THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR LETTERING & CALLIGRAPHY ARTISTS

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners
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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!

First of I compiled several basic starter kits for both hand lettering & calligraphy beginners.

Calligraphy beginners sets

Hand lettering beginners sets

If you are not interested in getting a whole starter kit for beginners, you can also have a look in the other two categories include –

Various gifts for lettering & calligraphy

Books & online courses

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The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

Calligraphy sets gifts

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.

Quick note – All of these sets share 3 essential items (links to Amazon) –

  • Rhodia dot pad (paper) – high-quality paper with a smooth and bleed-proof surface. It will not bleed or damage your pens. The dot grid is especially helpful for guidelines, letter construction and increased consistency. This is my top recommendation when it comes to practice paper for beginners.
  • Rolling ruler – a ruler that contains a cylinder (that rolls) on the back. You can create parallel lines and guidelines quickly and easily. 
  • Mechanical pencil – Great for creating light lines for guidelines, sketching, etc. On top of that you never have to sharp it.

Let’s get started!

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) –

Alternatives to the Tombow Dual brush pens – Crayola, Lyra, Sakura Koi, Sharpie, Zig Brushables

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) –

Alternatives to the Tombow Fudenosuke – Pentel Arts Sign pen, Zebra Fude brush, Faber-Castell Pit

3. Modern Calligraphy/Copperplate set 3 – pointed nib + straight holder 

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 of the protective coating) and also care for them.

Washing them after each practice session and maintain 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) –

4. Modern Calligraphy/Copperplate set 4 – pointed nib + oblique holder 

The oblique holder is basically like a straight holder, except it has a small flange on the side to make it easier to write on a slanted angle.

Personally, I enjoy it more working with the oblique holder than the straight one.

For this set I recommend (links to Amazon) –

5. 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, Carolingian, etc.

For some of these scripts, we also have written beginner guides on the website.

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 green one (the 3.8mm  size).

6. Broad edged calligraphy set 2 – for more advanced – dip pen + nib

If you are aiming for 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) –

Hand lettering sets gifts

Now it’s time for hand lettering!

The selection of tools is a bit simpler compared with the calligraphy tools.

Meaning that you don’t need such a variety of tools.

For the hand lettering gifts, I’ve created two different sets, so let’s get crackin’.

1. Hand lettering set 1 – Microns

This is the most basic set that includes just 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 – Molotow/Posca

This second set is pretty similar to the first one, however here I included some high-quality acrylic colors! (links to Amazon) –

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 gift ideas for lettering & calligraphy

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 more expensive ones.

You can find gifts for under 10$, under 20$, under 50$,  or from 50$ and above. 

Let’s begin.

Lettering & calligraphy gifts under 10$ –

1. 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.

2. Canson watercolor paper 

Canson is known for it’s high quality paper products. 

This is a acid-free cold pressed textured paper with a 300 gsm (140lbs) weight. 

Perfect for watercolors as well as final and special calligraphy/lettering projects.

3. Pentel Fude brush pen

A bristle brush pen made out of long synthetic hairs. 

Personally, I find it more challenging to work with this brush than a felt tip brush, but it creates a wide variety of different strokes and textures. 

4. Tombow Fudenosuke set

It’s one of the best brush pens for brush calligraphy beginners. 

A great addition for any lettering toolbox.

5. Kuretake Fudebiyori metallic brush pens

A set of 6 brush pens with different metallic colors. 

6. Nib set Manuscript 

If you are looking for a gift for someone who is into pointed tip calligraphy like Copperplate – this is a great set.

The set includes 3 different nibs.

7. 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 compliment your strokes in a very unique way.

This set includes 9 brushes.

Lettering & calligraphy gifts under 20$ –

8. Water brush pen 

This is perfect for both watercolor painting and calligraphy.

The set contains 6 brushes in different sizes.

9. Montana wide 

This marker is so much fun.

The super broad tip is 50 mm wide, and it allows you to create ultra bold strokes.

I really like practicing blackletter (gothic) capitals with it.

The best part of this marker is that it’s refillable!

10. Copic Wide marker 

I haven’t had the chance to test this marker personally, but I’ve seen so many calligraphers using it online.

It creates these really amazing dry textures, and it looks like a really fun tool to work with.

11. 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.

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

12. Chalk markers

You know someone who is into chalk lettering? 

This is then the perfect set of markers! 

A total of 16 chalk markers – 10 bright colors and 6 metallic colors for a variety of colorful masterpieces. 

13. 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.

This tool will help you improve your lettering composition - Lettering Daily
This tool will help you improve your lettering composition - Lettering Daily

14. Speedball calligraphy ink set

Speedball offers a wide variety of quality products for calligraphers.

This set contains 10 different colored inks for calligraphy.

15. Light tablet

The light tablet is a super useful tool for both hand lettering and calligraphy artists.

It allows you to trace your sketches, and it’s great for precision work.

16. Koi watercolor set 

The Koi Field Sketch set is one of my favorite watercolor sets.

It’s small (portable), affordable and it includes a water brush and built-in mixing palettes.

17. Wood-burning kit (pyrography)

A perfect beginners kit for anyone getting started with woodburning (aka pyrography).

This is the same kit that the professional woodburning duo Pyrocrafters recommend in their article.

Lettering & calligraphy gifts under 50$ –

18. Finetec metallic pigment watercolor set 

This watercolor set offers a variety of beautiful metallic colors.

You can use it lettering, painting, and even calligraphy.

19. 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. 

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.

20. Embossing starter kit

A starting kit for embossing.

The kit includes a heat tool, two embossing pens, and two different embossing powders (gold and silver).

21. Custom wax seal stamp

Get your very own custom made wax seal stamp!

You simply need to upload an image with your logo or initials.

I think this could be a really cool way for you to brand your artwork. 

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22. Ecoline watercolor set

I love the Ecoline brush pens, and I also love their watercolor ink.

It’s created for drawing, painting, and especially calligraphy. You can combine the different pigments to create intriguing gradients and beautiful color palettes.

23. 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 –

24. 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 😀

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

25. Praktik Pen

Another beautiful set of handmade pens.

It includes 8 different sizes, and they all have unique inline cuts that create some fantastic textures.

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

26. Drafting table

Well, I know what I’m getting for myself this Christmas 😀

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a proper set-up for calligraphy practice.

I like the idea of having a dedicated workstation with an adjustable angle of the surface.

27. 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.

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

28. iPad lettering lovers

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!

The ULTIMATE gift guide for lettering & calligraphy beginners

You can also check out the Procreate review article where I test and review 21 different brush packs.

Books & online courses

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.

Online courses – 

My final idea for this post are online courses!

When it comes to online courses, my top choice has always been Skillshare.  

Skillshare is an online learning platform with more than 21,000 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 it to anyone looking to learn a new skill. 

Final words

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.

Until the next time,

Stay AWESOME!

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4 thoughts on “THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR LETTERING & CALLIGRAPHY ARTISTS”

  1. What a FANTASTIC list with links to purchase, thank you! And for versatility, can also double as a wish list for Santa? Wow, just a great gift guide, thanks again!

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