15 fun and whimsical gifts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art - that should still arrive in time for Christmas

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Buying gifts for the artsy-fartsy souls in our lives can be a mystifying experience. They're impossible to buy clothes for, and the run of the mill gift card or Kindle is far too pedestrian.Advertisement

But thank goodness, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is, as always, at your service and to the rescue. And, until 4 p.m. EST on December 20th, The Met is offering an upgrade to two-business-day shipping for just $1, guaranteeing (as best they can) that Kris Kringle has just enough time to shoot down the chimney and slide these gifts under the tree. If you're anything like me, that should come as a tremendous relief.

We've rounded up gifts for all age groups, tastes, and interests, so rest easy, my Philistine (and otherwise lost) friends, we (and The Met) are here for you.

Below, you'll find 15 of the best gifts you can buy from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
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A unicorn ornament from The Unicorn Tapestries

A unicorn ornament from The Unicorn Tapestries
Unicorn Ornament, $28 (member price: $25.20)

This ornament features The Unicorn in Captivity from the famous medieval Unicorn Tapestries hanging at The Met Cloisters.

A coffee table book of David Hockney's delightful works

A coffee table book of David Hockney's delightful works
David Hockney, $40 (member price: $36)

David Hockney has graced us with decades of delightful illustrations. It's about time we all have a book of them.

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A tea-infusing mug littered with Steinlen cats

A tea-infusing mug littered with Steinlen cats
Steinlen Cats Covered Mug with Tea Infuser, $20 (Member price: $18)

Understated yet elegant, and a very safe bet. Plus, there are cats! All art lovers and artistes alike love cats, right?

An action figure of their favorite artist

An action figure of their favorite artist
Frida Kahlo Action Figure, $28 (Member price: $25.20)

This will at least produce a grin, if not a warm chuckle. There's also Van Gogh, Vermeer, and more of the usual suspects.

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A playable art helicone

A playable art helicone
Playable Art Helicone, $65 (member price: $58.50)

This should keep someone busy for a while.

A Paul Klee-themed marble pencil set

A Paul Klee-themed marble pencil set
Klee Marble Pencil Set, $55 (member price: $49.50)

For the budding illustrator in the family.

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An ornate, Peter Carl Fabergé-inspired magnifier pendant

An ornate, Peter Carl Fabergé-inspired magnifier pendant
Russian Imperial Magnifier Pendant Necklace, $88 (member price: $79.20)

Charming, but surprisingly useful, too.

A coffee table collection of masterpiece paintings from the Met

A coffee table collection of masterpiece paintings from the Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, $75 (member price $67.50)

Even your less artsy loved ones will have to love this.

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A Piet Mondrian composition watch

A Piet Mondrian composition watch
Mondrian Composition Watch, $48 (member price: $43.20)

A timeless Neoplastic timepiece if there ever was one, to boot.

A Native American art book

A Native American art book
Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, $50 (member price: $45)

Full of North American heritage and color, this book is fit to bedazzle any living room table.

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A rollable, rainbow-themed piano

A rollable, rainbow-themed piano
Rock and Roll It Rainbow Piano, $59.95 (member price: $53.95)

Beethoven and Chuck Berry can both roll over: there's a new kid in town. But parents, take warning, this tidy little roll-up keypad will have your little tyke on their way to superstardom, whether you like it or not.

A fringed scarf in William Morris' Marigold design

A fringed scarf in William Morris' Marigold design
William Morris Marigold Scarf, $85 (member price: $76.50)

Yes, this is a wallpaper, and yes we promised to hold off on the clothes, but this is as perfect a scarf as they come.

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Louis C. Tiffany favrile glass magnets

Louis C. Tiffany favrile glass magnets
Louis C. Tiffany Favrile Domed Magnets, $22 (member price: $19.80)

So the vivacious spirit of Louis Comfort Tiffany, purveyor of stained glass, can live on, on their fridge.

A tea pot adorned with Vincent Van Gogh's 'Irises'

A tea pot adorned with Vincent Van Gogh's 'Irises'
Van Gogh Irises Teapot, $58 ($52.20)

There's nothing more romantically artsy than tea and flowers.

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A chronology of the life and work of Vigée Le Brun

A chronology of the life and work of Vigée Le Brun
Vigée Le Brun, $50 (member price: $45)

Art snobs love books, right? Well, one last book for the ages: the life and work of one of the most influential painters (and women) to have walked the earth.