GIFTS FOR CREATIVE TYPES
Lee Friedlander: America By Car
Fine art photograph by Bert Teunissen
We know that artwork is a tricky thing to give -- what you find spectacular others may only find so-so -- but even the most timid gift-givers have to admit that it's hard to go wrong with fine art photographs starting at just $20. Besides, we don't know of anyone on our list who couldn't use a boost in their taste level.
Sara Ray's 'The Trouble With Zombies'Art by Sara Ray
But perhaps classy black-and-white photography isn't your thing. Maybe you want to give the folks on your list something a little...well, trashier. We suggest paying a visit to Sara Ray Studios. Not only does Ms. Ray crank out some badass custom paint jobs for motorcycles and guitars, but she's also fond of canvases. Her self-described "lowbrow" posters are totally affordable and hearken back to the days of 1950s pinups, with a few zombies thrown in amongst the bad girls and hot rods. (Yes, as a matter of fact, she is from Southern California. How'd you guess?)
Sara Ray's 'The Trouble With Zombies'
Nissan Graphics Cube - order printoutCustom graphics
These days, many automakers are targeting Generation Y, and the one thing that demographic seems to want -- apart from kickin' stereos, telematics systems, and in-car internet -- is custom graphics. Of course, that sort of thing has been available from aftermarket providers for decades, but recently, automakers themselves have joined the fray. Check the offerings from Nissan and Ford for starters, and if you need more ideas, try third parties like DecalDriveway. (Just don't whip out the airbrush and try doing it yourself. Take our word for it.)
Nissan Graphics Cube - order printout