Are you looking for a unique gift for a creative kid in your life? I can help!
I am an artist raising two creative little girls and I was a teacher for over 10 years. Every recommendation here is something I have used with my kids, taught with, or have in my home. (And PS, Amazon gives me a small % for every item you purchase through this post).
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY:
Sunprints are a fun way to expose kids to the original darkroom process. I used these with my middle school students and they loved it. It gets kids outside and creative with nature.
This camera lens is not actually a lens. But it will make a young photographer laugh and keep their hot chocolate warm while they’re out getting the perfect shot.
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE EMBROIDERY:
I was in the Michael’s sewing aisle and noticed how many teens were there too. The cashier told me embroidery thread was the hottest item purchased this summer.
An embroidery-kid would love:
A magnetic needle case. A magnetic case to hold their needles.
Plastic floss bobbins. Plastic bobbins to keep thread from getting tangled.
Bobbin winder. This helps to wind thread around the bobbins.
Embroidery Transfer pens. There are for drawing on fabric before you stitch.
DMC: The best thread. A Collector's Tin with 35 colors of floss.
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE TO PAINT:
I use Strathmore paper for my own art and give it to my kids too. Colors stay vibrant and pages don’t rip. It’s good quality and inexpensive.
Watercolor Pad - For water-heavy painters.
Drawing Pad - For markers, crayons, pencils, pens.
Canvas Paper Pad - For acrylics.
Square watercolor paper - For teens who share their art on Instagram, it's easier to photograph square paper.
Palette paper: Using palette paper with kids makes cleaning up easier.
This watercolor set has been in my paintbox for years and now my kids use it. I love it.
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE TO Draw:
Copic multiliner pens are my favorite. They don’t smudge and are great for details and lettering.
My favorite eraser is by Tombow. It works like a mechanical pencil. You can erase details that regular erasers are too big for.
Your kids may have tons of markers, but do they have skin tones? As soon as my kids started drawing people I added these to their marker bins.
FOR KIDS WHO LOVE CALLIGRAPHY:
Calligraphy is back! Teens are now teaching themselves how to do lettering flourishing via social media (my Bubby taught me at her dining room table).
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are my first recommendation for a new letterer. They're like a brush pen, but stiffer. They can make lines like a traditional calligraphy pen but you hold them like a marker.
FOR the littlest artists:
OOLY chalks are what we use indoors because there is NO DUST! The colors are brilliant. They glide onto our blackboard like butter, then wipe off with a wet paper towel. I love anything by the OOLY brand for all ages.
Aquadoodle is a hit with my toddlers in the bath. Their lines “magically appear” with water and then fade away as it dries.
Melissa & Doug Make-A-Face Sticker pad keeps my 5 year old very busy. Even I had fun doing this.
Paint-By-Stickers Books are great for when you need portable art activities (like on a plane). It works like a coloring book, except you fill the spaces with numbered stickers. They have beginner and advanced books.
FOR the FUTURE:
What to do with all the art your kids make? I recommend a portfolio. I got one for each of my girls. Anything worth keeping I put in their portfolio. You can go through it once a year and narrow down the collection.
If you have a creative kid you’re trying to shop for, let me know and maybe I’ve got something special to recommend.
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