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The Art Lover's Wishlist: 10 Curated Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread some cheer than by indulging the art lover in your life with the perfect gift? At The Nomad Salon, we've curated a list of unique and exciting presents that will make this holiday season one for the artful books. From quirky finds to timeless classics, we've got something for every palette and budget.

1.) Unique Ceramic Cowboy Boots by Norea Vass

Norea Vass, cowboy boots, ceramic
COWBOYBOOTS by Norea Vass. Available at The Ode To Gallery. Click on the image for a direct link. Image courtesy of the gallery.

COWBOYBOOTS are one-of-a-kind handmade western-inspired boots by Swedish artist and ceramist Norea Vass, priced at $120. These distinctively crafted boots showcase Norea's whimsical style, meticulously created with painted and glazed stoneware clay. Standing at H16 W15 D6 cm, these ceramic pieces promise to bring a touch of playful quirkiness to any space, making them a great collector's item at an affordable price point. Yee-haw!

Norea Vass infuses her creations with an enchanting and distinctive character. She skillfully captures viewers' attention through her work, evoking a sense of joy and delightful charm that renders her art exceptional.

Buy directly from The Ode To Gallery here. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden, and offer international shipping.

2.) The Starry Night by LEGO

the starry night by lego
The Starry Night by LEGO. Click on the image for a direct link. Image courtesy of Lego.

While an original Vincent van Gogh painting may be beyond reach, there's a thoughtful alternative for the art lover enamored with van Gogh. Gift them a LEGO set inspired by the artist's masterpiece, "The Starry Night" (1889). Drawing from the renowned artwork, LEGO has brilliantly reimagined this iconic painting with a 3D representation using 2,316 LEGO blocks. Priced at $199.99 USD, this set is perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape, offering a hands-on, minds-on activity that provides a serene space for relaxation and creativity.

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3.) Museum Membership

Give the gift every art lover dreams of – a museum membership. Unlock exclusive access to the art world with unlimited free exhibition entry and a range of unique benefits reserved solely for museum members. As a member, you'll be invited to exhibition previews, openings, and special events, enjoying extraordinary access to artist talks and one-of-a-kind experiences, all while supporting the museum's mission. Indulge in discounts at museum stores, cafés, and restaurants. Explore more about memberships at an art museum near you – the perfect gift every art lover would love to receive!

4.) Art Books

The Phaidon 100: Art Collection

Embarking on an artistic journey through the captivating pages of an art book unveils a timeless and cherished gift. For the art enthusiast in your life, consider the enduring allure of an art book—a repository of inspiration and visual delight. Opt for a Taschen gift card, granting them the freedom to handpick the perfect addition to their collection, ensuring a personalized touch. Alternatively, delve into the curated world of titles, such as "Art: The Definitive Visual Guide" by Andrew Graham Dixon or "Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now" by Phaidon Editors with an introduction by Raphael Fonseca. Elevate your gift-giving with the Phaidon 100: Art Collection, an exclusive bundle offering an immersive experience through titles like The Art Book, The Art Museum, Great Women Artists, Body of Art, African Artists, and Art =. Whether sparking a deeper appreciation for art history or unveiling the richness of Latin American creativity, these art books promise a meaningful journey of visual discovery for the recipient.

Taschen Gift Card Buy Here

"Art: The Definitive Visual Guide" Buy Here

"Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now" Buy Here

Phaidon 100: Art Collection Buy Here

5.) World Stage: Jamaica Coloring Book from Kehinde Wiley

This 32-page coloring book includes 15 ready to be colored-in works from Kehinde Wiley's 2013 exhibition The World Stage: Jamaica. Image courtesy to Kehinde Wiley.

The ideal gift for art aficionados who also appreciate the therapeutic joys of coloring, the WORLD STAGE: JAMAICA COLORING BOOK is a captivating experience priced at £15.00 (around $19). With 32 pages and 15 ready-to-be-colored works from Kehinde Wiley's renowned 2013 exhibition, The World Stage: Jamaica, this coloring book provides a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary Jamaican art in a personal and creative way. Originally exhibited at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, Wiley's street casting method brings Jamaican natives into heroic poses reminiscent of 17th and 18th-century British portraiture, coupled with background patterns inspired by British textiles. This 8.5"x11" coloring book features a soft-touch, coated paper finish, ideal for non-bleed markers and wax or oil-based colored pencils. Recommended for ages 12 and above, it not only offers a delightful coloring experience but also supports the artist in residence program, Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019, with net proceeds from your purchase. Explore the beauty and depth of contemporary Jamaican art while indulging in the soothing art of coloring.

