The Gift of Art: How to buy fine art as a gift

The Gift of Art: What to consider when buying art as a gift


Art can be the ultimate gift.  It can say anything you like - whether that’s “I love you”, “happy mother’s day”, “congratulations on graduating” or “enjoy your new apartment”.  However, figuring out the ins and outs of giving art can be elusive.  Here’s a brief guide to hunting down the ideal gift on canvas.

First off, who are you buying for?

There are three things to consider when mulling this question over - how do I know this person, why am I celebrating them and what do I want the gift to reflect about me.  Essentially, buying a gift for your partner, won’t mirror a gift for a new boss.   

Nudes can make for an intimate yet deft declaration of love.  Landscapes on the other hand, say enough without giving too much away.  Spread across a wall - a sublime landscape is both a strong and universal statement.  Or else, hunt down a work that speaks to your recipient’s uniqueness.  If you’re still at loss for inspiration, there’s the eternally symbolic floral painting.  Simple, expressive and an aesthetic delight - fine art flowers are the best kind of birthday bouquet.      

Where is your present heading?

If your recipient lives far away, shipping a work of art can seem tricky.  The easiest and most affordable works to ship are photographs and prints - they can simply roll up and slot into a crush-proof tube and be shipped worldwide.    

Where will it be hung?

It matters where a work is hung.  Consider whether your recipient has enough wall space to hang up your gift - or whether it will suit their home.  This is particularly relevant if you're after a house-warming gift.  Pop art can be a fun prize piece for the burgeoning home.  Graphic, punchy and tongue-in-cheek - pop art has style, without taking itself too seriously.  
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