Last Minute Gifts Under $50

If your budget hasn’t allowed you to do too much holiday shopping yet, it’s not too late to squeeze in some last minute shopping at some very affordable prices.  Whether you are looking for an animal lover or someone with a little knight in them, we have a huge selection of unique gifts that are still available to ensure they arrive on time.  Here are some ideas for gifts under $50 that will be sure to get your gift giving inspiration rolling.

The Meerkat Clan StatueOur Meerkat statue selection is adored by all of our customers and you can see why these cute creatures are among our top rated ones as well.  You may want to get the animal lover on your list something as unique as the Meerkat Clan Statue.  These creatures will delight any indoor or outdoor space and will be cherished by any family on your list.

Gothic decor can be a truly inspirational gift as well, and whether you are thinking of knight statues or something more gargoyle, your imagination is your only limit with our huge selection.  Our Arthurian Knight Bookends will be the perfect gift for the booklover on your list that already has everything!

These last minute gifts are just a few ideas to get you started.  Browse our huge selection of medieval and Egyptian decor or garden statues in our gift categories under $50 for every budget!

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Indoor Statues Now Reduced!!

Venus of Arles SculptureWhen it comes to home decorating, deciding what to do and where to do it can be a challenge.  If you have all of the furniture pieces that you need but still want to add a little something to a room here or there, you may want to consider adding an indoor statue in one or more of your rooms.  Indoor statues serve as great decorations and are a unique twist to standard art.  Browse our huge selection of indoor statues today, as many of them are already reduced and you can take advantage of our huge sale right now as well!

Whether you are thinking Egyptian home decor or medieval home decor, or maybe even a little bit of both, our indoor statue selection has something for everybody in every budget.  If you need to add a little bit of attitude to one of your rooms, our Oscar, the Gargoyle with Attitude sculpture will do just that.  Place this feisty creature in a room with one of our knight statues and you are all set for a completely transformed room on a great budget.

Or perhaps you would like to finally partake in your taste in the Greek and Roman gods.  If so, you will love our Venus of Arles Sculpture that embodies one of the most world famous images of Venus for less than $100.

As well, in addition to many of our indoor statues already being reduced, if you buy today, December 27th, you can still take advantage of our 20% off ALL items on a sale that ends today, so hurry!

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More Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas Under $25

Gaston, the Gothic Gargoyle Computer ClimberWhen it comes time to think of stocking stuffers, we always think of the same old same old.  This year, amp up Santa’s creativity a notch by giving some of the most unique stocking stuffers ever.  You don’t need to break the bank to give something truly different and add a touch of style to every stocking.

Egyptian home decor is increasing in popularity, and putting an Egyptian touch into any stocking will surely add a sense of royalty to the gift giving season.  Our stunning Egyptian Pharaoh Pen Vessel is exquisitely crafted with the hieroglyphics of the Egyptian time, and a perfect stocking stuffer for the business person on your list.

Gargoyle gifts as well are an adorable accent to any home, and sure to be loved by whomever you choose to give one to.  An adorable little gargoyle computer climber or a mini gargoyle sculpture fits perfectly into any sized stocking and will definitely guarantee a smile.

Knight statues as well always make for stunning gifts, and add a sense of royalty and pomp to any home they are found in. You don’t have to purchase a whole statue to make the same statement though. Something as unique as our Shield Battle Armour Pen will be a great token of affection to the knight in shining armour on your list.

Try something new this year and go medieval or Egyptian when you are stuffing your holiday stockings.  With our Cyber 3 Day Sale and 20% OFF Everything, you can’t lose with these unique choices!  Hurry!  Expires Wednesday 11/30/11!

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Unique Gothic Gift Ideas for Him

Knights of Blenheim Palace: Silver Knight SculptureWhen it comes to buying holiday gifts for him, it can be a very difficult task.  It seems that most men are caught up in the technology age, and this can make it very easy to get the man on your list something that somebody else already has.  This year, celebrate the man who has everything by going Gothic in your gift giving ideas.  Here are a few ideas to get you started, all under $50 and eligible for our 20% sale going on right now!

