This season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers an array of unique gifts for the holidays. A special selection of limited-edition merchandise will be introduced in store and online, including ornaments, books, children’s toys, design-focused accessories, and art crafts. Prices range from $8 to $320, and all items can be gift wrapped.
Decorating enthusiasts will appreciate the festive hanging ornaments inspired by The Nutcracker, such as the Toy Soldier made from heirloom cherry wood and polished to a high shine, and the Winter Snowman crafted from basswood and adorned with a top hat made from solid walnut, priced at $22 each. The glass Russian Babushka set is both stylish and playful, with three nesting dolls painted in vivid hues, for $20.
The menorah comes to life in dazzling colors and materials as well. The new Menorah Set, $30, consists of nine individual low glass cubes that can be arranged in any setting and fitted with the accompanying brightly colored candles. The hand-painted, majestic Elephant Menorah from the Canadian artist Don Gidley is shaped from metal and wood, and features nine cup-like candleholders elegantly displayed along the animal’s back and trunk, for $320.
Merging both fashion and functionality, the new Mywalit, $46, offers a high-tech twist on the standard men’s wallet, with an illuminated coin pocket and credit-card sized magnifying glass to make it easier to read small-size print maps and documents. Additional accessories include delicately-woven scarves, hats, and mittens in a variety of colors and prints, as well as handcrafted jewelry, handbags, and watches.
The shop features many gifts for children that spark the imagination and inspire them to learn about art. The recently published Art Museum Opposites book ($12.95), written by the Museum’s own Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, encourages children to think about the differences between objects by pairing opposite examples of artwork on each page. Other titles offer a fun take on traditions. Hanukkah Puzzles ($15.95), for ages three and up, presents a two-sided puzzle illustrated with artwork from Hanukkah Haiku, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, while the beloved 'Twas the Night Before Christmas ($16.95) is a timeless favorite tale for children of all ages. For stocking stuffers, there are bouncing rubber toys and whimsical animal-shaped winter hats, ranging in price from $20 to $48.
Art lovers will want to treat family and friends to a year of art, music, and inspiration with the gift of membership to the Museum. The recipient will receive the membership in the form of a gift card, which can be sent in an elegant box packaged with a Philadelphia Museum of Art coffee mug. To order, shoppers should visit the Museum’s website or call: (215) 684-7840.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum Shop is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday until 8:45 p.m. Holiday hours: Friday, December 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m; Saturday, December 25, closed; Monday, December, 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A selection of holiday merchandise will be available online at philamuseumstore.org. For more information call (215) 684-7960.
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