Find More Than Just Tacky T-Shirts at These Museum Gift Shops
Museum gift shops aren't usually known for their good taste -- think boxy, stiff T-shirts, garish magnets and easily breakable key chains tied to whatever forgettable exhibition is currently on display. As you do your holiday shopping this season, though, don't rule out these Museum District stores -- you might be pleasantly surprised by the craftsmanship and charm of their offerings. In fact, we broke it down for you based on type of person you're shopping for.
Photo by Meredith Deliso Just a small sampling of what the Contemporary Arts Museum's gift shop has to offer.
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's gift shop isn't so much a gift shop but a gallery that sells affordable art. In fact, it's even called the Asher Gallery, and highlights national and local craft artists, some even artists-in-resident at the space. One such artist is Leslie Shershow, whose plastic, "diamond rings" ($60), as she calls them, are quickly becoming hits. They're part of the artist's "Quilted" series of jewelry, and come in a number of bright, bold colors, perfect for the friend that always stands out in a crowd.
Jewelry by dconstruct has also been popular, and affordable ($29-$36), choices at the shop, which is the only gallery in Houston, maybe Texas, that carries it. On the higher end of jewelry is Tana Acton, whose wire jewelry -- bracelets and rings made from one continuous wire, with beads and stones added in elegant designs -- ranged from $98 for the rings to $288 for some of the bracelets. There's more wire craftiness to admire in the Luna baskets ($29-$255), above, which can be used decoratively, to hold light items such as yarn, or even as evening bags for the light traveler. For the friend who's far away, don't pass over Michael Farris's artful initial cards ($10), which are perfect for framing.
Photo by Meredith Deliso Initial cards by Michael Farris -- perfectly frameable.
There will be a members' sale from November 17 to 20, kicking off on November 17 with a trunk sale by Heidi Gerstacker from 5:30-8 p.m.
4848 Main St., Houston, TX