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The Budding Artists

Do you have a budding Picasso? Or an artsy aunt? Indulge their impulses with these creative choices from iconic brands. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep those you love in touch with their inner child and creative center. Give the gift of possibility this season, and not only will they be entertained, they’ll have tangible art to display! We poured over hundreds of offerings and settled on these exciting choices from Crayola, Michaels and Amazon. There’s something here for the finger painter, the seasoned art major, or the crafty cousin in your posse!

Washable Paint Set for Kids (4+)

From Crayola

For the littlest creator, the washable paint set for kids from Crayola hits the mark. Six washable paint colors (red, blue, green, purple, yellow, and orange), 5 brushes, and a Marker & Watercolor Pad, allow the mastery without the mess! Whether they use the brushes (contributes to developing fine motor skills) or their hands, you will be so proud (and not have to clean the whole kitchen) when they express their inner world in iconic colors from Crayola.


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Creatology Kids Art Set, 23 piece (6+)

From Michaels

For the slightly older artist, introduce them to their first project with real acrylic paints! You will be the hero who sets them on their path. The kit comes with table top easel, pre-printed canvases, brushes, acrylic paints, palette, and mixing chart to get those creative juices flowing. Grab a couple kits and have a sibling or friends “art class playdate.” Complete the activity with an “art show” with refreshments, snacks, and art discussions! Fun for the whole fam or friend group.


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Signature Paint Pour Mini Canvas Craft Kit (14+)

Looking to keep that artsy teenager busy during the holiday break, or maybe trying to find something to do during an isolation requirement? Check this out from the innovative folks at Crayola!  Imagine completing a piece of art for your walls in just about an hour that looks like it came from the downtown art gallery! The easy to use step-by-step instructions make a guaranteed masterpiece just a few steps away. This paint pour kit with marbleizing technique will bring out the oohs and ahhhs when the finished product is revealed. And who doesn’t need an ego boost?


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How to Draw Cool Stuff (all ages)

When you can visualize it, you can draw it! This book helps everyone from the beginner to the advanced illustrator gain some new techniques for precision and bringing out the realness and joy in the art of drawing. Train your brain to see like an artist. The possibilities are endless with this best selling book and so is the fun. You might just find that you order one for yourself, too!


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Professional Art Set (all ages)

Not sure the artistic level of that niece or cousin? This kit fits everyone from the kid just exploring art for the first time, to the person who finds themselves getting lost in the paint brush aisle at the art store. And who doesn’t appreciate brand new pencils, brushes, and paint? The smell. The packaging. The newness. The potential. It’s all so exciting, right? The 85-piece deluxe art set comes in a portable wooden case and includes three 50-page drawing pads, plus everything that’s needed to start or continue that artistic goal! Perfect for kids, teens, and adults.


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