That time of the year is upon us, friends. Time to panic– I mean, calmly choose Christmas gifts long before those shopping deadlines. As an art fan, I’m an obvious advocate of giving art prints and canvas prints as gifts. I know that while this is a great idea, when the time comes to choose a print, it can be really difficult to settle on something.
Fear not! I’ve searched high and low to put together this gift guide for you full of gifts I love for your various friends. Let’s get to it!
These prints are from John Golden and they are PERFECT for that one friend you have that’s really into their cat/dog. You know the friend… The one that has an instagram feed full of cat pictures or a Facebook page for their dog? Yeah, that one.
Top row: West Highland White Terrier and Tuxedo
Bottom row: Tabby (Orange) and Daschund (Black and Tan)
I think I may fall into this category, if anyone is trying to think of what to get me (wink, wink). These are beautifully designed pieces from up-and-coming designers, Inaluxe and Yoni Alter. It’s perfect for your graphic designer friend, or the friend that likes to drink nice coffee whilst talking about computer fonts!
Top row: Balancing Act and The Happiness
Bottom row: ABC in Colour and Whatever Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong
In my mind sometimes, I think I’m one of the chic, sassy women from Sex and the City. I think this describes quite a few women, and some of them actually pull this off! Those women are the fashionistas of this world. If you happen to be friends with one of them, may I recommend the above prints from Bridget Davies as a gift?
Left to right: All Made Up and Pink Shoes
Your foodie friend may just be one of the people that love Marmite, and don’t you think they would get a kick out of these Lichtenstein-style Marmite prints? Even if you don’t love Marmite, these are great.
Top to bottom: Marmite- Solus 1 and Marmite- Kitchen scene 1
These canvas prints of classic films are bang on trend, and they’re particularly good because they’re quite uncommon posters. These are a really affordable and thoughtful gift to any friend that’s big into films.
Top row: Some Like it Hot and Lolita
Bottom row: North by Northwest and Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Marion McConaghie is a quickly growing artist whose work has clearly tapped into something the design world. Her prints have vintage charm combined with beautiful illustrations, and make a great gift for a collector of beautiful things.
Left to right: Gramophone, Bird and Butterflies and Bird Cage and Butterflies
You know how you go on a holiday and the only art on offer is a bit… well, tacky? You want to take something away from your trip, but you also want it to look nice in your home! Or maybe you’re an ex-pat living away from your native home or city? If you have a friend like this (or if this is you), I highly recommend the above prints highlighting gorgeous cities!
Top row: London, New York and Barcelona
Bottom row: London, New York and Paris
I kept the title for this selection quite vague because I think these prints would be great for a number of people. The message here is about love, so my only qualification is that I suggest you only give these to someone you care about!
Large print: We are All a Little Weird
Right column: I Love You and Love Bus
These Olympic prints are great for the sports lover, or anyone who got swept up in the Britannia/Olympic craze this year (and I think that’s a lot of us). These prints were done by some fabulous British artists and they’re the perfect marriage of art and sports!
Left side: London 1948 Olympics
Right side: Rachel Whiteread, LOndOn 2012 and Howard Hodgkin, Swimming
If you have a friend who is a fan of more traditional-style artwork, I highly recommend Jack Vettriano and L.S. Lowry. They are top-selling artists and have very wide appeal.
Top to bottom: The Singing Bulter and A Village Square