Whether it’s Christmas or birthdays, most parents want to get their children gifts they can use for a long time. There’s nothing more frustrating than a toy tossed to the side, never to be used or played with. Money down the drain! That’s why non-traditional gifts that aren’t necessarily toys are an excellent way to go when it comes to holidays and birthdays. You can avoid a fad toy, but also give a gift that actually encourages your kids to develop skills, especially if they are into art! We’ve gathered up a great list of items that will be the perfect addition to your little artist’s palette!
1. Crayon Rocks
This are great for your kids, three years and older because despite the picture, they are pretty small. These crayon rocks are made of soy so they are safe for kids, and their size helps increase dexterity and finger control since they have to be held at the fingertips. This is a super creative gift that your kids will love!
2. Paint Sticks
We parents love our kids to be creative, but we don’t always love the mess that comes with their artistic expression. These Paint sticks (also called poster paints) are perfect, because no water or brushes are required. Oh, and the paint dries instantly! Win for parents and for kids!
Give your artist a great start by giving them the ultimate way to paint their canvas- on an easel! This provides a designated space to practice drawing and painting, that doesn’t involve your carper or walls!
4. Drawing For The Artistically Undiscovered
This 106 page, spiral-bound sketch book comes with 2 watercolor pencils and a sketch pen and is bound to wow your older kids (8 and up). Containing scribbles from master scribbler himself, Sir Quentin Blake, this book is all the encouragement your kids need to get artsy. It’s even been called the “sketchbook with training wheels!”
5. Fashion Designer’s Kit
Do you have the next Versace on your hands? Start their passions young with this amazing kit that supplies all your little designer needs to start sketching and creating. This is perfect for your older kids!
6. Chalk Markers
Chalkboards are all the rage right now, and with good reason. They are timeless, vibrant and fun! But chalk can be dusty and messy. That’s why chalk markers are a great alternative for your artist. They are used on non-porous surfaces (so NO chalkboards), like glass, tile, whiteboards, plastic and metal and are easily wiped off. These specific markers have a double tip, perfect for either adult or child-sized hands. Hours of entertainment!
7. Creativity Kit
Artists prefer all types of mediums, and that’s why this creativity kit is perfect if you have a new artist just starting out. There are enough supplies to create up to 7 masterpieces, like ornaments, flowers and bookmarks. This kit comes with NO instructions, so your little Picasso has free rein on creating whatever their hearts desire.