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

by Kaitlyn Sharo


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The most wonderful time of the year can also be hectic and stressful, especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift 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).

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

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 upcoming holiday gathering. With think this tie from Fox & Chave is A+.

Price: $49.50

For the little ones

3. Building blocks

It’s never too early to introduce children to 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 history buff

4. Images of America: Cincinnati Art Museum

Illustrated with photographs and documents principally from the museum’s archives, this book journeys through the Cincinnati Art Museum’s long history. Geoff Edwards, the institution’s archivist, explores the origins and growth of the museum and its collection and highlights some of the notable exhibitions, people, and events of the past 138 years.

Price: $21.99

For the animal lover

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? Gift the gift of membership or consider donating to the museum’s Annual Fund in a family member or friend’s name. No matter what you choose, you’ll be supporting the Cincinnati Art Museum as we contribute to a more vibrant Cincinnati through art.

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