December 17, 2018

OMCA’s Five Fave Holiday Gifts

The OMCA Store is your one-stop shop for holiday shopping this season!

by OMCA Staff

From housewares and handcrafted ornaments to books and locally made crafts, the OMCA Store is your one-stop shop for holiday shopping this season! Here are our five favorite gifts for the entire family.


1. Museum Membership

Looking for a gift for the whole family? Give the gift of Membership! Members can visit for free, bring guests, enjoy discounts at the Store and Blue Oak cafe, and even preview exhibitions before they open to the public.




2. House of Cards

Let your inner child loose and build towering structures with  House of Cards, originally designed by Charles Eames. Each card has a unique photograph that showcases the beauty of everyday objects, along with six slots that enable the player to interlock the cards and build structures of many different shapes and sizes. Visit The World of Charles and Ray Eames to see this innovative toy in action and learn more about the dynamic duo behind it.








3. Dinosaur ornaments

Have a dino-mite holiday with these handcrafted dinosaur ornaments inspired by Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline, now on view in the Gallery of California Art. Choose from a stegosaurus, pterodactyl, triceratops, sauropod, or T-rex and make your holiday roar.






4. Apron in a Pie Dish

Bake in style with our Apron in a Pie Dish gift set. Complete with a farm stand-inspired apron and a 9” pie tin, this gift doubles as the perfect pair of accessories to help complete your holiday dessert menu. Grab this gift set for yourself or the baker in your life, and learn what motivates Oaklanders to grow their own food in Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, now on view in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences.







5. OMCA Spice Mix Duo

Spice up your holiday with our Spice Mix Duo made exclusively for OMCA by the Oaktown Spice Shop. Each set comes in eco-friendly packaging with bay leaves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg for extra holiday cheer.






Bonus: White Elephant Preview Sale tickets

For the shopper who wants to pick their own gift, grab tickets to the White Elephant Preview Sale on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The Sale features an extensive array of quality used men's, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment and more. Save when you buy tickets online.




For more holiday gift ideas, visit the OMCA store at

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