Find artful gifts for friends and family at these fabulous museum shops
Museum shops are the perfect place to find unique gifts for the people you love this festive season. Support independent makers, discover local artists and get great discounts with a National Art Pass.
Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Museum shops are the perfect place to get your shopping done, whether you're looking for unique gifts, stocking fillers, or festive cards and decorations.
From art books, craft-making kits and toys for kids, to jewellery and homewares made by independent artists, museum shops are treasure troves of gifts for all your friends and family this Christmas. And hey, why not treat yourself too?
We've selected 10 of the best museum and gallery gift shops across the UK to guarantee you master the art of gift-giving this year – and don’t forget, whether you have a National Art Pass, a Student Art Pass or a Teacher Art Pass, you’ll get discounts at all of these fantastic places.
Discover some of the best museum shops for Christmas gifts in the UK
Don’t be fooled by its cool concrete exterior, the shop at the Hepworth Wakefield is packed full of colourful and creative gifts. Cards, prints, art books and even gifts inspired by Yorkshire are on offer here, plus you’ll be able to pick up prints by the artists featured in their fantastic exhibitions.
Dedicated to the Arts and Crafts designer famed for his stunning patterned wallpapers, textiles and carpets, the William Morris Gallery has to be top of your list if you’re looking for a homeware gift. From Christmas baubles to terracotta tiles, the majority of stock here shows off Morris’ signature designs, including Strawberry Thief.
The bright and airy shop at Firstsite makes for an idyllic shopping experience. There’s a lovely selection of children’s books, an abundance of stationery and items inspired by their cutting-edge exhibitions to purchase here. Their beautiful selection is all design-led and there are a number of products relating to mindfulness and getting creative at home.
Hand-crafted potting has been underway at Middleport – a working factory, home to the renowned Burleigh pottery – for over 150 years. Their gorgeous Burleigh Factory Shop is full to the brim with ceramic trinkets, from charming tea sets and stylish dinnerware to signature blue and white Burleigh designs. If you need a pressie for a ceramics enthusiast, or someone short on bowls and plates, Middleport’s your place.
A unique shop for a unique museum – the People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, and its shop is inspired by its political collection. If you’re after a suffragette necklace, a May Day tea towel or pair of Rainbow Pride socks, then you’ve come to the right place.
A world-famous museum with a stunning shop, the Ashmolean Museum has a wonderful range of exclusive gifts inspired by its extensive collections. Plus, they have lots of items that would make perfect stocking fillers, from a set of oracle cards offering life advice from famous artists such as Frida Kahlo, to a delicate silk pocket square printed with a Rossetti painting.
Housed in the former home of one of the most famous Regency-era architects, the extent and richness of Sir John Soane's Museum's collection is mirrored in its equally intriguing gift shop, which promises unique Christmas presents, cards and decorations for the aesthete in your life. Highlights include a mini Roman Temple construction set, a head of Apollo vase, and festive dinner candles.
Birmingham’s dazzling contemporary gallery Ikon is home to an excellent shop, bursting with books, affordable art, sweet treats, toiletries, games and more. A number of their stocked items are beautifully designed by Arthouse Unlimited, a charity presenting the talents of adults living with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs.
Make the little dreamers, inventors and explorers in your life sparkle this festive season with a gift from the Young V&A's shop, offering an exclusive and consciously sourced range of kids' clothes, soft toys, colouring books, craft kits and much more. Be warned: if you enter this gift shop with a young one, we cannot guarantee that you'll leave empty-handed.
Displaying a collection of beautifully handmade items, Mostyn's shop stocks a mix of items made by local, national and international applied artists and makers – some established, some whose practices are just emerging. Keep your eye out for limited-edition prints on offer here, plus a hoard of art supplies, greetings cards and quirky gifts. Unable to get there in person? Check out their online shop and get some Christmas gift inspiration.
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