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Are you looking for a calligraphy/lettering gift idea?
Whether it’s for a close friend, family member, or perhaps even yourself – in this post, I’ll be sharing plenty of ideas!
I divided this list into 4 categories.
- Calligraphy beginners sets
- Hand lettering beginners sets
- Various lettering & calligraphy gift ideas (under 10$, under 20$, under 50$, and above 50$)
- Gift ideas for digital lettering & calligraphy (iPad lettering etc.)
- Books and online courses for lettering & calligraphy
In case you’re not sure about the difference between hand lettering & calligraphy, I suggest you check out this article.
Without any further delays, let’s get started with the list!
Calligraphy gift sets ideas.
I am starting off this guide with calligraphy sets for beginners.
There are many different calligraphy styles out there, and some of them require different tools.
To keep it simple while at the same time, give you a variety of choices, I compiled 6 different beginners kits – depending on the style.
These sets include the essential tools that I personally recommend beginners to start calligraphy with.
1. Modern brush Calligraphy set 1 – Large brush pen
The first set is for brush calligraphy using a larger-sized brush pen.
This set includes the following items (links to Amazon) –
- Tombow dual brush pen – high-quality pens with a large flexible felt tip. It comes with a large selection of vibrant water-based and blendable colors.
- HP 32 Premium paper
- HB pencil
- Rolling ruler
2. Modern brush Calligraphy set 2 – small brush pen
This set is pretty much the same as the first one but with one difference, and that’s the size of the brush pen.
Here are the items from this set (links to Amazon) –
- Tombow Fudenosuke set (includes hard & soft tip) – The Fudenosuke is a fantastic pen for brush calligraphy. It comes with a small but flexible tip great for those who love smaller sizes and precision writing.
- HP 32 Premium paper
- HB pencil
- Rolling ruler
3. Modern Calligraphy/Copperplate set 3 – Oblique holder + pointed nibs
If you prefer a more traditional approach to calligraphy, a dip pen is a great choice.
Keep in mind that working with a dip pen and nibs means that you will have to prepare the nibs (wash off the protective coating) and also care for them.
This is not something difficult to do, it’s just something you need to remember to do.
Otherwise, you risk ruining the nibs.
This set contains (links to Amazon) –
- Speedball Oblique Pen Set – It includes a plastic oblique pen holder and 6 pointed nibs. A good starting set for beginners.
- Sumi Ink – Black ink that offers great value for its price.
- HP 32 Premium paper
- HB pencil
- Rolling ruler
4. Broad edged calligraphy set 1 – for beginner – parallel pen
With a broad-edged pen, you can do a wide variety of calligraphy styles like – Gothic (blackletter), Italic, Uncial, Foundational, Roman Capitals, Carolingian, and many more.
This set contains (links to Amazon) –
- Pilot Parallel pen – this is a fantastic pen, especially for beginners. The Parallel pen is a fountain pen, which means that it contains ink cartridges so you won’t have to dip it in ink every few strokes. This is great for beginners because it’s a tool that is ready straight out of the box and requires little to no maintenance. The Pilot Parallel pen comes in 4 different sizes, and if you want just one of them, I would recommend the blue one. (the 6.0 mm size).
5. Broad edged calligraphy set 2 – for more advanced – dip pen + nib
Again, if you prefer a more traditional feel, you can always pick a dip pen + ink combo.
Again, keep in mind that dipping pens need to be prepped and maintained after each use (you need to wash them and dry them).
For this kit, I recommend the following items (links to Amazon) –
- Speedball C style lettering pen set – comes with a straight holder and 6 C-style broad-edged nibs.
- Canson marker pad
- HB pencil
- Rolling ruler
- Sumi black ink
Hand lettering sets gifts
Now it’s time for hand lettering!
Compared with calligraphy where the focus is on writing the letters when it comes to hand lettering we draw/illustrate the letterforms.
For the hand lettering sets, I’ve created two different options, so let’s get crackin’.
1. Hand lettering set 1 – Fineliners
This is the most basic set that includes the essential tools.
Check it out (links to Amazon) –
- A mechanical pencil – when it comes to hand lettering having a good pencil is crucial. I recommend going with a mechanical pencil because it allows you to create very fine and gentle lines. Also, you’ll never have to sharp it.
