Indie Artist Gift Guide

I know, I know, if you had a shot for every time you saw the words 'gift guide', you'd be on the floor by now, but I wanted to put one out there that celebrated independent artists. Christmas is a time for giving, and not only will you be gifting someone a beautifully made, heartfelt item, you'll be giving the artist money for their own celebrations and a real boost of Christmas cheer.

All photographs belong to featured artists.

a pencil, mirror, temporary tattoo sheet, and notebook featuring graphic designs on cacti and llama wearing brightly coloured tassels

£14.95
Create Yourself Designs

15 quid for a hand designed notepad, temporary tattoos, pencil, and mirror is a dang good deal if you ask me! Paperchase quality at half the price. I love the cute llama and cactus designs but the artist also offers bang-on-trend mermaid and unicorn designs, plus matching tote bags and cards.


a watercolour scene of a river and surrounding hedges in autumn, with a grey sky and brown foliage

£11.05 - £18.41
Little Bean Art Co

Art is subjective, but I think everyone would love these sweet, detailed watercolours. They bring inspiration and tranquility to any home, and make a particularly lovely gift for lovers of the outdoors. I think the paintings could be part of a really special present, such as giving one as a way of announcing that you've booked a countryside holiday, or gifting one to your partner if you proposed in a similar spot. 

a neck cushion, eye mask, and makeup bag in colourful floral print

£17.00
The Hippy Rose

So your little sister has announced that she's taking a year out to travel. Can you imagine a better gift than a cute elephant neck pillow in this gorgeous ditsy print, along with a matching bag for her beauty essentials? I can't! 

This would also be a fantastic gift for anyone unfortunate enough to be in hospital over the festive season. The neck pillow will keep them comfortable and you could pop some treats, like lip balm and hand cream, into the pouch. 

a mustard coloured geometric design of a sun with a smiling face

£54.99
Lu West 

I featured this print in my office overhaul and commented that it would be lovely in a number of places, but especially for a nursery. It is more expensive, but there's something really lovely about offering your niece, godchild, or grandchild an emblem of light and warmth to keep and treasure as they grow. 

an enamel pin of a piece of sushi with a lady lay on it in place of fish

Sushi Lady Pin
£7.50
YAYVM

Pins came back in a big way this year, and with ones like this, it's not hard to see why! I am so happy to have stumbled across this shop. The artist has some really cool pieces, like terrarium phone cases, that wouldn't look out of place in Urban Outfitters. As well as the sushi lady, there's a pin with a lady sat in a bowl of noodles, which is named 'Man, I feel like a ramen!'. I mean, if that doesn't sell it to you, nothing will.

a hand drawn graphite illustration of a stag, with watercolour red tartan frame

Tartan Stag Print
£20.00
Maxine Briggs

This clever lady has not only illustrated a majestic portrait of a stag, she's carefully handpainted the tartan in watercolour! Her passion for art and animals is clear in her super detailed graphite pieces, with dogs, highland cows, and otters on offer, too. Maxine also takes commissions for pet portraits, so keep her in mind for birthday gifts in the new year.

If these items still don't tickle your pickle, take a peek at five crafters I've featured before. Remember that lots of shops will also take custom orders or tweak items to your taste, so you can give a gift that's truly unique and so very special.

*product was sent for review, please see my disclaimer for more.



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