These local stocking stuffers are 2022’s ultimate gift for creatives—shop now


Rocking commemorative t-shirts from the Thornton Dial: I, Too, Am Alabama AEIVA exhibition. (Alys Stephens Center)

Wondering what you’ll fill those holiday stockings with this year? The perfect gifts are just a click away. Forget trinkets that will never be used—give your loved ones something they’ll remember and cherish with these stocking stuffer experiences from Alys Stephens Center (ASC). Find out what’s available below.

1. For the music fan

Patti LaBelle
Don’t miss Patti LaBelle live at the Alys Stephens Center. (Alys Stephens Center)

Everyone remembers their first concert experience. This year, give the gift of unforgettable live music with tickets to one of ASC’s upcoming shows to see mind-blowing artists like:

  • Patti LaBelle
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Sheila E
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • And more!

Don’t forget the kids! Disney’s Winnie the Pooh takes to the ASC stage in January, plus many more shows that will entertain the whole family.

View ASC’s event lineup + purchase tickets.

2. For creatives who have it all

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A must-have this holiday season. (Alys Stephens Center)

Shopping for the person who has everything doesn’t have to be difficult. For your creative friends and family, art is one gift they’ll never get enough of. This holiday season, you’ll find just the right gift from the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA). 

Since 2014, AEIVA has engaged the Birmingham community with transformative and challenging exhibits from some of the most brilliant contemporary artists both past and present. 

Check out these AEIVA gift ideas:

1. Art Books

This year, give your imaginative pal a one-of-a-kind book detailing a past AEIVA exhibit where they can step into an artist’s shoes and see their art from a new perspective. Preview and pre-order the books below:

A must-have t-shirt from the Thornton Dial: I, Too, Am Alabama exhibition. (Alys Stephens Center)

2. Commemorative T-Shirts or Book

You can also gift a commemorative T-shirt or book from AEIVA’s latest exhibition Thornton Dial: I, Too, Am Alabama. This incredible exhibit spans the life’s work of prominent southern artist Thornton Dial, including many works that have never been exhibited or published before. 

Psst! Thornton Dial: I, Too, Am Alabama runs until December 9, so grab a friend and see it in person while you can. 

Find more AEIVA Gifts.

3. For artists of all ages + interests

Give the gift of art with gift certificates to ArtPlay. (ArtPlay / Facebook)

Seeking an inspiring gift for the artist in your life? There’s no better choice than an ArtPlay Community Education Gift Certificate.

ArtPlay is a special community venue in Birmingham’s Southside that provides quality art programming for all ages and interests. From acting and dance to visual arts, there’s something for everyone.

Perfect for friends and family members that have been wanting to take up acting, singing, painting and more, this gift will allow them to explore their unique talents.

Learn more and purchase an ArtPlay Gift Certificate.

4. For your BFF

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The ultimate book for the ultimate bestie. (UAB Marketplace)

For the friend who’s the Thelma to your Louise, gift them Academy Award winner Geena Davis’s latest memoir, Dying of Politeness.

On November 10, Davis visited the ASC for an inspiring evening to discuss her career, nonprofit and latest memoir. Though the event has passed, the book is still available to gift to a friend this holiday season.

Here’s a peek at what the book is all about: “From two-time Academy Award winner and screen icon Geena Davis, the surprising tale of her ‘journey to badassery’—from her epically polite childhood to roles that loaned her the strength to become a powerhouse in Hollywood.”

Purchase Geena Davis’s memoir, Dying of Politeness.

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