It’s getting into gift-making or buying crunch time. If you still have someone on your list that is tricky, chances are that person has just about everything they need and could want. For these folks, I like going the experience-gifting route.
One of my favorite gift ideas is a museum membership! It’s an experience gift that keeps giving for a full year! There are lots of benefits that your giftee will enjoy. Most museums offer free admission for the membership holder, some offer free or reduced admission for a companion, and many offer a museum store or cafe discount. Members are often invited to exclusive tours or events.
As you can see above, I have a membership to the Art Institute of Chicago, but there are all sorts of museums you can choose from — science, natural history, contemporary art, fine art, folk art, fashion, children’s, history, design, photography, anthropology, sports, and profession-specific museums or zoos, planetariums, aquariums, etc. Chances are there’s a museum or similar institution that meets your giftee’s interests.
And don’t just consider the big museums. Small museums are perfect for museum memberships too — since a visit doesn’t require a full day, she/he can pop in every time a new, temporary exhibition opens. And small museum memberships may be a little easier on the wallet if funds are limited.
Once you’ve chosen an institution, you can buy a membership in person if you live locally, but many also sell them online, by phone, or by mail. Track down their website or phone number, and I’m sure someone at the museum would love to help you purchase a membership as a gift.
Hopefully your giftee will develop a meaningful relationship with that museum, learning, growing, and exploring new things all year long. There’s not much better than that!
P.S. More gift ideas on my Pinterest board!
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