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Six Unique Holiday Gifts!

Text and Photography by Melanie Bernier

Does your holiday gift list need more style and soul? Give something truly unique this holiday with a present from Gateway Arts. We have six festive gift ideas meant to impress anyone on your list, from the young to the young at heart. Every item tells a story! Best of all, your purchase will support local artists with disabilities. Most of these items are available to purchase online – and shipping is free!

Images: Melanie Bernier 

Chenille Scarf, $45.

The perfect gift for: Fashionable men and women will appreciate this soft, colorful winter accessory. The rich, velvety texture and classic stripe design can be dressed up or down, while the weight and fabric provide cozy warmth. Chenille scarves drape wonderfully for a composed winter style. Each unique scarf is hand-woven on our looms at Gateway and come in a wide range of colors.

Buy it: In the Gateway craft store.

Image: Melanie Bernier. Model: Lucas Horgan, Financial Manager.

Trash T, $22. Design by Larry Edmiston

The perfect gift for: Both satirical and edgy, this graphic statement T is perfect for the young adult on your shopping list. Printed on the ever-popular American Apparel cotton T, it comes in a variety of styles including men & women’s sizes, heather grey, white, crew neck, and V-neck.

Buy it: Online or in the Gateway craft store.



Barney’s NY 2013 Canvas Collection, $150 per canvas.

Artist: Donna Esolen. Image: Gary Batty.

The perfect gift for: Art enthusiasts, city dwellers, and lovers of the five boroughs will be charmed by these paintings of the Big Apple. On display now at Barney’s NY in Copley Square, this stunning collection portrays NYC past and present, as uniquely interpreted by our artists. Each 12×16 canvas makes a perfect, affordable gift for the cosmopolitan in your life.

Buy it: Online, through the Gateway craft store, or by contacting Lucas Horgan at (617) 734-1577 x19 or

Opening Doors: 40 Years of Gateway Art, $30

The perfect gift for: This book is a must-have for lovers of outsider art, supporters of adults with disabilities, and curious bookworms. Gateway history is told through the work of our artists in this comprehensive volume of artwork highlighting the lives and careers of 18 Gateway artists.

Buy it: In the Gateway craft store.

Artist: Rebecca Levy. Image: Melanie Bernier

500 Piece Puzzle, $25. Design by Rebecca Levy

The perfect gift for: You can’t go wrong with this gift. A calming activity on long winter nights, puzzles provide entertainment for families, roommates, couples, and individuals alike. The busy and colorful abstract design by Rebecca Levy will continue to challenge with each use. Ages 12 and up.

Buy it: Online or in the Gateway craft store.
Artist: Melissa Shamfield. Image: Andrew Levine


Baby Cow T, $12. Design by Melissa Shamfield

The perfect gift for: Kids age 3 – 24 months can move freely in this adorable cotton T featuring a wide-eyed cow. This popular design is comfortable, affordable, and cute! Choose from mint green (not pictured), heather grey, and ruby red crew-necks in a variety of sizes.

Buy it: Online or in the Gateway craft store.

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