5 Tips for Gifting Art

Posted in The Art-Isms by Lori Zimmer on 25th November 2016

Sharing your love for art with friends and family is an exciting way to create or honor memories, form closer bonds, as well as giving a timeless gift that lasts way beyond the latest gadgets. Yet many seasoned art collectors are afraid or intimidated to pick out art works for another. Using the same guidelines collectors use on their own collections, we’ve stripped down 5 tips that will help to make an unforgettable gift of art for friends, family and your love.


1 What’s their interior style?

Tipping Point

Bryan Lavelle

Buying art for another person takes a little research and understanding. Start with taking a good look at your recipient’s home and interior style. Is there a colour palette or blacks and whites? Do they gravitate toward certain patterns or textures? What other knickknacks, mirrors or décor do they have hanging on walls and on tables? Using these findings, you can create a wish list of qualities that an artwork should have, including matching textures and colors with the framing and presentation of their existing décor.


2 What’s your recipient’s personality type?

Flowers From the Village of Ponkotan

Takashi Murakami

Nailing down your loved one’s personality traits can steer you in the right direction for a meaningful piece of art. Is your sister always the ray of sunshine in the room? Is your father contemplative? Does your best friend have endless energy? Do they love adventure or serenity? Each of these qualities can be translated into a meaningful piece of art, using their personalities to guide you.


3 Think about your shared memories

Hackney Special

Barry Goodman

Did you take an epic trip with your best friend? A semester in London? Have a beloved pet growing up with your parents? Did you share a hobby with a loved one? Memories and nostalgia are a great guideline to picking the right piece, and let the viewer project their personal narrative of a trip to the desert or their childhood family pet onto a landscape painting or collage of a dog. Art is personal when the viewer can relate to the subject and pull from their own lives.


4 Create a new memory

Torn Icon

Steven Irwin

Do you and your love dream of going to Paris together? Finding that perfect house? Saving up to move to New York? Pull on the heart strings with a piece that projects a wish or hope that can hang as a symbol of your future together. Or simply something that reminds you of a shared moment, a character trait or your very own castle in the sky.


5 Show the love

Heart Balloon

Emma Harman

Sure, its easy to show your affection with luxe gifts. But art lets you show your love. Let your sentiment guide you and have the new symbol of your affection be a heart painting, collage or sculpture to show how far your love goes.

Left: First Dance Partner

Right: Warm Embrace

Julia Blackshaw


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About the Author

Lori Zimmer is a writer and curator who has evolved along side the public art/graffiti community. She is the creator of popular blog Art Nerd New York, an art history guide to New York City that also provides off beat access to public art, exhibitions and artists’ studios. Since 2009, Lori has been working actively in the art world on many facets, from writing to curatorial projects to advising artists and event planning. Zimmer resides in New York City, but travels every chance she gets, visiting artists and galleries across the world.

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