We asked museum staffers what Museum Shop offerings catch their eyes—just for those of you who still have names to cross off your gift list.
I love these fun scarves and shrugs from London-based designer Nawal Gebreel ($155-$320). With their lusciously saturated colors and crinkly fabric you can scrunch them up, shape them, and style them in endless ways. We all have that special someone on our list with the scarf-tying skills of a Parisian. This is the perfect gift!—Theresa Papanikolas, Curator of European and American Art
Tis the season to be bold and bright! Those who know me know that I am obsessed with all kinds of jewelry—especially “statement pieces.” Right now I am most interested in the cuff bracelet. Cuffs are fun, versatile, and just plain beautiful. They go great with a sleeveless cocktail dress, sleek pantsuit, or even jeans and a T-shirt. We have a spectacular collection of cuffs at the museum—on view in the galleries (see the Indian Gallery!) and in the Museum Shop to purchase. I especially like the Shop’s new platinum colored leather mesh cuff by New Mexico–based Oropopo—it combines high-tech laser-cutting with one of the oldest fabrication materials known to man. And the price is right at $79 (only $70 if you’re a Supporting member and above!). This bangle will add sparkle to that special someone’s holiday.—Hathaway Jakobsen, Deputy Director, Advancement
The Museum Shop’s new stock of flip books are super cool. There’s a wide variety to choose from, and my favorites are from Seigensha Art Publishing in Japan ($20). They are entertaining for any age, and educational too, exploring the roots of animation. I saw the samurai sword fight book demonstrated on the museum’s Instagram account and immediately rushed to the shop to purchase books for my kids. They are going to love them.—Vince Hazen, Honolulu Museum of Art School Director and father of three
Super stocking stuffers
Looking for last-minute stocking stuffers or a light-hearted gift to a pal? The Museum Shop has a great selection. Various Keytags’ keyrings ($14 each) have fun labels such as “carnivore,” “put a ring on it,” “curator” and some customized for us islanders, like “808” and “Aloha Aina.” I have one for my vaporizer and wine locker—wouldn’t you like to know where these are?
A girl can never have enough bags or purses! One of my favorites is the Baggu Duck Bag ($29.95)—don’t ask how many I actually have! We’ve got a special holiday version in a gorgeous Christmas red with the Honolulu Museum of Art logo in gold. This bag is great for the beach and roomy enough to stash everything, including your Xonex colored pens and Faber-Castell metallic colored pencils ($14.95)—cause there’s always time for doodling.—Allison Wong, Deputy Director, Administration and Operations
Color like its 1969
Working at a museum you would think our days never really get too intense. Unfortunately it can be just as stressful as any other job, which is why after work I like to loosen up by heading to the studio to get some drawing done. But what if you are not artistically inclined and would still like that feeling of getting lost in the creative process? These coloring books for adults have been all the rage lately—think paint by numbers only without that noxious paint odor. The museum shop carries a wide assortment of them, with themes running from Art Nouveau to Pop, and I especially like the Pepin 1960s coloring book ($16.99)—awaken your inner Peter Max! A family friend swears by their healing properties and she’s 62! You can color in the lines with the Shop’s museum logo colored pencil set ($7.50)—it’s compact and easy to carry, and is also a great way to show HoMA pride!—Brady Evans, Collections Manager
An art book for the ages
There are ukumillion books dutifully cataloging the Western art canon. But until Art in Time: A World History of Styles and Movements (Phaidon, $69.95) landed in the Museum Shop, I had never seen one that listed all the major art movements that have swept the planet, from Australia to Austria, from the fifth century BC to today. Want to know about the Rinpa School? How about Contemporary Aboriginal art? Or Land Art? And how they fit into the context of their day? They’re all here in one beautiful, well-written, well-documented tome. The art fart in your life will love you forever.—Lesa Griffith, director of communications