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These ten Quick Picks have been red-hot with our creative customers this year, so we know they'll make perfect gifts. Most of these items are hard to find in U.S. shops, and some are brand-new to the market. That means your friends & family probably don't have them already.
This holiday's Quick Picks range from less than $30 to $180—the most popular price points for gifts. Looking for something bigger? Check out our list of Signature Gifts for 2022. Looking for something smaller? We've got crowd-pleasing Stocking Stuffers for days.
Three special sets. No wrong answers.
Schmincke is among the very finest artist color manufacturers in the world. Every year, they surprise us with new sets for the holidays, and the three special options for 2022 are at the top of our list.
For passionate artists, there's the Ultimate Mixing Set, with an unusual selection of modern mixing colors and a case with additional space—so they can customize it further. For travelers, there's the new Akademie Slim Set, with twelve colors arranged in a single, slim row. And for absolutely anyone, there's the highly complete, pleasingly weighty, specially designed Akademie Holiday Set with 24 colors.
Nine specially selected watercolors for modern mixing, presented in a sleek carrying case with space for nine more. Schmincke worked with New Zealand artist Evan Woodruffe to pick these surprising mixing colors, capable of a wide range of colors and textures when combined.
This travel set goes everywhere and stands out. It's filled with Schmincke Akademie, the excellent and hard-to-find student-grade watercolor from the German color giants. Akademie is more affordable than Horadam, but it still offers saturated color and outstanding technical performance.
This is the full 24-color Akademie line, all in one special-edition tin. These brightly colored gift sets have become a holiday tradition for Schmincke, and our customers always seem to prefer them to the standard black.
Everyone needs a TOYO.
We can hardly count the number of TOYO steel toolboxes we've personally given as gifts since we started stocking them a couple years ago. You can instantly feel how well-made a TOYO toolbox is—it's heavyweight steel, deep-drawn from a single sheet with no welds or weak spots.
And—in perfect time for holiday gifts—we've never had more colors in stock! Especially recommended is the limited-edition Japanese Indigo finish, featuring hand-applied white speckles that are different on every box.
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Copper
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Japanese Indigo
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Silver
T-190 Mini Toolbox, White
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Live Coral
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Red
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Blue
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Military Green
T-190 Mini Toolbox, Black
Y-350 Camber-Top Toolbox, White
Y-350 Camber-Top Toolbox, Black
Y-350 Camber-Top Toolbox, Blue
Pen, Marker, Highlighter
Sailor's new Shikiori dual-tipped pens can do all three. Use the flexible brush for sketching, highlighting, color-coding, and designing your journal pages. Use the fine bullet tip for writing and detailed drawing.
These unique pens are filled with Sailor Shikiori fountain pen inks—one of the most sought-after lines of writing ink made anywhere. Pair them with the liquid Shikiori inks for even more creative options.
Featuring traditional Japanese colors from all four seasons. Our favorites include Kinmokusei, a bright, warm yellow, Wakauguisu, an earthy green, and Yamadori, an intense turquoise.
Write with joy.
Kakimori, which started as a stationery retailer in Tokyo, has quickly become the world's most innovative pen manufacturer. While others simply introduce new colors, Kakimori has created entirely new nib designs and made old-school dip pens a viable option for writers and artists.
Each of these gorgeous gift sets includes a Kakimori dip pen (either the fountain-pen-like Pen Nib or the conical, futuristic Stainless Nib), plus a coordinated selection of accessories to make it useful on Day One.
The deluxe option, with items emphasizing natural forms and personal reflection. Kakimori Pen Nib with cherry pen holder and gracefully curved cherry pen rest. Kakimori "Tototo" muted pink pigment ink. Clothbound, hardcover notebook with botanical-print textile and high-quality writing paper.
The serious option, with items emphasizing productivity and ambition. Kakimori Pen Nib with precise writing tip and great ink capacity between dips. Solid aluminum pen holder. Kakimori "Toppuri" blue pigment ink with special aluminum cap.
The fun option, with items emphasizing creativity and play. Kakimori Stainless Steel Nib with unique conical shape. Cherry pen holder. Kakimori "Kurun" green pigment ink.
For serious writing.
Kaweco Student Fountain Pen, Black ($60+)
Ergonomically shaped, pleasantly balanced, and fitted with your choice of Kaweco steel ($60) or 14K gold ($229) nib. Student is designed for long writing sessions without skipping, scratching, or hand fatigue. It can hold a full-size converter, so you don't need to replace the ink as often.
Kaweco Student Fountain Pen, Transparent ($60+)
The transparent Student is made from the same parts and materials as the black, but the clear body highlights the metal grip and nib. Unlike other transparent pens, Student uses high-quality acrylic that doesn't cloud over time or scratch easily.