If you’re always wondering what to buy for your friend or family member who’s only into museums, you’ve found the right article! Take a look through these top ten suggestions that will be sure to please the gallery lover in your life.
1. A membership on you: What is it that really interests the person you’re buying for? Is it art museums? Sports Hall of Fame? Look up the website for your friend’s favourite museum and purchase an annual membership that could give them benefits from free parking to discounted museum shop purchases.
2. Make a day of it: Plan a day around a visit to the museum by going with a theme. Offer to pick up the tab for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe after visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or stage a Lord of the Rings Marathon around a trip to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Museum.
3. Educate them: People often like to build skills or knowledge to complement their interests. Is your friend all about the Jimi Hendrix Experience Museum? Find a local electric guitar teacher and give the first lesson or two on you.
4. Traveling museums: Many museums belong to regional or national groups that offer combination discount passes. Maybe your friend has visited your local history museum, but doesn’t know there’s a sister museum 4 hours away. A combination pass comes with lots of information to get your trip planning started.
5. Travel accommodations: You know your friend would love to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, but you live 3 states away. Help them make there dream vacation a reality by splurging on train or airfare, hotel room, or restaurant gift cards.
6. Introduction to something new: Monet is all you hear about when your friend comes home from the art museum. Help her find another artist she may love by doing a little digging. Talk to an art history professor at a local university or a staff member at the museum. Take their suggestions and purchase a book or print by a new artist she might like as a gift.
7. Offer company: Visiting museums by yourself can get boring. Gather a group of friends or family together and ask if your friend can serve as a tour guide for their favourite museum. Tickets and lunch on you!
8. Raid the gift shop: Bring a gift that’s sure to get laughs when you visit the gift shop at your friend’s favourite local gallery. Put together a basket of all the silly knick-knacks you can find: temporary tattoos, magnets, figurines, you name it!
9. Special night: Many galleries host fundraisers and special events right at the museum. Get out your black tie apparel and make it a night to remember.
10. City Pass: If you’re not sure which museums are your friend’s favourites, look into a local city pass. These usually offer admission to 10-20 local attractions, and it’s likely at least one will be a great fit for your friend.
It’s time to get creative. You know what your friend likes and where they’ve already been. Support their museum love with a gift that shows you’ve been paying attention.
Will writes on behalf of a number of creative businesses including Absolute product, Absolute sell art gallery supplies and museum supplies such as picture hanging systems, art barriers, gallery products and specialist art display systems.