13 Smart, Stylish, and Maybe a Little Weird Gift Ideas for the Art Lover in Your Life Who Has Everything
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Time is running out!
There are only about two weeks left in the holiday season, so if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, you don’t have much time to spare.
If you’re feeling stuck, we’re here to help. Here are 13 perfect gift ideas for the art lover in your life.
Las Jaras Wines in Sebastopol, California, enlisted Jen Stark, known for her hypnotic, rainbow-colored designs, to create the label for the company’s 2019 Waves White Wine. Made from French Colombard grapes, it boast flavors of white peach, honeydew melon, and grapefruit.
This enamel pin of a slightly crushed red Solo cup, based on the artist Paula Crown’s exhibition, “The Architecture of Memory,” which was shown during the 2018 Venice Biennale, is more than a cute accessory. Created by the artist as a comment on plastic waste and the excess and disposability of contemporary culture, it takes on added meaning in 2020 as a symbol of all the parties we couldn’t have this year.
For your art-loving friend with a wandering sole, these nutty art socks that riff on artist’s names are a fun, arty take on boring old holiday socks.
Time-consuming thousand-piece puzzles had a lockdown resurgence this year, but this cheerful 12-piece number designed by the Haas Brothers for Prospect New York is geared toward a younger set.
This exquisite matchbox, based on Tiffany Studios’ Clematis floor lamp, was designed by Clara Driscoll (c. 1900–06), one of the Tiffany Girls whose previously overlooked role in the design and creation of the company’s leaded-glass masterpieces was revealed by the New-York Historical Society’s groundbreaking 2007 show, “A New Light on Tiffany.”
RxART is teaming up with medical apparel company FIGS to sell limited-edition artist-designed face masks. Choose from Dan Colen’s lipstick print design, a cat sketch by Ann Craven, or cartoon pandas by Rob Pruitt. A portion of the sales proceeds will support children’s hospitals throughout North America.
Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation is selling a gorgeous, lightweight scarf featuring Henri Edmond Cross’s seascape, Two Women by The Shore, Mediterranean, from its collection. If that doesn’t quite fit anyone on your list, the museum’s virtual personal shopper is here to help.
New York nonprofit Worthless Studios has produced an open edition of artists’ postcards featuring photographs from its “Free Film” public art project. Participating artists receive a roll of film, a deadline for its return, and a phrase to prompt and inspire their film.
The mother-daughter-duo behind Los Angeles’s Anchors-n-Asteroids have released a delightful series of eco-friendly shirts (made from post-consumer plastic bottles) featuring 10-year-old Pearl’s drawings of famous figures, many of them artists. Just try and resist the call of more-popular-than-ever Bob Ross and his bursting afro on this design.
The latest offering from Art Girl Rising, which has long offered a line of black t-shirts listing the names of deserving women artists in crisp white type, is a plain t-shirt that reads “13.7.” That’s the percentage of living artists represented by European and North American galleries that are women—a great conversation-starter for your favorite art-world feminist.
VVrkshop Gift Card
Art writer Paddy Johnson founded VVrkshop, a professional training program for art workers, to help those in the industry hard hit in recent months. A gift card for the starving artist in your life could just be the professional support they need to get through to the other side.
French artist Claire Tabouret has released a line of cozy footwear and jackets with UGG, including these sheepskin boots, featuring one of her figurative paintings. Expensive, yes, but perhaps worth the splurge to keep your toes warm during winter-season outdoor socializing.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is selling a bespoke gin that features botanicals hand-picked from around the museum grounds, including apple blossom, pine spruce, and lavender. The label for the bottle is designed by artist and illustrator Tom Frost. (Alas, this one is only available to our friends in the UK.)
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