It might be enough that purchasing gifts from shops like the inventive Gateway Arts store in Brookline Village, Massachusetts, is essentially giving twice: once to the receiver of the gift, and once to the maker of the gift who keeps 50 percent of the sale price. Gateway’s artists, who deal with diverse challenges ranging from psychiatric illnesses to spectrum disorders, work in paint, clay, jewelry, and textiles, and this year, we are cheering about their gift to thrifty shoppers who want unique, high-quality, fun, usable presents under the tree — for less than $30.
For art lovers and lovers of brain-teasing puzzles, Gateway has turned the intricate artwork of Rebecca Levy into a 500 piece puzzle (pictured above) that the whole family can work on — all year. $25.
Make a statement about the state of the throwaway world with artwork by Larry Edmiston silk-screened onto at T-shirt. Shown in white with V-neck, also available in heather gray and crew neck in sizes S, M, L, XL. $22.
Kids love art too, even babies, so outfit the little ones in 100 percent cotton Cow Baby Ts adorned with artwork by Melissa Shamfield. Available Sizes: 6M, 12M, 18M, 24M. $12. (Gateway also has some fun onesies for $18)
And don’t forget the tree, or your neighbor’s tree when you head over to that holiday open house. Cats Ornament is a two-sided glass ornament featuring two cat portraits by the late Bohill Wong. It is 3½ inches in diameter and $10.
Gateway's Gallery and Store is located at 60-62 Harvard Street in Brookline. 617-734-1577; gatewayarts.org.
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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.
Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.
Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.
Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.
Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.
Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.