I’m always on the lookout for drawing gifts since my son is working on his own comic story. The trouble is that it’s not always easy to find items that are a good match for kids. If you’ve had the same issues, never fear! I’m happy to share my favorite gift ideas for kids who love to draw.
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That said, it’s possible that your young artist isn’t necessarily into cartooning or comics, but loves to draw or experiment with art in general. Either way, these drawing gifts will certainly inspire your artist to get creative and get to work.
Top 10 Drawing Gifts for Kids
1. Sketching Set
This sketching set has my son drooling! We buy Pro Art’s 18-piece set regularly, but for gift-giving purposes, this 26-piece set wins. It’s suitable for kids, includes a good assortment of graphite and charcoal pencils, and, while the case isn’t a good long-time storage solution, it makes for easy gift packaging.
2. Sketching Pads
Along with good pencils, every young artist needs sketching pads. If your kiddos specifically like to draw and write stories, the Strathmore Drawing Pads are also a great choice. The pages have plenty room for sketches, but include ruled lines on each page.
3. Illustration Markers
Good old Sharpies will work in a pinch, but a good set of illustration markers make great drawing gifts. I love these high quality Prismacolor markers because they come with assorted tips and are water resistant, smear resistant, and don’t bleed through paper.
We have the boys’ version of this Doodle Book and it’s super fun! By asking a question or issuing a challenge on each page, the book provides drawing prompts and inspiration to get creativity flowing. I’ve not personally seen it, but I’m sure the Girls’ Doodle Book is just as good!
5. Drawing Lessons
A one year subscription to Mark Kistler’s Draw3D Lessons would be a fantastic gift for kids who love to draw. Draw3D is for ages 5 and up and include more than 300 online lessons.
6. Make Your Own Comic Kit
My son loves this My Comic Book kit! It’s cool enough to draw and write the comics, but what’s great about this kit is that kids get a chance to fully finish their projects.
7. Light Up Tracing Pad
Does your kiddo need to build confidence in drawing skills? Don’t miss the Crayola Tracing Pad! It allows plenty of practice for kids who need to ease into drawing by tracing.
The tracing pad uses an LED pad to illuminate the images while a frame locks paper in place while tracing. The kit includes ten themed drawing sheets, along with blank sheets, a graphite pencil, and colored pencils to get started.
8. Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered
Quentin Blake’s name on the cover was all my son needed to add Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered to the top of his wishlist! Since he loves Blake’s contributions to Roald Dahl’s books, the idea of working through a book with his advice has my kiddo super excited.
If your artist needs more help with technique than encouragement and fun, Art for Kids: Drawing will be a good fit. The tagline is “the only drawing book you’ll ever need to be the artist you’ve always wanted to be.”
10. Big Book of Everything Manga
Y’all, both of my kids love to draw and they both love drawing Manga. If your kiddo feels the same way, The Big Book of Everything Manga is a great choice for getting started with this style of drawing. It includes tons of instruction for drawing Manga and is a great help for new and not-so-new Manga artists.