There is no better way to let a man know what he means to you than through knight statues that symbolize his presence in your life.  Our Knights of Bethlehem is just the perfect token to say just that, and comes in a variety of sizes to meet any budget.

Gargoyle gifts are not only cute and clever, they also embody the masculine energy in any home.  As gargoyles serve to protect, the man on your list will love a majestic gargoyle that will protect the home when he’s not able to.  Try something as unique as our Poison Pen Gargoyle set for less than $10!

If you choose to give the gift of Gothic decor for the favorite man on your list this season, there are a number of ways to do so without spending a regal budget.  Try something truly unique this year and go Gothic, it will be a gift that will always be remembered and cherished.

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A Medieval Figure Represents Royalty

Medieval Norman Warriors Sculptures: OdoWhen people think of the medieval era in terms of decor, the image quickly conjured is often one that is dark and foreboding.  Although medieval home decor can certainly go that way, it doesn’t necessarily have to.  Whether you are choosing knight statues or a simple Gothic centerpiece, a medieval figure in your home is one that represents an element of royalty, and will add an instant regal touch to any space in your home.

Another common misconception about the medieval era, is that its decor today is not affordable.  There is simply nothing further from the truth.  The simple addition of something such as our Norman Warrior sculpture makes the perfect holiday gift for someone who needs a little sprucing in their home, or could simply add a protective ambiance in your own home wherever you choose to put it.

Gargoyle figurines are another way to add a medieval touch to your space without going to dark extremes.  A long time symbol of strength and protection, something as simple as our Medieval Marauder gargoyle will make just the statement you want in any entrance of your home.

If you like the Medieval touch, you can add it to your home without spending a fortune while still adding a little something extra that spells royalty.  Whether it is a gargoyle protector or a knight in shining armour, the list is limitless.

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Choosing Stocking Stuffers That Nobody Else Will Think Of

When it comes to stocking stuffers, it is so easy to get the same old thing that everybody else is getting.  Who doesn’t load up on chocolate and gift cards when it comes time to grabbing those last minute gifts that go into the stockings?  While everybody certainly loves those gifts, this year, why don’t you do something different and add a little something unique into your stockings this year? Not only will you have your last minute gift grabs purchased well ahead of time, but these ideas will bring smiles that not many other gifts will.

Nobody thinks to inject Egyptian home décor into their stocking stuffers, which gives you all the more reason to start the trend yourself.  Something like our Egyptian home journal will be a truly unique item that you can rest assured nobody else will put into that stocking.

The Picc-a-Dilly Gargoyle Sculpture Set - SmallA small gargoyle sculpture or one of our knight statues will also accomplish the same goals of a unique stocking stuffer that is sure to be remembered.  Our Picc-A-Dilly gargoyle set is one that will have your recipient laughing for days after they open it.

When it comes to stocking stuffers, it is easy to get caught up in the same old thing every year.  But why not choose one of our unique items for the same amount of money that you would spend otherwise?  Gargoyles and knight items are popular all year round, and will last much longer in any home than holiday chocolate stuffed at the last minute will.

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Bring Royalty Into Your Home Medieval Style

With everyone still recalling epic moments in the Royal Wedding this year, an advent in royal themed home decor has begun.  If you have always wanted to have a touch of royalty in your home, but thought you could never afford it, you may want to think again.  Our selection of medieval home decor will allow you to jump on the Royal bandwagon, and put a little touch of royal into the castle you call home. Here are some suggestions on just how to do that.

There simply is no other way to invest royalty into your home other than through a throne in itself.  If however a throne is not exactly your style, you can still inject some royalty through one of our gorgeous knight statues in your entrance way, as this will surely delight any visitors into your home of the royalty that lie within.

Nightfall Sculptural Gargoyle ChandelierA gargoyle sculpture or chandelier is another way to embody the sense of royalty that pervaded the medieval era.  This distinctive symbol certainly makes a royal statement without saying a word in the most subtle of ways.

If you loved the Royal Wedding and you love all of the opulence and elegance found in the royal palaces, there is no reason at all that you can’t have it yourself.  Choose from our unique selections of medieval items, knight items, or Gothic and gargoyle pieces that will allow you to create your own personal royal touch in your castle.

