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Great Gifts that Nurture the Arts (page 3)

Great Gifts that Nurture the Arts

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Brushes iPhone App This amazing application is like having a complete artist's palette, right on your mobile phone. With an advanced color picker, several brushes of varying sizes and styles, multiple layers, and extreme zooming, Brushes gives artists the power to create original artwork in seconds. And while it may take a while to create a masterpiece, this app is legit: it was used to create a cover for The New Yorker magazine and boasts an amazing archive of "paintings" created by real artists using just a finger. (Taptrix, Inc.)

Oil Painting Set This set has everything a young artist needs to become an oil painting pro—including the easel! With 12 tubes of oil paint, 6 hog bristle brushes, a solid wood table top easel, a wooden palette, an 11x14 inch canvas, a plastic palette knife, and an artist's tote, you'll be a master painter in no time. Perfectly portable for plein air painting (painting in open air/outside) for artists looking to take their work outdoors. A beautiful oil painting set that will delight newbies and pros alike. (FineArtStore)

Sushi Making Kit Get rolling! You don't have to be a master sushi chef to make your own scrumptious sushi right in your own home. This kit from Sushi Magic is the perfect sushi starter set for anyone from the kitchen klutz to the practiced pro. The set includes a roller/molding tool for churning out expertly rolled sushi, a two-part mold-and-press nigiri tool, instructions and tons of recipes to get you going. What makes this kit better than the rest? The Sushi Magic kit has the only nigiri mold that presses seafood, wasabi, and rice together to let you shape professional quality sushi at home. Great for sushi parties and making healthy and delicious meals for the whole family to enjoy. (Sushi Magic)

Crayola Oil Pastels Portfolio Series There's nothing quite like the look of an oil pastel—deep, rich colors that seem to float and move together on paper. Somewhere between an oil paint and a crayon, these portfolio pastels are the perfect set for anyone from a budding artist to a seasoned pro, made as only Crayola could make them. Use them for wet or dry work, then dip your paint brush and blend to create colors. These perfect pastels create bright and vivid colors that are sure to provide inspiration for your imagination to take flight! (Crayola)

No matter what the age, these art-minded gifts are the perfect way to nurture imagination and creative thinking. And if you're looking for an inspiring last-minute gift to give, these picks are just what the doctor ordered. Who knows? You may have a young da Vinci in the family!

See our full list of great gifts on our 2010 Gift Guide.

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