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10 Ways To Give Digital Art As A Gift To Friends & Family

You’ve probably wondered how to repurpose your digital art skills and use them to gift digital art to friends and family.

Imagine designing a unique digital art piece that brings your friends and family joy.

Not just because it’s an artistic gift, but because it’s personalized, reflecting your thoughtfulness and their personality.

Whether it’s a custom drawing of their pet or a digital portrait of themselves, there are many ways to gift digital art.

Here are several ways that you can gift digital art to friends and family!

What To Give As Digital Art (10 Ideas)

So, you’re set on gifting digital art but unsure what to choose?

Here are the 10 different ways you can give digital art as a gift.

1) Drawing Of Their Pet

cartoon drawing of a dog, great digital art gift of someone's pet

Creating a digital art portrait of their beloved pet can be a heartfelt and personal gift that truly showcases your talent. Everyone loves their pet, so this is an easy idea to give as digital art!

Unique commissions of pet portraits serve as personalized illustrations, turning animal drawings into custom artwork.

Capturing the pet’s personality in a one-of-a-kind piece is wonderful. So, show your love by gifting this special keepsake, a digital pet portrait.

2) Profile Picture For Social Media

While a digital pet portrait is a wonderful gift, there’s another unique idea you might consider – crafting a profile picture for your loved one’s social media accounts.

People love changing their profile pictures every once in a while, and they even like having matching profile pictures! So you can double up on this idea and draw two matching profile pictures, one for you and one for them!

This thoughtful gesture boosts their online presence and enhances their bonding with you.

3) Custom Cards

Consider the delight of your loved ones when they receive custom digital cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and other important milestones.

The Legend of Zelda Valentines Day Card, Romantic Card, zelda and link, couple, for him, for her, geeky

With custom designs and personalized messages, you can captivate them through your unique illustrations.

Your creative compositions, tailor-made for special occasions, offer an innovative approach to gifting.

These digital cards can be printed on websites such as Printify, Gelato, or Printful, for example.

BUT, you can also send them as eCards (more on sending digital files later in this article).

4) Their Favorite Print of Your Art

Shifting our focus from custom cards, another exceptional way to gift your digital art is by offering them a print of their favorite artwork from your collection.

This could be a personalized portrait, a unique design, or a custom illustration.

It’s a special commission, tailored to their preferences.

Or you can ask them to look through your portfolio or sketchbook and ask them which one they would prefer as a print!

This can somewhat spoil the surprise element, but it will be sure that what they receive is truly something they love.

5) Digital Art Portrait of Them

simple cartoon art of a digital art portrait with clean lines

Creating a digital art portrait of your loved one can be an incredibly personal and delightful gift, capturing their unique personality and charm in your artistic style.

A personalized illustration, or a custom portrait, is a digital drawing that serves as an artistic representation of them. Your unique design can mirror their essence and personality, making the gift all the more special.

You can also throw in some inside-jokes to the digital art portrait. Or even turn them into their favorite animal!

6) Fan Art of Their Favourite Character or Series

Another digital art gift you can craft is unique fan art that genuinely resonates with their interests and shows your understanding of their passions.

bulma and android 18 fan art by patricia caldeira at don corgi

Consider creating character commissions, series illustrations, cosplay creations, video game fanart, or anime adaptations.

Each piece of art will be a personalized, innovative gift that celebrates their favourite characters and series in a fresh, exciting way.

7) Favorite Place They’ve Been

Building on the idea of personalized art, consider capturing a favorite place they’ve traveled to or dream of visiting in your digital art masterpiece.

This adventure artwork can stir travel memories, bringing vacation souvenirs to life.

Whether it’s a beach from their holiday destinations or a city from their wanderlust dreams, your creative touch can transform these memories into a unique, innovative gift.

8) Their DnD or RPG Character

drawing of gin by patricia at don corgi

For those loved ones who are avid Dungeons and Dragons or RPG gamers, gifting digital art of their favorite character can be a unique and touching tribute.

Consider a custom illustration or character commission, transforming their roleplay avatar into a fantasy portrait.

This digital painting can encapsulate the essence of their character, or just a situation their character has been while they were playing the game!

Bonus: Draw an entire moment of their rpg campaign!

9) Print a T-shirt With Your Art

Another fantastic way to gift your digital art is by printing it on a t-shirt, a wearable piece of art that they can show off to the world.

photo of patricia using tunnel snakes rule t shirt from neatoshop

Custom designs transform ordinary clothing into personalized, artistic apparel.

You can also print your digital art on other apparel, such as hats, skirts, dresses, and much more, on those websites I’ve mentioned before, as well as Redbubble, Teepublic, and many others.

10) Bonus: Give Your Art In A Digital Photo Frame

If you’re looking for a truly unique and memorable way to gift digital art, why not display your masterpiece in a digital photo frame?

This way, they’ll be able to see your digital art in a photo frame and change it at will! You can even set up the digital photo frame to keep looping between a few different digital art pieces.

⭐ I recommend this Digital Photo Frame by FRAMEO.

Gifting A Digital Art File

Often, choosing to gift a digital art file directly can be a simple, yet meaningful way to share your creative work with loved ones.

If you don’t want to print your digital art out, you can just send a digital file for them to use! This can be especially useful in RPGs or as profile pictures in different social media.

Here’s how you can share your digital art file with a friend:

  • Email the file directly. Attach the files to the email and just hit send.
  • Use a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Just share the link with your friend!
  • Use an USB drive. Add the files to the storage of the USB drive and physically hand-over the file to your friend or family member.

These are just a few easy ways to give digital art files as gifts!


So, whether you’re sketching their adorable pet, crafting a unique profile picture, designing custom cards, or gifting your own art prints, the possibilities are endless for giving digital art.

It’s not just about the gift; it’s about making it personal and meaningful.

After all, the best gifts come straight from the heart, and yours is full of art!

And if you want to grab a gift for yourself (or give to a digital artist friend) check out the following article:

🎁 50 Best Gifts For Artists Who Draw (For Every Budget!)

Or click here for the Best Drawing Tablets for Every Size.

Keep on drawing!


Patricia Caldeira is the main writer here at Don Corgi. She's an art teacher with over 20.000 happy students across many platforms and courses!

Enjoy your stay and as always:
Keep on drawing!

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