11 Awesome Art History Mother's Day Gifts

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Whether your mom is dazzled by the Impressionists or, like mine, is drawn to the Dutch Masters, chances are she’s a woman of refinement and culture. A woman who appreciates the finer things. A woman worth celebrating. If your mom has been missing the museum this last year, why not surprise her with an art history-related gift for Mother’s Day!  Check out our ideas below.

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1. Louis C. Tiffany Favrile Frame


This gorgeous frame is based on a favrile glass vase by Gilded age master Louis C. Tiffany that’s in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s iridescent, elegant, and opulent, exactly what your mom deserves. Insert a picture of yourselves together to make it extra special.  

Get it from the Met store here.

2. A Museum Guide to a museum you can visit together



Travel and museums have been off the table for many of us, so how about surprising your mom with a guide to a museum you can visit together in the future? This way you can plan a fun trip, figure out what objects are a must-see, and learn all about the collection before you go. 


Find a guide for the Guggenheim here. (Need ideas for other museums to visit? How about the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Wadsworth Atheneum,  or the Art Institute of Chicago.)

3. Hues and Clues Boardgame


In this new board game, one player names a word (like “apple” or “sunset”) to describe a color, and the others have to guess where on the spectrum that color lies. Some people’s perceptions of color may surprise you! This game is perfect for any mom who knows the difference between taupe and mauve.


Find it here.


4. "Artists' Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney" edited by Michael Bird


This attractive volume includes letters from artists to fellow artists, friends, patrons and lovers. Hearing from artists in their own words gives an extraordinary glimpse into their lives and artistic thought process. Some of these people could paint with words, too!


Find it here.


5. These cute Micro-Fiber Lens Cleaning Cloths



Having a smudge on your glasses may not be the end of the world, but it certainly is extremely irksome. Help your mom live her best smudge-free life with these gorgeous lens cleaning cloths! Her glasses will be so clean they'll be as sparkly as a Gustav Klimt painting.


Find them here.


6. "Vincent's Books: Van Gogh and the Writers Who Inspired Him" by Mariella Guzzoni


This lovely book traces one of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest passions, books, and how his reading had just as tremendous an impact on his art as his love of nature. An insightful look into Van Gogh’s work, this book is perfect for any mom who loves literature and starry nights.

Find it here.

7. An Art-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle



When you give someone a jigsaw puzzle as a gift, it’s like saying you’re prepared to spend hours in their company while you work on it together. And what says “I love you” more than that? With so many art puzzles out there, you’re sure to find one up your mom’s alley. Here’s one featuring the always stunning Alma Thomas

Find it here!

8. The Monet Cookbook: Recipes from Giverny by Florence Gentner


You mom will enter even further into the Impressionist sensory experience with this lovely cookbook featuring recipes by Claude Monet himself, who was a known gourmand as well as painter. Full of gorgeous pictures of food, Monet’s garden, and his paintings, this book is basically a work of art, too!


Find it here.

9. David Hockney Dog Days: Note Cards



Featuring sixteen different paintings of David Hockney’s beloved dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie, these charming note cards are sure to delight any dog-loving mom. It’s always nice to see that even important contemporary artists love their snoozy pups.


Find it here.

10. Cats in Art: Notecard Box



Or maybe your mom is more of a cat lady. In that case, she’ll enjoy these note cards that feature cats taking on the starring role in famous paintings like Ophelia and the Arnolfini Portrait. The only problem is that the cards are so cute, she’ll never actually send any!


Find it here.


11. An Odilon Redon Bouquet of Flowers Teacup and Saucer



And finally, help your mom relax with this gorgeous cup and saucer featuring the flowers of Symbolist painter Odilon Redon. Complete the gift with a package of her favorite tea.


Get it from the Met store here.

Wishing everyone a lovely Mother's Day! Whatever you do, don't leave your mom sitting there all alone like Whistler's Mother