20 Museum Gifts from Around the World
You don't necessarily have to travel to find unique holiday gifts to please everyone on your list. We've combed some of the best museum gift shops across the U.S., as well as a few abroad, for thoughtful, useful presents that all come in under $50.
$25 and Under
HEMA Serving Tray, $6
The floral background on these durable melamine trays was inspired by a 17th-century still life; the bird-and-twig scene comes from a 17th-century Chinese vase on display at the Rijksmusuem in Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. rijksmuseum.nl.
Marimekko Unikko Tea Towel, $10
Emblazoned with the most popular design from the Finnish textile company Marimekko, this towel is ready to give your kitchen a little flower power. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, U.K. balticmill.com.
Indian Pattern Notecard Wallet, $11
Inspired by the V & A's vast collection of textiles and other items from the Indian subcontient, these note cards have delicate floral designs from the 17th and 18th centuries. They come in a set of 10, with two postcards of each design. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K. vandashop.com.
Initial seals, $12
A simple wax seal, created with a brass initial stamp like these from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, adds a personal, nostalgic touch to letters and invitations. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass. gardnermuseum.org.
Walker Custom Planner, $12.95
The scroll pattern on the Walker Art Center's planner was inspired by the contemporary art museum's recent expansion, done by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. The six-ring aluminum planner includes daily, weekly and monthly calendars, note pages and an address book. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn. walkerart.org.
Maple Small Plates, $16
These solid maple platters are elegant but down to earth. Each has one of three nature-inspired designs: bamboo stalks, ginkgo leaves or twigs. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif. famsf.org.
Kids' Travel Game Set, $16.95
Take the stress out of long journeys with this travel kit. The 52 different travel games, postcards, markers, stickers and a ruler will help delay cries of "are we there yet?" Field Museum, Chicago, Ill. fieldmuseum.org.
Swiss Spice Travel Salt & Pepper Shaker, $17
Designed with travelers in mind, this humidity-proof salt and pepper set brings clean, clump-free seasoning to meals from the Andes to the tropics. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, N.Y.cooperhewittshop.org.
Mini Ikimono Camera, $19.95
These cute, pocketsize cameras from Japan come in four colors, each featuring a different cartoon animal. The cameras use a one-click shutter and 110 format film (a roll's included) that's perfect for giving a vintage look to shots. International Center For Photography, New York, N.Y. icp.org.
Gorilla Camera Tripod, $25
Avoid blur with this flexible, on-the-go tripod, which can be wrapped around poles, railings and other objects. It comes in two sizes--one for larger SLR cameras and one for point-and-shoots --and connects easily to your camera. Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y. momastore.org.
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