CULTURE & ARTS
12/09/2014 09:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

23 Utterly Original Gifts For The Creative People In Your Life

We've officially entered the holiday season. 'Tis the time to pore over gift guides as you dream of the sea of objects you can (but mostly can't) afford. We pretend we're shopping for stocking stuffers and hanukkah surprises for other people, but really we just want to lavish in the beauty of both realistic and utterly unrealistic gift ideas.

So, indulge you we shall. Below is a list of over 20 possible treats for you, your loved ones and the occasional white elephant. Enjoy.

For the design and DIY-obsessed:

1. A Pantone watch ($119) Who wouldn't want to wear a splash of lemon chrome or radiant orchid on her wrist?

pantone
via Pantone

2. An Old School Coffee Set ($70) From the Los Angeles studio WM Craftworks, this is a handmade item for your poshest caffeine-consuming pal.

coffee

via Craft Folk & Art Museum Shop

3. Bigshot DIY Digital Camera ($125) This is a camera for photography lovers who want to know, precisely, what's inside their camera. Fun aspect: the recipient of this gift gets to assemble the camera herself.

shot
via Whitney Shop

4. Richard Upchurch Looper Voice Recorder ($60) This is a simple voice recorder that let's you document sound (red=record), play it back (black button), loop the sound (toggle the switch), and adjust the speed and pitch (dial the knob).

recorder

via MoMA Store

5. Bamboo Stylus ($34.95) There are tons of apps that make artistic creation on a mobile device possible. This bamboo stylus will make the experience even greater.

stylus
via Wacom

6. Kengo Kuma Moleskine ($39) For Kengo Kuma, finding balance between nature and the artificial world meant erasing architecture altogether. This monograph-as-Moleskine dives into his life, art and theory.

kengo
via Moleskine

7. An Inspirational Mug ($14.92) Listen to the mug. And "Don't F*cking Procrastinate."

mug
via Cool Material

8. Original Art from Etsy ($75) Ray gun, anyone?

raygun
via Globe Supply on Etsy

9. Art School Dropout Pouch ($15) Heat-cured and hilarious.

art
via Pamela Barsky Shop on Etsy


For the art history buffs:

10. A Maurizio Cattelan Lipstick Umbrella ($48) Ditch the typical midnight black umbrella and face the rains in style. Cattelan style.

lipstick

via MoMA Store

11. Sol LeWitt Yarmulke ($36) Sol LeWitt made murals beautiful. Now his minimalist rainbow can sit upon your head during Hanukkah.

sol

via Whitney Shop

12. An Andy Warhol Idea Journal ($13.99) Behold, 112 pages of Warhol illustrations and quotations, with lined and graph pages for you to add your own ideas.

warhol

via MOCA Store

13. Dali Pop-Ups ($29.95) It's Salvador Dali in three dimensions, need we say more?

dali

via Thames & Hudson

14. A Wassily Kandinsky Tie ($50) Give the gift that keeps on giving -- a "Several Circles"-inspired tie.

kandinsky
via LACMA Store

15. Venus is Flawless T-Shirt ($12.95) Boom.

shirt
via Rad.com


For the friends who literally have everything:

16. A Sterling Silver Condom ($475) Yup, this .935 argentium sterling silver sculpture is just promoting safe sex. Happy Christmas!

condom
via the New Museum Store

17. Pet Portraits ($150) Because your mom and dad's tiny Boston Terriers deserve to be framed.

pet portraits
via artist Meryl Rowin on Etsy

18. These Orthopedic Platforms Gifting Arielle de Pinto's Marigold Crochet Platform Sandals will ensure originality.

shoes

via Ooga Booga

19. The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set ($450) If you have $450 to spend on comics, this R. Crumb masterpiece should be at the top of your list.

comic

via Amazon

20. An Infected Blanket ($300) Designed by Phillip Stearns, this blanket actually outlines the complete genome of the H1N1 Influenza virus. "Each pixel represents the coding for an amino acid based on a direct mapping between the DNA and color values."

stearns

via the New Museum Store

21. Gilbert & George Plates ($97 each) Gilbert & George love incorporating their lovely faces into art. Why not dine upon their visages too?

george
via LACMA Store

22. A Custom Bust ($225) Send a photo, receive a 9.5-inch tall bust.

bust

via Ceramicland on Etsy


BONUS: A Nude Art Calendar ($50) Don't ask questions, just support a fine community of arts writers (#nude).

afc
via Art F City

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