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Christmas is right around the corner and you’ve left your holiday shopping to the last minute.
But if one of the special people on your list happens to have a passion for paint and decor, don’t fret. Instead of rushing to the mall, struggling to find a parking spot and standing in never-ending lines, pay a visit to your local paint and decorating retailer.
Not only will a thoughtful gift from an independent business bring a smile to your loved one’s face, it will help support a neighbor and keep your money in the community. From nifty tools to supplies for DIY projects, here are five last-minute ideas to make the holidays even happier!
Brushes. The avid DIY painter can never have too many brushes. And with all the different types on the market these days, things have never been easier for a gift-buyer. From short-handled and angle sash to ergonomic, a high-quality paint brush makes a practical and thoughtful gift idea.
Specialty tools. From cutting-in tools and masking tools to compact extension poles and corner rollers, there are countless products designed to make the DIY painter’s job a little bit easier. If you have no idea where to start, simply browse the aisles at your local paint and decorating retailer or take advantage of the staff’s expertise. They’ll be more than happy to show you the latest, greatest and most unique specialty tools for any weekend painter’s personal collection.
Magazine subscriptions. With all the free and accessible information on the web these days, it’s easy to overlook physical magazines. But in addition to offering DIY tips, style advice and product reviews, specialty magazines make great coffee table “decor.” But perhaps the best thing about gifting a magazine subscription is that it keeps giving – month after month after … (you get the idea!). A few popular style and décor magazines to get you started are Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens. For a more localized option, some publishers also offer great regional magazines.
Wall decor. Whether the person on your shopping list owns or rents, a nice piece of wall décor is a thoughtful gift idea that will remind the recipient of you every time they look at it. And since most independent retailers carry paintings, mirrors and picture frames that the big box retailers don’t (sometimes including the works of local artisans), it is sure to be original, authentic and unique.
Artwork. Maybe you yourself are a DIY enthusiast and want to take the wall décor idea a step further. Local paint and decorating stores are a great place to get ideas – and the necessary materials for said ideas. To get your creative juices flowing, check out this cool piece of art made with paint swatches