What is the best way to give art work as a gift

I know art work is personal. It's personal because you really like it, or you like it but are not in "love" with it, or you don't like it all.

So let's be honest- how do you know what to get someone who wants art work but you don't know what to get them? 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Traditional piece

Traditional piece

Contemporary piece

Contemporary piece

  1. Style- how would you describe their style? Would they say they are traditional? Contemporary? Would they say "I don't know, but I just know what I like?" I like to look at where a person loves to shop as an indicator of their style. If they like to shop(even if it’s just window shopping) at Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel- those are indicators of their style. Once you find their style you can look at several sources (here is a list of many sources) and search for words that describe their style or things they like: “abstract landscapes” or “colorful paintings” are two examples

  2. Have they been pointing out things that they like in stores, magazines, online or at a friend’s house? Take note of what they are and try to get something similar..

  3. Gift cards. I’m pretty sure any vendor, gallery or artist will be a happy to give you credit towards the piece of their choosing.

Which is why I’m launching gift cards! In honor of Cyber Monday, I want to make shopping for art easier on everyone and offer gift cards. And anyone who purchases one before 12/25/15 will get a free 30min. design consult to help the person either pick out a piece or decide where it will go in their house (which can be the hardest part sometimes!).

Happy Shopping!