Unwrapped: The Art Lover’s Gift Guide


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 Meromi Studios

Ohad Meromi, Sunset Lamp, price upon request, available at

This graciously curving lamp has a wit and brightness to it that makes me think I wouldn't even need to turn it on for it to light up a room. But it is, of course, fully functional and so is the kind of highly coveted home decor item that is both practical and beautiful, the latter in a singularly playful way. The piece is the first of its kind of sculptor Ohad Meromi, who has had his work shown in places like the Serpentine Gallery in London, and MoMA PS 1 in New York. Get this as a gift for the art lover in your life and be, you know, adored forever for your fine taste and appreciation for the utilitarian needs of even the most artistic among us.