By Caitlin Brooke
Coordinator of Brand Strategy
I haven’t done any holiday shopping yet. I haven’t even made a list. My one and only attempt included a not-so-inspirational trip to CVS where I ended up buying peanut butter M&Ms…for myself.
On my way back to work from the unsuccessful trip, I passed through the PMA Store. Bright colors, sparkles, and a crowd of festive shoppers caused me to momentarily retract my hand from the M&M bag and mosey in.
I watched as visitors and PMA staffers picked out fun and unique gifts for the folks on their list. As I perused, I found myself thinking, “Sam would like those Maine beach stone earrings to remind her of home; maybe Dad wouldn’t forget that reusable shopping bag since it’s neon pink.”
For anyone else out there who is a tad behind on gift purchasing, I asked some PMA staffers to share what they were giving their nearest and dearest this year from the PMA Store.
“My favorite stocking gifts to buy in the PMA Store are the charming felted ornaments/finger puppets created by Mia Kanazawa. Last year for Christmas, I bought a whole menagerie of the adorable felted animal ornaments—brown puppy dogs, pink piglets, blue birds—this year I continued the tradition and snapped up a felted seagull for my parents. Handmade, each one unique, and made in Maine, these ornaments are well loved by my family and adorn our tree for the holidays.” —Margaret Burgess, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art
“My niece turns one in January, and I am getting her Dahlov Ipcar’s Farmyard Alphabet. I have several nieces and nephews, and the Dahlov Ipcar books in the shop have proven to be can’t-miss birthday and holiday gifts. I feel like I’m giving them an early taste of Maine and fine art all at once!” —Will Cary, Director of Leadership Gifts & Planned Giving
“I am buying the book Unknown Terrain: The Landscapes of Andrew Wyeth for my mom. She paints and is a fan of his watercolors—she also dropped a not-so-subtle hint about wanting this book for Christmas. I’m also buying the hilarious Winslow Homer mustache coasters for one of my close friends. We took many art history classes together in college and I know she will get a kick out of them.” —Emily Friedman, Curatorial Assistant
“I bought two books for my six-month-old daughter, Elsa, for Christmas: The Calico Jungle and Farmyard Alphabet by Dahlov Ipcar. They’re gorgeously illustrated and wonderfully educational—the best combination. Plus, they’re unique and interesting enough so that I won’t get bored when I read them to her every night!” —Erin Damon, Assistant Registrar
“The PMA Store is the perfect place for holiday gift shopping! My fiancé and I attended the Photography Fund Lecture this year, and he fell in love with Abelardo Morrell’s work, so I plan to get him a book of Morrell’s work from the Store. If your family does a Yankee Swap, I suggest the PMA Store for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that will wow everyone. Our family had one on Thanksgiving and my contribution, for less than $15, was a set of beautiful note cards with Winslow Homer etchings—they were traded four times and fought over even after the swap had ended!”—Christi Razzi, Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations
*Free shipping at the PMA Store through December 30! Order by December 19 to receive by December 25.