This holiday season avoid the crowds and commotion of malls, aspire to give gifts as unique as your loved ones, and support your local artist-entrepreneurs.
We’re proud to present this year’s Assets for Artists Seasonal Gift Guide to provide you with original and creative gift-giving options, courtesy of our talented A4A artists! Scroll below to shop by category.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Whether it’s clothing or house wares, Muffy’s eclectic collection of printed material is sure to please. Her distinctive patterns (everything from Egyptian hieroglyphics to animals crackers) are a great gift to give this season. Check out her Etsy for products and custom orders!
Aisha Densmore-Bey has design-inspired wearables that are perfect for the deadpan creative in your life! Check out Aisha’s shop for more styles and colors.
This year, tell it like it it is with Seth Carnes’s “New York Doesn’t Love You” shirts. A t-shirt inspired by an art project, a street sign and a writer, this one’s for NYC diehards! Get one here!
Handcrafted leather straps for guitars and cameras — you didn’t know you needed one until you saw it. Margot’s patent-pending strap enables a musician to change the guitar height while playing. Beautifully crafted, durable, and stylish. Head to her shop and check out all the goods!
SAINTCHIC has finally given us all a stylish way to literally throw shade this season. Recently featured in the December/January issue of Lucky magazine, these high-end paparazzi visors and other wearable goods evoke the celebrity in all of us. Check out the collection here!
Sheila’s designer handbags bring a whole new meaning to “trashy chic.” Using only recycled plastic she makes brilliant clutches, handbags, and totes that turn trash into treasure! If you do purchase one of Sheila’s creations, you are in good company– Michelle Obama visited the NYC New Museum recently and now owns one Sheila’s bags!
Is there anything better than sipping hot coffee from a handmade ceramic mug while watching the snow fall? Daniel Bellow’s collection of ceramic work is simple, tasteful, and artfully crafted. Check out all the amazing pieces at his website.
From pickling jars to whiskey sets, Jeremy Ogusky has got your vices covered! His Etsy is filled with ceramic goods (especially featuring his renowned fermenting jars) that will make any kitchen shine.
Kurt’s woodwork is the perfect mix of contemporary and classic! His shop has ornaments, earrings, and many more keepsakes for under the tree this year.
Dress your tree in brass and copper this year! Teresa Mowery is in the holiday spirit with these metal ornaments. My favorite is the snowflake ornament (pictured left). Each snowflake is one-of-a-kind with different patinas. Get ‘em before they’re gone!
Tell me you aren’t head over heels with these ceramic plates from Diane Sullivan! Get the set at her Etsy and then start planning the perfect holiday meal to serve on them.
Gemma’s collection of ceramics is beautifully simple with its stark, white porcelain and intimate illustrations. Her Etsy has a choice selection of goods available for the holidays.
Whether you are looking for something playful, like a flying pig ornament or something playfully chic like these teardrop earrings, Peter Zimmerman’s glass shop is your one-stop shop!
A return to the classics! Alex Jacques makes custom straight razors that are a precise and handsome
work of art. Sold through this shop, with custom orders on his website, it appears the gift of a close shave is calling this year!
Aaron’s glass collection is a truly out of this world experience! His shop features artisan marbles, like this Coral Reef Marble that includes over 29 individual coral representations, and flameworking classes.
Forgot to order your holiday cards again? Don’t worry, Melissa Gruntkosky at Pressbound has got you covered. Featuring over a hundred letterpress printed goods you’re bound (hehe) to find the perfect way to say happy holidays.
For the book lover we all know, but can never find a book they haven’t read check out these indie publications! Sixty-Fith Street and Columbus Avenue, Horrible Bodies, and One Hundred Lies and One Truth are a unique blend of visual art and literature from the brilliant mind of Erik Dalzen.
ANNA JO BECK
Indulge in the whimsy of these delightful goods from illustrator Anna Jo Beck! From the “bloop” pillow to her illustrated book of paper toys (20 paper toys designed by Anna!), her work brings out the child in all of us. Head over to her website to see the rest of her pieces.
