12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Budding Artist


Budding artists come at all ages – whether it’s your talented kid experimenting beyond the coloring book, professional who needs a creative outlet, or an aging senior who recently discovered their love of painting.  The really great thing about art is its many forms – many artists take junk from thrift stores and use it in sculptural art, or paint over thrift store paintings to save on canvases.  Whatever the medium, a thrifty gift could be just the inspiration your artist needs this holiday season.


Art kits are frequently for sale.  Thrift complete art sets, or individual supplies that can be rounded up in a cool basket.  Buy a cheap picture with a cool frame – ditch the picture and give them the frame to display their own masterpiece on the wall.


I don’t know what the Hannah Montana Forever Restaurant is, but it certainly has a nice frame. This would be perfect to frame a budding artist’s latest work.


Personally, I think this canvas art is kind of ugly. To each her own, but I would prime this canvas a lovely white and give it to an artist to create a new masterpiece.


Try hand-painted cloth – they can reuse as a dropcloth in their painting studio or repurpose as a smock for painting and other mixed media types of art.  You don’t need to be an artist yourself to make it pretty – try a fun splatter technique, or use foam or potato stamps to create a cool pattern.

More Ideas

What is the gift of thrift?  The gift of thrift means buying things from a secondhand source (usually a thrift store) in order to give them to a friend or family member.  You’ll save so much money that you can buy extra presents for everyone!

Gift 1 – Fashionista

Gift 2 – Avid Cook

Gift 3 – Coupon clipper or extreme couponer

Gift 4 – Spa

Gift 5 – Foodie

Gift 6 – Netflix junkie

Gift 7 – Music lover

Gift 8 – Coffee addict

Gift 9 – Collectible collector

Gift 10 – Fitness / Sports Fanatic

Gift 11 – Budding Artist (reading now)

Gift 12 – Emerging Mixologist

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