13 holiday gift ideas for the art lovers on your list

13 holiday gift ideas for the art lovers on your list

As the end of the year approaches, inboxes begin to feel the crush of holiday shopping campaigns. To help sift through the avalanche of offers, the editors at ALL ARTS have rounded up a selection of gifts for the art-inclined individuals on your shopping list.

A Unique Gift from Broadway Makers Marketplace

“She’s Popular” candle from Stagedoor Candles.

Have a theater lover in your life? Select Broadway wares from over two dozen artists, creatives and small business owners gathered within the Broadway Makers Marketplace. Some of the finds include Stagedoor Candles’ scents inspired by Broadway, musical-themed nail decals and hand-crocheted dolls based on iconic characters. You can shop the collection online or at the Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Columbus Circle’s Turnstyle Underground Market.


Hats, Hats and More Hats

Hat from Brooklyn Museum.

While socks might be one of the most timeless gifts (who can deny this Big Foot pair from New York Botanical Garden?), might we suggest turning your attention to the opposite end of the body: the head.

The humble baseball cap offers style and anonymity all at once. There’s no shortage or sources to choose from, so we advise taking a moment to really ponder who your recipient is. Here are but a few suggestions of where to look:

Not a fan of the baseball cap style? We also recommend Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Rewrite History Bucket Hat” designed by Nappy Head Club, a Steps on Broadway beanie and — if your giftee adores a sloping brim — the “Rose Lampshade Lavender Hat” from the New York Public Library.

And if you’re still unsure about what style to get, dole out some charm with author and illustrator William Steig’s “When Everybody Wore a Hat,” available at the Jewish Museum.


Akari Scarf From the Noguchi Museum

Akari scarf from the Noguchi Museum.

This modal and silk scarf designed by Jada Schumacher and Andrea Salvini takes its cues from Isamu Noguchi’s iconic Akari light sculptures, which the artist began creating in 1951.

Alternatively, those in search of an Akari light sculpture can find their glow on the Noguchi Shop website.


Writing Sets From Bowne and Co. Stationers

Stationary set from Bowne & Co.

One, truly, can never have too much stationary. These elegant, letterpress-printed cards — complete with a small illustration (or pip) and envelopes — make for the perfect gift for those who like to dash off thoughtful notes. The stationary also fits into a lineage: The Bowne & Co sets are printed on a Golding Jobber treadle press from 1901 at the shop’s South Street Seaport location in New York City’s historic printing district.


Porcelain From Wing on Wo & Co.

Hand painted flower pot from Wing on Wo & Co. Photo: Mischelle Moy.

Chinatown’s oldest continuously operating store Wing on Wo & Co. has plenty of striking porcelain pieces and gifts, including hand-painted earrings, embroidered folk plush animals and a W.O.W. Project Annie Bundle, which brings together a collection of six items to tell the story of the community-based initiative.

[Learn more about Wing on Wo & Co. on the ALL ARTS series “Box Burners.”]


Dusen Dusen Everybody Tissue Box from MoMA Design Store

Dusen Dusen Everybody Tissue Box from MoMA Design Store.

Wipe away tears with style. The Dusen Dusen Everybody Tissue Box, designed by Ellen Van Dusen, features four sides of smiling faces, striped with bold vertical lines. Best of all, the colorful case slips right over a standard-size box of tissues.


Diane Severin Nguyen “IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS” Tote Bag from SculptureCenter

Diane Severin Nguyen “IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS” Tote Bag from SculptureCenter.

A mix between a utilitarian gift and an art object, this tote from SculptureCenter coincides with Diane Severin Nguyen’s solo show “IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS.” The bag comes in two colors, and is perfect for stashing tickets to the museum.


Neue Galerie Playing Cards

Neue Galerie Playing Cards.

Gilt edges, a Dagobert Peche design and handsome gold foil, these playing cards from the Neue Galerie simply have it all. The 52-card deck features artwork from Otto Dix, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele on the court cards, laid out in a mirrored format so that there is no such thing as an upside-down card.

If playing cards aren’t on the wish-list, we recommend the Neue’s fabric-covered journals, which are wrapped in Wiener Werkstätte textile patterns and include a satin ribbon bookmark. Pages are unlined (and the rest is still unwritten).


Knitting Materials From Downtown Yarn

It’s very likely that you know someone who took up the fiber arts during the early days of the pandemic. Reward their dedication by purchasing some knitting materials from the East Village shop Downtown Yarns. Be sure to check out their Instagram to stay in the loop about upcoming classes.


Monopoly: The Met Edition

Monopoly: Met Edition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

You could get this Metropolitan Museum-themed gift for a friend, or you could hide it away in your closet to treat future guests to a fun and never-quick game of Monopoly all year long — a gift that keeps on giving! The set features artful game tokens, pieces from the Met’s 17 curatorial departments and portraits on the “money.”


Sarah Zapata Puzzle from Performance Space New York

Sarah Zapata Puzzle from Performance Space New York. Photograph by Da Ping Luo.

Intrepid puzzlers will have a piece of art after completing this 500-piece puzzle capturing Sarah Zapata’s “A Famine of Hearing.” Photograph is by Da Ping Luo.


Color Wheel Pendant From Cooper Hewitt

Color Wheel Pendant from Cooper Hewitt.

Some people wear their love of color on their sleeve, others prefer to dangle it from their neck. This pendant designed by Yellow Owl Workshop boasts includes an 18 in., 18-karat gold-dipped chain.


A Gift Card to a Local Bookstore

Let’s face it: Choosing books for others is hard. Give the gift of bookstore browsing to a loved one by purchasing a gift card to their favorite local haunt.

What’s more, some shops are offering incentives  — like Strand Book Store’s “Give $100, Get $20” deal — to purchase cards.