What to consider when buying art as a gift.

Art can be the ultimate gift, few gifts are as thought-provoking, moving and beautiful. It can say anything you like, whether that’s an I love you, a happy Mother’s Day wish, a congratulations on graduation, or a welcome to your new home. Nailing the ins and outs of giving art however, can prove elusive. So to help you give with ease and impact, here’s a brief guide to hunting down the ideal gift of art.

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 match a gift for a new boss.  

Judy Cassab   Reunion

Nudes can represent a deft declaration of love, while landscapes say enough without giving too much away. Spread across a wall, a sublime vista for example, says some strong, universal yet undetermined. If you’re at a loss for inspiration, there’s the eternally symbolic floral painting. Simple, expressive and an aesthetic delight – it can be the best kind of birthday bouquet. Or, go for something contemporary and quirky. Bonding over life in the twenty-first century makes for not only interesting conversation, but also an interesting gift.

Auguste Blackman   Lilies 4

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, slot into a crush-proof tube and ship worldwide – easy!

Philippe Le Miere   classic wizard of oz magic ruby shoes

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 don’t know their home well. Pop art however, can be a fun prize piece for any home. Graphic, punchy and tongue-in-cheek - it has style, without taking itself too seriously.

Charles Blackman   Dream Image

Still unsure?

If you’re still stuck on what to buy, we recommend our Gift Cards. More than just a voucher, our Gift Cards represent the joyous gift of art on the recipient's terms. Either way, try not to fret too much. Gift giving ought to after all, be fun. 

Charles Blackman   Face + Vase - Blue