15 Must-Have Holiday Gifts for the Art Lover in Your Life

December 1, 2018

Looking for the perfect art-inspired gifts this holiday season? From museum memberships and accessories, to books and home decor, our holiday gift guide has something for everyone on your list!


Give the gift that keeps giving! Annual memberships at SFMOMA start at just $100 and include many added benefits (Image Courtesy of SFMOMA).

Art Memberships 
Museum memberships offer year-long enjoyment and education and are a great way to provide invaluable support to your local arts communities.


John Baldessari’s BEST MEN, 2018, is among the works featured in his recent Emoji Series (Image Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L).

Prints and Multiples 
Playing upon the popularity of these 21st century images, John Baldessari’s new Emoji Series prints at Gemini G.E.L. are perfect for the phone-obsessed friend.

To check out other new editions visit: ULAE / Mixografia / Gemini G.E.L.


Judy Chicago coasters based on The Dinner Party. Available for purchase at Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Judy Chicago Coasters 
Based on the ceramic plates Judy Chicago created for her iconic feminist art installation The Dinner Party, this set of four corkboard coasters, each commemorating an important woman in history, will look beautiful as they protect coffee table surfaces.

Michel Pred’s #MeToo, 2017, displayed at Art Miami 2017 (Image Courtesy of Michel Pred).

Powerful Purses  
San Francisco-baed artist, Michel Pred, is making activism fashionable with her series of politically charged vintage purses. Donning powerful and timely messages including “Nasty Woman,” “Me Too,” and “My Body My Business,” these unique pieces are perfect for the fashionista in your life. For information on available purses, contact Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Spread light and joy with Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Solar Lamp (Image Courtesy of the Museum of Science, Boston).

Little Sun Solar Lamp
Looking to spread environmental awareness along with your holiday cheer? Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has created the Little Sun Solar Lamp, a cute sun-shaped solar-powered lamp in conjunction with engineer Frederic Ottesen. Designed to deliver clean, affordable, reliable light to the 1.6 billion people worldwide without access to the electrical grid, every purchase makes it possible for Little Suns to be sold in off-grid communities at locally affordable prices. 


This Tiger Plate by Robert Longo makes the perfect hostess gift (Image Courtesy of Artware Editions).

Tiger Plate by Robert Longo
This festive plate features Robert Longo’s work Study for Tiger Head, 2014. Perfect for cookies, desserts or as holiday decor, it also makes an easy gift and comes in a custom gift box.

Dinner plates by Maurizio Catellan and Pierpaolo Ferrari are available for purchase as a set or individually (Image Courtesy of Artware Editions).

Plates by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari
These porcelain dinner plates by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari feature images taken from Toiletpaper, the duos provocative, image-only magazine turned purveyor. The plates are terrific as a set, but can also be purchased individually.

Also available for purchase in the color blue at the SFMOMA Museum Store (Image Courtesy of SFMOMA).

Spirals Teacup and Saucer by Louise Bourgeois
Add an artful twist to your loved ones’ daily tea respite with this ceramic teacup and saucer featuring details from Spirals, 2005, by Louise Bourgeois


Give the gift of Kusama with these pumpkin-motif objects at the MoMA Design Store (Image Courtesy of MoMA). 

Kusama Pumpkins
Can’t get enough of Yayoi Kusama? These lacquer-painted resin objects, modeled after one of Kusama’s most famous artworks, will bring a bright pop of whimsy and cheerfulness to any desk or bookshelf.

Limited edition Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Monkey, and Balloon Swan porcelain sculptures by Jeff Koons are available for purchase at Gagosian Shop (Image Courtesy of Gagosian).

Jeff Koons Balloon Animals
What do you buy for the art lover that has everything? How about a limited edition Jeff Koons porcelain sculpture inspired by his iconic Celebration Series.


This Carsten Höller Memory Game is available for purchase online at the Gagosian Shop (Image Courtesy of Gagosian).

Carsten Höller Memory Game
Whether 8 years of age or 80, familiar with the artist or just taking an interest, this Carsten Höller Memory Game is sure to provide fun for all ages.

Untitled (Music Box), 2005, by Christian Marclay (Image Courtesy of Artware Editions).

Untitled (Music Box) by Christian Marclay
Designed by Christian Marclay for the 2005 Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, this music box plays an original festive composition by the artist, entitled Tinsel, making it the perfect stocking stuffer for your loved one.

This Untitled – Skull Skateboard Deck Triptych by Jean-Michel Basquiat is available online at the MoMA Design Store and Gagosian Shop (Image Courtesy of MoMA). 

Jean-Michel Basquiat Skateboard Triptych
Based on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1981 work Untitled – Skull, this skateboard deck triptych draws influences from past and contemporary street culture. A great gift for young art lovers, skater kids, or street art fanatics.