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How to Honor the Knight in Shining Armour on Your List

Lord Langton's Castle Glass-Topped Sculptural TableIf you have a knight in shining armour on your holiday gift giving list this year, you will want to honor him in style.  When it comes to gift giving for that special man in your life, it can be so difficult to find just the right thing.  How do you choose a gift that nobody else will give him, and that he doesn’t already own?  Here we give you some truly unique ideas that we guarantee you will simply not already be found in his favorite man cave.

Knight statues are the perfect way to show him just what a knight in shining armour you think he is.  As well, if you want to spruce up that man cave a little bit, what better way to do so than a table in medieval home decor that symbolizes how much he appreciates his own castle domain?

Gargoyle gifts as well are a known symbol from the days of knighthood.  These are symbols that will serve and protect any home, and will be a subtle reminder that as much as you appreciate your knight’s protection, a little gargoyle here or there will let him sleep in peace as well.

When it comes to buying gifts for the special man in your life, our holiday selection ensures that your limit is only your imagination.  We have gifts for knights in every budget and for every title deserving of royalty.

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How the Gothic Era Came to Be

When it comes to the gothic or medieval era in terms of decorating, many people wonder how anyone could find this beautiful in their home.  The truth is that the gothic era was one of the most impressive when it comes to beauty, and it can be replicated in even the most contemporary design themes.  Here we will talk about how the gothic era came to be, and  by doing so illustrate why it is still so popular today.

The Gothic era was all about impressing the audience.  Modern day did not invent the notion of “keeping up with the Joneses” as those in the Gothic era were always trying to one up those in the classes below.  Gothic tables that went above and beyond standard decor themes with intricate detailing and sturdy long lasting structure were used as focal pieces in a room to showcase wealth and stature.

Detest the Rest Gargoyle StatueCathedrals and religious buildings such as churches in the 15th century added to the impressive nature of gothic decor.  Most of the craftsmanship in the 15th century gothic pieces or knight statues would be handled by monks, who would take great care and attention to the intricate detailing of the pieces used for decor purposes.

Because the gothic era spanned almost ten centuries, you have a lot of timeline to play with when incorporating these intricate detailing into your own home. Knights, castles, and gargoyle figurines are all being subtly used today to revive the gothic era in the most elegant of contemporary design.

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Medieval Home Decor Not Nearly as Creepy as it Sounds

Talisman, Gargoyle of the Eclipse StatueWhen you hear the terms gothic and medieval as they relate to home decor, it can be very easy to conjure up dark foreboding images that may not seem relevant in an interior design you are trying to “cheer up”.  However medieval and gothic decor is not nearly as creepy as it sounds, and today we are going to talk about how simple elements like strategically placed gothic tables can add an element of regality to your home without creating a haunted house look.

Decor from the medieval era is gaining popularity as a result of the British Royal Family gaining popularity again in the modern world.  The medieval era took place between the 5th and 15th centuries and was marked by castles, weapons, and gothic art.  The art in this era mixed both Roman and German motifs with gothic figurines and symbols adding religious elements to art decor and interior design.

Today, these symbols can be cleverly implemented into even the most contemporary setting.  If you have a fireplace in your home, the simple addition of knight statues such as our fireplace ensemble can be all you need to add an element of medieval times to your home. 

When it comes to recreating the royal look of the medieval era, you can do so without going overboard.  The simple addition of a table, figurine, or statue is all you need to implement medieval times without becoming a part of the Adams Family.

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Decorating Tips When Incorporating Egyptian Elements

Royal Cartouche Sculptural FriezeIf you are thinking of incorporating some Egyptian elements into your home, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of turning your home into a temple.  Who can resist the gold and splendor of this era?  It’s an easy mistake to make, particularly when faced with such an affordable collection.  Before you turn your home into a shrine for Pharaohs, here are some tips on decorating the Egyptian way in the 21st century.

The easiest way to start with your Egyptian motif is to begin with your accent pieces.  You might be surprised at how easy it is to create an Egyptian design through the simple addition of some Egyptian art such as a wall sculpture or some cleverly placed Egyptian decorations.  It’s easy to fill a room quickly with these masterpieces, but you want to avoid this very thing.  Too many faces or eyes looking down from the wall can make a guest feel slightly claustrophobic.  Simplify with accent pieces against neutral colors to avoid this intense effect.

