Since Tampa Bay is so rich with art museums, why not do your holiday shopping in a museum store? They’re a great resource for unusual gifts, art, jewelry, books and holiday decor. Plus, Sunday is the international shopping holiday Museum Store Sunday, so there will be plenty of discounts to score. And while you don’t have to pay admission to visit the shops, make a day of it and look at some art.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG
255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: 25 percent off all purchases.
Bug brooches and appliques: In the spirit of “The Grasshopper and the Ant” exhibition, which uses dried insects, the shop is carrying these vintage-style bug brooches by Sixton London. There’s also a line of bags embellished with the bug brooches and appliques.
Bob Ross stuff: The Unemployed Philosophers Guild product line of Bob Ross items reminds us that there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.
High-end handbags: Wendy Stevens stainless steel and leather handbags aren’t sold anywhere else in the area.
Bee-related items: With thousands of honeybees in its rooftop apiary, there are a variety of bee-related items in the MFA Store, from books to mugs to plush toys.
Puzzles: Art-inspired large puzzles, ranging from 300 pieces to a whopping 9,000, are a top seller.
THE DALÍ MUSEUM
1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Ave. SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: Many items are 20 percent off. Spend $50 or more and get a free tote bag.
Ruby lips pin: Dalí designed the original brooch in 1949 with the actor Mae West in mind. With ruby red Australian crystal-encrusted lips and faux pearls for teeth, this piece of jewelry drips with character.
Dalí tarot deck box set: First published in a limited-edition series in 1984 that had been long sold out, the box set includes all 78 full color cards of the deck, as well as a companion book that describes the making process and instructions.
Dalí clock ornament: This stocking stuffer pays homage to Dalí's famous painting, The Persistence of Memory, and diehard Dalí fans can hang it up all year round.
Eye of time pin/watch: Time is a pervading theme in Dalí's work, referenced again in this blingy piece that can be worn as a brooch or a pendant but functions as a watch with Swiss time.
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART
120 Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: 20 percent off storewide.
MoMA Design Store LED trees: These holiday decorations add festivity and twinkly light to a room, from the Museum of Modern Art’s legendary design store.
Nick Mayer holiday cards: Whether a boxed set or individual cards, Mayer’s coastal designs are perfect for Florida Christmas cheer.
Confetti LED trees: They also light up and add a colorful touch to a holiday tablescape.
Marcia Moran gold-fill disc necklace: Simple, elegant and versatile, this piece looks more expensive than it is.
Glass confetti trays: Artist Karen Ehart’s sleek trays are stylish repositories chic enough to leave empty.
Teal holiday balls: The richness of the ornaments’ color would make a stunning monochromatic holiday scheme.
Chill pill ornament: This cheeky item reminds us that at some point we’ve all needed to chill and just laugh about life.
Gold-plated coin bracelet: A timeless classic that evokes the museum’s collection of antiquities.
Handcrafted Haitian objects: These stunners arrived with the timing of the museum’s exhibit of Haitian Vodou flags, “Sacred Diagrams.”
THE JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN AND WILDLIFE ART
150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.
Museum Store Day deal: Free doughnuts, pastries and coffee.
Handcrafted flutes: Musicians will appreciate the fine tuning of the instruments in maple or cherry by Chippewa artist Tim Blueflint.
Hand-carved fetishes: Crafted by Todd Westika of the Zuni tribe, who studied geological engineering and imbues good thoughts into the fetishes, believed to have a spirit.
Pottery: These original pots by Santa Clara Pueblo potter Gwen Tafoya are decorated with excised floral designs and studded with genuine turquoise.
Native American crafts: From dream catchers to hand-thrown pottery to artifact re-creations, the store stocks a wide selection of items created by Native American craftspeople.
Authentic Western hats: Men and women can don the woven straw hats, perfect for Florida’s climate.
Sterling and turquoise bracelet: Made with imported Golden Hill turquoise, this chunky piece serves natural flair.
Exclusive tote bag: Featuring the image of Billy Schenck’s painting Oh You Want to See My Guns, on display in the museum, this bag is wearable art.
