If you’re still working on your holiday shopping, make our museum store the ultimate destination. Our wonderful wares are as diverse as their price tags, so you’re bound to find the perfect gift for the special people in your life. Here are some ideas for your gift giving needs:
Who doesn’t like a warm pot of tea? Brew a single serving with inlaid celadon (delicate, pale green ceramic) teacups from Korea. Got company? Share with Chinese Yixing (clay) or Japanese iron teapots. Get the most out of your brew with books detailing the history and highly codified ritual that surround the noble camellia sinensis, or just learn exactly how long you should be steeping your oolong.
Books on tea shown, $16.99-$32.50
Tea vessels, $30+
Tea whisk, $18.00
Practice, Practice, Practice
Begin your Chinese instruction one stroke at a time: Buddha Boards and Chinese Character a Day get you just a little closer to your goal of mastering the art. If you’ve practiced calligraphy, you’ll know your mistakes can add up. With the Buddha Board, all you need is water—your less-than-perfect work will evaporate, leaving you with a clean slate. Chinese Character a Day offers 365 days of education: the journey begins when you want to begin.
Buddha Boards, $12.95-$34.95
Chinese Character a Day, $16.95
Make Your Own Adventure
Stir up storytelling time with robots. Build Your Own Paper Robots comes with a CD that allows you to print 2D paper into 3D mecha fun. Great for older kids or anyone with engineering acumen. For fans of readymade cubic construction, Monster Village Sets include over 90 blocks that can make mobile monsters (includes manga storybook/instructions, not for children under age 3).
Build Your Own Paper Robots, $9.98
Monster Village, $27.50
Shine and Sparkle
Dim days and long nights call for a little added brightness. Calligraphic-inspired jewelry in rhodium-plated silver glows white-hot. Next to platinum, rhodium is the hardest of metals, ensuring that these one-of-a-kind pieces won’t tarnish or corrode.