Tips for Buying Art as a Christmas Gift

by Gordon Smith 11. December 2017 11:17

If you’ve decided to be more creative this Christmas and are looking to buy art as a gift, then what a great gesture! Art is very subjective however, and making a purchase for somebody else can seem daunting, and even a bit stressful, but have no fear; by taking a fresh approach and adopting a different mindset, our useful tips will help make the selection process a little easier.

Don’t buy for you

There is a belief that when choosing a gift, you should always buy something you’d like to have yourself. In this particular case, we say do the opposite.

Instead, really think about the person you are buying for; their likes, dislikes, passions or interests and also their personality. A fun-loving person, may not like a dramatic piece of art or specific styles, and vice versa for someone who potentially has a more serious outlook.

Stay as open-minded as possible during the process, as a piece that is to your taste may not necessarily be to theirs. You may end up buying a painting that you wouldn’t necessarily have in your house, but for the person receiving the gift it may be that statement piece they’ve been searching for.

Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater
Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater

Budget

There is a perception that buying art is the preserve of the wealthy. This is not the case, as there are paintings for sale out there to suit every budget, from as little as £30 right up to investment pieces from £3million and beyond!

You don’t need to break the bank to buy a painting, so it is possible to shop around and find a great selection within your price range.

Always think about interiors

Art can transform interiors, so always think about styles and genres when making that purchase. If you’re buying for someone who has a passion for mid-Century interiors, then you’d probably go for a genre like portraiture or abstract art.

Another example is a vintage interior, a painting with a nostalgic feel, or a work set in a location that celebrates vintage would really be standout pieces.

If you’re buying a gift for a specific room, then this is also worth consideration. A piece that makes you reflect or feel mindful would look great in a bedroom or living area, whereas a lighthearted piece would work better in a more social space or kids room.

Hobbies or interests

Buying for a person who is passionate about their hobby or has loads of interests does make the buying process a lot easier, and there are many artists and lots of paintings suited for a very wide-range of interests, such as sport, music, vintage cars or classic films … to name but a few!

This decision does come with a bit of a caveat, however. Sometimes it can be easier to buy something to reflect that person’s passions or interests, but it may not match their interiors taste, or actually be what they want to hang on their walls.

With that in mind, it’s always worth checking the returns policy of the art gallery or the website you are purchasing from, just in case you do need to return or exchange a piece.

Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson
Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson

Size matters

When it comes to the size of painting you should buy, we would recommend keeping it to a manageable size that is more versatile and can hang anywhere in a house.

Resist the urge of making a grand gesture and buying a large painting as it may not necessarily work well with the scale and size of house you are buying for. A small living area, for example, would be dwarfed by a large statement piece.

A more manageable size painting can be placed in any room or on any sized wall, which means there is more scope to hang or place in a space that really brings both the wall and the painting to life.

When all else fails…

If the process is proving to be tougher than you thought, then why not buy a Gift Voucher. It’s still a great gesture and it means you can feel more confident that that person will choose a piece of art they love.

Gift vouchers also range in price to suit every budget, so you could buy for as little as £5, or as much as £500.

Whichever way you look at it, art as a gift is a highly personalised gesture that has a positive impact on many levels. Sometimes, it’s easy to buy presents that are disposable and short-lived, but the gift of a painting is durable, better for the environment and lasts a lifetime.

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