Finding a gift that is unique and special for friends and family is often a challenge. Not only because most don’t know where to start in finding a one-of-a-kind gift, but the season can be bustling with no time to search around. That’s why we have rounded up the perfect gifts for the art lover, cultured friend and anyone with an eye and love for beautiful things. With the holidays fast approaching, check out the gifts in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Unique Gifts . Each gift is only one click away.
Why we love it: It’s no secret we love wearable art here at artTECA, and we are not the only ones. This wearable art dress made from 100% silk crepe de chine was designed by ones of American’s leading fashion designers, Narcisco Rodriguez. The designer was inspired by 101-year old artist, Carmen Herrera and her solo exhibition: Lines of Sight. This is just one of several pieces in the designer’s capsule collection that embodies Herrera’s aesthetic for bold, bright and colorful paintings.
Why they’ll love it: This caftan style dress is one of those pieces that can be effortlessly thrown on for all occasions while packing a punch of uniqueness and graceful style. The color is also similar to 2017’s Pantone color of the year, making it perfectly on trend.
Why we love it: Obvious reason, it’s a part of the wearable art collection here at artTECA. The artwork that inspired this design is titled Blue Motion, by artist Augustus Francis. In each of his works, just as in the print of this scarf, Francis offers an gentle explosion of color that is inspired by the harmonious relationship between natural and urban landscapes. Did we mention you can save 15% or 20% on this scarf until dec.16? Shop here.
Why they’ll love it: This 100% silk scarf is printed with vibrant contemporary art, however, the colors and print are subtle enough to be worn with plentiful outfits. This piece transcends seasons, making it the perfect wardrobe addition a gift for any stylish lady.
Why we love it: This pair of TOMS is from the TOMS Haiti Artist Collective, which are a collection of hand-painted classic-style TOMS, with artwork by a group of Haitian artists. From colorful Caribbean landscapes and the vibrant hues of the culture, each pair offers an artisanal view into the vibrant Haitian culture. We also love the social impact this collaboration supports, as it’s a movement we believe in and embrace here at artETCA.
Why they’ll love it: When it comes to men, we know comfort and style go hand-in-hand. These TOMS shoes are as comfortable as they are stylish. Plus, their versatility and uniqueness would fit perfectly in any guy’s closet.
Why we love it: Don’t let the simple structure of this Kinetic Top by Pepe Mar fool you, it was created into the most favorable fit with a delicate scoop neckline and a figure-flattering high-low shirttail hem. The distinctive print, which embodies Mar‘s piece “Blue Blue Blue”, makes a statement in any outfit. And you can save 15% or 20% on this tank top until dec.16. Shop here.
Why they’ll love it: A chic tank top is actually one of the most wearable pieces in a closet. Perfect to be worn by itself during the warmer months of Spring and Summer. During Fall and Winter, this wearable art tank becomes the ultimate layering piece. Because of it’s exclusivity, it makes for a truly unique gift ideal for all art and fashion lovers.
2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Unique Gifts continued…
5. Museum Membership
Why we love it: For a gift that keeps on giving, gifting a museum membership is full of numerous perks-perfect for the art and culture enthusiast. Not to mention, many museum memberships are mostly tax-deductible.
Why they’ll love it: Museum membership programs come with many benefits such as free entry, exclusive previews to major shows, members-only talks and tours and discounts at the gift shop and café. Check out your local museum’s website for rates and gift options.
Why we love it: This line of jewelry was created in collaboration with a group of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists. Elisabetta Cipriani‘s line of “wearable sculptures” is comprised of unique precious materials. Participating artists include Ai Weiwei, Carlos Cruz Diez, Rebecca Horn, Jannis Kounellis, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Erwin Wurm, Atelier Van Lieshout and Pedro Cabrita Reis.
Why they’ll love it: You can never go wrong with giving jewelry as a gift. It’s beautiful, chic and if you find the right piece-timeless. And these are definitely the right pieces, as each is a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece.
Why we love it: This coffee table book is not only informative, as it traces in detail the evolution of fashion from the founding of the haute couture through the onset of industrialization and mass production to the present day, but the photography that graces the pages is truly beautiful. This book also includes insightful interviews with some of the most influential people in the fashion industry.
Why they’ll love it: There is nothing like a fantastic coffee table book that immediately grabs your guests’ attention. Not only will The DNA of an Exhibition Catalogue: Making “Manus × Machina” sit pretty on any surface in a home, but visitors and residents alike won’t be able to put it down after details such as the different textures of each page and the visually stunning images capture their attention.
Why we love it: This weekender bag is from the alice + olivia capsule collection with the late Neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat was a poet, musician and graffiti prodigy in the late 1970s in New York. His work is known for the scribble-like aesthetic and nods to his Caribbean heritage. Basquiat’s art decorates seamlessly each article of clothing and accessory in this collection.
Why they’ll love it: A weekender is an essential bag to have readily available all year long, for any travel necessities. They make the perfect carry-ons for flight travel too. And who doesn’t love to travel in style? With this weekender bag, not only does it make for stylish traveling, but the design is truly encapsulating. The perfect gift for your jet-setter friends and family.
Why we love it: Sometimes art is all in the attention to beauty and detail in things. These Pryma headphones display that artisanal craftsmanship that is hard to ignore. Each one is handcrafted and Italian made.
Why they’ll love it: Who doesn’t love stylish technology? When sleek fashion and mindful tech merge, the result is always impressive. The Pryma headphones are available in five distinct finishes including Coffee & Cream, Black, Gold & Dark Gray, Gold & Black and a special-edition Carbon Marsala. Whatever their style, you’re sure to find the perfect set for the techy in your life.
Why we love it: We just mentioned how much good design and attention to detail brings a product and it’s craftsmanship to life. This spa collection is as chic as they come with it’s beautiful presentation and the fact that the products are organic is noteworthy as well.
Why they’ll love it: With busy schedules comes smaller windows to schedule spa appointments and make the time to visit. With this feminine and thoughtful spa set, anyone enjoy can indulging experience while staying cozy and relaxed at home. This spa collection makes for a wonderfully considerate gift.
That wraps up our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Unique Gifts, we’d love to hear which gifts inspired you in holiday shopping this season!