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6 Museum Shop items that are (almost) too good to gift

by Joanna Kerman


holidays , Gift Shop , shopping

The most wonderful time of the year can also be hectic and stressful, especially when it comes to finding gifts for everyone on your list. You’re in luck – the Cincinnati Art Museum Shop is your one-stop spot for unique, art-inspired presents to please even the pickiest of people. Gift to your friends and loved ones, or keep them for yourself (we won’t tell).

Reminder: Members always receive 10% off Museum Shop purchases.

For the fashion-forward friend



1) Earrings

Varying in materials from ceramic to paper to silver, the Museum Shop carries earrings of all shapes, sizes and styles, many sourced from woman-owned small businesses. We love the modern vibes of these Four Eyes Ceramics cutout dangle earrings.

Price: $75.00

Model: Lee Strasser



2) Ties

Nothing makes a statement like a one-of-a-kind tie. Mix and match colors and patterns to create a sophisticated look for your next holiday gathering. We think this tie from Fox & Chave is A+.

Price: $49.50

Model: Sean Thomson


For the little ones


building blocks

3) Building blocks

It’s never too early to introduce children to the world of art. Shop art-tastic stuffed animals, puppets, books, mobiles, puzzles and more. We’re obsessed with these Blockitecture architect building blocks from Area Ware.

Pricing varies


For the art enthusiast



4) Fair-trade scarves

Celebrate special exhibition The Fabric of India with a colorful Sevya scarf, made fair-trade in India. Layer on any look to stay cozy – and fabulous – all winter long.

Price: $65.00

Model: Kara Pierson


For the animal lover


Charley Harper

5) Charley Harper everything

Cincinnati artist Charley Harper captures the playfulness and beauty of animals like no other. Browse mugs, cards, ornaments and more that celebrate Harper’s works. Our current favorite? These tiles from Motawi Tileworks featuring fuzzy and feathered animals alike.

Pricing varies


For anyone




6) Ornaments

When in doubt, an ornament makes the perfect present for just about anyone. Showcasing artists from the museum’s permanent collection, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Miro and more, these colorful creations from Christina’s World will spread holiday cheer in any home.

Pricing varies


Still deciding? Give the gift of membership, or donate to the Annual Fund in a family member or friend’s name. Donors who give $25 or more receive a free fridge magnet. No matter what you choose, you’ll be supporting CAM as we contribute to a more vibrant Cincinnati through art.


Photos by Erin Geideman