When you’re shopping online this Cyber Monday, there’s a great way to find unique gifts, many of them from local artisans, and support your local Museum or Art Gallery while you’re doing it.
With restrictions limiting visitors, the local Arts institutions are not welcoming the admissions that they usually see coming through the doors. Many of them have shops that feature original works, reproductions and unique artisan gifts that make great stocking stuffers. Here’s a few locations that have their shops online to help you with your gift giving, while you help them, this season:
Polygon Gallery: Expanded for the Holidays, to offer a carefully selected range of design-focused homeware, jewelry, photo books, prints, apparel, and holiday gifts all by individual makers local to Vancouver and the North Shore. The Annual Little Mountain Shop Annual Holiday Pop-Up will be held at Polygon Gallery too, bringing even more local vendors.
Shop online at store.thepolygon.ca/collections/shop
Vancouver Art Gallery: The Art Gallery shop is a spot to find some of Vancouver’s greatest treasures. Knowledgeable staff will help find just the right gift from its wide–range of uniquely Canadian selection of contemporary art books, posters, paper goods, jewellery and designer giftware, including a wide selection of Emily Carr merchandise, and an expanded Holiday shop. All available online at shop.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
Royal BC Museum: Four shops in one can be found at the Royal BC Museum, browse the for new titles at the Book Shop, choose a new reproduction art work for your walls, find the perfect unique gift for under the tree or stocking from a local BC artisan. Also when you’re able to visit in person, you’ll find one of the few National Geographic Shops in Canada and its collection of unique and educational children’s toys and games. Find all the RBCM Shops at shop.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/
Museum of Vancouver: Another of Vancouver’s local gems, the Museum of Vancouver two online shops; Latimer Gallery & Gift Shop – featuring a selection of Northwest Coast First Nations art & jewellery, as well as quirky and unique Canadiana arts and crafts. PointTwo Design shop features a selection of art and prints created in collaboration with the MOV Collections. Find both shops online at museumofvancouver.ca/shop
Museum of Anthropology: While not an online shop, the MOA Shop offers an viewable catalogue of its beautiful, products, jewellery and works of art, created by both local and international artisans, with a large selections of Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. Browse the catalogue, phone or email the MOA Shop for shipping, or pick up in person. Find the details at moa.ubc.ca/museum-shop/