A metal band, curved to hold water and flowers, is suspended securely between parallel walls of glass in this vase, available at the High Museum gift shop.
VASES ($48) at the High Museum of Art gift shop.



GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS hide in unexpected places. Many can be found right down the street at a museum gift shop, at the ballet or with a few clicks of a mouse. Here’s a quick rundown. Many of these items are available online.

GOGO FERGUSON'S seaweed cuff.
GOGO FERGUSON’S seaweed cuff.


Treasures here range from Gogo Ferguson’s nature-inspired jewelry ($75-$200) to art books ($7-$50). Ferguson, who lives on Cumberland Island, works in silver and alpaca (a combination of copper, nickel and zinc). Check out her sinuous seaweed bracelet, armadillo scapula earrings and cockleshell serving spoon.

  • Also available: Paris-themed glass vases, silk scarves and a red Eiffel Tower necktie ($10-$150) inspired by the Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibit. Colorful children’s books, stuffed animals and puppets ($7-$44) sold in conjunction with Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, an exhibit of his art and illustrations.


  • Just for fun: An Andy Warhol Little Thinker doll ($16).
  • Online: Click HERE.


FOX THEATRE ornaments. Various prices.


Put an ornament on your tree, or a book on your coffee table, that shows the fabulous Fox in all its majesty. The limited-edition hardback The Fox Theatre — Memory Maker ($40) chronicles much of the theater’s history. Christmas tree ornaments ($33 and $35) are bright little replicas of the theater’s façade.

  • Make a friend for life: Get someone tickets ($58-$147) to the Broadway hit Book of Mormon, which begins a two-week run Jan. 28
  • Also available: Gift cards in any amount, good for tickets, merchandise and concessions. A $10 fee is charged unless you buy in person at the ticket office.
  • Online: Click HERE.


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This shop stocks gifts for budding dancers. Try a make-your-own tutu kit for the youngest, with its satin ribbons, tulle strips and elastic waistbands. Also popular: Bloch booties, which keep dancers’ feet warm.

  • Also available: Dance and general interest books, CDs, DVDs, stationary, jewelry, statues, collectibles, imaginative children’s items, holiday and Nutcracker gifts including the Atlanta Ballet Signature Nutcracker.
  • You’ll have to shop in person: Atlanta Ballet‘s Michael C. Carlos Dance Center, 695 Marietta Blvd. N.W., Atlanta, Ga., 30318. 404.873.5811, Ext. 10. Outposts in Buckhead and Marietta.



This Woodruff Arts Center shop should be music to your ears. It stocks a wide selection of the orchestra’s CDs plus all sorts of music-themed goodies.

  • Try these: A violin-shaped serving/cutting board, plates decorated with musical notes and framed vintage music flash cards.
  • Online: Click HERE.
  • In person: 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404.733.5000.



Give a kid a dinosaur toy, science kit or stuffed animal. There’s also jewelry and . IMAX DVDs.

  • For her: Colorful clutch purses.
  • For fun: A digital clock that runs on water.
  • Shop in person: 767 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30307. 404.929.6300.



The Atlanta Opera offers gift certificates for its 2014 season, which continues with Faust (in March) and the Barber of Seville (in April). Certificates are available in any amount. To buy: 404-881-8885.

Woodruff Arts Center gift cards can be used at the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony, the High Museum and for programming by Young Audiences (and at all Woodruff gift shops and restaurants).

  • Buy in person: At the Woodruff Arts Center box office, the 14th Street Playhouse, and the ASO and High Museum gift shops.
  • By phone: 404.733.5000.
  • Online: Click HERE.

Finally, see the city with the Atlanta CityPASS ($74 adults, $54 children), a booklet of admission tickets to five attractions and a way to avoid lines at some of them. The pass includes the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and CNN plus either the High Museum or Fernbank Museum, and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center. Passes are valid nine days from the first day of use. You’ll save about $50 per person.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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