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The Ultimate Gift Guide To 15 Perfect Presents For Art Lovers

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Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 1 December 2016
Finding that special gift for friends and family is often a challenge. With Christmas fast approaching, our Art & Design Editor Freire Barnes selects the best presents – from jigsaw puzzles to limited edition scarves – that are only one click away.

Grayson Perry Tat Moderne Jigsaw

The Turner Prize-winning artist has designed a 1,024-piece jigsaw – exclusively for Tate – that can be enjoyed by all the family. From Matisse to Bourgeois, you can spend the Christmas holiday learning about the history of modern art by piecing together Perry’s wittily designed puzzle.

Pipilotti Rist Women’s and Men’s Scarves

Statement pieces are the stable for any art-lover’s wardrobe. And these wonderful psychedelic scarves designed by artist Pipilotti Rist in collaboration with designer Jane Carr are just the thing for the fashionista in your life. The limited-edition design – emblazoned with I Copulate With The Sky – come in silk for her and wool for him. Art that keeps you warm whilst being beautiful is just what we’d like to find under the tree.

Johnathan Reiner Eve Charity Print 

Why not give twice this Christmas by gifting this limited-edition screen print by Tel Aviv-based artist Johnathan Reiner as 100% of proceeds go to Hello Beautiful a breast cancer awareness charity that, “advocates creativity as a tool for health and wellbeing, something I value in my own private life and in practicing medicine,” said Reiner.


Rob Flowers Woahnut Toy

This hand-stitched galactic donut toy is a collaboration between illustrator Rob Flowers and innovative brand Infinite Objects. Part plaything, part cushion, part art, the Woahnut is perfect for the little or big kid in your life.

Anything from House of Voltaire

House of Voltaire Installation View Courtesy Studio Voltaire. Photo: Francis Ware

House of Voltaire Installation View Courtesy Studio Voltaire. Photo: Francis Ware

Believe us you’ll want to buy everything in the House of Voltaire‘s Mayfair pop-up. For the past couple of years, Studio Voltaire has worked with leading contemporary artists and designers to sell limited-edition prints, specially commissioned homewares, clothing and objects in its temporary Cork Street store, with all sales benefiting the London-based arts charity’s gallery and education programmes. With prices ranging from £1 to £40,000, we’ve selected just a few items that will appeal to any art-lover, whether novice or aficionado.


1.This lambswool blanket by Jonas Wood at £520 will keep the festive chill at bay. 2. Fashion designer Matty Bovan’s limited-edition woven patch set is a steal at £25. 3. These statement £50 limited-edition sliders by American artist Cory Arcangel were made for the surfer dude in your life. 4. Shot by Grayson Perry in 1984, this £120 limited-edition digital print captures the Neo Naturists challenging being nude in public outside London’s Centre Point and is ideal for the rebel in your life.

Chris Ofili Woman Tea Towel

Why not dry the Christmas washing up with one of Chris Ofili’s watercolours? Well we don’t mean literally, but this linen tea towel is the next best thing as its digitally printed with a painting from the British artist’s Afromuse series.


Jordan Wolfson Limited-Edition Print

Chisenhale gallery is currently offering a 10% Christmas discount (until January 13) on all its editions by emerging and established artists who have exhibited at the east-London space. American artist Jordan Wolfson, who is currently showing at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, created this poster format print for his first UK solo show at Chisenhale. The satirical print, is the perfect art collection starter for a relative or friend with a devilishly cynical social media fixation.


Meret Oppenheim Sugar Ring

Designed in the mid-1930s by the Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim, the sugar ring embodies the artist’s fascination for the absurd. Best known for Object, a fur-covered cup and saucer, Oppenheim’s designed unlimited-edition ring brilliantly elevates an edible sugar cube into a wearable precious stone held within a silver gold-plated setting making it the ultimate gift for any surrealist fan.

Meret Oppenheim, Sugar Ring. Courtesy GEMS AND LADDERS,. Photo: Hans-Jörg Walter

Meret Oppenheim, Sugar Ring. Courtesy Gems and Ladders. Photo: Hans-Jörg Walter


Skateroom’s Warhol Skateboards

Art with a conscious might sound unattainable, but that’s exactly what the charitable initiative The Skateroom are all about. By collaborating with contemporary artists like John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, as well as artist foundations like the Warhol Foundation, they create limited-edition art on skateboards to support non-profit projects that empower children through skateboarding and art. These exclusive Andy Warhol Campbells Soup skate decks are available through Tate as well as The Skateroom shop. Giving never felt so rewarding.

Jackson Pollock Mug

At a mere £12.95, this bone china mug is the perfect stocking filler pressie for any Abstract Expressionism fan. The riotous-designed pattern is taken from Jackson Pollock’s iconic work Blue Poles and is sure to wake up any tea or coffee drinker on a cold winter’s morning.

Patrick Heron Silk Scarf

Always stumped what to buy your mother-in-law, well this silk scarf by British artist Patrick Heron is to the rescue. The bright abstract design will spruce up any outfit and if its just that bit too zany, its arguably a work of art in its own right and can be framed and hung on the wall.