- Rhodia dot pad – We already established that the Rhodia is a high-quality type of paper. However, the dot grid is particularly helpful for letter construction and increased consistency.
- Rolling ruler – Like with calligraphy, you want to be able to create guidelines quickly and efficiently. I can’t recommend this tool enough!
- Sakura Pigma Micron fineliners – The undisputable champion of fineliners. The color, the size variety, the precision – you simply can’t beat the Sakura Micron fineliners. I also wrote this article that will help beginners improve outlining their lettering.
2. Hand lettering set 2 (colorful) – Molotow/Posca
This second set is pretty similar to the first one, however here I included some high-quality acrylic colors! (links to Amazon) –
- Rhodia dot pad
- Rolling Ruler
- Mechanical pencil
- Molotow one4all – these markers are a bit pricey; however, they are incredibly high-quality. On top of that, they are refillable, meaning that you only have to buy them once. They are also weather-resistant, and you can use them on a wide variety of surfaces without ever sacrificing the quality of the colors.
An alternative to the Molotow one4all is the Uni Posca markers.
They are a cheaper alternative.
However, they are not refillable like the Molotow markers.
Various lettering & calligraphy gift ideas (under 10$, under 20$, under 50$, and above 50$)
Perhaps the gift you want to get is not for a beginner, or you just want to get a stand-alone item.
Here I compiled a list of different calligraphy tools and kits.
I ordered from the cheapest to the more expensive ones.
You can find gifts for under 10$, under 20$, under 50$, or from 50$ and above.
Lettering & calligraphy gifts under 10$ –
1. Tombow Beginner Lettering Set
The Tombow Beginner Lettering Set is a fantastic starting point for anyone interested in brush calligraphy.
Each set includes two Dual Brush Pens, Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen, MONO Twin Permanent Marker, MONO Drawing Pencil, and MONO Eraser.
Included there is also a small pamphlet with helpful tips for beginners.
3. Helix Ruler
With the Helix ruler, you can create some excellent-looking circular calligraphy (calligrams).
It’s also the tool that Tamer recommends in his calligram tutorial that you can check out here.
5. The Rolling Ruler
This is one of the most-used tools in my toolbox. Whether I’m doing hand lettering or calligraphy, the rolling ruler is always here with me.
I believe this is a must-have tool for any lettering and calligraphy artist. I also made a tutorial on calligraphy guidelines and how I use it.
12. Hagoromo Fulltouch color chalk
Would you believe me if I told you that this is the best chalk you can get?
Well, it is!
At least the best one I’ve tried so far 😀
I’m putting Hagoromo on the list because I had the honor to test out this awesome chalk. I collaborated with the Hagoromo team and I even made a YouTube video review about it.
14. Flat brushes
I love doing calligraphy with flat brushes.
It allows you to create a wide range of different strokes – something you cannot do as easily with, for example, the Parallel pen.
On top of that, with brushes, you can create some amazing dry ink textures that can complement your strokes in a very unique way.
This set includes 9 brushes.
Lettering & calligraphy gifts under 20$ –
16. Crayoligraphy beginners set
This is a fun-looking set that is surprisingly affordable.
You won’t get the traditional cone-shaped Crayola markers. These are Crayola brush pens with a flexible tip.
Crayola Crayoligraphy Hand Lettering Art Set features -15 pages of Instructions, 12 Dual-Tip Markers, 2 Gel Pens, 3 Frameable Art Pages, 1 Photo Frame, 4 Place Cards, and 8 Gift Tags.
19. Reusable Chinese Magic Paper
Ok so, I haven’t had the chance to try these myself but I’ve seen a couple of calligraphers online using it, and I have to say it’s pretty damn cool!
You don’t need any ink, just a brush, and water. After a couple of minutes, the water dries up and you’re ready to go again. How cool is that?
It includes two large sheets of 18 by 14 inches (45 cm by 35cm).
22. Pen Holder with Ink Bottle Container
A great gift for any dip pen calligraphy lover. I always had to improvise with some random items I would find in my kitchen. Like a small plate or a small jar.
But this one looks so much better and it would be even a great prop for presentation images of your calligraphy.
23. Moblique pen holder
This is one of my favorite pen holders!
It’s affordable, hand made and multi-functional.
