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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts at the Weisman Art Museum Shop

Fatima scours the Weisman Art Museum Shop for pretty, unique holiday presents.


photo by fatima olive

My daughter reminded me this morning that Christmas Eve is only one day away (it coincides with the last day of Hanukkah). Although I knew this was the case, I did suffer a small amount of panic—you see, I’ve been working out of town for the last two weeks, and even though I did have the majority of my main gifts taken care of, there are a few I hadn’t gotten around to.

The thought of wandering aimlessly around a mall to find something special for a friend or the perfect host/hostess gift is not super appealing to me.I despise large crowds, and at this point, most of the people are probably in the same last-minute predicament as I.

I much prefer a store with a small, thoughtfully curated assortment of gifts that I can choose from. I found just such an emporium at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM Shop), which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Here are a few things I have on my list:

Heavenly Honey from the U of M’s rooftop bees. And Honey Bon Bons by Mademoiselle Miel made with U of M honey. It doesn’t get more local than this.

These beautiful teacups were created by local artist Monica Rudquist, who works primarily in porcelain to create pieces that are unique as well as functional. I put these teacups together with Tea Forte’s Skin-Smart tea collection.Skin-smart tea works with your body's chemistry to help protect and take care of skin from within. It’s a perfect combination of inner and outer beauty.

Celebrate your Minnesota pride with these digitally rendered iconic images in handmade frames created by Christy Johnson of Redshoes26.This Minnesota wall-mounted bottle opener is perfect for the beer lover in your life.

Need a more substantial gift? How about the historic Duluth Foot Soldier wool Scout pack? It’s a prcatical size for everyday use, and its classic styling can be as appreciated by the traditionalist as the hipster.

I believe in rewarding oneself for a job well done. After shopping for everyone else, I picked up this Tess and Tricia beaded antler necklace—maybe I should have bought both!

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