This year, consider giving friends and family memberships to places like Nature Conservancies, Museums, Historical Homes, Botanical Gardens, Lighthouse Preservation Societies, Non-Profit Zoos, Play Houses and other non-profit establishments. The pandemic really took a toll on non-profits over the past two years, so it’s important that we all support these special places as they recover from challenging circumstances. If we don’t all do our part to preserve historical locations and the arts, they may not be available for the next generation to enjoy. Many of us are also trying to cut back on ‘stuff’, so what better gift than an activity!
Shore Acres Gardens, Coos Bay, Oregon
I’ve researched local historical homes and gardens that offer year round activities as having access to these events can be a gift that keeps on giving. It’s not uncommon for smaller non-profits to offer special events such as wine tastings, unique tours, chef dinners and other activities that are not available to the general public, so getting notified about these special small-group format events feels very exclusive and fun.
Pictured: Naples FL, Botanical Garden
Tips for Buying Memberships As Christmas Gifts
When buying memberships, always look for a Family Membership option first, as this access may be less restrictive.
Look for memberships that include additional guest passes.
Make sure that the names are correct when ordering, otherwise you may end up in multiple passes in your name after paying!
If you’re buying a pass for someone out of town, try to pair a pass with common likes. For example, if your Mother enjoys home tours, look for memberships to Preservation or Historical Societies. If your Brother enjoys gardening, look for a nearby Botanical Garden.
Green Animals Topiary Garden, Newport, RI
Most memberships for non-profits are very reasonable compared to theme park pricing, such as Disney or Universal Studios.
Memberships often offer discounted building or garden rentals for private events.
If a membership pass is being directly to the recipient, perhaps buy an ornament or other small item with the location name on it and include wrapped with a membership printout.
Extra Bonus: Your purchase may even be tax deductible!