If you’re shopping for gifts to impress your camera or paint brush-wielding friends in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, then look no further. These gifts will give them inspiration for their latest projects and ways to have a bit of artsy fun during winter break.
Humans of New York Stories – $29.99
This photography book by famed photographer Brandon Stanton, who founded the popular Humans of New York blog, is perfect for your friend to proudly display on their desk or even a future coffee table. It’ll also give your friend ample ideas for their photography final, so it can be a practical and inspirational gift.
Available at: Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Instax Mini 8 Color Filter Lens Set – $24
This set of filtered lenses made for the Instax polaroid camera – which your friend probably had before it was cool – will give photos the perfect filter without ever having to log into Instagram. Your friend can attach these colored lenses to a polaroid camera and the lens will enhance the photo’s colors. It’s perfect for selfies at a retro-themed Christmas party, and it’ll also help spice up a typical Instagram post of their Polaroid pictures.
Available at: Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW.
Vive Le Color! Arabia – $9.95
This coloring book is filled with designs reminiscent of beautiful Persian rugs and Moroccan mosaics. Give your friend a welcome break from having to come up with their own designs for class projects with this coloring book. Coloring will also give your friends a bit of mind-numbing stress relief after finishing their finals.
Available at: The National Gallery of Art Gift Shop, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
This article appeared in the December 5, 2016 issue of the Hatchet.