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How to Gift Original Works of Art

Give a gift that is personal and thoughtful during the holidays

The holiday gift exchange is usually the stand-out event among the many beloved holiday rituals, including:

  • the traditional stringing of yummy popcorn and cranberry garland,

  • decorating the Christmas tree with time-worn and cherished ornaments,

  • baking and painstakingly frosting dozens of sugar cookies to glossy perfection,

  • watching The Christmas Story on repeat

Make your gift stand out among these memorable traditions by gifting original and personal works of original artwork.

Giving the gift of original artwork is a truly unique and unexpected present sure to please anyone. It’s a creative, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind item that you pick specifically for the intended recipient. A personal gesture like this goes a long way. Purchasing original artwork as a gift is a win-win for a few reasons:

  • It shows you took the time to consider the recipient as an individual, their style, and personality

  • The memories you create and stories associated with a permanent work of art have a longer-lasting impression than a consumable item

  • The recipient will enjoy the year-round benefits of inspiring decor every time they see it handsomely displayed on their wall

  • Bonus: When you gift original art, you are supporting the visual arts and artists – a noble and worthy gesture you can feel good about and brag about whenever you like!

Choosing artwork for everyone on your gift list.

Below are a few personality profiles and print suggestions curated from the over 100 original prints available at the JMR Photography Print Shop. These images are just a few ideas to get your wheels turning. You know your recipient best – trust your instincts and let your intuition guide you!

The Nature Lover

The person that always wants to be outdoors, their home is a botanical garden, you describe them as the most ‘grounded person you know’ and they seem on the verge of claustrophobic breakdown if they are in any man-made structure for too long. Images of nature and landscapes also make a great gift for the individual that could use a visual reminder to slow down once in a while.

The Creative

They bake, they decorate, they are writing a novel while also weaving a fantastic monogrammed throw blanket – everything they touch has their signature style and flair to it. Keep them inspired with some eclectic original artwork.

The (would-be) Traveler

We can't always travel exactly when we want to but we can expand our knowledge and experience in other ways through art, literature, and online classes. Photographs of far-off places, or not so far off, can remind us to continually seek to expand our horizons, that there is a world beyond our front door.

The “Intellectual”

Always thinking, always playing the devil's advocate, and always questioning. This intellectual-type enjoys sussing out information, is proactively curious, and considers every point as open for discussion. Any print in the Text collection will make great conversation starters.

The Entrepreneur

This individual might be a small business owner, absorbed in their career journey, or have a thousand projects going on at any time. Reward their focus and productivity with images that have structure, order, and clean lines.


Does it need to be said? You are probably also a nature-lover, artist/crafter, entrepreneur, intellectual, and would-be traveler and deserve the gift of unique, original art as much as the next. Go ahead and treat yourself for being the savvy, creative, and thoughtful gift-giver you are! Here are some of my favorites.

Take your gift of original artwork to the next level!

I love a theme and I always try to add a little extra something to any present that will further enhance the main idea of the gift. Here are some ways you can add a personal touch to your gift of original artwork.

  • Have a way with words? Compose (or borrow) a silly/sincere/lyrical poem or song to go along with the image. A card with a heartfelt message telling why the image resonated with you and why you picked it out for the individual will mean so much.

  • Add an indulgent item you know they would love but would never buy for themselves like silky hand cream, decadent chocolates, or premium coffee or tea.

  • Did I mention I love a theme? Add an item that goes with the image you purchased. Like bath bombs to go with Bath Exotics, a bottle of wine to pair with Still Life with Wine, or some nostalgic toys, trinkets, or paint set to go with Marbled.

Another thoughtful and practical complement to an original art print is a gift certificate to get the artwork framed. This is similar to including the batteries when the gift you’re giving requires ten AA’s. Make it effortless for the recipient and include a gift certificate so they can frame the piece to their taste as well as the location they plan to display it. I prefer craft stores with frame shops like Michaels to custom frame artwork. They are reasonably priced, professional, and they do a great job (and there’s usually a coupon nearby!). You can also go with an online framing option like Framebridge where you mail in the art to be framed.

Shop the Print Store for all your gift-giving needs this holiday season and year-round.

A special addition to your gift of artwork will extend the moment a little further and create an even more engaging experience. Every print purchased at the JMR Photography Print Shop comes with the story behind the image that explains its origin, process, and any exhibits or publications it was featured in, so your gift is guaranteed to be unique, thoughtful, and memorable.

Sharing the gift of original art will create a lasting memory between you and your recipient, a memory they can reminisce fondly on every time they see it.

Take a deep dive into some of the pieces in the collection on the Art Seen Blog.


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