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Museum Stores of Northern California

Posted by Christopher Hall on November 11, 2013
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If your gift list includes books, design objects, toys, and other arty items, try the museum store at SFMOMA.

Road Journals Blog—The holiday terror is nearly upon us: Where to find that truly unique gift? Fortunately, Northern California boasts a number of great museum stores, stocked with fascinating goods you often won't find elsewhere. Here are four of the best, with a pair of gift ideas from each.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Won’t Break the Bank: A plush toy rhino modeled after a rhinoceros-shaped, 3,000-year-old bronze Chinese vessel that's among the museum's most iconic objects ($25).

Splurge: An elegant, wide-brim flower basket signed by its maker, Japanese artist Jin Morigami, whose work is in the museum's permanent collection ($950).

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Won’t Break the Bank: A ring from Argentinean designer Doris Viñas made from an aluminum zipper ($16).

Splurge: From Seattle designers Iacoli + McAllister, a five-strand, multi-color necklace fashioned from brass and copper square tubing ($320).

Oakland Museum of California

Won't Break the Bank: A 16-ounce jar of all-natural, raw honey harvested exclusively from hives in Oakland ($12.95).

Splurge: A signed, 2010 blue-and-red etching of a whimsical giraffe by the American artist Mark Dion, one of a limited edition of 45 ($300).

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Won't Break the Bank: Weird and fun kids' backpacks adorned with fabric bubbles or spikes ($30-$48).

Splurge: A large bowl-like, glass sculpture, hand-blown in eye-popping blues, reds, and yellows by Sacramento artist Tim Lazer ($2,500).

Photography courtesy of SFMOMA

This blog was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.