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Museumist 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Foodies

Photo by Edward Blake via Flickr.

Photo by Edward Blake via Flickr.

Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum is a regular member of the “Can you believe there is a museum about this?” club. But, if you’re a mustard lover like me, you think it makes total sense. Plus, their store has plenty on offer. Try giving a Gourmet Mustard Gift Set or some mustard making supplies.

Photo by Geraint Rowland via Flickr.

Photo by Geraint Rowland via Flickr.

Food: Our Global Kitchen, the tasty exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in D.C., will whet your appetite. So, it’s a good thing that they have a Test Kitchen serving up tasty treats through late February.

Photo from Barnes Foundation Shop.

Photo from Barnes Foundation Shop.

The Barnes Foundation has six teas whose flavor profiles reflect a particular artwork or artist in the foundation’s collection. Think Renoir Rooibos, Gauguin Mango, and Cezanne Citrus.

Photo by Howard Lake via Flickr.

Photo by Howard Lake via Flickr.

Do you know someone who complains about how there aren’t enough food museums out there? Well, help them get New York’s first food museum with exhibits you can eat up and running by donating to the Museum of Food and Drink.

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The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis celebrates all things Swedish, including its yummy Scandinavian cuisine. So, it’s no surprise to see that they have renowned Swedish-Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef for sale in their gift shop. You can buy it online, but if you buy it at the museum you can give yourself a present by eating lunch at their delicious Fika restaurant.

Photo from British Library Shop.

Photo from British Library Shop.

What do you buy someone with a large collection of cookbooks? How about another cookbook, but this one is a beautifully illustrated take on 14th and 15th century dishes and dining.

Photo from goodcandlebk.com.

Photo from goodcandlebk.com.

Instead of traditional pine-scented candles, gift the tummy-rumbling scents of fig, basil, or rosemary instead. Good Candle makes hand-poured soy wax candles in Brooklyn and you can buy online or at the following museums: Museum of Arts and Design, Brooklyn Museum, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Photo from Brooklyn Museum Shop.

Photo from Brooklyn Museum Shop.

Because Christmas isn’t Christmas without a Mondrian cake. Modern Art Desserts.

Photo from Lower East Side Tenement Museum Shop.

Photo from Lower East Side Tenement Museum Shop.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s gift shop is full of amazing books, and more than a few cover food related topics. For instance, The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread sounds like an interesting read.

Photo from SFMOMA Store.

Photo from SFMOMA Store.

Museum gift stores can actually be great places to pick up amazing kitchen gadgets and home goods, like this Stainless Steel French Press at SFMOMA.

Photo by llee Wu via Flickr.

Photo by llee Wu via Flickr.

Yes, I know that the post promised you 10 gifts, but here’s a bonus gift, and guess what? It’s free. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world leader in promoting sustainable seafood consumption, and their free Seafood Watch App will help you buy and eat your fruits from the sea responsibly.

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