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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP: A GREAT WAY TO FIND UNIQUE BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS GIFTS
One of my favourite ways to find truly unique and unusual gift ideas for friends and family is to browse the gift shops at exhibitions, museums and galleries. It’s a great way to find treasures you wouldn’t necessarily come across anywhere else.
A favourite gift-to-self that could easily have been a gift for someone else is a beautiful vase I bought from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, which sits on the banks of the river Wear.
These gift shops usually have curations of products aligned to their current exhibitions; many of them also have their own branded products and cleverly edited curations of products you can also buy elsewhere but maybe wouldn’t have spotted. Perfect for hunting down gifts for kids, teens and your favourite family and friends.
There are many amazing galleries and museums dotted around the country, but the brilliant thing is that most of them also have online stores. So, much as I highly recommend taking in a little culture with your gift shopping, you can simply pop online to browse and buy.
This also brings to mind another great gift idea... a National Art Pass from Art Fund, which gives free entry into hundreds of galleries and museums around the UK as well as discounts on many exhibitions.
GIFT SHOP FINDS FROM AROUND THE UK
Here’s a roundup of some lovely exhibition, gallery and museum gift shop finds from around the UK. Things that would make wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts.
£142 (at time of publication)
These pastel blue, green, and purple rectangular flat Murano glass beads are separated by tiny metal spacer beads on a gold wire with an adjustable claw-style clasp.
Murano Glass is world-renowned for its elegance and craftsmanship. Originating from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.
In 1985, a group of masked feminist avengers known as the Guerrilla Girls papered downtown Manhattan with posters calling out the Museum of Modern Art for its lack of representation of female artists. They quickly became a global phenomenon, and the fearless activists have produced hundreds of posters, stickers, and billboards ever since.
Each copy comes with a punch-out gorilla mask that invites readers to step up and join the movement themselves.12/06/2023 05:48 pm GMT
BEFORE YOU GO…
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Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.