So you have a picky artist on your holiday shopping list and you're fretting over what to get them. Luckily for you I have ideas.
If you are okay with getting gift cards, buy one from a place where they can get the most bang for their buck- places like Jerry's Artarama or Cheap Joe's. These places offer art supplies at very reasonable prices and thus the money you give them will stretch.
Most artists I know love sketchbooks and always have one on hand. You could buy a really nice sketchbook for them. Check out the many many handmade and wonderful handbound journals and sketcbooks on Artfire or Etsy.
What about buying them a really nice brush?
I like to listen to "acid" jazz and quartets; like Mediski, Martin, & Wood or The Vitamin String Orchestra while I draw and paint. I like to listen to Pandora because their stations for this style of music are pretty awesome. You could get your favorite artist a subscription to ad free Pandora or a gift card to a local music shop or even an Amazon gift card.
Another great gift for an artist who draws in pen and ink would be a gift certificate from Jetpens.com or Gouletpens.com Either place offers fantastic products coupled with excellant customer service.
Anyone else have any great gift ideas for artists?