Finding the appropriate gift for an arts-inclined person can be a daunting errand. There are several factors to consider, from their personal tastes to your budget and more. In hopes of easing those worries, ALL ARTS has rounded up gift suggestions below for every type of art enthusiast on your shopping list.
In the spirit of supporting cultural and community touchstones, the items below hail from local art institutions and venues that provide a public service.
New York City museums have expansive gift shops, but none seem quite as eclectic as the one housed in the Brooklyn Museum. The landmark is home to Bob Ross plush toys ( $12 — for the ALL ARTS fan, perhaps?), fine jewelry and a hodgepodge of out-of-the-box reading material.
If you’ve never meandered to the online gift shop on the New York Public Library’s website, you’re missing out on some affordable treasures. While there are pages upon pages of worthy gifts for the book lover in your life, we’re particularly fond of the Library Lion Ornament, which costs $16 and is a miniaturized version of the marble statues that flank the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
If you’re working with a stretchier budget, it’s worth taking a peek at some of the leather accessories and jewelry offerings, a few of which are engraved or embossed with literary witticisms.
Purchasing a gift from Bluestockings helps support the indie shop’s mission to provide a space for activists and community advocates. Scope out the “Sidelines” section, which features giftable wares and trinkets. We’re partial to these coffee mugs, which cost anywhere between $12.99 and $24.99.
Are these puzzles or works of art? A little bit of both, actually. The Catskills-based store sells bespoke puzzles at varying price points ($32 to $195) and levels of difficulty. The goal, according to the shop, is to marry the artistry of traditional jigsaw puzzles with new technologies. Each piece is cut with custom software inspired by natural patterns.
If you’re hoping to encourage an appreciation and aptitude for visual art, consider this throwback toy kit from the Guggenheim’s collection. Originally released in 1955, the set boasts vintage prompts and images that endorse experimental use of form and color.
The Harlem-based venue’s iconic marquee is emblazed on most of the items in its surprisingly large gift shop. There’s something available that suits most budgets, but we’re partial to the deck of cards ($15) and this David Marquee print ($25.)
Have you ever walked past the colorful mural outside of Brooklyn’s National Sawdust and wished you could take it home with you? Now you can — sort of. National Sawdust transformed its iconic mural into a lovely piece of attire.
Even with discount outlets like TDF, Broadway tickets are pricey. As an alternative, consider treating your theater-loving friend to merch from their favorite show. Most merch is sold online at the show’s official website.
This one’s so good it makes our gift guide two years in a row! Consider gifting a membership to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the multi-arts center in Brooklyn known for its festivals and avant-garde performances. If the recipient of your gift already has a membership, you can make a donation in their name. And, if the $85 cost of membership is too steep, check out their upcoming calendar events and consider purchasing a pair of tickets instead.
Are you buying for the consummate New Yorker? If so, you might want to take a gander at some of the offerings in this museum’s gift shop. We’ve selected this kitschy water bottle, but there are also prints and elegant coffee table books available for those shopping with a larger budget.