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Gift local: Unique ideas for everyone on your list from OKC museums

by MetroFamily's Editorial Team

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Finding unique and memorable holiday gifts year after year can really be a challenge, especially when you’ve got hard-to-shop for kids, family members or friends on your list. But we’ve got great news: several of our favorite metro museums and attractions carry locally made and memorable gift items that cannot be found anywhere else. Plus, if you’re looking to gift experiences rather than material goods, museum memberships are always a hit. Happy shopping!

Scissortail Gifts at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Featuring made in Oklahoma and Oklahoma-inspired products, shop Scissortail Gifts for everything from apparel and jewelry to books and home decor. Plus, the store carries a great variety of kid gifts for all ages.

Featured products for littles: Book & Bath Fizz by Milo’s Barn

Essentially a bath bomb in a bag, the Bath Fizz lets your child sprinkle in a little (or a lot!) for an explosion of scent and color in their bath water! Or choose the bath milk, for silky smooth skin. The owner of Milo’s Barn also wrote a children’s book called Clarke, a story about a little girl named Emersen who rescues an unwanted baby pig (named Clarke) to raises the piglet with her horse, Milo, and her chicken, Martha. The real-life Milo’s Barn is a nonprofit sanctuary and rescue in OKC. The book retails for $19.99.

Featured products for teens/tweens: Needle Point Kits by The Urban Acres

These kits offer easy introductions to art forms like punch needle and embroidery by including everything your child needs to create beautiful projects. Urban Acres is a Tulsa-based company owned by a stay-at-home mom who employs other stay-at-home mamas, allowing a great mix of work-life balance. Kits retail for $25.

Featured products for parents/grandparents: Snacks from Oklahoma vendors

Sixth Day Snacks offers a variety of salsas, jalapenos and pancake-in-a-jar mixes. The company began as a project out of the owners’ home kitchen as a way to pay off cancer treatment medical bills for wife and mom, but it quickly grew into something so much more – providing hope and joy for not only their family but so many others as well. The yummy Triple Chocolate Pancake in a Jar retails for $10.

Another favorite, Mollycoddled Hash Slinger makes hand-crafted candies with Oklahoma-sourced ingredients. Their candy, caramels and toffee are melt-in-your-mouth and full of flavor. A box of the popular Salted Apple Caramels retails for $16.

Museum supporters 

Donors to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum save 10 percent on every purchase with giving levels starting at $50; donors receive an annual admission pass, invitations to special events and a subscription to their semi-annual magazine. Learn more at oklahomahof.com.


The Museum Store at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to shop for both holiday decor and unique gifts, The Museum Store at OKCMOA offers something for everyone. This art-centered shopping experience features unique jewelry, film posters, gifts, gorgeous coffee table books and home decor, in addition to a wonderful collection of kids gifts like books, unique piggy banks, toys to inspire creativity, games and puzzles. The store will be expanded for the holiday season to offer even more options, plus enjoy a “Sip and Shop” experience at the Ganache Bar with food and beverage available from Ganache Patisserie.
Featured product for kids: Chihuly Pure Imagination Sculpture Kit
Dale Chihuly has completed ambitious architectural artwork installations all over the world. Now your child can create their own masterpiece resembling the artist’s work with this customizable Sculpture Kit. Retails for $17.
Featured product for tweens/teens: Yoga Joes Rainbow Series
Making our older kids crack a smile always feels like winning! Inspire the giggles and encourage a budding yogi with this colorful set of nine rainbow-hued Joes figurines in the warrior positions. Retails for $24.95.
Featured product for parents/grandparents: Modfest acrylic drinkware sets and ice buckets
Look forward to summer with acrylic Modfest drinkware and ice buckets from Palm Springs company Destination PSP. Sets of 4 tumblers, old fashioneds, zombies or wine glasses feature their original mid-century inspired modfest design and mid century motif. Drinkware available in Blue/Green or Yellow/Orange; sets retails for $48-74. Modfest Retro Ice Bucket retails for $75.
Museum memberships
Become a member of OKCMOA and join the vibrant community of museum supporters. Memberships start at just $60 – and make great gifts! Join online, in person or over the phone at 405.278.8207 Monday-Friday or 405.278.8237 Saturday-Sunday. For questions, you can email us at development@okcmoa.com or visit the Membership FAQ page.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Store

Shop authentic Native jewelry and gift items, made in Oklahoma items, home decor and kid gifts, including books, clothing and toys.

Featured product for littles

Made in America of the softest pure virgin wool, this child-sized blanket is a treasured gift. Tuck them in and tell a story with a soft wool baby blanket made in America. This colorful design is inspired by the woven straps of a traditional Native American cradleboard. As the cradleboard protects a baby, this blanket surrounds little ones with warmth and safety. Retails for $99.50.

Featured product for teens/tweens: The Ghostly Tales of Oklahoma City

Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations and the unexplained. Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see Oklahoma City and might have you sleeping with the light on! Retails for $12.99.

