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Four Eye-Catching Gift Ideas For the Art Aficionado In Your Life

Welcome to Racked LA's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! Now through December 18th, we're highlighting specific gift ideas for the very specific giftees on your holiday shopping list. Bonus: all items are available at LA's coolest stores right, this second.

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You know that loved one who was first in line to check out the new Broad Museum? The one who always seems to have a plethora of cool coffee tables books in rotation and who uses an aesthetically discerning eye for even the functional items they keep around their space? We've pinpointed the perfect location to get the kind of gifts they're craving to expertly curate their home.

The new home of A+D Museum in the Arts District also boasts boutique As of Now, which stocks gallery-worthy wares like handmade ceramics, eclectic textiles, sleek jewelry designs, and mod furniture. We rounded up a few whimsical and inspired gift ideas from the store that will surely up your giftee's design game.

A Colorful Light Catcher

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Debbie Bean stained glass triangle, $48

Debbie Bean's stunning stained glass pieces give a modern aesthetic to an old-school process. These geometric wall-hangings (which could totally be used as artsy ornaments, too) vibe us Mondrian vibes, but in a pretty, pastel palette.

Handy Holder

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Martina Thornhill hand incense burner, $40

The perfect marriage of whimsy and function, this cool incense holder will make your giftee so psyched to bust out the nag champa. The Pop Art inspired piece is sure to be a conversation topic when guests are over.

A Nod to Mod

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Areaware "Table Tiles" coasters, $18

These cool coasters are almost too attractive to set your cocktails on. When your recipient keeps these out during a holiday soiree, guests won't be able to stop creating artsy, Frank Stella-esque arrangements.

Cool Coffee Table Book

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Louise Sandhaus "Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design," $55

A truly cool coffee table book won't just sit there; it's loaded with eye-candy that visitors can't wait to flip through. Enter this colorful design text, which is equally appealing in its neon exterior as its content—dynamic, modern, California design curated by author/designer Louise Sandhaus. Therefore you can, in fact, judge this book by its cover.