Give the gift of illustration this year with these prints by Liz Wikstrom! Liz’s work is eccentric, sometimes grotesque, and always intriguing. Her Etsy shop is full of curious characters, get one today!
In her collection of paper goods, Melissa features sophisticated leather bound journals, hand-printed envelopes, and gift tags. Her Etsy features over 50 items created with quality materials, strong craftsmanship, and functionality.
STEPHANIE WEBER & MONIKA PIZZICHEMI
In this collaboration, Stephanie Weber and Monika Pizzichemi are selling photographic prints from “They Dance in the Rain,” a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in urban Nairobi, Kenya. The photographic works hope to bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. 100% of the proceeds goes to funding their 2015 residency, set to take place this coming January– check out their website for pricing and details!
Ben Mancino’s photographs have a commitment to quality, variety, and affordability! His work emphasizes the intricate details of everyday life that often get overlooked. Give the gift of everyday beauty with Ben’s photographs!
Pricing and details on his website.
ANA DOS SANTOS
Ana’s jewelry collection has charming separates using precious materials such as pearls and stones. Her Etsy is filled with distinctive and delicate designs that make the perfect specialized gift.
Check out this collection of jewelry by Dara Cheek of Hieropice! Hieropice specializes in globally-inspired, handmade jewelry, featuring techniques and materials from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Featured here is a terrarium necklace — more colors and styles on her website!
This collection of jewelry is perfect for the ecologically conscious person in your life! Dora Szekely’s work is inspired by natural elements as shown through her necklaces constructed of intricate branches of silver. Using only recycled metal, Dora strives to make her work environmentally friendly.
Will Alderfer’s collection of jewelry takes inspiration from nature, defined by elegant organic forms, textures, and patterns.
Check out his website and see the entire stunning collection!
Will also takes commissions for custom-made rings. This pair of seamless copper and silver mokume rings (right) are a dream for the modern-day couple.
One-of-a-kind jewelry with natural colors and a bold style! Kristal Romano’s collection of jewelry is sure to please even the pickiest jewelry wearer. Featuring necklaces, earrings, pendants, and bracelets on her Etsy, you can mix and match as much as you please!
A little something for the music lover! Beth McDonald’s album, Still, is a ethereal electronic collaboration between the tuba and electronic instruments. Avant-garde and otherwordly, Beth’s album is not what you would expect from a tubist. Give it a listen at her bandcamp and purchase it at Amazon, CDbaby or iTunes.
MATT LORENZ (SUITCASE JUNKET)
The Suitcase Junket has two albums for sale, along with some other awesome merch! This one-man band is a return to classic rock with an urgent voice and rocking slide guitar. Check out Matt’s website and listen to the magic!
PETER WINNE (TUMBLING BONES)
Peter Winne’s band The Tumbling Bones is selling their first full length album! Download their album, Loving a Fool, on their Bandcamp (also conveniently set up with the option to send it as a gift!) and jam to the bluegrass and folk inspired tunes.
The dreamy, nostalgic, captivating oil paintings from Jennifer Clement are a must-have for your home. The romantic colors in each of her landscapes depict familiar scenes of hills, marshes, and coasts with inspiring depth. View all of her work at her website!
Breathtaking custom paintings brought to you by Scout Cuomo! Scout’s Etsy features a plethora of paintings perfect for the home. This year she began painting on glass and lucite making this wonderful shop just in time for the holidays!
MONIKA PIZZICHEMI & MICHAEL MCKAY
“BIG SALE!”, a cheeky, pop-art poster project by Michael McKay for Empty Set Project, is now available for purchase direct from their website! Nostalgic in nature, but provocative in message, these hand-lettered signs are art with a social message.
Cheri’s fun and wonderful custom keepsakes emphasize the important moments in everyone’s life. Shown above are signable pieces for a baby shower or wedding! Cheri also runs Tipsy Art Parties, which are a great way to celebrate any occasion — get a gift certificate today! Check out her Etsy and website for other details on how she can help you celebrate your day!
Linda’s visual art spans painting, drawing, printing, digital media, and photography! Her Etsy primarily features her drawings and paintings, such as the one pictured left. Her paintings have surreal themes and fantastical imagery that turn any space into a dream world.