Another way to incorporate Egyptian into your style without going overboard is to take advantage of the symbolism of the era. You can add a pop of Egyptian symbols in a table runner or with very subtle accents displaying the significance of the symbols from this bygone time.  A touch of regality with some knight statues is a gothic twist on the Egyptian royalty, and will add a quirky element to your design theme.

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Gargoyles and a Reaper in the Bathroom

Grim Reaper Sculptural Bath Tissue TyrantWe are still just a few weeks from Halloween and now when we think of medieval décor we tend to think of things that are not glorious like our knight statues, but are on the creepier side.  Certainly if you are entertaining during this time of year you need to have some representation of the grim reaper in your bathroom!  That’s right, we are proud to present the Grim Reaper Sculptural Bath Tissue Tyrant; finally the reaper has found something constructive to do.  He will stare at your guests from his skull and offer them the necessities from his skeletal hands.

Goliath the Gargoyle SculptureWell nothing says creepy like a gargoyle and we have the best collection of gargoyle figurines around.  Whether for Halloween or as a permanent guy to guard your family room, you can’t go wrong with Goliath the Gargoyle Sculpture. He appears to be napping and his ugly face is at rest, but at about a foot tall and fully detailed this gargoyle is ready to jump to your defense or maybe even at you.

We have all types of furniture in our collections and the favorites with medieval fans are our Gothic tables and other Gothic furniture.  Now, we also have a stunning piece to put on top of these tables and that is the Dark Shadows Gargoyle Sculptural Lamp.  This lamp stands over a foot tall and is a 360 degree sculpture.  The artist has detailed the gargoyle’s wide wings which are wrapped around him and he rises up in great splendor above the bulb.  What a shadow he casts!

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Heraldic Lion, Playful Knight and Fairy Mirror

Now that you have begun your gift shopping, you need to carefully browse our marble busts for sale collection for something unique yet surprisingly affordable.  One such item that is just perfect for your friends or relatives that love heraldry and medieval décor, this is the Heraldic Lion of Chiminees Iron Statue.  The statue created from foundry iron is of the lion of heraldry that appears on so many knights’ shields.  He has a bronze finish and is rearing up on a white marble stand over a foot tall.  This is a beautiful and very affordable gift for anyone.

Twin Fairies Mirrored Wall SculptueWe have more items done in foundry iron that would make wonderful gifts for anyone that loves knight statues.  Right now at a great sale price we have a humorous knight called Elmo the Scowling Italian Knight Authentic Foundry Iron Casting.  Initially he sits on your desk rather like a knight paperweight full of himself and then when you lift his face shield, he gives you a nasty look and has great storage space for your pencils and other desk items.  Have you gotten your boss anything yet?

There are more pieces of wall sculpture on sale now, especially for all the fans of our garden fairy statue.  We have brought some fairies inside and infused them with wonderful colorful wings to create the Twin Fairies Mirrored Wall Sculpture.  The mirror is about 17” tall and is surrounded by two gorgeous intricate fairies on either side.  These fairies have fiery wings that spread out in a glorious frame.  This is a great gift, not too large for anyone and now at just the right price.


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An Evil Scarecrow, Elephant Wall Sculpture and Drago

Harvest of Evil Garden Scarecrow StatueDesign Toscano is the place for extraordinary statues, like our popular Bigfoot statue.  We have just the perfect extraordinary statue for Halloween and fall and that is our Harvest of Evil Garden Scarecrow Statue. Crows will not be the only things frightened when this skeletal guy is raised in your garden.  Standing over 2 ft. tall this scarecrow seems to be a cross between a zombie and a skeleton and he’s never been down the Yellow Brick Road.

There are so many elephant collectors around that we have increased our collection from outdoor elephant statues to some very intriguing indoor statues and wonderful wall sculptures, all celebrating the elephant.  If you have an elephant lover on your gift list they might enjoy the Elephant Sculptural Wall Sconce.  This one foot wide sconce is a well detailed sculpture of an elephant head with his big floppy ears holding a candle sconce in his trunk.  This is perfect for someone who enjoys something different, but it is not exceptionally large as a wall sculpture.

