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The Ultimate Artistic Gift Guide for Young Creators – 9 to 12 year old art gifts

If your tween’s eyes light up at the sight of color palettes, and their hands itch to sketch, paint, or mold, you’re nurturing a blossoming artist! But, as they drift between childhood and the teenage realm, finding gifts that resonate with their artistic flair can be a tad tricky.

We’ve curated a treasure trove of arty gifts that will inspire their masterpieces and elevate their creative journey. Prepare to unwrap the world of imagination and craft and watch their talents soar!

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Best Art Gifts for Tweens

Whether your creative tween has just started showing an interest in art or has been fine-tuning their art skills for year, these are some of the best art gift ideas for preteens.

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Watercolor Painting Set

ARTISTRO Watercolor Paint Set, 48 Vivid Colors in Portable Box, Including Metallic and Fluorescent Colors. Perfect Travel Watercolor Set for Artists, Amateur Hobbyists and Painting Lovers

This set has everything for tweens who would love to get started with watercolor painting. From real brush pens that are colorful and vibrant to watercolor pages, this painting set will make a great art gift for tweens.  


Hand Lettering Set

Prismacolor Premier Advanced Hand Lettering Set with Illustration Markers, Art Pens, Pencils, Eraser and Tips Pamphlet, 13 Count

If your tween would be interested in learning more about or trying hand lettering, this set would be the perfect starter kit for them. It’s easy to follow and understand, so they can really learn without getting frustrated.

It includes several writing tools and a kneaded eraser, ideal for fixing those minor mistakes. It’s the perfect tween stocking stuffer for the budding artist.


Doodle and Color Art Set

Art 101 Doodle and Color 142 Pc Art Set in a Wood Carrying Case, Includes 24 Premium Colored Pencils, A variety of coloring and painting mediums: crayons, oil pastels, watercolors; Portable Art Studio

With over 142 pieces included in this art set, this is one of the best gifts for tween artists as it comes with everything they need to start coloring and getting creative.

Coming in a beautiful presentation box, it is ideal for gifting. Your artist set includes crayons, oil pastels, and watercolors.


Brush Markers

Dual Brush Marker Pens for Coloring Books, Tanmit Fine Tip Coloring Marker & Brush Pen Set for Journaling Note Taking Writing Planning Art Project

A great gift for older kids, really honing in on their hand-eye coordination and penmanship, these markers come with a double-ended design so that your artist can draw fine details, calligraphic strokes, and more.

The flexible brush tips are sturdy and don’t fray easily, and the fine tip markers are great for coloring books, so this will be a good investment for your creative tween who loves adding to her craft supplies!


Spiral Bound Sketch Pads

U.S. Art Supply Set of 4 Different Stylesof Sketching and Drawing Paper Pads (242 Sheets Total) - 2 Each 5.5" x 8.5

One of the most basic but essential gifts for tween artists is including a few different-sized sketch pads as a stocking stuffer.

Sketch pads are easy for them to carry around in their backpack and provide the best drawing surface for their ideas. Ask anyone who loves to sketch, and they’ll tell you that you can never have too many sketch pads!


Sketch Pencils

Mr. Pen- Sketch Pencils for Drawing, 14 Pack, Drawing Pencils, Art Pencils, Graphite Pencils, Graphite Pencils for Drawing, Art Pencils for Drawing and Shading, Shading Pencils for Sketching

Ideal for sketching and shading, these pencils are great for both beginners and advanced artists. These graphite pencils come in a set of 12 so they will have plenty of practice and the perfect pencil for every type of shading.

If you are investing in good quality drawing gifts for 12-year-olds, don’t forget a good quality pencil sharpener to keep their tools in top shape.


How to Draw Cool Things

How to Draw Cool Things, Optical Illusions, 3D Letters, Cartoons and Stuff: A Cool Drawing Guide for Older Kids, Teens, Teachers, and Students (Drawing for Kids)

This very cool guide from Rachel Goldstein is perfect for those interested in drawing optical illusions, 3D letters, cartoons, or other cool designs.