Featured product for parents/grandparents: Forked Eye Blanket from Mahota Textiles

Mahota Textiles is the first tribally-owned textile company, drawing inspiration from their Southeastern heritage and creating elevated and meaningful textiles designed in Oklahoma and woven in the USA. Retails for $300.

Museum memberships

Museum members save 10 percent on every purchase! Memberships for as low as $50 are available to purchase by visiting nationalcowboymuseum.org/memberships. Gift cards are available for purchase at the store or nationalcowboymuseum.org.

New this year, The Cowboy Kids Club provides kids with a unique experience to connect with the stories of the West by offering special engagement opportunities for only $25! Club membership includes museum admission for one child as well as a kids club hat, exclusive experiences, a quarterly newsletter, discounts on programming and camps and a birthday card from Chester Scissortail.


Shop Contemporary at Oklahoma Contemporary

Shop home goods, artistic gifts and fun ways to keep kids creative! Support Black creators with the shop’s curated collection from Black artists and authors or sourced from Black-owned businesses, and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with the curated collection of Pride items featuring queer-owned artists and businesses. Since admission is always FREE to the museum, treat yourself before or after you shop with a stroll through the galleries.

Featured product for littles: Challenges with Form and Color

This design game is perfect for little ones interested in art. Fifty cards feature 100 images to create with colorful triangles made from velvet paper. Cards are organized into categories, offering challenges to introduce simple forms, patterns, color temperatures, negative space, transparency, perspective, simple figuration and more.

Featured product for tweens/teens: Astronaut & rainbow lamps

Add some creative flare to your kid’s room with one of these unique lamps. Astronaut lamp retails for $44, rainbow lamp for $28.

Featured product for parents/grandparents: Armadillo Mini Alebrijes

An entire section of the shop is themed to the current exhibition La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara. Paper Maché artist Pedro Linares coined the relatively recent folk art known as alebrijes in Mexico City around the 1930s. Eventually, Manuel Jimenez, a native from Oaxaca, created the first alebrije out of copal wood, what many alebrijes are made of today. The colorful, quirky pieces are handmade, so sizes and colors vary. They retail for $10.

Featured product for the whole family: Mexican Bingo Puzzle

Spend time as a family assembling this bright, bold 500-piece puzzle and learning words in Spanish together.

 

Museum memberships

Joining Oklahoma Contemporary helps keep art free and accessible. Plus, members get a 10 percent discount at the Shop, a free tote and more.


The Science Shop at Science Museum Oklahoma

Inspire STEAM and science learning with kid gift items! Plus, check out the brand-new line of SMO clothing for babies, kids and adults.

Featured product for littles: SmartMax

Build your own incredible structures with SmartMax, a kid-friendly set that introduces young kids to building models. Safely hidden magnets encourage kids ages 1 to 6 to become budding architects as they utilize hand-eye coordination, color recognition and creativity to craft 2D and 3D creations. Retails for $40.99.

Museum memberships
Give a year of fun with unlimited access to 8 acres of ever-changing hands-on exhibits, artifacts, art galleries, gardens, Kirkpatrick Planetarium and Science Live shows, and much more. Buy online, at the museum or purchase over the phone by calling 405-602-3760. Members receive 10 percent off regularly priced items in the Science Shop.

First Americans Museum Store

The First Americans Museum believes in creating opportunities for conversation, learning, conservation and creativity within families, and gift items are no exception. The FAMstore features handmade art created by the finest First American artists and authors, as well as many products produced by First American business owners. In addition to items for kids, FAMstore is the perfect place to shop for grandparents and other relatives as the items curated are incredibly unique and meaningful.

Featured product for parents/grandparents: Chris Pappan Retail Artwork, Kaw Nation and Osage Nations and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Chris Pappan was selected to represent a line of exclusive merchandise for FAM. His mixed media art blends modern and traditional Native art to create something truly moving. His original artwork is available on a puzzle, mug, duffle bag or wallet.

Museum memberships

Museum members save 10 percent on every purchase at FAMstore. Memberships start at $65. Also perfect for gifting, purchase a dual ticket experience to both First Americans Museum and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Take your gifting up a notch with an OklaHoma gift set, which includes a gift from each museum store in addition to admission to both. Purchase dual tickets or gift sets at First Americans Museum.


More museum and attraction gift stores perfect for holiday shopping:

  • Myriad Gardens. The newly remodeled Inasmuch Crystal Bridge Conservatory reopens to the public Nov. 18, and the NEW gift store features locally-made good by Oklahoma artisans, branded shirts and mugs, garden-related books and houseplants.
  • Factory Obscura. Hand-crafted art, accessories, clothing and one-of-a-kind gifts are all designed and created by the Factory Obscura artists. Their popular art kits for kids include all the materials needed for an art project, plus a free ticket to visit Factory Obscura.
  • OKC Zoo. Jungle veterinary kits and plushies for kids, plus vintage safari wear for grown ups makes the zoo a great place to shop for animal lovers of all ages.
  • Sam Noble Museum. Inspire your kid scientist with a STEM box! Each themed box contains step-by-step directions and supplies needed to complete two or more hands-on activities that meet Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades K to 5.

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