Museum Holiday Gift Guide: 2017 Edition

Julia Kennedy

Marketing & Aud Dev Associate

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday shopping season. Many rush out for Black Friday, shop local for Small Business Saturday, online on Cyber Monday, then give back on #givingtuesday. Some museums have even joined together to start promoting the newly launched Museum Store Sunday – and we love it!

Museum gift shops often are a treasure trove of unique items. Here are some favorites for your loved ones this holiday season:

For the Stranger Things Fan:

This hoodie went viral for the Science Museum of Minnesota after a character on the Netflix hit ‘Stranger Things’ wore it. The SMM jumped on the requests and brought the hoodie and other apparel back. – $36.95

For those who want to color with the Masters:

The Art Institute of Chicago has your back if you’re looking to put your own twist on some masterpieces. Grab one for the adult-coloring book lover in your life…and probably one for yourself. – $14.99

For the historic foodie in your life:

Grab some authentic cornmeal, ground from the General’s own Gristmill in Mount Vernon, VA for the food-loving history buff you know. Use them to make one of George’s favorite foods, hoecakes that he liked, quote, “swimming in butter and honey.” (Us, too, George, us too.) – $7.95

For the friend that didn’t get in to see Infinity Mirrors:

One of the hottest exhibits this year, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors was on art lovers’ must-see list this year. For those who didn’t make it in, grab this book that explores the infamous series. – $49.95

For the tie-wearing art lover:

The National Gallery of Art stocks tons of bold ties (and bowties!) that will show off your love of fine art. We love this bold print inspired by Gustav Klimt, perfect for the tie-wearing art lover in your life. – $50.00

For the bartender with a great sense of humor:

Impress and turn a few heads with this cocktail shaker from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s shop that will truly make anyone’s cocktails a work of art. – $24.99

For your favorite #foodstagram -er:

How pretty is this marbled pie plate from the Corning Museum of Glass?? The museum has a long history with Pyrex, and the pies made in this pan are sure to be picture perfect. – $8.79

For the friend that wants to start bringing their kids to the museum:

If the kids are getting to the age that they might start asking this question, The Met and this book got you covered. – $19.95

For the coffee snob:

MoMA brings you the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover in your life with this mug that helps you measure out the perfect cup of coffee, just the way you like it. – $16.00

For the fashion forward friend:

This beautiful cuff is not only the perfect bold accessory but it mimics the amazing architectural detail found on the African American History and Culture Museum – $80.00

For the person in your life who says they don’t like museums:

We all have someone in our life who would rather do almost anything other than visiting a museum; this holiday season, you can give them a gift that will change all that. We offer gift certificates to any of our tours in any of our cities, so go ahead and show your friends and family once and for all how f***ing awesome museums really are. – Price varies by city and tour. 

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