By Cynthia Schuster Eakin
Fill your home with gifts inspired by art, science and nature this holiday season. Museum gift shops are a great place to find unique presents for everyone on your list.
The Cleveland Museum of Art gift shop lets you pop out of the frame from art to fashion. Piet Mondrian’s colorful geometrics jump into pop culture with a recycled bumbag. Make art your fashion. This bag also comes in styles from artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Katsushika Hokusai and more.
The Grand Museum of Art board game challenges you and your fellow curators to increase visitor attendance and keep the museum running. To do this, you must present grandiose exhibitions that will attract
crowds of visitors and fill the museum coffers to save the institution from financial ruin. The curator with the most popular exhibitions will become the new museum director. Collect 65 different works of art, put together thematic exhibitions, make exchanges, bid at auctions and answer trivia questions with this fun, simple and beautiful game.
Wear a piece of art inspired by the modern art master of impressionism. Van Gogh-inspired sunflower beaded earrings are made of high-quality Czech beads and metal components. They are handmade, elegant, highly versatile and suitable for everyday wear.
William Morris Strawberry Thief blue-pull hold all luggage features a luxurious design that is instantly recognizable as the work of William Morris designs. It reproduces an original tapestry piece of his created in the 19th century called Strawberry Thief. Make every trip memorable
and stylish with this unique luggage travel bag.
Wrap your hands around a bubble rock glass designed by Mindy Sand from Chagrin Falls, OH. Mindy creates functional and decorative objects that are both beautiful and valuable. She is inspired by the simplicity of lines, shapes, patterns and designs. Mindy’s glassware collection is a contemporary twist on the great artists of the 20th century, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Piet Mondrian and Victor Vasarely. Each piece of glass is hand-painted.
An exquisite Hinds House Window cuff bracelet features details from the Hinds House Window located in Gallery 209 of the art museum. In the window commissioned for the Howell Hinds house around 1900, thousands of richly colored glass pieces were arranged and layered to paint an idyllic dimensional scene that would have warmly glowed in the afternoon sunlight. Wear this precious, 22K gold leaf-burnished cuff with an elegant black outfit for maximum impact.
Phone the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., at 216-421-7350 or visit www.clevelandart.org.
The Science Store at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., is a great place to find unique STEM-inspired gifts year-round, but is an exceptional place to shop around the holidays. The Science Store offers a wide selection of toys, books, apparel and other gift ideas that are sure to make kids of all ages smile. This year, the store has new space travel-themed t-shirts. Plush toy sea lions accompany, “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker,” the latest movie in the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. There are also fun stocking stuffers like collectable Cutie Beans. Winter Break Camp Curiosity sessions and family memberships make great experiential gift ideas. Call 216-694-2000 or visit www.greatscience.com.
Shop for all of the nature lovers in your life at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Find unique, functional and beautiful gifts at the garden store. Items include bird ornaments, bird houses and bird baths, pruners and decorative garden pots, poinsettias and Christmas cacti. There are practical gifts of lotions, soaps and spa items, assorted Ohio and Cleveland-themed items, works by consignment artists and museum gift cards.
The Botanical Garden celebrates Cleveland’s holiday magic with its seasonal show, “Twinkle in the 216.” The exhibit reflects the historic character of Northeast Ohio’s neighborhoods as they sparkle and shine to add warmth and joy to the cold winter months.
“Holidays are about coming together as family, as friends, and as a community,” Ryan Sandy, exhibitions manager said. “This year’s winter show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden celebrates Cleveland’s neighborhoods by featuring vignettes of iconic local architecture, as well as holiday favorites such as handmade gingerbread houses, lighted outdoor trails, festive horticultural displays and decorated trees.”
The winter show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., runs through Dec. 31. Call 216-721-1600 or visit www.holdenfg.org for ticket information.
Molly’s Shop at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is brimming with holiday gift items, including jewelry and ornaments. Flat candles created in Lithuania by Flatyz are a fun gift. Each candle melts into itself. Freshcut paper bouquets are also popular and easy to mail. The air in the courtyard outside the shop is scented with the irresistible smell of freshly baked gingerbread wafting from the Gingerbread Hut. A hot cookie and cocoa or beer, wine or a pretzel from the Salty Reindeer are a great way to end a perfect evening at Stan Hywet’s “Deck the Hall: Gracious Gatherings” exhibit.
The estate is decorated with one million holiday lights, and the Manor House decorations are inspired by the theme of, “Gracious Gatherings.” The look is a traditional Christmas, with some whimsy in the mix, for all to enjoy. Thirty trees in 19 spaces in the Manor House are decorated. Outside, the gardens and grounds are the perfect setting for a brisk winter stroll. “Dazzle” in the Great Garden features three holiday songs choreographed to the display of lights. Contact Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, at 330-836-5533 or visit www.stanhywet.org.