5 Beautiful and Practical Artisan-Made Gifts from Museum Shops for Mother's Day

  • April 27, 2020 13:11

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The Alpiniste Limoges Serving Platter is from The Glass House Design Store.

In a win-win shopping effort, support non-profit museums and artists today while delighting mom with an artful, purposeful purchase. Museum shops are offering plenty of home wares, puzzles, books, clothing, home office supplies and more options for Mother's Day online shopping. 

1. The Alpiniste Limoges serving platter ($135) is a bold and fun piece for mom's everyday eating at home and can be used at future gatherings. From the Design Store at The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site comprising architect Philip Johnson's modernist masterpiece in the Connecticut countryside, this sleek piece is handmade in France of white Limoges porcelain.

Designs by Masue include a natural linen table runner with a chinkapin vine design from Ogden Museum of Southern Art's online shop.


2. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's online store features Louisiana artists, and a plethora of options for Mother's Day gifts, including beautiful and functional home wares. See the handprinted textile designs of Caroline Masue, such as the natural linen table runner with a chinkapin vine design ($60, free shipping), handmade in New Orleans.

From the LACMA store are Echo Park short mugs designed by ceramicist and sculptor Peter Shire and made by residents of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.

3. Check out the LACMA Store for many diversions and neccessities for mom, like the espresso-friendly "splattered" Echo Park pottery short mugs ($80) designed by ceramicist and sculptor Peter Shire and made by residents of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Artisans craft Van Gogh-themed soy candles and aloe soaps for Care Packages from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

4. For hygge seekers, the shop at Detroit Institute of Arts has Care Packages with handmade aloe soaps and eco-friendly soy candles featuring Van Gogh paintings from its collections. And what would a Van Gogh self-portrait soap ($16.95) smell like? Citrus Zest, of course—with thyme, white tea, chrysanthemum—perhaps evoking a summer evening in Provence. (Note: These specific Care Package items ship directly from the artisan studio where they are made while the DIA is closed.)

From the New-York Historical Society shop, Chrysler Building champagne flutes by Godinger Silver Art Company are freshly elegant ways to exhibit love for New York and its rich architectural history.

5. New-York Historical Society Museum shop has put together Cheerful Classics for mom and it is a treasure trove of finds, from gorgeous Tiffany-inspired scarves to a museum-branded $4.95 hand sanitizer. Perhaps give her LiberTea or Death Revolutionary War tea, an herbal blend honoring the verve of Patrick Henry, created in partnership with tea crafters Sense and SensibiliTea. Gift the tea with a recent classic such as Roberta J.M. Olson's Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for the Birds of America

If sending cheer is the goal, see also the Chrysler Building champagne flutes by Godinger Silver Art Company, a family-owned giftware maker.

Check the website of your favorite museum to see if they have an online shop open and are able to ship, or if you can order by phone.

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