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Six Unconventional And Unique Christmas Gifts For The Artist In Your Life

Who says creativity and style can’t come together in one person? The answer is yes, they exist! And they’re out there! So here’s a little tip: if you’re looking to get your creative friend or family member something this Christmas, try going a little unconventional with it. Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t like an exciting new gift every now and then? 

But the key is to challenge yourself. This means thinking outside the box more than normal. Here are some ideas to get your creative gift-buying juices flowing. 

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If In Doubt, Go With A Classic

This might be surprising, but it’s true. Sure, a traditional gift might not receive the same amount of attention as an unconventional one. But it might be exactly what your creative friend or family member needs. So don’t be scared to go with something a bit more classic. In fact, your gift might have been just what they were looking for all along. You can’t go wrong with a gift voucher or their favorite perfume. And you can get amazing dupes for expensive scents if you don’t want to break the bank. Like this Dossier perfume, Fruity Brown Sugar, inspired by ysl mon paris. And it’s totally vegan and cruelty-free. 

Sculpture Kit

If your artist is into creating art with their hands, maybe they would like to try their hand at something a bit more physical. Sculpture kits are a great gift for artists who are interested in trying new things. And they’re also a great option for anyone looking for a challenge. You can find all kinds of sculpture kits available today. From kits that allow your artist to create their own jewelry and sculptures, to kits that allow them to build their own furniture or create their own terrariums. And, once your gift recipient has created their art and sculptures, they can display them for the world to see. 

Make Something From Scratch

Not everyone is motivated enough to make something from scratch. But for those that are, being able to make something is a delight. And you don’t have to be a master craftsman to be able to make something with your hands. You just have to be willing to do a bit of research and experiment. There are countless recipe books available these days that contain simple craft ideas. And many supermarkets and DIY stores have an art section with an abundance of materials you can use. It could make the perfect gift for your daughter or loved one.

Find An Unusual Print

Sure, it’s normal to give a gift card or a piece of artwork, but what about something a little less obvious? An unusual print, for example, is one of those gifts that will always strike a chord with arty people. And what better way to find an unusual print than to look online? There are loads of art sites and online stores that sell prints by local artists, and what’s best about these is that they’re all unique and original. What’s more, they’re often one-off prints that are not mass-produced, so they’re sure to be one-of-a-kind.

Make A Sketch Book For Their Art

Sketchbooks aren’t just for artists anymore. They’re also great for writers, photographers, and anyone who wants to take notes of their ideas and inspirations. There are countless sketchbooks available, with different styles and designs that can fit different needs. However, if your creative friend or family member is someone who loves to sketch things out, then a sketchbook specifically for art is a great gift. 

Illustration Classes

This is one of the best gifts you can get for someone who loves to draw. Many universities and art schools now offer illustration courses, where you can learn drawing techniques, composition, and style. And since many of these classes are available online, you can find a course that’s perfect for your creative friend or family member. An illustration course will teach your creative friend or family member everything they need to know about drawing. From basic drawing techniques to advanced drawing styles. 

Book Box Subscription

If your creative friend or family member loves to read. But doesn’t have the time to sit down and read a book from cover to cover, then a book subscription service is a great gift. These subscription services send your creative friend or family member a new book every month. They can read it whenever they have time. And because they’re receiving a new book every month, they won’t have to spend as much time reading it as they would if they read it as if it was a stand-alone book. 

Wrapping Up

Christmas is full of traditions. And traditions can sometimes get a bit stale. If you feel the same way, why not try something a bit more off the beaten path this year? These unconventional and creative Christmas gifts are far from boring. And will show that you care about your creative friend or family member.

Jessica Minh Anh and Hudson River Park catwalk collaboration in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE.

JMA × Hudson River Park

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This autumn, serial tech entrepreneur and Vietnamese media mogul Jessica Minh Anh along with Hudson River Park are collaborating on a momentous event, raising carbon neutrality awareness within NYC

Beforehand, Anh–a Petronas scholar, hosted the world’s first oceanic catwalk in the Mediterranean.

Now, she’s producing the much anticipated J Autumn Fashion Show on Pier 34. This imaginative and immersive experience is the latest presentation in her Fashion x Sustainability series.

Previous engagements include: being atop of the Hoover Dam in Nevada; at the Gemasolar power plant in Spain; on board a low-emission cruise ship in Italy and JFK Airport hanger, a promotional installation for DHL Express (Watch Video). 

With the World Trade Center as the backdrop, J Autumn Fashion Show will exhibit avant pieces to a progressive audience of purveyors within various sectors: media, innovation and environmental.

Official Campaign Video HERE.

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Jessica Minh Anh × Hudson River Park inside 360 MAGAZINE
Jessica Minh Anh × Hudson River Park collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

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Downtown Napa via 360 Magazine

Downtown Napa

New Arts and Entertainment, Wine Tasting Rooms, Food and Drink

Downtown Napa, which has been dubbed The Wine Tasting Room Capital of the World, is the premier Napa Valley experience. This fall, discover new outdoor recreation, entertainment, tasting rooms, restaurants and more in wine country’s most walkable destination. Here’s what’s new in Downtown Napa this fall: 

New Outdoor Recreation 

  • Napa Valley Bike Tours has a new e-bike tour that starts and finishes from the Wine & Brews E-Bike Cruise location in Downtown Napa. The cruise includes stops at a local winery for a tasting and picnic lunch and a unique winery and brewery tasting room experience. 

