It is easy to jump right toward practical when purchasing gifts for that special writer and artist in your life. This year shop outside the box and give the gift of creativity. The best gifts for the talented person are the ones that inspire innovative ideas.

It is easy to jump right toward practical when purchasing gifts for that special writer and artist in your life. This year shop outside the box and give the gift of creativity. The best gifts for the talented person are the ones that inspire innovative ideas.

Laban ballpoint pen

This pen ($65) is the perfect gift for the writer friend. It's small, rests comfortably in the palm and provides an easy grip for long writing sessions. Each pen comes in a variety of beautiful iridescent marbling to choose from. Vintage Fountain Pen Store, 3481 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-267-8468,cabcoproducts.com

Postcard coloring book

Bring out a friend's inner child with the "Art Nouveau: Postcard Colouring Book" ($9), an affordable option for the artistic person. It consists of 20 beautiful designs printed on paper suitable for watercolors and a variety of other media. After all, you're never too old for coloring books. Blick Art Materials, 612 N. High St., Short North, 614-224-7708,dickblick.com

Miniature journal

A writer can never have too many journals. The Ogami Mini Journal ($14) is filled with 120 pages of eco-friendly paper made from stone, giving the pages a nice smooth texture. This journal is a perfect option for the environmentally conscious writer. On Paper, 737 N. High St., Short North, 614-424-6617,onpaper.com

Artist's satchel

Artists have a lot of supplies that can be a pain to haul around. This Charvin Satchel ($64) is practical in storage, comes in a variety of sizes and is made of all natural linen. Not to mention, it makes a great accessory piece.jerrysartarama.com

Build-your-own camera

DIY projects are a go-to for creative types. The Konstruktor build-your-own 35mm SLR camera ($45) is an ideal inventive gift for the photography nerd. This DIY plastic camera kit comes with a handful of tiny nuts and bolts, so it requires some patience. Columbus Museum of Art Store, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown, 614-221-4848,columbusmuseum.org