Our Most Popular Gifts This Holiday Season

New York City had its first true sprinkling of snow yesterday, which means that we’re now officially in the thick of the holiday season at the Hyperallergic Store! All month we’ve been busy packing up orders and sending gifts to friends, family, and loved ones, and it’s been fun to see what everyone’s giving for the holidays this year.  

If you’re looking for a little last-minute gift inspiration, let this list of our store’s bestsellers be your beacon in the night. And if you’re still undecided by the end of it, no worries — we also sell gift cards

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Basquicat Enamel Pin

Whether you’re looking for a gift for the cat person in your life (if you’re not one, you know one) or for the purrfect addition to your personal pin collection, this bold and spiky Basquicat has been a blockbuster favorite since we added it to our store this fall. We have a massive collection of enamel pins perfect for showing off your fabulous personality and exquisite taste in art — check it out.

Louise Bourgeois Plates

These fine bone china plates were designed using imagery from Louise Bourgeois’s fabric book Ode À La Bièvre, which features collages made from fragments of her old clothing and household items. While each plate is sold separately, the full set of four makes for eye-catching tableware. We also carry gorgeous plates made in collaboration with Yayoi Kusama and Judy Chicago in our Home Goods section.

Persian Patterns Notecards

The 20 notecards that belong to this boxed set feature details from a sixteenth-century manuscript of the Khamsa (Five Tales) by the Persian poet Nizami. The cards have been a hit ever since we introduced them to our store this summer and we think they’d make pretty groovy thank-you notes. Explore our store’s selection of greeting cards for unique, art-inspired pop-up cards and stationery sets and if you like the Persian Patterns Notecards, you’ll love these miniature rug coasters

Art-Inspired Socks

Introduce a favorite painting to your wardrobe with art-inspired socks! These seamless, combed cotton delights feature some of art history’s greatest masterpieces, and they’re one of our store’s best discoveries of the year. We’ve been looking for awesome art socks for what feels like ages and now at last, our drawers runneth over with knitted adaptations of works by artists such as Paul Klee, Hilma af Klint, Egon Schiele, and many, many more.

“The Dinner Party” Coaster Set

Everyone loves this set of four corkboard coasters based on “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago, a massive ceremonial banquet arranged on a triangular table with 39 place settings that each commemorate an important woman from history. The next time we’re able to safely host dinner parties of our own, we can’t wait to use these coasters to wow our guests with how meta we are.

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Brighten up your home office with this adorable Frida Kahlo figurine, who comes with two adorable miniature animal companions and smells like fresh wild roses (yes, you read that right)! The rest of our colorful action figures and adorable wooden dolls are based on iconic modern and contemporary artists, all of whom make excellent desk and studio companions.

Ridiculous Stress Swan-Thing

For reasons unbeknownst to us, everyone seems really stressed out this year. But this freaky little desk companion is helping people squeeze out the stress one clenched fist at a time. It’s a riff on David Shrigley’s original sculptural piece “Swan,” which gained viral fame after becoming the must-have pool float of summer 2017. Browse our selection of Shrigley stuff for all things Swan and beyond!

Yayoi Kusama Handkerchiefs

The “Eyes of Mine” and “Joy I Feel When Love Has Blossomed” handkerchiefs, made in collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, have both been big customer favorites for 2020. Made of fine lawn cotton with hand-rolled edges, they can be put to traditional use so you can sneeze in style, or they can be framed and hung on display in the home. For accessories, kitchenware, and more inspired by one of the world’s most iconic contemporary artists, shop our Kusama collection.

Steinlen Cats Tea Towel

It should come as no surprise to our fellow denizens of the internet that our readers really, really like cats. The slinky creatures have been fascinating artists ever since the first one crawled into its local homo sapiens’s cave in search of a free meal. This charming tea towel, which features illustrations from Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen’s Des chats: images sans paroles (Cats: Pictures Without Words) is only the latest example of the art world’s feline fixation.

“Eliminate the Stench” Air Freshener x Guerrilla Girls

Maybe your quarantine pad is getting a little stinky or maybe it’s not (we won’t tell regardless), but this Guerrilla Girls air freshener will not only eliminate the stench of patriarchy but also make whatever room it’s in smell like fresh bananas. Peruse the rest of our Guerrilla Girls merchandise for more ferocious gift ideas for the artist-activists in your life!

Louise Bourgeois Memory Card Game

Fun for both children and adults, this educational game is sure to be a real boredom-buster once the inevitable midwinter blahs set in. The cards bring together famous textile works and quotes by Louise Bourgeois and can even be stuck to the wall, if you really want to make the most of it. Check out our Louise Bourgeois collection for more gifts inspired by one of our favorite artists.


For more art-inspired gifts, books, and home goods, visit the Hyperallergic Store.

Please allow for extra time for shipping and place all holiday orders by December 15. 

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