The holiday season is officially here! It's time to break out the tinsel, be merry, and get serious as one of Christmas's most exciting (and, let's be honest, exhausting) tasks lies ahead: gift shopping.
Whether you're looking for a nice gift for your SO, your best friend, your parents, or your in-laws, you want to make sure you get them something that won't end up in the trash or being re-gifted because, let's get real, "Oh, I don’t need anything," isn't really a great tip to go off of when trying to find them something special. I mean, you could ask them what they want and, if you're lucky, they'll tell you and you can go buy it, but doesn't that take all of the romance and spontaneity out of gift-giving?
You need a unique gift that's suited for everyone from your sister to your boss, but still says "I get you." So why not offer them something that looks cool, supports Canadian businesses, and will jazz up their home?
ArtStation, a community site for artists to showcase their work, sells eye-catching prints that make the perfect thoughtful gift for anyone on your list. This isn't mass-produced art that you'll find at your local home-decor store. The prints sold by ArtStation are made-to-print by artists of all levels, meaning you'll snag a one-of-a-kind that you won't see anywhere else.
Aspiring and professional artists from all over the world upload their work to ArtStation's prints page (they have 15,000 artists in Canada alone!), so all you have to do is browse the selection of unique art, pick what you like, and buy it! ArtStation, which has its headquarters in Montreal, handles all the heavy lifting of printing and shipping the prints worldwide, and you'll end up with a beautiful picture that was printed using light-fade-resistant archival pigment inks on acid-free, fine-art matte paper for beautiful colour reproduction, high contrast, and high resolutions.
Best of all, the prints are really affordable! Most of them run anywhere from $18 to $30 and you can purchase them in different styles: standard print, HD metal print (which set a new standard in quality with unmatched colour brilliance and image reproduction), or canvas print.
ArtStation will be having a bunch of deals leading up to Christmas, especially during Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend (Nov. 29 - Dec. 2), so be sure to check their website regularly for sales!
Price: Approximately $18-$30
Why You Should Check Them Out: Support artists and a proudly Canadian business, and get your loved ones a unique gift they wouldn't find anywhere else!