Thursday, October 14, 2010

MoMa Holiday Gifts

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am already starting to think about Christmas presents. Gifts to give, and gifts to ask for! I am going to do several blogs leading up to the holidays with great gift suggestions for everyone in your family. Of course with an eye to the recession, all of these gifts are under $200. Many on today's list are under $50! My absolute go-to shopping spot is MoMa Museum. The store at MoMa has something for everyone on your list. Because it is a museum, you know the quality and design element is going to be amazing, the prices are shockingly affordable, and the gifts are always unique. Many people (like my mother) keep a gift closet of wonderful treasures so they will always have a gift on hand if they need one. MoMa is great for that because most things are unisex and good for a wide range of ages. Put a few of these in your gift closet and you will always have a wonderful present on hand. The 3D Home Builder (above) is my fave as a designer. You have everything you need in this kit to build your dream home! How creative is that?

These watches are inspired by the shapes on soccer balls. Wouldn't this be a great gift for that soccer loving teen or modern design lover in your life?

This constructible straw is just one of the dozens of funky games and toys MoMa has for kids. How about five or six of these "brain teaser" toys as stocking stuffers? So much fun!

Here is one of my favorites from Japanese "no brand" brand Muji. These speakers go with you wherever you go and attach to your ipod. I love these for all the time, not just for trips!

My family plays Dirty Santa every year, and the gift usually has a value of $20-$30 dollars. I think the speakers above and this great set of screwdrivers would make an amazing gift for Dirty Santa. Once again, these are from Muji, so the packaging is beautiful in it's simplicity. There are 10 heads in the set - so convenient anywhere in the house!

I have always loved these rubber baskets - and you can wash them in the dishwasher! They are soft rubber that looks like crochet; what a cool idea. I like the white best, and can see one on a stack of magazines - a beautiful way to wrangle the remote controls!

Here is a great way to support your loved one who is a "closet" decorator! This pendant light folds flat and opens like the pages of a book. It is super inexpensive and adds a great modern touch to any space. I would love this over a casual dining space or in a teen's room.

Here is a great idea for a techie during Hannukah. A menorah made out of a motherboard and led lights! So funny and functional!

A great framed print by a famous artist is an amazing gift for anyone. This bright Ellsworth Kelly poster would really look great in any home, and makes you look like an art aficionado - double gift!

Aren't these blocks gorgeous? They are based on the Girard font, by famous designer Alexander Girard (you may be familiar with the red Love poster). This is a great way to get toddlers to start appreciating beautiful art at a young age!

Lest you think all the gifts from MoMa are going to be art and design related, just look at these amazing earrings by Alexis Bittar. Yes, MoMa has jewelry, too!

Here is a great piece that will impress anyone - even that mother-in-law who isn't too sure about you yet... A gorgeous ombre cashmere scarf is one of the most beautiful gifts from MoMa, and sure to please anyone.
Head on over to MoMa's website and check it out! I bet you find lots of goodies for your loved ones. Happy Holiday Shopping!

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