Museum-y Christmas Gift Guide 2012

December 12, 2012


I’m feeling a little bit smug right now. You see, I took my last Christmas presents to the post office yesterday to be sent off. I have one food related present to make closer to the big day itself, but other than that…time to put relax, eat Christmas cookies, oh, and perhaps visit another museum or two ;-)

But if you haven’t got all your presents sorted yet and are still looking for some inspiration, here are some suggestions:

For Art Aficionados

Clockwise from top left: How about an iPhone case with Van Gogh’s Blossoming Almond Tree for the art aficionado in your life; puzzle fiends may like a jigsaw of a famous painting, such as Munch’s Scream; for little artists, the German publishing house Prestel has a lovely series of drawing books about different artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci; creative types will enjoy this “portable life museum” journal.

For Dinosaur Lovers

Clockwise from top left: This board book may be a German edition, but that’s irrelevant as the only text it contains is dinosaur names – you can never start them to early (#MuseumBaby has one^^); a woodcraft construction kit might keep the kids quite for half an hour; a dinosaur stamp set will appeal to both little paleontologists and budding artists; how about a game of dinosaur dash to play after Christmas dinner?

For Movie Buffs

Clockwise from top left: Everybody’s favourite inventor and his dog try to prevent a museum heist by an evil penguin in The Wrong Trousers; cult classic House of Wax starring Vincent Price features a gruesome twist, just the thing for dark winter nights; in this comedy-thriller, the Topkapi Palace museum in Istanbul is the scene of another heist – I’ve not actually seen this one yet, but it’s on my Christmas wish list; for a classic comic espionage caper, there’s nothing like Disney’s One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, featuring London’s Natural History Museum.

For Museogeeks

Clockwise from top left: You’re never too young to become a Museogeek ;-) This Bob the Builder Museum Playset even comes with a curator figurine; slightly older Museogeeks will enjoy this Playmobil Museum Heist set; not only Museogeeks will love this audio CD of the BBC’s critically acclaimed comedy sketch show The Museum of Everything – without giving too much away, it’s hilarious; for fans of hidden objects games, Escape the Museum, available for various platforms including Nintendo DS and Wii, will provide some hours of entertainment.


(all image sources are screenshots from Amazon, as per the hyperlinks in the text above)


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