Handcrafted ornaments: Using a cactus as a Christmas tree is a unique way to showcase the colorful baubles.
THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700. ringling.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: The first 25 visitors to spend $25 or more get a free gift.
Elliptical desk mobile: This Calder-esque mobile is by Ekko Workshop, an art design studio that creates large-scale custom mobiles and kinetic sculpture in Portland, Ore.
Circus story box: Since the Ringling campus is also home to its Circus Museum, the museum store is heavy on the theme, including this cute painted wooden box that inspires imagination.
Statement necklace: This eye-catcher from Italianissimo is made by Murano glass artists in Italy.
1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700. imaginemuseum.com.
Museum Store Sunday Deal: Free gift with purchases over $25.
Peppermint candy glass choker: This festive lampwork necklace looks sweet enough to eat and was made by KJK Jewelry.
Tyrannosaurus Rex DNA activity kit: This high-tech toy uses augmented reality to dig up a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton, collect its DNA and rebuild a life-sized dinosaur.
Secret Santa ornaments: 2019 feels like a pastel Christmas, and these Santa ornaments by Glass Eye Studio are right on trend.
720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527. moreanartscenter.org/chihuly.
Museum Store Sunday deal: Present a receipt from the Banyan Cafe in the Morean Arts Center and get a 10 percent discount in the museum store, with the exception of Chihuly licensed items. The discount also applies to the gift shop in the Morean Arts Center and the Morean Glass Shop.
Handmade cup and saucer and rice bowl: Local artist Alicia Diem applies a rim of 22-karat gold to her cup. Diem’s frequent collaborator Paul Hoagland’s rice bowl is meant to complement the set, which can be purchased as a trio.
Ceramics by Don and Cristina Williams: The St. Petersburg artists combine Don’s award-winning form work and Cristina’s painterly gifts.
Chihuly scarves: The half-cashmere, half-silk blend is rectangular in shape, detailed with a Chihuly logo and eyelash fringe, and comes in four patterns.
Wooden Trinket: This intricate piece by Claire McCauley looks wooden but is actually porcelain. The artist in residence at the Morean Center for Clay is influenced by illustrative storytelling and the natural world.
Debbie Stone Jewelry: Handcrafted by the self-taught artist, Stone mixes Murano glass, imperial jasper, freshwater pearls, vintage faux pearls, hand-cast toggles, vermeil and sterling silver.
LEEPA-RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART
600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762. leeparattner.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: 10 percent off storewide. Buy a gift membership for someone and receive a free tote bag.
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild pins: Fun stocking stuffers of cultural icons, including Mister Rogers and his trolley and Vincent van Gogh with his ear.
Magnetic action sets: Kids and kids at heart will enjoy creating adventures with these sets. There is also a Mister Rogers magnetic dressup set.
Handwoven beaded bracelets: These intricately woven bracelets feel light as a feather on the wrist.
POLK MUSEUM OF ART AT FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE
800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland. (863) 688-7743. polkmuseumofart.org.
Museum Store Sunday deal: The first five shoppers get free Polk Museum of Art memberships. The first 20 shoppers get a mystery gift bag. All members get 25 percent off purchases. Nonmembers get $5 off $25, $10 off $50, and $20 off $100. All shoppers will be entered to win four adult tour tickets from the Polk Museum of Art and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center ($220 value), and a mystery prize will be announced the day before Museum Store Sunday on Instagram at @theshopatpma.
Great Modern Artists Espresso Set: Frida, Andy, Dalí, Picasso and other famous modern artists are rendered by Andy Tuohy on bone china.
Artists and their Pets: Because who wouldn’t want to hear the stories about famous artists and their beloved critters?
Art history hero action figures: Everyone needs a little Frida or Vincent in their lives.
Calligraphy kit: In a world where handwriting is becoming obsolete, this kit for all skill levels could help preserve a dying art.
Amethyst mermaid necklace and earrings: Orlando-based artist Claudia Nodarse incorporates raw and polished amethyst, a carved resin mermaid pendant and actual coral that has been coated in copper.