


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2 Responses to Gifts for Artists | Creativity Jump-Starts

  1. DaveG says:

    Tonia, glad you liked the book! Appreciate it making your list. 🙂

    • Tonia Davenport says:

      Thank you, Dave (and Christopher), for creating such a great creativity tool! I love books that can cross many creative platforms and genres and your book does that very nicely. 🙂