the artful gift guide.
by victoria comment

12/6/21

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

i am not always one for gift guides. mostly, i just figure you know what your loved ones would like more than i ever could, but i had the thought that an artful gift guide might be nice to put together for you. personal, handmade, and always unique are the kinds of gifts i love receiving and giving so these are a few thoughts i have on the subject of creative prezzies for those on our gift-giving lists. art is always a favorite of mine, books, ceramics, textiles — even vintage or repurposed finds are lovely to receive. i think the idea is to think of your recipient and what they love best and aim for something creative and unexpected around that theme — and try not to stress and just have fun with the gift of giving! and should you need further gift ideas, you might like my marché recommends — a curated collection of things i love and update frequently, and if you’ve never checked out my resources page you might find a shop you haven’t checked out yet, and finally, my christmas gift pinboard may be helpful, too!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

i love everything fine little day does, and their sporty skiers print is pretty darn sweet. Winter sports, fresh air, and speed — what more could a kid want? this original drawing with acrylic and crayon is by Elisabeth Dunker, fine little day’s founder and chief genius. i find it adorable. check out all her sublime posters and wall art.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

would you like to give an artful gift that keeps on giving, at least all year long? how about a membership to your local museum, like LACMA? it’s really such a great gift because people often don’t splurge on museum memberships like this for themselves, but the cool thing is that when they go they can bring you, too because most memberships include two admission guest tickets every time you visit! win-win!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

perhaps you’d like to surprise a loved one with a trip? extravagant, yes — so if you’re not quite equipped for that kind of expenditure, how about some affordable travel guides so you can fantasize together on where to head next? wallpaper* city guides are some of my favorites — always up to date with must-visit destinations — like lisbon, barcelona and london. and they’re conveniently pocket-sized — unearthing the hippest nightlife, the buzziest hotels, the coolest retail & restaurants, the most influential art galleries & cultural spaces, the best in local design and contemporary architecture. bon voyage — at least in your brain!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

another gift that keeps on giving is masterclass — online classes taught by the true masters of their professions. instructors like massimo bottura teaching his secrets to great italian cuisine, kelly wearstler teaching you her inside scoop on interior design, Ringo starr teaching drumming and creative collaboration — the list goes on and on. anything from style tips from tan france, and even jane goodall teaching conservation. and masterclass is very affordable — a truly unique gift that personally, i would love!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

how about a unique magazine subscription? there are so many beautiful independently published and collectible magazines out there these days, and cereal has some of my very favorite photography. cereal is a biannual, travel & style magazine that focuses on a select number of destinations alongside engaging interviews and stories on unique design, art, and fashion. Volume 21 explores the subject of preservation — i’ll bet even just a single issue would be most appreciated. i also love holiday magazinemilk decoration, the gentlewoman, kinfolk, tiny atlas quarterly, and apartmento.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

etsy is another sweet spot to hunt for unique, handmade or vintage gifts and artwork. for instance, i just love this vintage Mid Century Modern 967 AGS Basel Graphic Design Alumni Poster Print from the bold modern shop (who ships worldwide, by the way) and this handmade black ceramic footed bowl is fab. search to your heart’s desire on etsy for anything you can think of — from ceramics, to art prints and vintage, one-of-a-kind rare books — those of us seeking a unique shopping experience love etsy.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

and last but hardly least — the gift of a great book!i particularly love Taschen’s beautiful coffee table books and they even have full collections dedicated to art — personally, i’d love TASCHEN’s 40th-anniversary special edition of David Hockney. A Chronology — an unprecedented year-by-year journey through the life and work of artist David Hockney.  and, of course, i adore their gorgeous photography and fashion titles. but taschen’s portrait of a city collection is one of my favorites — i have london, paris and los angeles and completely treasure them. you just can’t go wrong with their gorgeous books!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

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6 responses to “the artful gift guide.”

  1. Lovely, beautiful suggestions. Thank you. I like it when a gift is not directly about giving something materialistic but more about cherishing someone and giving them an experience that is about treasuring that.
    I gave my daughter a 1000 piece Eames puzzle yesterday (Saint Nicolas), we always make puzzles together in the days leading up to Christmas.

  2. If you love Fine Day art you should check out Jessie McGuiness on Etsy. Her art is super affordable and some is similar especially Sea Swim. I’ve bought 3 of her pieces.

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