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When our initial write-up on holiday gifts from the museum gift shop ran earlier this month, we received a comment pointing out a glaring omission:

"Why on earth is there no mention of the [Contemporary Art Museum, Houston] gift shop in this article? It's the best place in Houston to buy gifts, at a good price, for pretty much everyone on your list. It's a tiny footprint under the stairs of the museum, but it has a fantastic selection of really awesome stuff."

Point taken. We contacted Sue Pruden, Museum Store Manager/Buyer at the CAMH Shop to find out what's hot this season. A few of her recommendations featured after the jump.

I Design Plastic Purses: $89 We love this Me' Dusa for I Design, half moon-style purse. Founded in 2002, I Design is a gateway to up and coming designers in Israel, a rising star in the world of fashion and design.

Emerson Doll House by Brinca Dada: $329 (House), $219 (furniture) While it could be a model for your dream home ("With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. Extras including mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, solar panels, and recessed LED lights"), the Emerson House is a dollhouse, created for "fun-minded kids with design-minded parents."

If you think that's wild, check out the Bennett House.

Buddha Board: $33 Based on the Zen concept of living in the moment (it's a present for the present). Paint on the board's special surface with water. As the water evaporates, so does your design "leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind." Ommmmm...

Bucky Balls $29.99 "The magnetic desk toy you can't put down." Each set consists of 216 rare earth magnets that can be shaped, molded, torn apart and snapped together in unlimited ways. Added bonus: unlimited capacity for inappropriate interactions between coworkers. "Bob, are you playing with my balls again?"

Nesting Bowls: $32 From the award winning design team Joseph Joseph, this colorful set includes mixing bowls, measuring spoons, a sieve, strainer and juicer, all stacked neatly together. The ultimate in space-saving kitchenware.

(Academy Award winning sound designer Per Hallberg (



The Bourne Ultimatum

) talks about the technology behind the Geneva sound system.)

Geneva Sound System Model S: $299 The smallest Hi-Fi system in the Geneva family, the Model S includes an iPod/iPhone dock, FM radio, four 25-watt speakers, programmable alarm clock, and amplifier all incorporated into one sleek module. "It's absolutely delightful - so beautiful, and manufactured to such a sublime standard, that I just wanted to stroke it, let alone listen to its precise Swiss sound." - Financial Times. Available in black, white, or red.

Box Appétit Bento Boxes from Black + Blum: $19.95 - $22 Be the envy of your office lounge. The Box Appétit features a glass-like lid that locks to the body for a water-tight seal and has an ingenious sauce-dipping area (great for sushi lovers), a sauce pot for salad dressing or ketchup, utensils and an inner dish to divide food items. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

For more information on the Museum Shop at the CAMH call 713-284-8272.

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