It can serve as an oblique pen holder, but you can easily slip off the flange and use it as a straight holder.
You can also untwist the shaft of the holder to find the ‘’secret’’ compartment to store your favorite nibs.
Also, it really sits well in hand and provides excellent control.
26. Kuretake ZIG Calligraphy Pens – 12 color set
These are my favorite broad-edged markers.
If you don’t feel like dipping your pens into ink or changing cartridges this is the tool for you.
No preparations and no maintenance, just pop the lid and you’re ready to roll.
Each pen features a dual tip – 3.5 mm and 2.0 mm sizes.
27. Manuscript Italic & Poster Set
With this set, you’ll be able to start creating a wide variety of broad-edged calligraphy scripts such as – blackletter (gothic), italic, roman capitals/minuscules, and more.
It includes a straight wooden nib holder and 11 nibs. The large poster nibs are super fun to play with!
28. Composition Ruler
The Composition Ruler is probably one of my favorites on this list.
It’s a tool created by lettering artist Nico Ng, and it allows you to develop intricate lettering layouts and compositions on paper.
I also had Nico as a guest author, where he wrote an excellent tutorial showing how to use his invention.
34. Moleskine Classic Notebook – Hard Cover A5 size.
I think that a notebook is a super essential tool for every creative out there. Whether it’s for taking notes, planning, journaling, sketching, I always have a small notebook with me.
Moleskine is one of my favorite brands and it’s super high-quality. I always get the dotted grid on the pages.
35. Loew-Cornell Fine Line Painting Pen (fluid writer)
Probably one of the most unusual writing tools I’ve seen in a while.
The fine line painting pen is actually an old-school fineliner. It’s kinda hard to see it from this picture so I recommend you check out this Instagram video by Marita for a better example of the tool in action.
37. Arteza Dual Brush Pens – Set of 48 Colors
This Arteza set includes 48 dual-tip markers.
There is a larger flexible tip suitable for brush calligraphy as well as a smaller-sized tip that is great for adjusting finer details.
On top of that, the ink is water-based, meaning that these pens are great for color blending.
39. Faber-Castell Modern Calligraphy Kit
If you know someone who enjoys watercolors and modern calligraphy, this will be a great gift for them.
The Faber Castell set includes – 3 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, 4 tubes of watercolor paint (10 ml each), graphite pencil, envelope and curves template, ruler, practice paper pad, mini refillable watercolor brush and instruction booklet.
41. Speedball Complete Calligraphy Kit
It includes nearly everything you need to get started with both broad-edged and pointed pen calligraphy styles.
In this set you’ll get – Calligraphy practice paper, straight and oblique holder, broad-edged and pointed nib, a bottle of ink, a bottle of pen cleaner, and a Speedball Elegant Writer (broad-edged marker).
On top of that, you get the 25th edition of the Speedball Textbook which is one of my favorite calligraphy books.
I highly recommend this set!
42. Karin Brushmarker PRO – 12 basic color set
These are hands down some of THE BEST brush pens that you can get.
Yes, they are a bit more expensive than other brush pens, but it’s totally worth it.
The Karin brush markers come in a huge variety of vibrant liquid watercolors and it is the ultimate tool for color blending.
44. Video shooting set-up
This is a great alternative to expensive overhead tripods when it comes to shooting videos or taking photos of your work.
It’s the exact setup I use for my photos and videos.
Using a basic microphone stand along with a small screw adapter allows you to catch a wide variety of angles without interfering with your work.
You will need these 3 items (links to Amazon) –
Check out this video for more info.
48. Custom Paper Embosser
You know what’s even cooler than a custom-made wax seal stamp?
Yup! A custom-made paper embosser!
I originally saw it from my friend @snooze.one and it looks so cool. I would definitely love to get one of these.
Once you place your order you just need to send them a file containing your logo or custom design so they can create your embosser.
50. Speedball calligraphy set
I wish someone gave me this kit when I was just getting started.
This kit from Speedball really takes the cake.
It contains absolutely everything you need to get started with calligraphy. It includes –
- Straight holder
- Oblique holder
- Pointed and broad-edged nibs
- Ink (4 bottles)
- Speedball textbook
Lettering & calligraphy gifts for 50$ and above –
51. Ruling rolf pens
Well, now, this is already on the next level.
