Handcrafted gifts are created from the heart, and given from the heart.
I had a gallery for 25 years, and to celebrate our store first anniversary, we had a drawing for a small original painting of mine. No purchase necessary, just a simple process of putting your name in a box.
The random name I picked was a fellow who lived 300 miles away. Instantly, I wished I’d selected someone close by as I thought who’d want to drive six hours to pick up a small painting? But, to be fair, I stayed with the random winner.
Much to my amazement, the couple made plans to return to gallery the next weekend. Not only that, they returned every year to celebrate their anniversary, making a special point of telling me how much joy my painting continued to bring them. “Your painting isn’t just a fond memory, the whole scene makes me breathe calmly, and gives me the desire to take a walk! The birch trees are home for me.”
Handcrafted gifts, including art, become priceless possessions of tomorrow.
When you choose to give such a gift they're often items that people wouldn’t buy themselves. Perhaps because they feel the need to be practical when it comes to spending on their home.
Yet, their home is their haven, bringing daily respite. It’s a placed shared with others, where lifelong memories are made. Why not enhance their experience? Give a timeless gift of quality that becomes part of their lives. A gift that’ll be appreciated and cherished for years to come.
8 tips to choose a memorable original piece of art for the home lover
1. Keep it small
It's easier for someone to find a perfect place for a small sized gift. Although your selection will not be large in size, it’ll win praise for it’s flexibility in the ease of choosing a location and living with the treasure.
2. Buy for their taste, not yours
Think about their interests and likes before your start browsing. Just remember it's not for you!
Where do they like to travel?
Where do they spend their free time?
Do they enjoy the outdoors at the beach or strolling the aisles of museums?
Do they have any hobbies? Gardening, perhaps. Are they a dog lover, stamp collector?
3. Consider what style and design they have in their space
Do they tend to go for more antique furniture or contemporary? Expanding on a style they already find comfortable will help you gauge their taste.
4. Investigate the color palette they currently have in their home. If you don’t know, what colors do they wear consistently?
People wear the colors they feel comfortable in. Dressing in denim tells you blue is a safe choice, and that they're attracted to a casual feeling. Whereas, sterling silver earnings or a tie clasp tells a different story.
5. Still unsure of they’re tastes, consider seasonal décor
Each year when they peel back the tissue and unpack your keepsake gift, memories will surface, bringing more meaning and gratitude to the holiday.
6. If you aren’t sure of colors, style, hobbies or interest, consider the emotional impact of the piece
Often times an art piece will portray or evoke certain feelings.
7. Go with your instinct
Nine times out of 10 you'll always come back to that option which was your first choice. If that happens, don't fight it. Your gut can be that good.
Test it on yourself. Strong horizontals can induce a feeling of tranquility, think calm water or sunsets.
8. Don't 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. Remember you have the recipient at the forefront of your thoughts – and that’s where your mind should be.
Be memorable the next time you give a gift - choose art for their home!