What You Should Know Before Gifting Someone Artwork

What You Should Know Before Gifting Someone Artwork

Posted on 17 Dec 2021

Artwork makes for a stunning gift because the recipient can keep it for life. But if you have much-loved friends or family that have a particularly detailed eye, picking out the perfect piece to suit their aesthetic can be a daunting prospect.

Although everyone appreciates a gift that has plenty of thought behind it, you still want it to look beautiful in someone’s home or office. Below, we’ve highlighted a few quick tips for selecting a striking artwork that serves as an unforgettable gift for someone special in your life.

Know Their Style

Buying art for someone is challenging if you don’t have a clear understanding of their tastes. This means you have to undertake a little bit of research to ensure you secure a wonderful piece. If you’ve got someone in mind for a gift, don’t be afraid to bring up the topic of art in conversation to get an idea of artists or styles they admire.

It’s even better if you drop in to their home to scout out what kind of artworks they already adore their space with. Reflecting on their passions, like travel or swimming, can also give you plenty of art-buying inspiration.

Understand the Space

Whether you’re buying a loved one artwork because they recently received a promotion or moved into a new apartment, having a good understanding of the space they’ll hang your gift is super helpful. Supported by this information, you’ll have a better idea of what artwork will complement their space to perfection.

For example, a home with plenty of wood accents and native plants could benefit most from a lush landscape painting, while an industrial office space might look better with contemporary architectural photography. By learning the colours and textures of a space, you have a valuable guide to handpicking stunning artwork.

Size Matters

Just because you’re giving someone a gift doesn’t mean you have to find the grandest work of art money can buy. In fact, focusing on small artworks might be a smarter decision altogether. Why? Because you never want to purchase someone a gift that becomes a burden for them to handle.

With a smaller artwork, the recipient has far more flexibility when deciding where to place it within their home or office. Rather than needing a large space to hang your A0-sized print, something less expansive can be elegantly placed on a spare shelf or a benchtop to great effect.

Seal the Deal with a Frame

When you buy someone a gift, you want them to be able to use it right away. If you purchase a painting or print unframed, your recipient will have to time, money and energy on getting it framed, which might take slightly away from the thoughtful nature of your gift.

Instead, present your gift ready to be hung with a frame and mount. This way, as soon as your loved one unwraps the paper, they’ll be able to find the wall to life without a moment’s delay. While this might not be possible if sending your gift overseas, framing is always something to consider.

Stick to a Budget

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect artwork to give to someone special, knowing how much you’re willing to spend is a great way to focus your search. From widely available prints to limited edition original creations, the cost of artwork can vary greatly.

However, a clear budget makes sure you don’t waste your time on something outside your reach. By understanding the tastes of your recipient and where they are likely to hang your gift, you can purchase something amazing for an affordable price.

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