5 Reasons Why Art Makes a Great Gift

November 22, 2023

At any gift-giving time of year, whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, wedding, or anniversary, we are often stumped as to what to give someone for a gift. Somehow, it seems art is often overlooked, but art, and specifically landscape photography, makes a great gift! Whether it's a collectable museum-quality print, or a household item such as a throw pillow, coffee mug, or jigsaw puzzle, art often is a gift that goes above and beyond a normal gift. Here are five reasons why:

Art brings life to any space, and a fine art landscape photography print brings the outdoors inside.

Art brings life to any space, and a fine art landscape photography print brings the outdoors inside.

1. Nature & Landscape Photography Can Boost Mental Health

I've written before about the mental health benefits of nature photography. Just as studies have shown that spending time in the outdoors helps relax us and improve our mood, they've also shown that looking at photos of the outdoors can have the same effect. Giving someone a nature or landscape photograph is actually like giving them a tool to help them be happier.

Mount Moran bathes in the alpenglow on a crisp autumn morning at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
Mount Moran

Mount Moran bathes in the alpenglow on a crisp autumn morning at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.

2. You Will Be Remembered Every Day

When you give someone a gift card or money, once those are spent, they're gone, and so too, are thoughts of the giver. Even an item of clothing that they like, and fits perfectly, is only worn at most once a week or so. If you give a fine art print, once it's hung on the wall in their home or their office, it is a reminder of who gave it to them every day. It is seen every time the recipient walks past. In addition, if it's a photograph of a place that is special to the recipient, it will also recall fond memories of the location. It simply has far more meaning.

Sunset on Rodeo Beach, California.
Sunset on Rodeo Beach

Two sea stacks stand guard, framing the radiance of the setting sun on Rodeo Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The sky, streaked with pink, orange, yellow, and blue hues, creates a vibrant backdrop for the ruggedness of rocky shoreline, while the waves washing over the sand and around the rocks, bring a sense of motion to the otherwise tranquil scene.

3. Art Is Environmentally Friendly

Art is not mass-produced like other products. This means artwork has less environmental impact than mass-produced consumer products.

Fine art nature prints add comfort and warmth to any office space.

Fine art nature prints add comfort and warmth to any office space.

4. Giving Art Is Like Giving Gifts To Two People

Artists are (very) small businesses. I myself am a one-man show. I handle the creation of new images. I plan and book my travel. I handle the marketing of my work. And when someone orders a print, I take care of the production and shipping of the order. It's a labor of love, to be sure. And when someone thinks enough of my work to order a print to hang on their wall, or to give to a loved one to hang in their home or office, it means the world to me. So every time someone places an order, it's like I'm receiving a gift. It means I can continue to pursue my passion of creating more art.

And when someone orders a print to give to someone else, they receive a gift, and I also receive a gift. Two for one!

A canopy of autumn foliage arches over Kaaterskill Creek near Hunter, New York.
Kaaterskill Creek

This stunning photo of Kaaterskill Creek allows you to experience the beauty of autumn in the Catskill Mountains all year long. Taken at dawn, the mist creates a magical aura around the glowing creek surrounded by lush trees displaying their autumn foliage. A silent canopy of color looms over the creek, while the water flows through the rocky creek bed. Kaaterskill Creek is located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove, between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville in Greene County's Town of Hunter.

5. Art is Unique

The great thing about art is its uniqueness. My prints aren't mass-produced for sale in places like Target or Home Goods. Even though photography is reproducible, and theoretically I could make hundreds or thousands of prints, that just doesn't happen. My Limited Editions are limited to 100 prints of any size and style, and are only available here, to guarantee distinction from mass-produced pieces.

Even my open editions, which I make available on other platforms besides my own, don't sell so many that everyone has one. My most popular open editions have only sold in the hundreds, so odds are, unless you saw my print at a friend's and purchased the same one, you'll still have a fine art print unlike any your friends or neighbors have.

Goonies Island stands in the calm waters of Casco Bay just offshore from Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, Maine.
Wolfe's Neck Reflections

Googins Island appears like a small oasis in the calm, glimmering waters of Casco Bay in Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, Maine. The sky is painted with cobalt blue hues with a touch of orange at the horizon, while the evergreen trees on the island provide a captivating contrast of dark colors against the vibrant early morning sky. The serenity of the scene creates a spellbinding image, as if time itself has stopped in honor of the island's beauty.

Bonus Reason: Museum-Quality Fine Art Prints Last A Lifetime

This is not true of all prints, so you'll want to ensure that the artist or photographer you are purchasing from uses archival materials for their prints. But, any print purchased here at RickBerk.com are archival and guaranteed to last a lifetime, and then some. That means, when stored in proper conditions, out of direct sunlight, these prints will last over 100 years, and can be passed down from generation to generation. So when you give someone a fine art print, you could be creating a treasured family heirloom!

The sun sets behind a field of sunflowers.
Aroostook Sunset

The sun is slowly sinking behind a field of bright yellow sunflowers, casting a warm, hopeful glow on the horizon on a summer evening in Aroostook County, Maine. The sky is a sight to behold as the sun paints it with vibrant orange and pink hues that slowly graduate to a soft, light blue as the night sky begins to take over. Amidst the beauty of the natural world, hope and light continue to blossom in the hearts of those who take the time to appreciate it.

Nature photography can complement any decor style.

Nature photography can complement any decor style.