How to Buy Art as a Gift

December 15, 2015

Does the perfect gift continue to elude you, year after year? Well, there’s no need to remain among the perpetually stymied gift givers of the world. This year, make it seriously personal. ART would fit that bill. Local scenes, gorgeous landscapes, vibrant abstracts, how do you find the ideal piece that your recipient will love? Here are a few tips for being the hero this year.

1. Stay Small! It's easier for someone to live with and find that perfect place for a small sized piece of art. The lucky recipient can always find a spot for it, be it by a bedside, or leaned gently on a bookshelf. Larger scale artwork can be a bit too imposing, both with your taste as well as physically in someone else's space.  Growing Season by Joanne Geisel2. Buy for their taste, not yours. It's always surprising when one doesn't give a certain gift, even when they know that the person would love it!
3. When considering buying art for a baby gift, try to pick something that the child can grow with and appreciate throughout different stages. Try to stay away from the "too cute" baby themed art; go for something with more longevity.

Me and My Shadow by Ann Hair4. Be brave and go with your instinct. Nine times out of 10 you'll always come back to that option which was your first choice. It always happens. Don't fight it (but look around anyway to satisfy yourself that you looked hard).

5. To help guide you a little bit, try to think about what the recipient has in their home in terms of style. Do they tend to go for more vintage furniture or contemporary? It's not always the case, but sometimes this will help gauge their taste in art. A good clue might be to investigate the color palette they have used in their home (painted walls). For instance, if they have a red wall in their dining room, then you're probably safe with art that has warm tones (or has red in it!). Any artwork they may have commented on in your home can give you an idea of what they might like as well.

Rainbow Exposed by Nancy Noel May
6. Do not get too many opinions on the gift! Everyone has different tastes and certainly different opinions. Don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed with everyone's input. Buy it and stand firm.
    7. If you still can't find that perfect gift of art, but still want to give art as a gift, then consider a gift certificate. Spectrum Gallery can help with this and it's always a nice gesture to give one and offer to make it a date for you and the recipient to go to the gallery together to choose something they'll like (hey, make a lunch date out of it too!).


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