It is ideal for your tween who can already sketch but wants to take their skill level up a notch.


Deluxe Artist Painting Set

U.S. Art Supply 133-Piece Deluxe Ultimate Artist Painting Set with Aluminum and Wood Easels, 72 Paint Colors, 24 Acrylic, 24 Oil, 24 Watercolor, 8 Canvases, 44 Brushes, 4 Painting & Sketch Pads & More

For the ultimate tween artist gift set, this deluxe painting set has over 130 quality supplies for their art kit and includes both a wood and aluminum easel.

The set also includes a variety of paint and accessories that can grow with your tween as they advance their skills.


Calligraphy Pen Set

U.S. Art Supply 35-Piece Calligraphy Pen Writing Set - 4 Calligraphy Pens, 5 Size Styles of Pen Nibs, 22 Ink Cartridges, Instructional Handbook, Practice Paper Pad - Kids, Students, Adults Starter Kit

Calligraphy is a wonderful skill to introduce to your tween. With four custom stylized pens, interchangeable nibs, and several colored inks, your tween will love learning how to write and practice their calligraphy skills. An instructional guide is included in this great starter kit for older kids.


Lartique “The Box of Art” Painting Kit

Lartique Painting Supplies, Acrylic Paint Set - Painting Kits for Adults and Kids - Includes Canvases for Painting, Acrylic Paint, Paintbrushes, and More. Perfect Painting Kit for Artists & Beginners

A superb starter set, 24 blank canvases, and everything your young artist needs to get started.

Get your tween painting with a variety of different techniques. There’s a set of acrylic paints included but your tools will also work with oil paint, watercolors, gouache, pastel, spray paint, tempera, and more.


Sketch Prompts Books

52 Sketch Prompts: Weekly Art Prompts for Creative Doodling & Beyond - 8.5" x 5.5

A great gift for young artists seeking some new inspiration. Each week, your creative tween can follow the weekly art prompts included in this book.

The exercises are varied and will help them with doodling and becoming more expressive. The best thing about this prompted sketchbook is that it’s full of inspiration and ideas to help them learn and perfect their techniques throughout the year.


Precision Ink Pens

MISULOVE Black Micro-Pen Fineliner Ink Pens - Precision Multiliner Pens Micro Fine Point Drawing Pens for Sketching, Anime, Manga, Artist Illustration, Bullet Journaling, Scrapbooking

If you are seeking out drawing gifts for tweens, these precision ink pens would be perfect. Now that they have much more advanced fine motor skills, they are great for sketching, drawing, and even bullet journaling.

These ink pens come in an assortment of nib sizes to practice their control and precision. High-quality and odorless, the pens will work on many different papers and surfaces without smearing or bleeding.


Acrylic Paint Set

Shuttle Art Acrylic Paint Set, 30 Colors Acrylic Paint in Tubes (36ml) with 3 Brushes, Artist Grade Paint, Rich Pigments, Non-Toxic for Artists, Beginners and Kids on Rocks Crafts Canvas Wood Fabric

Help encourage your tween to paint with this set of acrylic art colors. There are 30 colors of nontoxic paint included with rich pigments, plus you get a bonus 3 brushes with the set. A great stocking stuffer starter set for the budding tween artist.


Double-Sided Trifold Easel Art Set

Sunnyglade 185 Pieces Double Sided Trifold Easel Art Set, Drawing Art Box with Oil Pastels, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers, Paint Brush, Watercolor Cakes, Sketch Pad

This would be a great set for your tween who may just be starting out or has shown interest in drawing and designing.

It includes an in-built easel and several different mediums and tools – 185 pieces in total – to get them practicing, plus it folds into a carry case, ideal for travel.