These handmade ruling pens by Rolfpens look absolutely amazing.
I would consider this to be a very special gift if someone got it for me 😀
54. Print on demand – create some artwork
Another gift idea could be your artwork!
Print on demand are businesses that allow you to place anything that you create on t-shirt, hats, backpacks, phone cases, the list goes on and on.
I really like Printful, you simply create an account, pick your product, upload your designs, select your address and they’ll do the rest.
The whole process is very smooth, and prices seem very affordable.
This could also be an idea for you to monetize your creative skills in the future.
Gift ideas for digital lettering & calligraphy (iPad lettering etc.)
In this section, I wanted to share a couple of gift ideas for those who prefer practicing their hand lettering & calligraphy with digital tools.
In most cases that would be with the iPad Pro and Procreate.
With that in mind here are a couple of gift ideas for digital lettering & calligraphy aficionados.
1. Procreate brushes for lettering & calligraphy
An excellent gift for someone who has the iPad Pro and creates artwork using Procreate – are procreate brushes!
When it comes to Procreate brushes, I got you covered!
First of all, we have the Procreate brush bundle for lettering and calligraphy artists that comes with a significant discount.
This bundle contains 5 brush packs with a total of 314 brushes at a whopping 50% discount!
You can also check out the Procreate review article where I test and review 21 different brush packs.
2. Pen Tips for the Apple Pen
These Pen Tips are not just a protective layer for your Apple Pen. They increase control and precision in your strokes.
The Pen Tips are able to do that by increasing the friction between the plastic tip of the Apple Pen and the glass surface of the iPad screen.
3. Paperlike Screen Protector for the iPad
As I previously mentioned, an issue with the iPad and the Apple Pen is the lack of friction. The smoothness makes it quite difficult to control your strokes.
Well, Paperlike is solving that exact problem. Aside from protecting your screen, it will help you increase your precision.
I also really like the fact that it has a matte finish meaning that there is no glare or reflection – super useful when recording a video.
Books and online courses for lettering & calligraphy
Next up we have books & online courses.
Let’s start with books.
Hand lettering books –
If you are looking for a hand lettering book, then I recommend you to check out this article where I review 9 of my favorite hand lettering books.
Calligraphy books –
Unfortunately, I still didn’t have the time to write a separate review article for calligraphy books – but I promise you it’s on my to-do list of articles.
In the meantime here are some recommendations for calligraphy books (links to Amazon, besides the last one) –
- Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design
- The Calligrapher’s Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them
- The Art of Calligraphy: A Practical Guide to the Skills and Techniques
- Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
- Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: The Basics and Beyond (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
- The Lost Art of Handwriting: Rediscover the Beauty and Power of Penmanship
- Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks)
- Writing & Illuminating & Lettering (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
- Medieval calligraphy, its history, and technique
- The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques
- The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy
- The Speedball Textbook 24th Edition
- Foundations of Calligraphy
- Copperplate Script: A Yin & Yang Approach (Paul Antonio’s website)
Online courses for lettering & calligraphy artists –
My final idea for this post is online courses!
Let me start with Skillshare.
Skillshare is an online learning platform with more than 30,000 courses on a vast variety of topics.
Including hand lettering & calligraphy courses created by some of the top names in the industry.
The very cool part about it is that the subscription allows you to watch every single course available on the platform with 0 limitations.
I also wrote this article where i talk about my favorite courses on Skillshare. Check it out –
I’ve personally spent hours in the past years watching a huge variety of courses on Skillshare.
Not just for lettering/calligraphy but also for design, photography, online marketing, the list goes on.
I’ve learned skills that had such a huge positive impact on my life, and I would recommend Skillshare to anyone looking to learn a new skill.
Next up is Domestika.
Domestika is known for creating super high-quality online courses with some of the best names in various creative fields.
Including calligraphy, hand-lettering, and typography.
Another cool thing about Domestika is that they are constantly creating new courses and running huge discounts and various promo bundles.
Super happy with what they have been putting out in the past years and I highly recommend you check them out.
I’ve created a custom list with some of my favorite courses. You can check it out by clicking on the button below –
That’s about it folks, I hope that this guide will help you find the right gift for the letterer/calligrapher in your life.
Did I forget to mention something? Do you have a suggestion to make this list even better?
Be sure to drop a comment below and let me know.
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