Holiday gift guide: Go artsy at Tampa Bay’s many museum stores

Sunday is Museum Store Sunday, with discounts on everything from ornaments to local art to high-end jewelry to handbags.

Since Tampa Bay is so rich with art museums, why not do your holiday shopping in a museum store? They’re a great resource for unusual gifts, art, jewelry, books and holiday decor. Plus, Sunday is the international shopping holiday Museum Store Sunday, so there will be plenty of discounts to score. And while you don’t have to pay admission to visit the shops, make a day of it and look at some art.

THE JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN AND WILDLIFE ART

150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.

Museum Store Day deal: Free doughnuts, pastries and coffee.

Handcrafted flutes: Musicians will appreciate the fine tuning of the instruments in maple or cherry by Chippewa artist Tim Blueflint.

Hand-carved fetishes: Crafted by Todd Westika of the Zuni tribe, who studied geological engineering and imbues good thoughts into the fetishes, believed to have a spirit.

Handcrafted flutes in maple or cherry by Chippewa artist Tim Blueflint, $330-$880; hand-carved fetishes by Todd Westika of the Zuni tribe, $45-$170. [Courtesy of the James Museum]

Pottery: These original pots by Santa Clara Pueblo potter Gwen Tafoya are decorated with excised floral designs and studded with genuine turquoise.

One-of-a-kind pieces by Santa Clara Pueblo potter Gwen Tafoya, $825-$1,300. [Courtesy of the James Museum]

Native American crafts: From dream catchers to hand-thrown pottery to artifact re-creations, the store stocks a wide selection of items created by Native American craftspeople.

A selection of items created by Native American craftspeople. From dream catchers to hand-thrown pottery to artifact recreations, $4.95-$74.95. [Courtesy of the James Museum]

Authentic Western hats: Men and women can don the woven straw hats, perfect for Florida’s climate.

Sterling and turquoise bracelet: Made with imported Golden Hill turquoise, this chunky piece serves natural flair.

Exclusive tote bag: Featuring the image of Billy Schenck’s painting Oh You Want to See My Guns, on display in the museum, this bag is wearable art.

Authentic Western hats of woven straw for men and women, $37.95-$80; sterling and turquoise bracelet, $825; exclusive tote bag featuring the art of Billy Schenck, $27.95. [Courtesy of the James Museum]

Handcrafted ornaments: Using a cactus as a Christmas tree is a unique way to showcase the colorful baubles.

Handcrafted ornaments, $10–$17.95. [Courtesy of the James Museum]

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