Sketch Drawing Tools

AGPTEK 22 PCS Sketch Drawing Tools, 16 Blending Stumps Set with 2 Sandpaper Pencil Sharpeners, 1 Pencil Extension Tool, 2 Erasers & 1 Felt Bag for Student Sketch Drawing Accessories

This is the perfect gift set for a more advanced young artist who really loves to sketch.

These tools include everything from blending stumps to sharpening tools and kneaded erases, which will allow them to hone their artistic skills and create stunning works of art you’ll want hanging in the house!


Clay Sculpting Tool Kit

Blisstime Set of 42 Clay Sculpting Tool Wooden Handle Pottery Carving Tool Kit

Got a tween artist who prefers to work with clay? This will be the ideal tween art gift for a potter that will let them advance their pottery hobby to the next level.

This clay sculpting kit includes an all-important artist’s apron and 42 pieces they will need for carving, shaping, modeling, cutting, scraping, brushing, and smoothing.


How to Draw Cute Stuff

How to Draw Cute Stuff: Draw Anything and Everything in the Cutest Style Ever! (Volume 1)

Let’s be honest. What tween girl doesn’t enjoy cute things? Seeking out art gifts for 10-year-olds, this 128-page learn-to-draw book includes step-by-step detailed instructions and animation techniques that would be ideally targeted at those who are still little kids at heart but would love to one day be a teen artist.


Coloring Book

Official Wings of Fire Coloring Book

Wings of Fire is a brilliant tween coloring book for both boys and girls who love working on their intricate coloring skills.

An age-appropriate approach to coloring from the Wings of Fire book series, it’s ideal for colored pencils or experimenting with your brush tip markers and other coloring tools for fabulous results.


Large Size Art Portfolio Bag 

Large Size Art Portfolio Bag with Nylon Shoulder, 24 x 36 inches Light Weight Poster Storage Bag Board Holder with Handle and Zipper for Poster, Sketching and Drawing

Your budding artist will soon need a case for their growing collection of artworks. Keep their work protected and easily stowed, ideal for getting to and from school or art classes.

We also love the wide range of colors these cases come in for boys, girls, or unisex; it’s the type of thoughtful art gift that will last them well into their teenage years.


Polymer Clay Kit

Aestd-ST Polymer Clay Kits, 50 Colors Oven Bake Modeling Clay for Kids, Non-Sticky Molding Clay with Sculpting Tools and DIY Accessories, Holiday Gift for Children and Artists.

Clay is the type of art gift that appeals to kids of all ages! Modeling clay, in particular, would make a super gift for an 11-year-old artist who likes to work with different mediums.

This set includes not just your clay but modeling tools, molds, and key chains for making a variety of different oven-baked clay creations, which in themselves can make awesome gifts!


Cricut Explore Air 2

Cricut Explore Air 2 - A DIY Cutting Machine for all Crafts, Create Customized Cards, Home Decor & More, Bluetooth Connectivity, Compatible with iOS, Android, Windows & Mac, Lilac

Are you ready to introduce your tween to the delights of working with a Cricut? So many fun crafts and home styling projects can benefit from this incredibly advanced home-cutting machine.

From the age of 9 onwards, a tween can competently use a Cricut with supervision. Let them explore their artistic flare and open up a whole new world of design with an advanced artist tool that will last them for many years to come.

Look out for bundles that include some of the basic supplies they need to get started so they can jump straight into it as soon as they unwrap this exceptionally special art present.


Found This Tween Gift Guide Helpful?

With the help of our very own tweens and their willing friends, we have been curating a fabulous collection of tween-appropriate gift guides for several years.

You can dive in here to our full collection of tween gift guides by age, including:

Girl Gifts 9-years-old
Girl Gifts 10-years-old
Girl Gifts 11-years-old
Girl Gifts 12-years-old
Boy Gifts 9-years-old
Boy Gifts 10-years-old
Boy Gifts 11-years-old
Boy Gifts 12-years-old

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