Summer season has already began. For most people is the best time of the year due to warmer weather and longer days. Whether you’re already on a beach vacation or enjoying summer weekends with friends in the city, summer is the perfect season to relax, unwind and get a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Also, many birthdays, weddings, christenings, social events and parties are taking place during summertime and for this reason, you know it won’t be long until you need to start your gift planning. Maybe this article will help you realize it’s not that difficult to make a perfect gift and you’ll decide to plan your shopping early. Good for you! This means no more last minute panic attacks.
Now that you have still plenty of time ahead of you to select a carefully-considered (if not, perfect) gift, you should think about buying some art for someone special – perhaps a loved one, a family member or someone you respect greatly like a mentor or a really good friend. But where to begin? It can be daunting and you might give up before you’ve even started. Art has a timeless quality and The Art Dose is here to help you have this all-important decision making possible!
Consider the person receiving the gift
Usually, art is something you give someone special, someone who you are probably close to. Think of something they like or enjoy and hone in on that. Perhaps this person enjoys taking hikes in nature – in this case, a watercolor landscape would be a good choice. Or if there is a destination they’ve always wanted to go to, you can give them an artistic photograph taken in black and white of that city to inspire them to take that trip! Maybe they like music, so it’s a safe choice to find a sculpture in a shape of an instrument or a music note. And the list goes on …
Set a budget
It is easy to get carried away looking at Basquiats and Gauguins, but that’s out of most people’s price range. Have a clear budget in mind to help you eliminate anything that you wouldn’t even consider due to price. With online art sites you can even narrow down your options with a few clicks of a mouse! When selecting a budget, also consider the medium. Unique works like paintings and sculptures are always more expensive than something like an editioned print, like a photograph or lithograph.
Think about space
It’s a fact that a 5 metre wide painting may be a really impressive gift, but if that person lives in a shoebox apartment there might be some challenges even getting it through the door! Choose something that would look good in their office or home and can be displayed in a variety of versatile ways: hung on a wall, on the floor leaned against the wall, on a bookcase, or even on a bedside table.
Always frame the work
This leads us to our fourth point: framing. A good frame can always elevate a work of art, making a 100€ print look ten times its price. Consider where your recipient might place their new art piece – as well as the work itself – to select the right frame. Custom frames, although beautiful, can get very expensive. You should always endeavour to frame the work, even if it’s using a store-bought frame. Find a local store and get them to cut a mat board that fits the print perfectly – a quick and inexpensive way to make the work pop!
Last but not least, is adding a personalized touch to your gift! Take the time to research your artist and their work and write a little note about how this work made you think of your recipient. Include a biography of the artist or an interesting fact about the artwork. Buy a complimentary book from a past exhibition or include a flyer with more information about his artistic genre. It just adds that extra touch!
Also, in The Art Dose we give you the opportunity to be very creative and fully involved in the making of your gift. We offer an assorted range of beautiful artworks which can be engraved or personalized to make the ultimate tailor-made present for that special person in your life. We can also turn your imagination into a thoughtful gift, by choosing the artist you love based on their style and the materials they use and order your one of a kind design. Give a gift they’ll never forget!
Now that you’re an expert on how to pick out your perfect item, you might wonder where to go to find art that would fit your budget. At The Art Dose gallery giftshop in Glyfada, we have many artworks and sculptures in a variety of mediums for you to choose from. You can also use the filters on our website to sort the works by artist and price range, so that you can narrow down your options! If you’re really at a loss as to how to choose your art pieces, you can contact Niki Kapopoulou, our curator, to assist you in this undertaking! Simply send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we’d be more than happy to help!
We hope that even the pickiest customers would be hard-pressed to not find something they love! This summer season, take this opportunity to elevate your gifting skills and give someone a work of art that they would treasure for years to come!
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Yunyi Lau | theartling.com