New Wine Tasting Rooms: 

  • Ox & the Fox Wine Bar received its liquor license and is now serving cocktails among its existing beer and wine selection. The front of the building has also been expanded to welcome more guests in to enjoy the expanding menu. 
  • Wine Girl, a Scottsdale-based wine bar, is opening a location at 1321 First St. next to Anette’s Chocolates, making for a perfect bachelorette and girls’ holiday location in Downtown Napa.

New Shopping:

  • Maison Verbena, a San Francisco-based store, opened the doors to a new location in First Street Napa. It is a young yet dynamic business passion about innovation with a goal to inspire and bring the idea of “fashion marketing” to the US. 
  • State & First moved to a beautiful new space and updated its hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. State & First is exquisitely curated for the Napa Valley lifestyle, offering unique women’s and men’s clothing selections, jewelry and accessories that can’t be found anywhere else in the valley.
  • Color Theory recently moved to Main Street at Caymus. Color Theory carries a wide variety of name brand paints, mediums, papers and drawing utensils for artists of all skill levels. 

New Arts & Entertainment:

  • On Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., Napa Valley Music Associates will host the 2022 series of Napa Valley Guitar Festival: Yuri Liberzon.The festival, hosted by Churchill Manor, will include music by contemporary Konstantiin Vassillev whose music synthesizes several styles including jazz, Russian Folk music and contemporary western traditions. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. 
  • Open Studios Napa Valley, a self-guided art discovery tour, will take place Sept. 17 to 18 and Sept. 24 to 25 from 10 a.m. to. 5 p.m. each day. Seventy local artists will showcase their work throughout Napa Valley. To view and print the Open Studios catalog and map, visit acnv.org. 
  • Napa Drunken History Tour is a walking tour around Napa that takes visitors back in time to the origins of the city of Napa and the people who founded it. The tour, which has spots available Sept. 23 to Sept. 24 and Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, includes three stops at local establishments with local microbrew, boutique wine tasting and distilled spirits tasting.
  • The CIA at Copia/American Bounty at CIA Copia presents Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico. Join Edgar Rico – 2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX – and co-owner, Sara Maranbigi, for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest Sept. 24 to Sept.  25. 
  • Uptown Theatre Napa, Downtown Napa’s ultimate destination for live entertainment, has a variety of upcoming shows this summer and fall. Headliners include “Weird Al” Yankovic with Emo Philips, UB40, Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen and more. 
  • The Cabernet Classic returns to The Meritage Resort and Spa for the second year from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6 in Downtown Napa. This experience features over 20 expert-led tastings featuring hundreds of wines, chef-curated dining experiences and playful events among the resort’s Napa Valley vineyards.

New Food & Drink: 

  • The Meritage Resort and Spa opened The Village Bistro, a French-influenced pop-up dining experience with a wine country twist based on family style dining. The bistro features traditional French dishes in shareable plates, main courses, desserts and an extensive wine list. 
  • Osha Thai now offers lunch special menus with choice of main course and an appetizer or salad for $25 from Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose from spicy basil chicken, garlic pepper pork, yellow curry, pad Thai, drunken noodles, beer braised chicken or beef cashew nuts. 
  • Kitchen Door is now fully operating in its new space and has released its Pool Bar menu, served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, featuring delicious eats like potato bravas with smoked paprika and garlic aioli, deviled eggs with crispy pepperoni and picked red onions, beef carpaccio crushed with Himalayan truffle, chives, arugula, crispy potato, truffle aioli, and more. 
  • Napa Yard, a new beer garden located across from CIA at Copia, has opened. It features a micro distillery café, bar, wine tasting area, gardens and event space. The bar will serve cocktails from garden-to-glass Concordia spirits infused on site. 
  • Entrecôt, owned by Argentine-born proprietors Gonzalo Barrado and Maia Antonella Tesio, is now open on the Napa River in the Riverfront Complex, bringing Argentine cuisine to the Riverfront 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The menu includes tapas such as empanadas, ham and cheese croquettes, fried polenta with tomato sauce and cheeses and charcuterie with starters like gazpacho, vitello tonnato, and more. 
  • Sky & Vine, tucked on the rooftop of Archer Hotel Napa, opened its Whiskey Bar. This reservation-only experience features a 100+ list of unique and rare whiskeys. It includes a small vintage collection and rounds out with a range of approachable selections, private barrel flights, specialty cocktails, and more. 

For more information about Downtown Napa, including lodging, dining, wine tastings, shopping and things to do, visit donapa.com.  

ABOUT NAPA TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Created in 2010, the Napa Tourism Improvement District (TID) is the official destination marketing organization for Downtown Napa/City of Napa. With a mission to increase overnight visitation and improve the local economy, the Napa TID promotes nearly 45+hotels and bed and breakfast properties, premier dining, wine tasting, shopping and local entertainment. The Napa TID utilizes its website (DoNapa.com), participates in the creation of local events and develops targeted marketing programs that drive overnight stays during the off-season and mid-week occupancy throughout the year.