Now with the summer ending and the fall beginning many of our glorious sculptures for outside are on sale.  For the medievalist, we have many dragon statues and one of them is Sir Gawain’s Dragon Sculpture.  Sir Gawain was one of the Knights of the Round Table and this fierce dragon looks like he has been captured and chained up by the knight.  He is perfect protection for any house or even castle.


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A Dragon for the Computer and a Space Alien

This is not only Halloween season, but it is also the beginning of the gift buying season and we have some wonderful items, such as our great knight statues, which are appropriate for both seasons.  The tradition of a small “secret Santa” gift is popular in workplaces and the Dungeon Dragon Computer Companion is the perfect item for the dragon fantasy lover at work.  This little dragon is sculpted with his usual sense of detail and precision by artist Liam Manchester.  He is hand painted green, yellow and some purple scales; as with all dragons he likes shiny things and has possession of an orb.  The best part is that his price is just right.

Roswell, the Alien Butler Pedestal Sculptural TableDelving once again into the collections that make great gifts, we have some special items for those who love our outdoor elephant statues and all elephants in general.  The Anjan the Elephant Jali Sculpture is exquisitely detailed in the “Jali” style of colonial India.  It is 10” high and can only be found at Design Toscano.

Now is the time to decorate your yard for Halloween in the same perfect manner that you did for summer season.  This time though instead of our lovely stone garden angel you need to search for something perhaps a little stranger or “alien”.  That’s right we have Roswell the Alien Sculpture ready to land in your yard.  Once again artist Liam Manchester designs the bizarre and this little alien stands almost 2 ft. tall.  He’s done with great detail and we’re not quite sure exactly where the artist saw him.

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A Drink with the Devil and Mystic Dragons

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Devilish Ceramic Face Tankard Mug: The Count Vampire & Beelzebub the DevilAs you plan your Halloween party or other gatherings during this season, you should definitely take time to browse our marble busts for sale collection.  This collection holds a lot more than just marble busts and there are plenty of unique items for entertaining in it.  One example is the Devilish Ceramic Face Tankard Mug: The Count Vampire & Beelzebub the Devil.  These ceramic mugs are just the thing for hot cider in October, the Vampire holds 20 oz. and Beelzebub holds 16 oz. of whatever you’re serving your ghosts. 

Not only does this time of year bring to mind Hallows Eve, but also all other things mystic some of which date back to medieval times.  Just like our knight statues, we have extraordinary dragon collections.  A beautiful piece is the Dragons of the Four Winds Statue with Glass Mystical Power Orb.  The glass orb is encircled by hand painted dragons of blue, green and purple above a castle.  The artist created a small masterpiece here.

We have dragons that are an excellent addition to your garden and are created with the same painstaking detail as our stone garden angel.  A great statue for your yard is the Mystic Dragon Avenger Statue another Design Toscano exclusive by artist Liam Manchester.  The dragon has wrapped his scaly body around an orb and stands over a foot tall from exquisite wings to pointed tail.

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Knights Guarding Books and a Small Bridge

Medieval Knight Iron BookendsNow, if you are looking for a gift for someone who is about all things medieval you will be able to find it at Design Toscano.  We have knight statues, gargoyles, greenmen and much, much more for the medievalist.  A practical gift that is well crafted as well is the Medieval Knight Iron Bookends.  These proud knights are created in foundry iron so can hold up any book and stand at 9”tall.  Of course, they are carrying swords and have their face shields down ready to battle anyone messing with your books.

Enthusiasts of Asian art, be it our exciting Japanese garden statues, our many pieces of Asian furniture or any of our beautiful Asians figures will be delighted to browse our collection of adorable porcelain statues crafted by artist Lin Wei Dung.  One piece that celebrates the parent/child relationship is her Mother and Child at Play Statue.  As we all know, young boys are a bundle of activity and this one is on the move while mom stands by with extreme patience enjoying and guiding him.  The colors of the hand painting are gorgeous.

