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There’s Nothing Sweeter than a Valentine’s Day Gift from the Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

(Detroit) —For those who are looking for something other than candy and flowers to give their Valentine this year, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) makes it easy. The museum’s gift shop carries a variety of Valentine’s Day gifts to make any sweetheart happy, in a range of prices. DIA members receive a 10% discount, and items can also be ordered online at or by calling 313-833-7948.

Among the items offered:

Heart Shaped Mug by Miriam Mirri

A sweet, steaming bone china cup offered from the heart. $28.

Heart Shaped Spoon by Miriam Mirri


This long-handled stainless steel spoon is perfect for stirring a drink or eating ice cream with your Valentine. $9. 

Pewabic Heart Cut-Out Tile

Show your affection with this beautiful tile from Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery. $30.

Love Letters: 2,000 Years of Romance

Handwritten letters facilitated some of the most intimate exchanges between lovers. Edited by Andrea Clarke, curator of early modern historical manuscripts at the British Library, Love Letters contains missives dating from 168 BCE to ca. 1980, and features images and transcriptions of each letter. Among them is the oldest Valentine, written by Margery Brews to John Paston III, in February 1477. $16.95

Change of Heart Mini Purse

This charming change purse made of lamb’s wool from Nepal comes in in three color combinations: Red/White Heart, White/Red Heart, Pink/White Heart. $14.

Lovebirds Tile

This tile, handcrafted by artisans at Ann Arbor’s Motawi Tileworks, is perfect for Valentine’s Day lovebirds. $55.

Glass Heart - Meadow Blue

Robert Held’s designs, from the Robert Held glass studio in Vancouver,  are inspired by artists such as Monet, Klimt,
and Tiffany. $55.

The Kiss: A Celebration of Love in Art

More than 130 of the greatest depictions of the kiss in art are accompanied by insightful commentary. Spanning the ages and the globe, this book explores the emphasis placed by certain cultures and artists on "the meeting of lips." $45.

The Kiss Sculpture (Mini)

This reproduction of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss is cast from a resin and plaster composition. 6"h x 3 1/4"w. $55.

ED. NOTE: High-res images of some of the items are available upon request.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact:       Pamela Marcil           313-833-7899