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6.) Online Art History Course: Great Artists from Latin America

Give the gift of knowledge with an online art course from AMALGAMA, crafted especially for the art lover in your life. Delve into the rich narrative of Latin American Art during the 20th century, departing from generic art history courses to explore the socio-political and artistic history through the eyes of renowned masters. This specialized course not only highlights the works of Women Artists often overlooked in traditional art history but also transforms perspectives and knowledge. Choose between English or Spanish for a bilingual, flexible, and interactive learning experience, allowing your recipient to engage in classes at their own pace and convenience. Elevate their understanding of art history by gifting individual volumes of the course, each featuring masterclasses on different artists, priced at 150 GBP ($190) per volume. This Online Art History Course is a thoughtful and enriching way to celebrate the unique contributions of Latin American artists, making it a truly meaningful present for the art enthusiast.

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7.) Art Workshop

A person creating a ceramic vase.

Gift the art enthusiast in your life the joy of creation with the perfect art gift—an Art Workshop experience. Purchase an art workshop and unlock a world of possibilities, from ceramics to life-drawing, printmaking, and photography—the options are boundless. Dive into the vibrant arts scene of the city where your recipient resides and explore the array of workshops available. This thoughtful present not only introduces them to new artistic mediums but also provides a unique and immersive experience in the world of art-making. From unleashing their creativity to honing new skills, an art workshop is a fantastic way for them to enjoy a fun and enriching activity tailored to their interests. Watch as they immerse themselves in the artistic process and create lasting memories through this hands-on and inspiring gift.

8.) History Heroes: ARTISTS - Art History Quiz Card Game

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The ideal gift for any art lover, History Heroes: ARTISTS, is a captivating card game that combines entertainment and education at an affordable price of just £9.99 (around $12). With 40 pictorial game cards featuring iconic artists from Yayoi Kusama to Artemisia Gentileschi, this game is a delightful blend of fun and learning for the whole family. Each quiz card presents seven intriguing facts with varying difficulty levels, ensuring an engaging challenge for players of all ages. From easy to hard questions, players compete to win cards by guessing the artists based on these fascinating facts. Suitable for 2 to 6 players, this game encourages social interaction, making it an excellent choice for game nights, family gatherings, or even educational settings. Discover the stories behind the masterpieces and test your knowledge in a playful and competitive manner with History Heroes: ARTISTS—a delightful gift that brings the joy of art to any household!

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9.) Andrea Joyce Heimer Puzzle

Andrea Joyce Heimer Puzzle
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For art enthusiasts seeking an immersive and thought-provoking experience, Andrea Joyce Heimer's puzzle, "In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters" (2019), is an intriguing gift priced at £25.80 (around $33). This 1000-piece puzzle captures Heimer's evocative scene where partygoers undergo a transformative journey, whether evolving or devolving into monsters. As you piece together this captivating artwork, the atmosphere shifts from the typical revelry on the first floor to an ambiguous realm on the third, oscillating between wild rumpus and a seventh-circle-of-hell ambiance. Embrace the potential darkness embedded in Heimer's work, a sentiment the artist herself welcomes. The puzzle includes an exclusive interview with Andrea, providing insights into her painting, artistic process, and a unique recommendation for completing this enigmatic puzzle. Additionally, the insert features images from Heimer's 2020 Quarantine Drawing series, enhancing the overall artistic experience. Delve into the complexity of Heimer's narrative while enjoying the challenge of this exceptional puzzle that transcends traditional expectations.

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10.) Original Art

Elevate your gift with exclusive original pieces by emerging female artists—Phoebe Boddy, Patricia Ortiz, and Nell Nicholas. Available at prices ranging from £800 to £5,000, these captivating artworks make for a remarkable gift for art enthusiasts looking to start or expand their collection.

Phoebe Boddy, a London-based emerging artist born in 1995, infuses her abstract figurative, expressionist paintings with humor and vibrant colors, celebrating the beauty of the everyday. Boddy holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Loughborough University, and her work has been recognized through numerous exhibitions and awards, including the Mall Galleries Figurative Art Now open call.

Nell Nicholas, born in 1995 in the UK, combines drawing, collage, and painting to explore the interplay between people and their surroundings. A graduate of City & Guilds of London Art School, Nicholas has received prestigious awards for her outstanding work and has exhibited internationally, with recent artist residencies in Mexico shaping her into a boundary-defying artist.

Patricia Ortiz, born in 1991 in Mexico, fearlessly delves into the human psyche through mesmerizing oil paintings inspired by Caravaggio and Rubens. With a Master's in Art Therapy from Metafora Art Therapy Centre and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy from Emmanuel College, Ortiz's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, gaining recognition in esteemed competitions.

Support the careers of these emerging artists while gifting a unique and meaningful piece of art. For inquiries and purchases, please contact me directly here.


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