5 Reasons Why Art Makes a Great Gift
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!