Holiday Gift Ideas for Art Lovers: Deals and Steals in New York and Online

Holiday Gift Ideas for Art Lovers: Deals and Steals in New York and Online

Finding the appropriate gift for an arts-inclined person can be a daunting task. There’s a lot 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 lover on your shopping list. Happy browsing!

For the Book Collector: A gift certificate or a special book from Spoonbill & Sugartown. 

Established in 1999, Spoonbill & Sugartown booksellers has been a Brooklyn staple known for rare finds and collectibles. The Williamsburg and East Williamsburg locations provide ample opportunities to score something any book lover is sure to adore.

For the Library Lover: Something — anything, really — from the NYPL shop

“The Feminist Agenda” planner from The New York Public Library Shop

Did you know the New York Public Library has a shop? It hosts a pretty extensive online catalogue, easily searchable by product type. Find cool Joan of Arc-themed necklaces, graphic tees, mugs, tote bags, desk accessories and more. Now, if only you could buy a scented candle that matches the much-loved (and much-studied) library smell…

For the Person Who Already Has Everything: A one-of-a-kind gift from Canvas Culture Pop-Up Market

Canvas Culture is hosting three holiday markets in December that will be teeming with opportunities to find unique gifts from local artisans. Purchasing a locally-sourced, one-of-a-kind gift is a wise choice if you’d like to ensure your gift isn’t a duplicate!

For Kids and Railway Buffs: A teddy bear, T-shirt or timepiece 

Teddy Bear from New York Transit Museum

This may come as a surprise (it certainly surprised us!), but the New York Transit Museum has a gift shop brimming with fun, humorous gifts for children and adults who love trains. Kids might enjoy the toy trains and buses, while adults might appreciate the tasteful selection of watches and timepieces.

For the Friend Who Loves Performance: A BAM membership

Gift a membership to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the multi-arts center in Brooklyn known for its festivals and avant garde performance arts. If the recipient of your gift already has a membership, you can make a donation in their name. If the $85 cost of membership is too steep, check out their upcoming calendar events and consider purchasing a pair of tickets instead.

For Gardeners, Horticulture Enthusiasts and Wildlife Lovers: A humorous T-shirt from the New York Botanical Garden

Corpse Flower T-shirt From New York Botanical Garden

A selection of quirky T-shirts adorned with pithy quips can be had at the New York Botanical Garden for only $15. The shop also houses a drool-worthy supply of scented candles, stationary and — of course — gardening tools that are perfect for parents-in-law, friendly acquaintances or games of White Elephant.

For the Cinephile: A collectible from the Museum of the Moving Image

The Queens museum boasts a wide variety of film-themed gift ideas at all price points. Only a few items are sold online, so your best bet at scoring a deal and a gift is by visiting the brick and mortar store.

For the Modern Art Lover: A Hilma af Klint-themed poster or tunic 

Unisex Hilma af Klint sweatshirt from the Guggenheim

The store at the Guggenheim is home to some of the coolest books and gifts for modern art lovers. Currently, the store is brimming with tchotchkes and posters to match its exhibition on abstract painter and mystic Hilma af Klint, but there’s also a selection if items decorated with the museum’s unique spiral architecture. If you go in person but strike out, be sure to check out the independent artisans selling framed prints, key chains and souvenirs on Museum Mile.

For History Buffs, In-laws or Extended Family: A tie, scarf or calendar from the New-York Historical Society 

The museum and library’s shop is rife with unique gifts. Whether you’re searching for a tie emblazoned with the Declaration of Independence or a Christmas tree ornament in the shape of a suffragette, this place has it all.

For Luxe Shopping: A pricey prize from Neue Galerie 

A pricey (yet surely comfortable) dog bed from Neue Galerie

Are you shopping for someone who subscribes to GOOP’s newsletter? If so, you might find the perfect luxury gift in the German and Austrian art museum’s gift shop, where price knows no bounds and quilted dog beds retail for a modest $340.

For the Broadway Lover: A gift certificate to TDF

If you’re not quite sure which Broadway show your gift recipient would like to see, consider buying them a gift certificate for TDF. The cards come in increments of $25, $50, $100 and $125, so purchasing just one may not cover the whole cost of a ticket to “Hamilton” or “The Cursed Child,” but it’ll certainly help!

For The Person Who Loves Sales: Pick up a budget-friendly gift from the Morgan Library and Museum’s holiday sale

Charles Dickens’s Traveling Inkpot Penholder

Have you ever popped into the Morgan Library’s gift shop? If so, you might have noticed that it’s a fantastic place to score sale items. On Sunday, November 25, the deals get even better: The museum is offering 20 percent off all in-store purchases. Deals abound, but we’re fond of the selection of illuminated manuscripts and cuff links.

For the Interior Design Aficionado: A decorative sculpture or desk ornament from Cooper Hewitt

If the person you’re purchasing for is a lover of mod design, consider picking up a gift at Cooper Hewitt. There’s a variety of tableware, stationary and sculptures to choose from that adhere to a specific aesthetic.

For the Mural and Music Lover: A T-shirt or tote bag from National Sawdust

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 in wearable form so that you and yours can support the love of music and murals at the same time.

For the “Multimedia Art Cabaret” Connoisseur: A gift card to (Le) Poisson Rouge

Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly perform Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music at (Le) Poisson Rouge, May 24, 2018. Part of LPR X series. Photo copyright: Sachyn Mital

Music… Art… Music… Art… If you can’t decide which one to gift a friend who loves both, get them a gift card to the musician-founded, art-loving (Le) Poisson Rouge. With a calendar featuring an eclectic mix of music, fine art, film, theater and dance, this versatile venue covers all the bases.

For the Forever Student: An art class at the 92nd Street Y

Give the gift that keeps on giving. From classes in aerial circus arts to workshops in making wearable cut paper, the 92nd Street Y has an art class for just about everyone on your list.

For Theater “Of, By and For All People”: A gift certificate to The Public

Dust off your favorite theater quote and put it in the personalized message field of a gift certificate from The Public. Once purchased, your recipient has five years to redeem.

This list will be updated throughout the 2018 holiday season. Have something to add? Email Britt Stigler or Gillian Edevane at the addresses below for consideration. 

Top Image: Courtesy of George Dolgikh/Creative Commons