This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Met Store for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.
Like most New Yorkers, I have a special place in my heart for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've been going since I was 14 and it never gets old. We easily spend hours every month or so going through each exhibit and wandering the iconic grounds. 


This season I'm partnering with The Met Store to share some of my favorite gifting picks that are a just unusual enough to be interesting AND under $100. So, getting creative with your gift options this year doesn't have to break the bank and, Spoiler Alert: most items are under $50...

Before we talk about the gifts, I want to put a spotlight on one of my favorite things about purchasing gifts from The Met Store. All purchases support the museum's collection, study, conservation and preservation of 5,000 years of art. So, it's a win, win snagging some gifts the holiday season and supporting one of the most iconic museums in the world. 

Fact: We grew up with The Met Store gifts from my grandmother. Every year we got umbrellas, tote bags and calendars. Since then they've added to their inventory and have tons of options for all ages. It's become a one-stop destination for gifting...
Six Creative Gift Ideas For All Ages From The Met Store 
 This is an excellent gift that I highly recommend for kids under two, especially if they enjoy making noise- er, music. It's not battery powered or electric so you have to use the 6 musical elements to make noise. It's basically a percussion instrument in the shape of a guitar, and the noise is super moderate which is amazing on my ears. Indy saw this while I was wrapping it and immediately reached for it so I had to let him have it, he's barely put it down since. It a step outside the battery-powered toys box and lets kids explore the different sounds and noises. 

This on the other hand, uses batteries. It is a great tool for beginner keyboard and piano players. We have super limited space and don't have room for a full-size keyboard so this totally fits the bill with 49 standard keys, a record button with metronome and different tones like: clarinet, violin, vibraphone, orchestra and more. When your 'concert' is through, roll it up and store!

If you have kids between the ages of 5-15 chances are Legos are on their Christmas list. While I'm all for building Legos, some of the sets these days are over the top story-specific, and the boys end up breaking them down after a week to build something on their own. So, this Lego Chain Reaction book is the perfect gift for creative minds that want to step outside the box and create, rearrange, connect and experiment over and over again. 80-pages and 33 Lego pieces for hours of fun...

What do you get the art lover that basically has it all? Ornaments. I already had a couple of the larger versions hanging on my tree (that the kids LOVE) from a friend who purchased them from The Met Store a few years back. A colorful set of the miniature versions turned out to be the perfect fit. They have several different types of Christmas ornaments and ornament sets for everyone's different aesthetics, check them out here. 

When art meets fashion. I love a printed scarf and I had to wrap this silk beauty up for myself after spotting my favorite tree, Magnolias. Even better, it was adapted from Louis C. Tiffany's 5-paneled window design on 72nd and Madison. More scarves and shawls.

Aside from my other picks, The Met Store also has gorgeous jewelry options for just about every budget. This gorgeous set of Roman Carnelian drop earrings take their unusual design from a beautiful pair of ancient earrings in The Met collection from the second century A.D or later in Rome. 
 Also, check out The Met Store's gift guide.

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