The best gifts for every creative graduate

May 18, 2023

Whether the creative young person in your life just graduated from high school or college, the best gift you can get for them is a Wacom pen tablet or pen display. Wacom products are the best gifts for creative young people in 2023, because they’re the modern tools today’s creative professionals use — either scaled down in size and complexity for beginners, or more-affordable versions of the Wacom Pro line currently used across creative industries.

The best gift for creative high school graduates: Wacom Intuos

Wacom Intuos pen tablet

A Wacom Intuos Wireless is the best gift for a creative high school graduate, whether they’re into content creation, editing photos, drawing fanart, or any other creative pursuit, and whether they’re intending to go to art school or not.

With Wacom Intuos, they’ll harness the power of their computer and the software they’re already familiar with. It works seamlessly with free tools like Canva, Krita, and Tux Paint, but every purchase of a Wacom Intuos also comes with free trials of a bunch of creative software, including two years of Clip Studio Paint for drawing, illustration, and comics, one year of Boris FX Optics for photo editing, and a three-month Skillshare membership to really level up their creative skills!

Despite its size and affordability, Wacom Intuos provides expert-level input precision for drawing, designing, or editing with its ergonomic, battery-free pen — and with 4,000+ levels of pressure sensitivity, it’s much more precise and comfortable to use than a mouse. It’s lightweight, sturdy, versatile, and easy to use, and the built-in ExpressKeys mean it can be totally customized. Both sizes are convenient and portable, especially the Bluetooth Wireless versions, which save space on cable clutter, both on a desk or in a laptop bag or backpack.

Wacom Intuos is the best gift for creative high school graduates because it’s affordable, portable, and powerful. Even better, Wacom Intuos Medium Wireless is currently $50 off through 5/21/23!

The best gift for graduates entering art school: Wacom One

Wacom One pen display

Wacom One is the best gift for anyone who’s graduating from high school and looking forward to art school.

While some some creatives prefer the feel and ergonomics of using a pen tablet like the Wacom Intuos, others want to use our ergonomic, precise, battery-free pens directly on the screen. Considered the “entry level” Wacom pen display, Wacom One is reliable, adaptable, and gives young artists the ability to experience a pen display like many pros use, like Cintiq Pro, but is a much more affordable choice.

Compatible with virtually all of the best creative software programs including Adobe Creative Suite, Wacom One is a beginning artist’s best friend. The bright, textured, HD screen feels like pen on paper, and its 13.3″ inch screen is the perfect size. It’s large enough to do detailed editing, but small enough for a student or anyone with limited desk space.

It’s especially great for beginning photo editors, designers, and illustrators, because it comes with a free three-month trial of the Affinity suite, a powerful alternative to Adobe software .Affinity does not require users to enter an endless subscription plan like Adobe does, so if they end up liking the trial they can pay once and be done!

Wacom Intuos is the best gift for creative high school graduates because it’s affordable, portable, and powerful. Even better, Wacom One is currently $100 off through 5/21/23!

The best gift for art school graduates: Wacom Intuos Pro

Intuos Pro

For art school graduates, the best gift is a Wacom Intuos Pro.

Most art school students these days will have used Wacom pen tablets as part of their education, even if they studied a traditional art subject. Digital art skills are essential for 21st century artists. But they may not have a tablet or display of their own to keep using after school is over.

Intuos Pro is our top-of-the-line creative pen tablet, preferred by professional photo editors, 3D artists, animators, graphic designers, and creators in virtually every creative field. It comes with the Pro Pen 2, which has 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity for intricate, detailed work, and it’s lightweight and ergonomic for long sessions. With built-in ExpressKeys, users can tailor the tablet to their own workflow, and it comes in three sizes, so there are many options depending on their artistic plans.


Feature image photo by Baim Hanif on Unsplash.

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