This is the time when many of our sculptures for outside are on sale and perhaps the time to plan your outdoor space for next summer.  A great piece that is at an excellent price now is The Halfpence Cobblestone Bridge.  This bridge (for decoration, not walking) is 3 feet long and a detailed replica of those found in the Cotswold area of England.  If you have a halfpence throw it under this bridge and make a wish.



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Unique Wall Art

Earth Witness Buddha Wall SculptureOur customers have often built a serene meditation garden around our large Buddha statue and other Asian figures outside.  Now that many parts of the country are moving inside, we would like to introduce you to wall art that can help create a meditative space inside and that is the Earth Witness Buddha Wall Sculpture.  This is a replica of the Angkor Khmer Buddha from Southeast Asia.  This serene Buddha figure will add peace to any décor and might be nice in a yoga room; it is relatively small at just over a foot tall.

Medieval enthusiasts have always been fond of our knight statues and their accompanying pieces of armor to put a touch of strength to their castles.  Now we have a beautiful piece of wall art that will fit right in with that theme and that is the Queen Victoria’s Royal Coat of Arms Shield Sculpture.  This Design Toscano exclusive is done in the colors red, blue and faux gold and is over a foot tall.  The well detailed design is done in bas relief style.

Animals are our most popular item for both indoors and outdoors and all of them are sleekly detailed by our artists and are realistically hand painted in their fur colors like our tiger sculpture. We now have a sculpture that you will be excited to have prowling in your garden, the Lioness Statue.  The lioness is almost 3 feet long and artist Samuel Lightfoot has depicted her prowling through her territory, on watch at all times.


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Knights Tie and Creepy Crawler

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Medieval fans are very fond of our various knight statues, but they should know that we have many other items in the category of knights and armor from wall hangings to chess sets.  One relatively new item that should be a hit is our Knights in Armor 100% Silk Tie.   This lovely silk tie is beautifully decorated with knights in various types of historical armor and would make an excellent gift for someone you know that is crazy about medieval history.

The Creeper Wall SculptureSoon it will be the major gift giving season and our LABOR DAY SALE is the perfect way in which to start your gift shopping.  Design Toscano has so many gift items that it is hard to enumerate them all, but the items that are the most intriguing are our medieval and gargoyle gifts.  Here is an item that would make the perfect gift even for Halloween and that is Mr. Bone Jangles Skeleton Sitter: Set of Two.  This inexpensive, yet very expressive gift would be fun for anyone that wants a skeleton to sit on his computer, dashboard or just on his or her desk.  He has his hands on his skull and is sitting in a worried position.  This item is a set of two for twice the fun.

Finally, we have many perfect items for your friends that love medieval times in our gargoyle figurines collection.  A new item that is sure to become a favorite is The Creeper Wall Sculpture by our wonderful artist, Liam Manchester.  His design divides the creeper’s right arm from the rest of his body in a two part wall sculpture that is wonderfully hand painted in designer resin.  When you look under his hood what do you see?

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Medieval Saints, Warriors and Knights

Baby Saint Francis SculptureDesign Toscano is known for its spiritually created religious outdoor statues from many major faiths.  In the Christian faith we have many statues of the Madonna and the various saints depicting various times in their lives.  One intriguing statue is the Baby St. Francis Sculpture.  This unusual statue is one of our exclusives and done by artist Carlos Bronti.  He has captured St. Francis as a young boy, dressed in monastery robes and as always surrounded by animals.  Look for this item and many others in our GARDEN SALE.

Medieval and Gothic themes are very popular for both indoor and outdoor décor and we have a great collection of these items including knight statues and warrior swords and shields.  A popular piece for any Medieval Shields Silk Tieindoor space is the Celtic Warriors Sculptural Wall Shield.  The shield is cast in designer resin and hand painted with a green background on which a Celtic cross is emblazoned in faux metallic finish.

Gifts will soon be on everyone’s mind as the traditional December gift giving season draws close and closer.  We have many wonderful medieval and gargoyle gifts for your friends and relatives that take a fancy to that period of history.  For a gentleman who is intrigued by medieval times, what better gift than the Medieval Shields Silk Tie.  This lovely tie is graced with several of the shields from the medieval time which are all very colorful and authentic.



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