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Unwrapped: The Art Lover’s Gift Guide

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All the pretty things

Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that’s a full month (31 days!) in which we’ll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our Unwrapped holiday gift guides. So make your holiday shopping a breeze this season, and let us help you find gifts for all the people in your life—and maybe even a spoiled pet or two.

I won't lie, I sometimes have a hard time keeping... on theme with gift guides. Possibly this is because I just have a difficult time with categorization in general. Like, am I an art lover? Sure! But I'm also a sleep lover and an... other things lover. To be honest, I kind of love everything a little bit, and then some things, well... some things I love too much. And I assume it's the same for everyone else for whom I'm shopping.

All to say, here is a list of gifts that any art lover in your life will like, and maybe even love as much as they love... art. Partly they will like these things because they are all beautiful—even if, in some cases, the beauty is not immediately apparent. And partly they will love these things because it is you who are giving these gifts to them. What a treat.

One final note before, you know, diving in: Some of these gifts are geared toward the "art lover," some toward the "artist," and some toward that most interesting of creatures, "the artist lover." The latter probably needs one of these gifts most of all.


Photo courtesy of Coming Soon

Mosser Glass, Bathing Beauty in Cobalt, $38, available at Coming Soon.

Art lovers love the human form, right? And Yves Klein blue? And... a place to put burning things? This little dish is a lovely object, then, for the art lover who loves all those things.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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