As some of you know, I majored in Art History and have spent most of my college and post-college years working in museums. I'm passionate about expanding museum audiences, and a lot of museum shops have been trying to support that goal - often tapping into their collections' design highlights. So here's the first of my four-part gift guide, collected entirely from ... museum shops! Not only have I found a ton of fabulous things, but they all support the wonderful cause of keeping museums afloat and vibrant in this difficult economy.
First up: a fabulous collection of baubles and beads.
Clockwise from upper left:
Gold Bow Brooch by Sarah Cavender, £75, V&A Museum store.
Portland Vase Scarf, £35, British Museum store.
Gold Woven Bracelet by Alexis Bittar, V&A Museum store.
Gold Half Penny Coin Purse, $38, V&A Museum store.
Arethusa Coin Button Earrings, $35, Met store.
Egyptian Snake Drop Earrings, $65, Met store.
Sterling Bow Studs, $50, ICA store.
Waterfall Earrings by Alexis Bittar, V&A Museum store.
Ice Crystal Tree Earrings, $55, Met store.
Turquoise Tassel Earrings, £55, V&A Museum store.
V Dip Dye Scarf, £40, V&A Museum store.
Egyptian Chevron Ring, $33.75, Met store.
Vera Abstract Scarf, $60, Met store.
Icon Watch by &design, $70, Cooper-Hewitt shop.
William Morris Persian Watch, $70, Met store.
Color Magic Leather Band Watch, $55, Met store.
Ribbon Scarf, £10, V&A Museum store.
Boulder Ring by Helveta Vyotlag, £50, V&A Museum store.