All I want for Christmas is original art, say UAE gift buyers


Forget the socks, perfume and ill-fitting sweaters – this year savvy shoppers can purchase beautiful original paintings online that will spread real joy over the festive period

The festive season is nearly upon us, and rather than dashing around the mall panic-stricken looking for the perfect gifts, many UAE residents are choosing to buy a magical piece of original art from – all at the click of a button.

Created with a vision to make art accessible and affordable to every community and bring upcoming artists and art-seekers together in one marketplace, ArtSmiley provides a platform for artists looking to showcase their work and help them establish a reputation in the competitive art world.

"A Walk to Remember" by Yuvika Garg

“A Walk to Remember” by Yuvika Garg

At the same time, it helps everyday art-seekers buy totally unique, and yet still affordable, gifts for friends and family.

“We are seeing a boom in business this month clearly due to the holidays and gift buying season, said ArtSmiley Co-Founder Lurdh Allam.

“We are delighted to offer this wonderful and unique option for making someone happy – is there anything nicer than receiving a special piece of art? A gift that will truly hold meaning and last a lifetime. And who knows what the value of the piece might be in years to come as all our artists are just breaking into the big time.”

Any artist can register their profile and upload their works for sale on, and after verification and curation of the pieces, they will be published in the community.

The original, hand-painted contemporary artworks available on ArtSmiley range widely in style and subject. The artists themselves hail mainly from the region, and some further afield – but each has a unique outlook on the world.

Amazing Seasonal Offer

Visitors to can grab a $100 gift voucher on orders above $500 this month – coupon code is gift100. There is also up to 30% off on selected works!

Author: Will

I write stuff about things and things about stuff. I live in Dubai, and I like it.

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