Professional Practice

A Holiday Gift Guide from AOEU

To help celebrate all the hard work of this roller coaster of a school year we asked some of our own AOEU team what was on their list for this holiday season. Their requests couldn’t have come at a better time, right when we are getting ready to treat ourselves and those we love. So, whether you are sentimental, quirky-colorful, or practical in your gift-giving or receiving something in this guide will certainly hit the mark.

Nic Hahn

Josie Lewis Puzzle
“A Josie Lewis Puzzle is a perfect quarantine Christmas gift.” – Nic Hahn

Abby Schukei

Tee Shirt
“These shirts from Art Day Designs are made by an elementary art teacher and are fun and festive. They are perfect for any art teacher!”- Abby Schukei

50 Women in Art Book
“I love this book by Rachel Ignotofsky.” – Abby Schukei

CJ Marcolini

Morphe X Lisa Frank 35B By Lisa Frank Artistry Palette
“I can’t be the only one who thinks art teachers would appreciate this Lisa Frank inspired collab with Morphe.” – Chirsty Jo Marcolini

Amanda Heyn


Jumping Point Calendar
“MOMA has such fun stuff!” – Amanda Heyn

Tim Bogatz

The Grand Museum of Art – Second Edition
“For all the art history nerds out there, this game is perfect! It combines board games, museums, art history, and trivia. What more could you need?” – Tim Bogatz

Famous Painting Patterned Art Socks
“Who wouldn’t love art socks?” – Ashley Quam

Catie Nassar

Art Subscription Box
“I have had an art supply subscription box on my list for a few years. Who wouldn’t feel inspired to create with brand new art tools!” – Catie Nasser

Alyson Pouls

Not Paint Water Coffee Mug
“This might help the mix-ups that often happen when we paint!” – Alyson Pouls

Jordan DeWilde

Keith Haring Surface Decals
“They’re perfect for classroom tables, art on a cart, or in your new teach-from-home area!” – Jordan DeWilde 

Megan Dehner

Of Unusual Kind Paper Dolls
“These little beauties are creative, nostalgic, and so fun! I bought some for my daughter and myself.” – Megan Dehner

Sarah Krajewski

Unique Cardboard Sculptures
“Literally annnnything from this shop! Such cool cardboard sculptures!” – Sarah Krajewski

These are just some unique ideas for you and your favorite people on your list. As art educators, you give all year long, we wish you a happy holiday season of sharing and creating with those you love.

What do you plan to give yourself for the holidays this year? 

What kinds of artsy gifts are your favorites to share? 

Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.


Megan Dehner

Megan Dehner, an art and Spanish language educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She believes in empowering art teachers with resources and knowledge to overcome barriers students may face in the art room.

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