15 Gifts Any Art Teacher Would Love This Holiday Season

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With the holidays just around the corner, the shopping season is in full swing. But finding gifts for art teachers or other creative individuals can be tricky! After all, there’s not much they can’t make for themselves.

Of course, it’s truly the thought that matters. But, if your family and friends are looking for ideas (or if you’re looking for a way to treat yourself!), you might want to check out the great list below!

15 Gifts Any Art Teacher Would Love this Holiday Season

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1. Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Board Game

You can’t go wrong with the ultimate art teacher game, Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Board Game. Sit back and relax with your family and friends as you “paint” Happy Little Trees and gain “chill points” to complete your masterpieces. Just like any art project, players need to use their strategic thinking skills in order to win! (Watch Abby and Tim try it out, right here!) Why not make it a gift basket and add the Bob Ross Shirt and bobblehead doll, too?

2. Supply Gift Card

Professionally and personally, art teachers go through supplies quickly. Especially when it comes to consumable items like paint, markers, and ever popular Sharpies! Gift cards are a great gift because they offer so much flexibility. An art teacher would welcome a gift card to any local or national craft store or even an online retailer like Amazon.

3. RGB & CMYK Earrings

These RGB & CMYK earrings are the perfect earrings for any occasion when you’re an art teacher! Designer, Christine Schmidt, runs Yellow Owl Workshop from the Mission District of San Francisco. It’s always nice to support a small business!


4. Art Teacher Shirts

What art teacher wouldn’t want to represent their profession with a fun graphic tee? Check sites like Cafe Press, Zazzle, Etsy and others to find fun styles or custom design your own!

5. Basic Museum Membership

Art teachers can often be found at their local art museum to learn and grow. Consider this to be the gift that just keeps giving!

6. Mondrian Coasters

These Mondrian coasters are sure to be a great addition to any art teacher’s home.

mondrian coasters

7. Handmade Gifts

Speaking of supporting artists, Etsy is full of shops with handmade items like pottery, scarves, and original art like this string art piece. Art teachers can definitely appreciate the love and work that goes into handmade gifts. When it comes to students, these are the best! Heartfelt and creative notes and gifts are irreplaceable.

8. Small Customizable Light Box

Highlight a quote or other cool saying with this awesome light box. It’s a fun way to change up messages in the art room each week. My current sign says, “I love you.” Every students needs to know they are loved!

9. Paint Water Mug Set

While mugs are not always a gift teachers may get excited about, this mug set is an exception! It’s clever, fun, and perfect for anyone who paints!

10. Pollock Chocolate Bar

Chocolate is a favorite among many teachers. This Pollock Chocolate Bar is almost too beautiful to eat! The awesome design is inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock and can be ordered from the MOMA online gift shop!

11. Rainbow Pencils

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the best gifts. These rainbow pencils are so unique and artsy! These would make a great addition to any art teacher’s personal or classroom stash.

rainbow pencils

12. Nourishing Lotion

The hands of art teachers are often beat-up and worn out by everyday use in the art room, especially during clay projects. This Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme can be purchased by individual containers and in gift sets for the holidays. It offers deep moisturization for dry hands.

13. Pantone Customized Products

Getting items in your favorite color has never been so easy with the Pantone website. They offer a variety of accessories, housewares, books, and stationery. A few stand out items include the drinking bottle and the Pantone chips journal.

14. A Trip to the Movies

Relaxing during the holiday are a must for any teacher. Gift cards to the movies are a great way to help lighten the load. From the tickets to the buttery popcorn, the movies can get very expensive! Loving Vincent, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, is beginning to hit some theaters and is the perfect art teacher movie.

15. This Book is a Camera

Check out, This Book Is a Camera, which is an amazing pop-up book with a functioning pinhole camera. This book does a great job of educating people on how pictures were taken before everyone had a camera phone. Another plus is that it looks super cool, too!

Whether you use this list to treat yourself, a friend, or to drop a hint to your loved ones, I hope it helps you find that perfect gift this holiday season!

What art teacher gift ideas would you add to this list?

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Wynita Harmon

Wynita Harmon is AOEU’s Chair of Faculty Development and a former AOEU Writer and elementary school art educator.

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