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Art Stuff 06 Dec 2019

Tis the season to be merry. It’s also the season to receive and buy crap people don’t need. But that needn’t be true!

Have you been tasked with a secret Santa for your art loving friend or colleague and stuck for ideas? Check out our secret Santa guide for the best 15 arty gifts on a small budget.

1.BOTTICELLI TEE

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Gift some wearable art this Christmas with this reclaimed Vintage Unisex art print t-shirt from ASOS

2. FRIDA KAHLO PIN

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Allow your friend to express their Frida fandom with this Frida Kahlo: Fulang-Chang and I Enamel Pin from MoMA

3.  YOSHITOMO NARA BANDAGES 

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Ease the pain of Christmas with the in-laws artfully with these Yoshitomo Nara Bandages from MoMA

4. CALL ME BY MONET PRINT

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Who wouldn’t love this ? Claude Monet’s landscapes merged with stills from the film Call Me By Your Name. Artwork by M. Labrague from Villa Capri Art Prints

5. KUSAMA SOCKS

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Treat your toes to these novelty socks inspired by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The perfect gift for a Kusama fan, or anyone who enjoys excellent polka-dot socks from Chatty Feet or the Tate.

6. LITTLE FEMINIST PLAYING CARDS 

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Pack some important lessons into a game with this deck of 54 cards, featuring Lydia Ortiz’s Little Feminist illustrations, celebrating important women throughout history from the Tate

7. DAVID SHRIGLEY MUG 

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This ‘fully breakable’ ceramic mug is the ideal present for absolutely everyone, thanks to David Shrigley’s brilliantly universal statement and incredible rendition of a poodle from the Tate.

8. DIY CROSS STITCH

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For your crafty pal pass on the gift of a DOIY Stitch It Cross-Stitch Kit from Urban Outfitters

9. ARTSY  CHRISTMAS TREE BLING

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 This unique porcelain ornament  by the noted American illustrator Rebecca Clarke will let your friend add a Met masterpiece to their tree or home decor.

10. MATISSE INSPIRED EARRINGS 

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Cleary inspired by artist Matisse, these Senna Petal Earrings are the perfect gift for your art loving girlfriend from the Barbican gift shop.

11. GUERRILLA GIRLS PUZZLE

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 Piece together a stark reminder of attitudes to women throughout history with this jigsaw featuring Disturbing the Peace by Guerrilla Girls. With 204 pieces and 13 offensive quotes from prominent cultural figures and movements, it’s certainly not a puzzle to relax and unwind with from the Tate gift shop.

12. OLAFUR ELLIASSON LIGHT 

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A new design from the creators of Little Sun, Little Sun Diamond is an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen as part of their project to bring sustainable, accessible light to the world. It can be used as a desk lamp or wearable torch, and can be attached to your bag to charge throughout the day. Five hours of sunlight provides five hours of bright light, which fades to a long-lasting soft glow. Perfect for that colleague who is suffering from SAD – seasonal affective disorder this holiday to add to their desk.

13. MARINA’S MEMOIR

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This memoir spans Marina Abramovic’s five decade career, and tells a life story that is almost as exhilarating and extraordinary as her groundbreaking performance art. Taking us from her early life in communist ex-Yugoslavia, to her time as a young art student in Belgrade in the 1970s, where she first made her mark with a series of pieces that used the body as a canvas, the book also describes her relationship with the West German performance artist Ulay who was her lover and sole collaborator for 12 years. You can buy this memoir from Amazon.

14. ART PASS

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Help your British friend or colleague experience over 240 museums, galleries and historic places in the UK for free and enjoy 50% off entry to major exhibitions, including those at Tate, V&A and National Museum of Scotland with the gift of the National Art Pass

15.  ANAAN -OTHER TOTE BAG 

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This Anaan Woman Eco Canvas Shoulder Bag with Inner Pocket Handles has this Henri Matisse painting printed on cotton canvas. Perfect to carry those art supplies in.

Text by Peigi Mackillop

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