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7 Tips for Buying Art as a Gift

Few presents are more memorable than art pieces. Gifting artwork to a family member, a good friend, your special someone, or a great colleague is a fantastic way to show how much you value them. However, doing is more challenging than saying. Gifting art requires thought, time, planning, and, most importantly, some inspiration. Therefore, it’s only normal for most people to become anxious while thinking about buying art for others. So, to overcome this issue, we compiled a list of tips for buying art as a gift and eliminating doubts. Here is how you can pick the perfect art piece for those who matter to you.

1.   Think about who you are buying art for

When you want to buy art for someone, consider their preferences. If you know the person well, you can trust your instincts and buy something you believe they would enjoy. If you need some inspiration, look around their house for things that could give you a hint. What is their interior design like? Do they have a retro, contemporary, or minimalist decor? Make your art present entirely about the recipient’s preferences! Is their house full of wide open spaces and blank walls, or is it decorated with art?

At the same time, look at the home’s features and think about practicality. For instance, a big piece of art might be unfitting if the house is small. Also, if the home is filled with furry friends, delicate might be inappropriate as it needs protection from pets.

Small room with large windows and paintings on the walls.
Look around your loved one’s home to see if buying art as a gift is a good idea.

2.   Consider your friend or loved one’s hobbies

Does the recipient of your art gift have a hobby or interest? Maybe they are interested in traveling, surfing, movies, or architecture. In that case, perhaps you could get drawings of famous buildings for those interested in architecture. Or, a landscape painting for your friend that likes to travel. Whenever you choose art as a gift, look for pieces that reflect the recipient’s interest. That way, your success is almost guaranteed.

3.   Consider the location and distance between you 

By location, we don’t mean where the recipient will display the art. We are referring to the distance between you and where the art needs to arrive. If the recipient lives far away, and you want to send the gift, you must choose the art piece carefully. Works on paper and photographs are easy to pack and keep safe during shipping. 

However, you need to consider your options if you want to send a larger or more valuable piece of art. For instance, the experts at Consumer Opinion advise getting in touch with some particular service providers. One of them is an insurance broker, as one of the things you need is art insurance. If the piece gets damaged on the way, it won’t be a total loss. You will also need experienced movers to handle your art piece. That way, you can be sure that the gift is in good hands. So get some experts on your side, and buying art as a gift will become easy.

Fragile warning sticker on a cardboard surface.
Think of how you will send the art piece to your loved one.

4.   Set a budget and learn when to stop

Art pieces can come in many shapes and sizes; thus, they can also come at many prices. In addition, there will be a significant difference between purchasing art online, in a gallery, or straight from an artist. For that reason, when you decide to buy art, it’s a good idea to set a budget. If you find great art that is perfect for a loved one but too expensive, you will have your budget to restrain you from making an unwise purchase. As much as you value a person and want to show that to them, it’s essential to know where to stop.

5.   Buying art as a gift can be easy with the help of an expert

You will be amazed how a simple conversation with an experienced gallerist can help you in your quest. A professional can help you clarify your ideas and determine what type of art you should look for. At the same time, a gallerist might come up with some ideas of their own that can help you see even better what you are supposed to look for. Not to mention, dealing with a licensed expert can protect you from art fraud. Therefore, if you have doubts or lack inspiration, seek the help of an expert.

6.   Consider custom paintings as an option

If you find yourself exploring many galleries and still have trouble finding that perfect piece of art, consider custom paintings as an option. Most artists love creating new artworks, which are not as expensive as you may assume. So, if you come across an artist whose work you enjoy, don’t hesitate to contact them and request a custom-made painting. Tell the artist who the painting is for and what the recipient means to you. That way, the painter can create something based on your needs that will meet your expectations. 

Person painting using blue hues.
You can find numerous artists that would be happy to create a custom painting.

7.   Should you send art framed or unframed?

The answer to this question depends on your budget and how you want to deliver the artwork. If you want it framed, it is ready to hang as soon as it reaches the recipient. However, framed art is more delicate and heavier to carry. 

At the same time, unframed art is ideal for shipping, and the gift recipient can choose their frame. Many art prints are available in custom sizes, and you may select a ready-to-frame option.

 Final words

As you can see, buying art for a loved one doesn’t have to be a daunting quest. You don’t need to spend days in a row in art galleries looking at all the paintings or searching for the finest printable art on the internet. Just look closely at your loved one, their house, and their hobbies. Then, talk to an art expert or an artist, and they will help you find what you are looking for. Therefore, the next time you think of buying art as a gift, remember these tips and make your search easier.