Favorite Gifts for Future Artists

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
This list of favorite art supplies is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, curated by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen of Inner Child Fun.

Enjoy crafting with your kids!

Favorite Gifts for Future Artists

Need a few inspiring gift ideas for the future artists on your holiday list this year? Here are some of our favorite art products that get the most use in our crafty household, and are sure to inspire plenty of creative artsy fun all year long!

Rainbow Stamp Pad

We have used this Rainbow Stamp Pad for numerous projects including homemade cards, bookmarks, wrapping paper, and more! I love how vibrant the colors are and that the ink is washable. For fingerprint art, it is a great less-messy alternative to paint! Tip: Use baby wipes to clean.

Alphabet Stamp Set

I love how versatile this alphabet stamp set, and it’s another product that gets used over and over again in our house for so many projects! Perfect for little ones who can’t write yet, they can practice letter recognition as you spell out words for them. Also perfect for those who are just starting to learn how to write. Stamp out the letters to spell sight words, and invite your child to trace them. Comes with a small ink pad too.


Magical Masterpieces

This is a new product from Melissa & Doug, and it was an instant favorite in our home! My kids absolutely loved how this kit allowed them to create amazing watercolor resist paintings. Vibrant liquid watercolor paints are included, and a tutorial for color mixing is printed on the back of the package. Includes 4 different scenes.

Wooden Easel

If there was just one art product I wish every child could have, it would be an easel. There is so much to love about the  Melissa & Doug easel, since it is height adjustable, has one side with a wipe off surface, the other is a chalkboard, and it has a locking paper roll dispenser. I love how an art easel can instantly turn any corner of a room into a studio and promote hours of creative playtime fun!

Picture Frame Pad

Turn any of your child’s artwork into instantly framed masterpieces with the Melissa & Doug Picture Frame Pad. Large sheets of paper are perfect for coloring with colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The framed edges make them ideal for prominent display in your home!

Wooden Tabletop Paper Roll Dispenser

This tabletop paper roll dispenser is great for promoting lots of open-ended art projects! My kids love using large sheets of this to create murals, draw pictures, or even to make their own table runners for festive occasions. They have unrolled large sheets to draw roads and buildings for an instant playscape for small toy cars! There are so many possibilities!

Peel and Press Sticker by Number Stained Glass

This is one of my kids’ favorites because it is simple to do, and the results are stunning! They have received countless compliments on their peel and press “stained glass” creations.

Have fun!!

Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.


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