Museum Shop Gift Guide 2019

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum shop has a selection of gift options for every budget.

crocheted stuffed animal
Jaunty hand-crocheted stuffed animals are among gifts on offer at the GW Museum and The Textile Museum Shop. (William Atkins/GW Today)
December 13, 2019

Procrastinators, fear not: The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum shop is packed with last-minute gift options for everyone on your list. Plus it’s located right on the Foggy Bottom campus, and GW ID holders receive a 10 percent discount on all museum merchandise. Museum Director of Retail Operations Brie Williams took GW Today through some of the many highlights.

Felted ornament on tree

For the GW alum: Felted ornaments, $16

Handmade in Kyrgyzstan, this line of ornaments includes George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

crocheted stuffed animal

For the friend who misses Bei Bei: Hand-crocheted stuffed animals, $50

The city had to bid farewell to its beloved D.C.-born giant panda last month, but kids and adults can still cuddle this cute substitute.

ceramic vases

For the new homeowner: Ceramic vases, $20

These playful vases make a great housewarming gift.

cotton scarves

For the chic and cozy mom: Cotton scarves, $110

Because these warm, strikingly-patterned wraps are woven from cotton, not wool, they’re perfect for vegans and people with sensitive skin. They’re also just the right size for nursing mothers in search of a sophisticated cover-up.

silk beaded necklace

For the accessorizer: Silk ribbon necklace, $15

Handmade by artisans in Vermont, these beaded necklaces add a quick punch to any outfit.


For the trendy teen: Scrunchies, $15

Right on trend and constructed from recycled vintage kimonos.

Tokyo Stories book on shelfFor the chef: Tokyo Stories: A Japanese Cookbook, $35

This tour of Tokyo food culture would look as good on a coffee table as it does on a shelf.

posters for change book on shelf

For the activist: Posters for Change, $25

This collection of 50 tear-out posters is made for, and by, people raising their voices in a time of political upheaval.

RGB purse on woman's shoulder

For the fashionable attorney: RGB bag, $198

Styled after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lace collar and lined with a print that evokes the Women’s March, this black and white clutch pays homage to an icon.

stacking tins

mug and bowl set

For the desk worker: Stackable bowl and mug set, $38

A pretty and practical set of dishes in stackable tin storage containers.

silk sleep mask

For the light sleeper: Embroidered silk sleep masks, $40

These vibrant, luxurious masks block out light and make a clear statement: Do not disturb.

political action figures

For the C-SPAN junkie: Political action figures, $18

With moving arms and stable feet, these figurines make a great desk decoration. (Or just make them fight for fun.)

tenguis tea towel close up

For the pattern-mixer: Tenugui, $12

These funky tea towels are Japanese cousins of the handkerchief in patterns beautiful enough to be hung on display.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturdays; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Like the university, it will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Visit the museum website for additional hours and information.

Student Life, Arts & Culture

(At Least) A Little Something for Everyone

GW Magazine presents its 2019 gift guide.