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Welcome to Calabash Gifts

Madison’s Year Round Art Fair.

African Gift Shop in Madison, Wisconsin

Calabash Gifts is your destination for authentic African goods for sale in Madison, WI. For over 25 years, we’ve brought the diverse heritage and cultural traditions of the African continent to South-Central Wisconsin. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or something special for yourself, we’ll help you find one-of-a-kind pieces that are significant and meaningful. 

Authentic African Art, Jewelry and More

Africa is the birthplace of the human species, and its culture over millennia has reflected the diverse, unique populations that have inhabited the continent from the past to today. At Calabash Gifts, we strive to showcase the rich history of Africa’s arts and crafts, including fine art, tableware, linens, carvings, beadwork, home décor and much more.

We’ve established ourselves as the go-to resource for African art in Madison, WI, taking our time to carefully curate a diverse sample of the abundant creativity of the African continent. Our selection includes rare, distinctive fine art. From Shona stone sculptures to original oils, pastels and watercolors, you’ll find an array of traditional and culturally specific subjects featured in our shop. 

On the hunt for the perfect gift? We’re more than happy to help you discover something special. Whether you’re looking for jewelry like bracelets, bangles, pendants or necklaces—or something to adorn the home like a basket, bowl, tray or other decorative accessory—our selection is always changing. You never know what you’ll find when you stop by, but you’re always guaranteed to discover a piece that signifies the rich traditions and heritage of Africa.

We invite you to come and browse our selection, and to see which pieces speak to you. We promise you’ll discover authentic pieces that evoke emotion—art and jewelry that you’ll be delighted to call your own. 


Tapestries, paintings, prints, pastels, wall art, sculptures


Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bangles, pendants


Lions, Elephants, Giraffe, Crocodiles, Birds, Hippos, Rhinos

Traditional African Art

Masai, Shona, Zulu, Ndebele

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Baskets, dolls, bead work, crafts, wood carvings, wire sculptures, stone carvings

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Baskets, bowls, candles, ceramics, trays, towels, cushions, accessories

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Kids, Women, Men, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Gift Wrap

Your Source for all that is African

  • Every piece we stock and sell is handcrafted and authentic.
  • Our reputation has spread and allowed us to cultivate a worldwide clientele.
  • We sell both in-store and online, including eBay.
  • We carry traditional African art from the Masai, Shona, Zulu and Ndebele tribes.
  • Our items are hand-selected by our curator, Leah Kessel, using fair-trade policies and respect for the creativity of individual artists and artisans.

Calabash Gifts is your resource for authentic African gifts, art, jewelry and household items. We’re proud to be a true destination spot in Madison, WI, providing vibrant color and culture to the region. Stop by or give us a call today to learn more about our selection!