Top Five Last-minute Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s no secret that this time of year brings stress as well as celebration. Well, forget crowded stores and generic gift offerings: Here are five unique gifts that you can pick up on your next visit to the museum.

1. Give the gift of membership, from $75 ($40 students, $55 seniors). Share your love of art with those you love. If you’ve ever been moved by art, you know this is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Available at the museum or online.

2. Tied Rocks by Shizu Okino, $25 – $70. The Bay Area artist adapts traditional basket-making techniques into handheld art objects.

Shizu Okino, Tied Rocks

South Asian Elephant ornament3. South Asian ornaments, $3.95 – $25.  Traditional folk craft in fabric, wood, and papier-mâché – perfect for the holidays, or any time. Who wouldn’t want one?

4. VIP admission tickets. These special gift tickets give the recipient access to the Maharaja exhibition as well as the museum’s collection galleries. Available only in the museum; $17 each, or $15 each if you purchase 10 or more – make it a family outing!

5. Hidden Meanings is back in print!  Terese Tse Bartholomew’s masterpiece on symbolism in Chinese art is now available, $45 softcover, $65 hardcover. Shipping is available to any US destination.

Hidden Meanings book cover



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