Holiday Gift Guide: For That Special Someone Who Loves Art—and Sweets

Why not treat your lover to a museum ticket and a pastry?

  • Sometimes the best gift is the simplest gift.

    For a loved one who adores culture, Gallerist can think of no gift as superb and straightforward as a ticket to a local museum. And such a gift carries a remarkable bonus: you can go with your beloved, sharing quality time communing together in the company of timeless art.

    A trip to a museum can also be relatively inexpensive. Adult admission to the Studio Museum in Harlem, for example, to see its remarkable show about the legacy of Romare Bearden, can be had for just $7—about half the price of a Manhattan movie ticket. On the pricier end, the Metropolitan Museum of Art asks $25, but remember that is a suggested donation. (We prefer to lay down a fresh Benjamin Franklin note to impress our companion. It works.)

    If you truly care for someone, go the extra mile to show your commitment: buy them a sweet pastry during your museum visit. In the slide show above, Gallerist offers some suggestions for pastries to accompany museum trips. And remember, if budgets are tight, there is no shame in taking a long promenade through one of the city’s gallery districts, picking up a sumptuous treat along the way. We have that covered too.

    All photos are by Andrew Russeth, except where noted.


  1. Too bad we didn’t see this post before the holidays. A trip to Harlem to the Studio Museum would have been a great gift to give and to receive! To be able to see the Harlem Postcards exhibit would be great for anyone! is now bigger, and part of We’re bringing you more arts news, as well as culture, design, style, real estate and politics.