'Tis the season to be giving, but with everyone on the hunt for amazing presents, it can be hard to find unique and fun gifts for your loved ones. However, with innovative alumni that are continually working and creating exciting and one-of-a-kind products, the SVA community is the perfect source for gifts that will excite everyone. With items ranging from clothing and music to skin care products and games, our list of 12 cool and captivating alumni-made creations is sure to help you find gifts that you will be happy to give (and receive) this holiday season.
Figa Pendant by Emily Langmade (MFA 2013 Fine Arts), $60.
Featuring a Figa charm known for its good luck in the Mediterranean, this amulet, strung on a 24" chain, develops a lustrous patina over time that only adds to its old-world appeal.
Keith Haring X AO Whitney Tote by Alice and Olivia in collaboration with Keith Haring (BFA 2000 Fine Arts), $450.
This colorful tote, with Keith Haring's signature kinetic graphics applied to the sturdy and stylish design of AO Whitney, is the perfect mixture of art and fashion.
OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes by Capybara Games in collaboration with Ian Jones-Quartey (BFA 2006 Animation), $20.
Complete quests, unlock new moves, and build up your card collection with this action-adventure video game. Starring the eager young hero, K.O., from the hit Cartoon Network show, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes by SVA alumnus Ian Jones-Quartey, this game will entertain from beginning to end.
Pencils of Promise GUESS watch, design by BFA Design faculty member Timothy Goodman (BFA 2007 Graphic Design), $75
This year, Timothy Goodman designed a special-edition GUESS watch that fuses fashion and philanthropy, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pencils of Promise, an organization that aims to increase access to quality education for children in the developing world.
Even Keel oil burner set by En Q. Tsao (BFA 2011 Graphic Design), $48.
Relax with the therapeutic aromas from this oil burner set that includes a wood burner with a ceramic dish and a set of four soy essential oil melts. Not only does this burner benefit your body with its healing properties, it also produces zero waste.
Steven Universe 4 x 10" Vinyl Set by Rebecca Sugar (BFA 2009 Animation), $49.99.
Fans of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe will love this collectible set of the show's entire Volume One soundtrack—and other upbeat, inspiring tracks—all pressed into colorful, old-school vinyl.
Canal Street Counterfeit thinking caps by Eric Pérez and Nikolai Shorr (BFA 2009 Graphic Design and BFA 2011 Advertising), $30.
From apparel to posters and pins, Canal Street Counterfeit creates products that exude a cool downtown vibe.
Moonlight Herbal Tea by Briana Thornton (BFA 2013 Photography), from $2.50.
Ideal for your tea-loving friend, Aesthete Tea's products are sourced naturally from farms around the world and blended locally, staying true to the company's mission to bring authenticity to contemporary tea lovers.
"Reclaiming My Time" by Gail Anderson (BFA 1984 Media Arts), starting $60.
Coming in three different sizes—14" x 11", 20" x 16" and 30" x 24"—this poster combines the inspirational words of Congresswoman Maxine Waters and the unique design of Gail Anderson to re-emphasize the idea of speaking up for what you believe in and making sure your voice is heard.
Red Bee Single Origin Honey by Carla Marina Marchese (BFA 1988 Media Arts), $8 – $12
Give the gift of sweetness to your loved ones this holiday with Carla Marina Marchese's honey. Each jar has a unique flavor profile determined by the type of flowers visited by the honeybees, including varieties like blueberry blossom, coriander, honeydew and red currant.
Aïda Ruilova Crew Sweatshirt by Aïda Ruilova (MFA 1999 Photography and Related Media), $95.
With proceeds from sales going to the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization intent on improving society's response to sexual assault and domestic violence, this crew sweatshirt made out of 100% recycled cotton is both a gift for your loved one and a helping hand to others.
Outside In directed and co- written by Lynn Shelton (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media), DVD, $19.99.
This moving film, directed and co-written by SVA alumnus Lynn Shelton, explores the life-altering relationship between a young man returning home after serving a prison sentence and his former high school teacher, who urged for his early release.