Friday, December 3, 2010

Great Gifts: Anna's Picks

As Anna walks around on the Tenement Museum Shop floor, she stops briefly to watch two teenage girls giggling at a noisemaking animal keychain. But she barely breaks focus while she travels to each section of the store and points out her favorite books, calendars and jewelry.

"The shop is cultivated in a way that's easy to go through," Anna says. But if any visitor needs help, she and the rest of the shop staff are ready with suggestions. "We know the shop really well," she says.

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman $25.99
Jane Ziegelman's book is a culinary history of the families who lived in the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. "You learn about the families through their food," Anna says. The book just came out this summer, and Anna says it has inspired many people to visit the Museum. It's a must read for anyone interested in food on a cultural level.
Ms. Food Face Plate $13.95

Ms. Food Face seems like a regular plate, except it's decorated with a bald-headed woman. The blank face is a canvas for kids to play with their food, creating luxurious locks of mashed potato hair, carrot stick eye brows, etc. "Maybe kids will actually eat their food," says Anna.
Computer Keyboard Bag $39.95

The Tenement Museum has a "Go Green" section with beautiful things made from recycled items, like jewelry boxes covered in recycled glass pieces, coasters made out of buttons, and picture frames adorned with typewriter keys. Anna says the entire section is a big hit with women, especially the messenger-style bags made out of computer keyboards.

Postcards from Penguin $25.00

These postcards are perfect for any reader or fan of words. Each card in this box of 100 is a different cover of a classic Penguin Paperback, with titles by Virginia Woolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald, crime stories, and even a handbook about feeding poultry and rabbits. Anna says she saw these last year in England and was really excited when the Shop started carrying them.

All of these and more can be yours... pay us a visit (Mon-Sun, 10 am - 6 pm) or call to order, 212-982-8420. Support local business and your museum shops this holiday season!- Posted by Kiley Edgley

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