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14 Gift Ideas From Museum Shops Online

Looking for travel-themed gifts shouldn't be a chore. Check out these stylish objects sold by museums through their websites.

Pour your heart out
These durable Govino Plastic Wine Glasses display your Bordeaux's color and aromatics just like crystal, but they're far more affordable. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, cooperhewittshop.org, set of four $12.

For the younger reader
This bright green set of Van Gogh The Bedroom Children's Bookends, which emulates the intense palette used in the painting The Bedroom, is perfect for keeping picture books in line. Van Gogh Museum, vangoghmuseumshop.com, $13.

Put the kettle on
Cheeky British phrases decorate each cotton, hand-screened Fancy a Brew? Tea Towel, sure to inspire daily teatime. Museum of London, museumoflondonshop.co.uk, $15.

Lighten up
Keep the memory of the great outdoors alive during winter months with this battery-operated LED Campfire Votive Holder. S'mores not included. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, smithsonianstore.com, $25.

Feel grand
Maybe you don't have wads of bills inside it, but the looks of Loaded Walleta slim bifold—can be (enviably) deceiving. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org, $26.

Chirp up your yard
Taos, N.M.-based artist Richard Gabriel punches slabs of tin to form delicate accents on his hard-lined home and garden accessories, such as this handmade Tin Bird Feeder. Museum of New Mexico Foundation, newmexicocreates.org, $28.

It's probably a hybrid…
This heavy-duty foot-long toy Recycled Plastic Recycling Truck—made from recycled milk jugs—is the perfect vehicle to teach your kids about protecting the environment. Brooklyn Museum, brooklynmuseum.org, $29.

Don't be in the dark
Oyo Light is a tiny, portable LED lamp by Lexon that powers up with any USB port, so you'll never strain your eyes to read your screen again. Danish Design Centre, ddc.dk, $30.

Modernize your next happy hour
Never sweat cocktail condensation again. The Skyscrapers Glass Coaster Set, based on Bauhaus teacher and artist Josef Albers's Skyscrapers series, lets you sit back and sip your Manhattan in style. Museum of Modern Art, momastore.org, set of three $30.

Mealtime Om
Bring some Zen to your tabletop with stackable Balance Salt and Pepper Shakers, which sit atop a porcelain, stone-like bowl. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, sfmoma.org, $32.

Housing starts
Forge your own teensy four-story Scottish tenement out of Tinyment, a silver nickel kit. The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design, and the City, thelighthouse.co.uk, $33.

Rock your reading material
Brazilian Agate Bookends are a natural way to add heft to any bookshelf. The Field Museum, fieldmuseum.org, set of two $38.

The Wright stuff
Feel like you're stepping inside the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City with this oversize nylon Skylight Umbrella that echoes the memorable interior. guggenheimstore.org, $35.

Take your morning shot
Pay homage to cameras from an earlier era with this set of handmade Porcelain Camera Mugs. International Center of Photography, icp.org, $35.

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