When it comes to buying work of art as a gift, most of us think that only experts can approach this field with confidence. If you are looking to invest in art, we suggest you also invest in expert advice, but if it is a special and meaningful gift what you are looking for, we believe that there are other factors that need to guide your choice.

Buying art is like buying a perfume: we don’t know if it matches the person to whom is addressed. And for this reason, it is a quite daunting task. We want to help you with this handy advice that can guide you when you buy a beautiful artwork for your beloved ones!

Their taste.

When it comes to gifts, the recipient’s taste is one main factor that will condition your choice. This is even truer with works of art.
The failsafe approach is to start by considering what artwork they already like, based on what you've seen they display at home or in their office. Maybe they admire a specific artist or style of art? If you want to widen their collection, why not surprise them with an artwork they wouldn't expect?

The Records of Weather-Exposed Skeletons by Matsuo Basho, illustrated by Spiros Baras

For example, the collection inspired by Matsuo Basho’s diary, The Records of Weather-Exposed Skeletons is a quite unusual representation of the famous Japanese form of poetry, haiku, that our artist, Spiros Baras, enjoyed illustrating using digital art as a medium.

Another approach altogether is to choose the artwork because it reminds you of them, or of a special place you have visited together. Or, in the case of our artworks, it may also be a specific book they love and you may want them to experience in a different way.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Spiros Baras

The environment.

Is it their office? Is it their home? It is easy to buy an artwork thinking how it will match the colour of the curtains, the carpets or simply the walls. Or even buying it for a specific place, like that long-empty wall above the coach! But artworks have also another dimension of being that it is related to the specific feeling that adds to the environment where it is exposed. For example, our collection dedicated to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park will add to a simple environment the right amount of details and elegance, while the collection dedicated to William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is definitely a more complex choice that brings to the environment a reflective and austere touch.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake, illustrated by Spiros Baras

The Records of Weather-Exposed Skeletons by Matsuo Basho, illustrated by Spiros Baras

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S. T. Coleridge, illustrated by Spiros Baras

Mansfield Part by Jane Austen, illustrated by Chiara Aliotta

The Odyssey by Homer, illustrated by Chiara Aliotta

If the gift is for people who have just moved home or office, it's easy to fall into the trap of choosing something large that will fill an entire empty wall. However, a collection of smaller matching artworks will be a better choice, because some of that wall space is likely to be needed for other important functional elements (shelves, lamps and so on). This way, the prints will always be seen properly and look beautiful without dominating the space.

Easy to ship.

What meaningful gift can you send for a special occasion, when you cannot hand deliver it yourself? Art on paper can be an affordable and original idea.
Our limited edition digital artworks, inspired by great works of literature, are beautiful, rare and easy to ship (we can ship anywhere in the world!).

Relatively cheap to frame.

Sometimes what may stop you buying artworks is the fact that it is expensive to frame them. Some paper artworks are cheap and easy to frame, especially if they fit in store-bought frames. This will allow you to properly present your gift without spending too much money in framing it. However, if you prefer a more professional frame (and this is always our advice), costs may start from 50 Euros for A3+ size artwork like the one offered in our store.

Framing becomes more costly when the wood and glass protecting the artwork are top quality, of the type used for archival preservation purposes in galleries and museums. Honestly, you don't need that for home use! What is important is that you frame them right and avoid displaying in direct sunlight. If you buy one of our artworks and you are in doubt about the frame, we are happy to assist you in the choice, explaining you how to frame and preserve the quality of your artwork the best way.

Food for thought.

Have you ever bought art for someone you loved?
What do you find difficult when you buy art?
What was the most meaningful artwork you received as a gift?
Have you ever received an artwork and never framed it? Why?