10 Holiday Gift Finds From U.S. Museum Stores

  • November 25, 2020 13:38

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Claire Leighton and the New England Industries Series Notecard Set: Maple Sugar, Cranberries, Grist Mill, Lobstering, and Whaling. Museum Shop, Birmingham Museum of Art.
Birmingham Museum of Art
Glass Wine Bulbs by Tacoma artist Oliver Doriss. Seattle Art Museum Shop.
Seattle Art Museum
I. Ronni Kappos Mobile Earrings. The Museum of Craft and Design Shop, San Francisco.
Museum of Craft and Design
Homer - Remington exhibition catalog. The Shop at Denver Art Museum.
Denver Art Museum
Handmade Pottery Bowl. Wheel thrown by Addie Newcomer. Museum Store at The Columbus Museum.
The Columbus Museum
"The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion," catalog cover. Peabody Essex Museum Shop.
Peabody Essex Museum
Pinkie and Blue Boy Ornaments. The Huntington Store. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

While November 29 was Museum Store Sunday, organized by the Museum Store Association, the online shopping opportunities continue this holiday season. Consider a membership or gift cards to a local museum, or browse these selections from U.S. museum stores to discover artist-made, art-inspired and unique gifts. Purchases help support cultural institutions and the arts community.

Museum of Craft and Design's shop in San Francisco has coveted limited edition jewerly by I. Ronni Kappos. Handmade in Los Angeles, the mobile earrings ($112) are composed of vintage German glass and 14k gold-filled findings. The glass comes from the famed, but long-defunct German glassworks in the Sudetenland region of Bohemia.

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum has many 2020 must-haves such as art-emblazoned face masks, kitchen ware and puzzles. See also the large selection of kids' art supplies and activities, plus collectible exhibition books such as the Homer - Remington catalog ($25).

The Columbus Museum in Georgia hosts a Virtual Holiday Market with gift-worthy selections such as Savannah-sourced honey, pearl jewelry, and hand-crafted pottery dishes by local artist Addie Newcomer.

The Birmingham Museum of Art's Museum Shop has a large array of 2021 wall calendars featuring artists from Kawase Hasui to Wayne Thiebaud, plus collections of Jacob Lawrence-focused books and prints and Claire Leighton-inspired "New England Industries" notecards and more, designed to accompany the exhibitions at the museum.

For Louis Comfort Tiffany fans or anyone who could use a bright lift from the luminous look of stained glass  the Morse Museum shop has books, kitchen ware, puzzles, jewelry and more gifts inspired by its collections.

The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg feature gifts sure to evoke history and American-style hygge this winter. Send a cozy combination of Blue Toile mug and Martha Washington's chocolate shell infusionCacao shell tea ($14.99). Pair with the new book Colonial Williamsburg: The Story, a companion to Colonial Williamsburg: The Guide.

Fashion lovers can get lost in The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, the publication ($45) that accompanied the exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. With the book, add an exclusive mask created by fashion designer Carla Fernández. Another fun combo: the new book Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly with an Eliminate the Stench x Guerrilla Girls air freshener.

The Huntington Store in San Marino, California, features ($50) Pinkie and Blue Boy Ornaments, crafted to resemble the museum's iconic British portraits by Thomas Lawrence and Thomas Gainsborough. See also the large selection of exhibition catalogues including Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection of Folk Art.

Seattle Art Museum Shops has a local makers section with Glass Wine Bulbs ($42) in optimistic ombre hues, made by Tacoma artist Oliver Doriss. 

LACMA Store's vast selections include exhibition-related merchandise from Yoshitomo Nara notecards ($7.95) to Alex Prager puzzles. Gift a bright Hacienda Blanket ($120) woven in Guatemala along with a rainbow-hued array of Los Angeles-made Bauer Beehive Mugs ($32) to your favorite homebound coffee/tea lover.

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