This was the subject of a posting on Making a Mark. Katherine Tyrell the author of the blog carried out a poll to find out and you can see the results of her poll by following the link to it. How about you? If you're an artist would you say this was your experience?
I personally made notebooks from recycling old prints. I turned the offcuts into book marks and gift tags. I made christmas decorations from old blind embossed prints of hearts and birds and had my flower prints turned into printed cards and a couple of them made into giclee prints. The idea behind this effort was to have a broader price range from 50p upwards to my most expensive prints at £395.
The approach I took seems to be born out by the links from Katherine Tyrell's website to The Guardian Christmas Art Guide, The Royal Academy Gift Guide by Price and The Tate Modern and National Gallery's Christmas Cards by fine artists. In other words applying art in a decorative way to other items like T-shirts, mugs, fridge magnets, etc, or making things from art as I did.
So for me the question is, what does one actually means by 'Are you selling/giving art for Christmas?' For me the examples Katherine gives does not necessarily equate to giving original art for Christmas. Rather people are buying gifts that are art related and places like The Royal Academy are gearing up for this accordingly because that's where the market is?
I'd like to know how the questions in Katherine's poll were phrased. Was the distinction drawn between original art and applied art? I do think the results of the poll might be slightly different if that distinction was made.
Top sales in the studio were my cards, followed by my notebooks, then Christmas decorations and gift tags, very few bookmarks. I sold prints in other galleries not my own studio. As a general rule I find people only buy art for themselves at Christmas time rather than for others but I'd like to know what others experience is. And if you DO sell original art as Christmas gifts for others, is there a price ceiling on that?