Getting stressed out by gift-giving is one of the most displeasing aspects of an otherwise enjoyable holiday season. Art-inspired presents to the rescue! Giving the gift of art and design will not only enlighten the receiver, but it will lend the giver an enviable air of culture. Below, you’ll find six items worthy of even your most discerning friend.
For the Eccentric
Mark Ryden’s “Lover’s Eye” brooch captures the uniqueness of the eye within a classic Victorian shape. Made with a mineral crystal dome and solid metal back, this surrealistic piece makes for an alluring statement.
For the Design Obsessed
Displaying a powerful command of typography within design, artist Paula Scher tranforms geographic areas into brilliantly colored and highly detailed cultural commentaries. Thirty-nine of Scher’s creations fill the book Paula Scher: MAPS, sure to please those with an inkling towards both cartography and design.
For the Pop Culture Aficionado
Taking the reader through the history of rap, Shea Serrano discusses, debates, and deconstructs some of the genre’s most important songs, year by year. Examining significant moments and movements, The Rap Year Book is filled with infographics, lyric maps, informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers.
For the Fashion Fan
Indulge in the words and images of fashion’s high priestess Diana Vreeland. In The Eye Has to Travel, 50 years of international fashion, as well as Vreeland’s extraordinary life, are chronicled with more than 350 illustrations and original magazine spreads.
For the Music Geek
Argentinian-based doll maker and artist Uriel Valentin is the brains and talent behind a line of hand-painted plush dolls inspired by pop culture and the music industry. While these dolls will run you around $100, they are sure to excite the child within.
For the Earth-Bound Astronaut
Explore the enchanting story of our vast universe through ancient illustrations and maps that were hidden away in the world’s great science libraries. Michael Benson’s Cosmigraphics is an epiphany to the space-obsessed or admirer of science.
For the Foodie
Who says eating off plastic plates can’t look dignified? Featuring a motif from Rene Magritte’s 1966 painting l’Oiseau de ciel, this set of six blue and white plates will add a bit of unusual fun to any meal–and the easy clean up will be appreciated.