A photo posted by Artistic Lamps (@artisticlamps) on Sep 13, 2015 at 2:48am PDT
Buying gifts for a creative person isn't always easy. Amid a swarm of varied interests, specialized tools, and jargon, it's easy to opt for a nice coffee table book or a bottle of wine. But if you're looking for the perfect gift for the photographer in your life, we've got you covered.
Cyber Monday may be long past, but don't give up on getting the internet's best gifts quite yet. Instagram is a treasure trove of independent artists selling awesome stuff you won't find for any price on Amazon, Target.com, or Best Buy. The fantastic optical illusion lamps above, for example, are sold by some guy named Serhat Özlüturhanlar in Turkey, and he ships them all over the world. Below, you'll find more goodies from an artist who makes surreal toys (including a fabulous rendition of a stormtrooper), a very talented woodcarver, someone who cuts movie characters, words, and icons into the pages of books, and a set of gorgeously modified sculptures of skulls. There's something in here for every price range, age, and arena of interest, so go nuts.
A photo posted by Emin Asgarov (@eminasgarov_woodart) on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:55am PST
A photo posted by Brian R. Phillips (@supercontinent_bp) on Sep 26, 2015 at 7:07am PDT
A photo posted by I K Y (@iky.z) on Dec 10, 2015 at 7:44am PST
A photo posted by Yuto Yamaguchi (@yutoyamaguchi) on Sep 1, 2015 at 6:57am PDT
A photo posted by Annie Montgomerie (@annie_montgomerie_art) on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:53am PST
A photo posted by Rebecca Mason - Artist (@rebecca_mason_art) on Dec 10, 2015 at 7:38am PST
A photo posted by Artistic Lamps (@artisticlamps) on Dec 9, 2015 at 1:05pm PST
A photo posted by Jackofthedust (@jackofthedust) on Dec 4, 2015 at 2:21pm PST
A photo posted by Niharika Hukku (@niharikahukku) on Nov 16, 2015 at 4:56pm PST
If you don't see what you're looking for above, check out our monster compilation of design-friendly gift ideas here.