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Christmas Gift Guide: Art Lovers

Kate Plummer

Whether you love it or loathe it, buying friends and family presents at Christmas is an annual certainty, and the time will soon be upon us. Get ahead of the gifting game with our guide to what to get all the gallery geeks in your life. 
Chatty Feet Artist Socks

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Socks get a bad rap at Christmas, forever labelled as a boring and thoughtless present choice when you just didn’t know what to get someone. Well, not anymore thanks to the team at Chatty Feet. From David Sock-Knee to Vincent Van Toe, their range of artist themed socks in a burst of bright colours will bring a little inspiration to your most creative giftees. Whether you choose their favourite pair or go one step further with a gift set with four pairs to delight their digits, their feet will never have felt quite so fabulous before.
Chatty Feet socks cost £8 each or £30 for a gift set of four and are available here
Get them an Art membership
 What could be a better gift for the art lover in your life than a membership to help them enjoy more exhibitions for free? No matter where you are in the UK, Art Fund’s National Art Pass is an absolute winner of a gift, giving the recipient free or half price access to over 240 galleries and museums across the country and keeping them up to date with latest art world news. For pure art indulgence, the Tate annual membership offers unlimited exhibition access to its four galleries, early invites to the latest exhibitions, as well as access to its exclusive member rooms at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Both memberships can be bought individually, or you could treat yo self too by getting a double pass that includes that someone special and yourself to boot. 
National Art Pass is £70 for an annual individual membership, with under 30’s costing just £45, and other multi-person passes are all available here. Tate membership starts from £90 for an individual member and are available with other options here

Olafur Eliasson: In real Life exhibition book and Eliasson ittle Sun Lamp 

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Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, has been one of, if not the most, talked about exhibitions of the year. Tickets to the exhibition itself are still available until 5 January if you really wanted to make someone’s Christmas, however if a trip to the Tate Modern is a bit out of the way then gifting someone with the lovingly curated exhibition book is sure to make your favourite gallery geek very happy. For a special added extra, you can spread festive joy with Eliasson’s Little Sun Lamp. A high quality solar-powered lamp developed by the artist as part of the Little Sun project, a donation from every lamp bought goes to making electricity more affordable for those who don’t have consistent access to it – ideal for the season of goodwill. 
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life (paperback) costs £19.99 and is available here. The Eliasson Little Sun Lamp is £30 and is available here

Art supplies from Cass Art

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Encouraging someone to develop a new hobby or skill is a gift that just keeps on giving. With that in mind, why not treat your favourite gallery geek to the starting tools to create their own masterpieces? A trip to one of Cass Art’s 15 UK stores is a bit like stepping into an artist’s cave of wonders, with a huge selection of art supplies and inspiration to get your gift giving juices flowing. If you don’t know where to begin then we suggest starting simple. A set of watercolours are a great start for someone wanting to try painting for the first time, or if you know a constant doodler in your life then an array of coloured fineliners will go down a storm and unleash their doodling potential. Those may cover the tools, but for a classic sketchbook you can’t go wrong with a Moleskine, known for its quality, choose their smaller sizes for some quick commute sketching, all the way up to their large sizes as the ideal canvas for their new works of art.

Windsor & Newton 24 colour watercolour set is £19.95 and available here. Staedtler Triplus fineliner set of 36 is £19.95 and available here. Moleskine sketchbooks start from £12.95 and are available here

Frida Kahlo Homeware

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Want to bring a pop of colour to someone during the grey winter days? Look no further than the vibrant Frida Kahlo range at Sass & Belle. Taking inspiration from the iconic Mexican artist, the range features an illustrated Frida across a selection of reasonably priced products perfect for Secret Santa surprises and quirky stocking fillers. You can’t go wrong with the classic Crimbo gift, the humble mug, keep someone hydrated and waste-free with a reusable water bottle, or if your giftee is a plant fan then they’ll be chuffed with these colourful planters. 

The Frida planters are £6.50 for the mini here and £15 for the larger size here. The Frida mug is £9 and available here. The Frida water bottle is £9 and available here

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